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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
What if my doctor won't listen to me?
An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Here's an interesting article from Gastroenterology this month......
"This meta-analysis demonstrates the limitations of celiac antibody testing as a surrogate marker for mucosal recovery in persons with celiac disease on a GFD."
"Recommendations to monitor tTG and/or EMA anti- bodies endure because there are no other validated sensi- tive measures that predict mucosal recovery."
The first 2 months of grocery shopping were tough for me! I went to the store 5 times a week. I felt like I was learning how to shop all over again. I read labels and tried to learn what everything meant and what wouldn't kill me. I do eat a lot of whole foods, in general, but I use condiments, spices, etc so I was looking into everything.
You can do this!
I am happy you know where you stand. What a relief! But I get the shock! It is normal to go through all the stages of grief. But soon things will feel normal, really. Things could certaininly be much worse.
Depending on your job and where it takes you, you might not need to get discharged from the Navy.
For now, shop the outer wall. Fresh food, meats, veggies, fruit, and dairy (if you can tolerate it as lactose intolerance is common until you start to heal).
Oh, here is the gluten free drug list. It is not complete. It is developed by a pharmacist who advocates for celiacs or NCGIs. I check this list, talk to my own pharmacist and call the manufacturer. A hassle, but worth doing. There might be a few other lists, but hopefully others will chime in.
Pill box box can be helpful.
Keep in mind that there are binding ingredients other than gluten that can affect you (e.g. Corn), but that all depends on the individual. Compounding is another possibility.
Here like me. you might consider turning to grain free options for gluten free foods from grain free companies. I with simple mills mixes for some things that I have not perfected in my own bakery. Julian Bakery Makes Grain free/starch free/low carb breads and mixes (recently perfected my own grain free bread in my bakery so I do not use them anymore but used to swear by them). I also tend to source my nut meals from companies that exclusively deal with nuts/seeds to avoid issues.
On a side note with companies and standards....recently ALL hemp protein and hemp companies aside from GERBS seem to have gluten contamination issues. Farmers seem to grow it in rotation with wheat and even use the same equipment for harvest and transportation . The hemp industry got a bit too big to stay gluten-free with high standards it seems. Last Jarrow Batch came back positive, Manitoba did thought slight, and nutiva hemp has had issues for the past 2 years.