This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.
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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic)
Celiac Disease Screening
Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results
Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free?
How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?
The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free
Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested?
Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing
Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases?
Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid?
Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)
Is there a list of gluten free foods?
Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)
Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages
Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?
Where does gluten hide?
Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Starbucks\' new Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwich looks yummy. But, why does Starbucks\' website feature a disclaimer saying the company cannot guarantee the absence of allergens, including wheat?
The company website uses boldface type to tout the "gluten-free"-ness of the new offering, noting that the sandwich uses a "gluten-free roll," is "prepared in a certified gluten-free environment," and sealed "in its own oven-safe parchment bag to avoid any cross-contamination." Sounds good, so far, perhaps even safe for celiacs.
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Branching into another topic from a different post, Cycling lady suggested we discuss this in its own thread, so here goes...
Do you and your family consume manufactured gluten free products? I tried some of them and found that I have trouble with products made with corn and potato flour. In researching, I came across a scary food additive. Here's a couple of articles.
These articles explore how this food additive used in gluten free products causes an immunological response. The food additive is transglutaminase. Yep, people make tissue transglutaminase as part of an immunological response. But this additive is produced by genetically engineered bacteria. It is used in gluten free breads to get that doughy texture. It is also used in sausage and formed meats like luncheon meats and is referred to as "meat glue". It is used in yogurt to get a creamy texture. While it may improve the taste, eating lots of stuff with this additive can't be good.
I hope this helps us on our Celiac journey.
No, the TTG antibodies are measured in the blood. Yes, it is possible to have a negative EMA. It is possible to be negative on ALL the celiac antibodies tests. A celiac diagnosis can be confirmed with biopsies of the small intestine (looking for villi damage). Constipation can be a symptom of celiac disease.
I know it is hard to wait. I waited for seven weeks before my endoscopy due to work constraints. I took the time to eat all my old yummy favorite gluten-filled foods. I knew in my heart that celiac disease was an issue for me once I got past the denial stages. I was only anemic, but looking back, there were little signs. Amazing how the body can adapt and continue to function.
Ugh! This is a topic that should addressed in a separate thread (just so we don't hijack this thread). Why? There is a lot to talk about! I read your links and then to a commercial site selling this "glue". While I had heard about gluing cuts of meat together, I did not know they used it in dairy and bakery products -- especially gluten free breads.
Take the credit Kitty and start another thread!