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  1. Thanks for the good wishes! I had my blood test in Dec., follow-up in Jan., saw a GI doc in Feb. and am now just playing the waiting game and eating like a gluten-crazed woman. ph34r.gif The bathroom is becoming my most used room in the house this weekend. I so want that endo/biopsy to be revealing. The GI doc feels sure I have Celiac. I did ask him if he had other patients with celiac. I'd hate to think I was the first. tongue.gif

    You've given me a lot more things to think about in redoing my kitchen. My BBQ grill was just purchased in Aug. and hasn't seen much except steaks and grilled veggies so no gluten there.

    Is it really true that rubbing alcohol works in removing gluten? I hadn't heard that one before.

    My Calphalon came with a ScotchBrite pad and instructions to use Comet, which I've done many times. (bought it in the late 90's) Glad I don't have the nonstick as I have a fortune invested in cookware. For glass baking dishes (Pyrex and CorningWare) I could use oven cleaner on them although I don't think mine are too bad.

    My dog is on Nutro Lite Lamb & Rice, which only has rice as the grain. But I will have to be carefully washing my hands after giving her Milk Bone for her treats.

    I don't plan to replace my Kitchen Aid mixer but then I have a small portable one, not one of the honking big ones. It hasn't been used that much as I really don't do much baking. I simply don't have room in my kitchen for a big one.

    Dr. Peter Green swears by soap and water and not having to go out and buy all new things but I do have my eye on an inexpensive set of nonstick cookware as I figure they don't last all that well anyway.

    Thans for all of your suggestions! I have learned so much on this forum.

  2. While I'm not yet "officially" diagnosed after having high readings on my Celiac Panel (awaiting endo/biopsy on April 9), I am going to purchase new wooden spoons, cutting boards (both wooden and acrylic), rubber scrapers, Tupperware mixing bowls, Tupperware colander and anything else that might possibly harbor hidden gluten. I'm definitely going to replace my toaster and anything else that I can think of that cannot be successfully cleaned.

    I am not replacing my expensive hard anodized aluminum Calphalon pots and pans but will give them all a good scrubbing with a new ScotchBrite pad and Comet cleanser. I have the older ones made in Toledo, OH (now made in China - boo hiss). I will also replace any nonstick saucepans and skillets.

    Hope this helps...plus I'll be going through my pantry and getting rid of any foods that contain gluten (donating any that are unopened). Easier for me as I live alone and can do a totally gluten free kitchen.

  3. I just received Dr. Green's new (revised) book today. This is what he says:

    Deamidated Gliadin Peptides (DGP)

    Patients with celiac disease create antibodies to gliadin, but these antibodies can also be found in other conditions and in normal people. It is known that tTG deamidates, that is , it acts on and enhances the gliadin peptide in patients with celiac disease which causes the inflammatory reaction in the gut. The new ELISA test looks for these specific antibodies to deamidated gliadin.

  4. Just a few ideas...

    Ground turkey is inexpensive compared to beef. While I'm not fond of it as is, it's great to use in pasta sauce or chili (something with herbs/spices). Turkey breakfast or "Italian" sausage is good and is so lean compared to a lot of ground beef.

    Vegetarian chili is inexpensive and also very nutritional. Serve over brown rice. Experiment using different kinds of veggies. I've seen some recipes that include sweet potatoes in it.

    Canned salmon...make salmon patties if your family likes them or search the net for more ideas using canned salmon.

    Quiche - I think it's so yummy and you can use a lot of different things in it. Make it crustless and you won't have to use expensive gluten free flours or buy a gluten free crust. It's also a breeze to throw together. Eggs are a good source of protein and are very affordable.

    A breakfast casserole using frozen hash browns, eggs, etc. Or make a farmer's breakfast for dinner.

    Roast a turkey or chicken and find lots of ways to incorporate them into meals, casseroles, soup.

    Use store brands of lots of things unless coupons make brand names more affordable. Buy a few extra things each week and stash them for the end of the month.

  5. While I have not yet been officially diagnosed (endoscopy/biopsy scheduled for April 9), I have already tried the Creamy Mushroom and Split Pea w/Ham, both of which say gluten free on the label. The Creamy Mushroom is part of the Vegetable Classics line and is so yummy. I've gotten it on special occcasionally at 10/$10 at a local grocery store.

    While the can I have doesn't say gluten free, the Chicken & Wild Rice appears to be gluten free.

  6. I had an appointment with my gastroenterologist yesterday and was so pleased. He's just the nicest doctor! I didn't realize that my family physician had ordered the comprehensive panel and picked up a copy of it. Since I am still consuming gluten, I now need to schedule the endoscopy/biopsy. He feels sure I have celiac. I asked a zillion questions and he asked if I'm a nurse. NOT! I told him I read a lot. :lol: ..thanks to the good info I've gotten from this forum as well as having read Dr. Peter Green's book.

    Has anyone read the updated version of Dr. Green's book that was released in late January? I've thought of ordering it and sending my older book to my daughter, who definitely has problem with gluten as well as having a thyroid problem...


    Celiac Disease Comprehensive Panel

    Tissue Transglutaminase IGA - (Reference Range <5 U/ML)

    tTG Iga Ab >100

    Reference Range:

    <5 U/ML Negative

    5-8 U/ML Equivocal

    >8 U/ML Positive

    IGA 235 - (Reference Range 81-463 MG/DL)

    Add testing for TTG IGG (Not indicated)

    Endomysial AB (IgA) Screen - POSITIVE

    Additional testing has been added:

    Endomysial AB Titer 1:320 - (Reference Range <1:5)

  7. Thanks so much for the explanation! I googled it and never could find info that explained what the 1:320 meant. All I knew that it was positive. I didn't know if this was a "good" test as I know there are several other tests available, too.

    It was not explained by my Dr. (a family physician) other than the fact that it was positive. He asked if I wanted to go gluten free at which time I requested a referral to a gastroenterologist. I've been waiting for that appt. for about six weeks and am continuing to consume gluten. Hopefully the weather will cooperate as they're predicting nasty weather this week and I am so anxious to keep this appointment and take it from there.

  8. After having symptoms, my family physician ordered a test for celiac disease with results as follows. I'm not sure this is the best test but I am waiting for a consult with a gastroenterologist on Feb. 25. My daughter has a thyroid problem (hypo) and is also sensitive/intolerant of gluten although she's not willing to undergo a gluten challenge to find out (can't say I blame her after she's been gluten-free for quite some time).

    My test results (test was performed by Quest Diagnostics):

    Endomysial AB (IgA) Screen - POSITIVE

    Additional testing has been added:

    Endomysial AB Titer 1:320 <1:5

    Can someone interpret this for me? TIA