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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      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.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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I have been a little absent from the forum for a while but I thought I would let people know what has been going on. Maybe this will encourage someone. I was getting desperate there for a while. I lost so much weight that my family members started saying I looked frail. I could not eat any foods in the moderate salicylate content category. I was extremely dairy intolerant. I couldnt drink out of plastics or eat anything moist that had been in many plastics without my throat swelling and losing my voice. Nevertheless I hung in there and ate that bland diet and started forcing myself to drink plenty of water out of a stainless steel container bought that does not contain a plastic lining. Drinking two liters of filtered water a day I found that my salicylate and acid sensitivites were going away. I can now eat many spices and I tolerate it well. I am not as sensitive to plastics as I was and can even use regular toothpaste instead of baking soda now.

Not everything is perfect though. I find that if I go too much on the side of carbs and sugars I still bloat up. I do not eat red meat that often. Honestly I do not miss it as it is much harder to digest and I have become accustomed to not having a heavy abdomen anymore. I still do not tolerate corn syrup at all and my body does tolerates only occasional and small amounts of corn starch before my lips and tongue go numb and start burning. Corn Syrup gives me extreme brain fog still and I even stutter if I get fructose comatosed by something I ate because they changed the ingredients and put high fructose corn syrup in it. I am still considering getting a test done for potential candida as I have noticed that I seem to thrive on a mostly low carb diet with lean meats and veggies.

All in all, I cannot complain. I feel very blessed that the biggest diet restriction is behind me now and it did not take a year for that to happen. Hello flavor! It is good to be able to love food again.


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