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    This varies from different people, how you have the place set up, etc. But yes touching bread/flour/gluten then your food can make you sick. Gluten is a protein smaller than a germ, it can not be killed or sanitized with bleach or chemicals. Think blood and a crime scene CSI, it can get stick in scratched cutting boards, scratched pots and pans, colanders etc. Flour should be avoided period in a shared house, that poof from opening a bag or tossing something in it can go airborne for hours and settles everywhere as dust that can make you sick. If you inhale it will get stuck in the mucus in your throat/nose and eventually go down your throat and make you sick. In a shared house you need to have dedicated toasters, condiment jars (crumbs here can make you sick and sticking that knife back in after touching bread), and I would say some dedicated cookware and tubberware. Keep your Gluten-Free stuff on top shelves in the fridge and the pantry to prevent crumbs from falling on them. Few life hacks I learned, Butcher Paper/Freezer Paper, put it down on the counter when you fix your food for a safe prep surface, Mark your dedicated cooking utensils/pots with color like red and store/wash separate, I used my own set of Nordicware microwave cookware and splatter covers when I did have a shared house, and food service gloves are a lifesaver Honestly I kept getting sick and moved to a dedicated Gluten-Free house. Double check the newbie 101 section and this other post, another thing your family needs to consider is this is genetic, your kids need to be tested every year as they might develop it. https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/91878-newbie-info-101/ https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/123965-gluten-free-food-alternative-list-2019-q2/
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    Hey Arlene! I'm still kicking but it's been an intense year. We moved Mom into Assisted Living last summer and she resisted it all the way. Made our lives hell....until she lived there for about 4 months and decided it wasn't as bad as she thought it was going to be. They have Happy Hour! 🍹 But she thoroughly enjoyed trying to make us feel guilty....which we did not. She will be 87 this year and she was trying to hide from us the fact she was having trouble taking complete care of herself. Her health suffered but she is stubborn and did not want to move out of her house. Guess who won that battle? 😉 This year, we are going to move my husband's mother into Assisted, from Independent. She is 92. To say it has been busy is the understatement of the year. Trying to do all this while still working is not recommended. So, come the end of September, I will be officially retired. That way, I can still tend to the needs of the Mom's and actually have a life of my own. What a concept, huh? 🤦‍♀️ Hope all is well with you!
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    Funny thing, there is a place just outside my city, that is a small BBQ place. They are all gluten free and never even mention it anywhere. Their daughter who works there is Celiac so the family makes sure no gluten is in the building. >.< My issue is the BBQ sauce they use contains corn and it is in everything and I am allergic to that lol. I also considered BBQ, but my town has 5 BBQ places that do catering So I would be out of luck there so I went with the concept of a truck that does Paleo with Stir Fry and another menu for burgers with my own Gluten-Free Bun recipe and sweet potato fries, along with perhaps offering breakfast like my Omelet on a stick or breakfast bowls. Right now I am considering another option to start in to raise funds. Sort of funny how our bodies rebled on us due to an issue with food proteins yet ironically our life starts to revolve food to keep us safe and oddly enough in some becomes a passion.
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    • It is unfortunate that fear of soy has become so popular.  Check out the region around Okinawa, where soy is a foundational food and has been for centuries.  Note that this area is one of the World's green zones where people on average live the longest of all.  This is just one example of an area where soy has been used for a very long time with positive results, or I suppose it is more accurate to say without harmful results.  Of course it is different for those who are medically sensitive to soy derived products and must avoid them.  As for people with Celiac, one must always be aware of cross reactivity and periodic testing is a very good idea.  Celiac is sneaky that way.  For the rest of us, organic, unmodified soy is not only safe to eat, but is an excellent and inexpensive source for a multitude of nutrients.  Thank you for qualifying your statement about MSG.  Personally I tend to avoid additives like MSG that are not actually naturally occurring food, but I reserve any comment beyond my personal preference and will wait for the research to catch up.  I am encountering increasing evidence that you may be absolutely right about avoiding it.
    • Depends on what kind of Advil.  The gel capsules used to contain gluten from what I recall.  What does the label say?   Here is a list of gluten free pain relievers: https://www.verywellfit.com/gluten-free-pain-relievers-562382  
    • https://www.beyondceliac.org/research-news/View-Research-News/1394/postid--114197/?utm_campaign=Research Opt-In&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=72478196&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8cBCeWpQSG8tjxT3AC5kO9JlVU9sKiGcArKDefDbz0UI0-FrJiSWvmuEAJ7HWszix_3WVyFj1AaK8h8iqwb5bG0LBdew&_hsmi=72478196 A potpourri of issues discussed in this article but here are some things that stood out to me: "Similarly, in Robert’s multinational study reviewing biopsies of patients done initially and at follow up, persistent symptoms were found on the second biopsy in 78 percent of patients with damaged villi and 66 percent of patients who had normal biopsy . . . More than half of 184 patients in the study who had a second biopsy had persistent damage. In addition to the findings related to symptoms and damage, the study was designed to show physicians how to  correctly take samples when a patient needs a second biopsy so changes are not missed." Also, it seems persistent diarrhea is the one symptom that correlates well with continuing villi damage: "Diarrhea was the only symptom the predicted intestinal damage found when a biopsy was done . .  . The study found symptoms of celiac disease are inconsistent in predicting the results of a blood tests and biopsies. This inconsistency led researchers to conclude symptoms should not be the only thing used to evaluate a patient’s response to a gluten-free diet. However, frequent and severe diarrhea should prompt a reevaluation of the condition of the intestine, they noted." Finally and this is long overdue, researchers are beginning to look at the impact of anxiety on Celiac sufferers: "Peter Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, asked if the study evaluated whether the gluten transgressions being detected with the urine and stool tests had caused the study participants any real harm. “We are concerned we are driving these people crazy,” he said in a question and answer period following the lecture.  Green noted that researchers are increasingly looking at the effect anxiety about the gluten-free diet has on patients."        Celiac disease can become bigger than life if we let it.
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