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
What if my doctor won't listen to me?
An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners
It's Tesco treat time again. The good news is they have a new chocolate gateau:
The bad news is that it has replaced the strawberry one and I'm not as keen on it... I think this is in part because there's no shortage of chocolate desserts already whereas the strawberry one was something new. Anyway, it's 3 quid, very chocolatey and it gets a 6/10.
The fun doesn't stop there, they have eclairs!
1.50 and they taste pretty much like the memory of eclairs I am exercising incredible willpower not to eat them all at once. I need to save room anyway for...
Donuts! 1.50 for these as well. Not tried them yet.
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You've just realized you have a health condition which can't be diagnosed formally. You haven't felt ok for quite some time, but didn't really know why. You were thinking it was just stress.
But then there was a couple of weeks which weren't particularly stressful, so you were wondering 'why am I feeling worse'? You felt like there was an underlying cause you were unaware of. You knew you were meant to figure it out and finally did.
Doctors don't know much about this condition, so don't rely on them. Do your own research.
Since you don't have an official diagnosis, don't be surprised if people don't understand. They may even think it's just a product of your imagination... Well, it's not your duty to explain the details to everyone. And it's not your obligation to describe all the positive effects the gluten free brings about to those who are (and always will be) sceptical. This is not an argumentation/persuasion skills training. You're not a lawyer or a salesperson.
The situation may be different in 5/10/15 yrs... Who knows? There is research ongoing. Maybe people will be more aware, maybe gluten free restaurants will be as common as other types of rest., maybe potential negative effects of gluten won't be a kind of a secret anymore.
Don't feel guilty about not being able to realize this sooner. There are 'stakeholders' whose interest is definitely not raising the awareness about this issue. And this has an impact on our society.
Their main interest is making profit. Gluten products are profitable, to say the least. On the contrary, the Gluten-free diet - the cure - is not currently viewed as a product that much. However, from a marketing perspective, it could be seen as a product. There is potential. There are unrealized business opportunities. There is a gap in the market.
Who knows what the future holds?
Carry on with your life and try to make the best out of this situation.