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Q&A: How does one know if they have Celiac Disease (think I might have it but not sure) & what foods can I eat?

Question by newmommie: How does one know if they have Celiac Disease (think I might have it but not sure) & what foods can I eat?
Hi, I’ve had digestive issues for several years now, and I’m starting to think I might have Celiac Disease since I eat a lot of whole wheat bread and whole wheat flour tortillas etc. and I still have digestive issues and get lots of headaches almost on a daily basis. I know people with Celiac disease need to avoid certain things, like wheat and products containing gluten, but what else should be avoided? Also, I love Pamela’s food line and know her stuff is gluten free, but what are some other good brands for people that suffer from Celiac Disease and where can I buy them? Thanks, I kinda hope I do have Celiac so I can finally figure out what’s been causing all my digestive issues all these years and can finally do something about it.

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Answer by beggsy

Hi there. I certainly don’t mean to tell you what to do, but I think that it is really important for you to see your doctor and tell them your concerns and they might send you for blood tests, but you need to stipulate that you want to be tested for Celiac because with normal blood tests, they test your blood for a multidude of things, where as the Celiac blood test is one specific blood test.

Let me tell you something else, you not only have to avoid wheat products containing gluten, but there are heaps of things you need to avoid. This gluten free diet is very restrictive.

Unfortunately, there is no set list of things to avoid that I know of, you just need to do a lot of research.

Anyhow, I hope this helps.

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Posted by GlutenFree - January 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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Wheat Allergy

Wheat intolerance is a specific health condition in which the body is having major problems in terms of wheat digestion.  It differs from wheat allergy wherein the body autoimmune responses bring about allergy symptoms. Wheat intolerance is basically a chemical reaction and truth be told, it happens more frequently than allergies, though you might not have heard about that.

In Celiac disease, a defect in an enzyme is present, thus, causing your body to be unable to digest gluten which is found in wheat. The damage that gluten brings creates rapid cell turnover as well as destruction in the bowel, which are actually bad news. Celiac disease awareness is slowly spreading, though.

The accurate mechanism that brings about wheat intolerance is not yet identified. However, this condition is associated with some antigens in the body. Some even say that it’s caused by malfunction in the autoimmune system. This condition hits women more often than men, and when you have people in your family or relatives that have it, unluckily, you are predisposed to having it also since it’s of genetic nature. A lot of Europeans and Caucasians have it, but it’s not exclusive to them. Certain medications like antihistamines, however, can help in dealing with signs and symptoms that come with wheat allergy.

If you are suspecting that you have wheat allergy or intolerance, the best thing to do is visit your doctor so he can refer you right away to specialists who can accurately diagnose you. It might get serious and pose threat to your health, otherwise. And when you do get diagnosed, total avoidance of foods that cause the condition is a must. And more often than not, you steer clear of them for the rest of eternity.

Total evasion from these foods can be hard since most of the food in our usual diet contain wheat. However, progress in health awareness has somehow compelled food companies to be comprehensive with their labeling of food products. Yet again, head to your doctor if you’re having issues with wheat as soon as possible.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - January 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix, 22-Ounce Units (Pack of 4) Reviews

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix, 22-Ounce Units (Pack of 4)

Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix, 22-Ounce Units (Pack of 4)

  • Makes a memorable and satisfying loaf loaded with plump raisins and infused with cinnamon
  • Pack of four 22-ounce bags
  • Wheat free, dairy free, and made from the finest flours
  • Easy to make by hand or by a bread machine
  • Bob’s Red Mill is dedicated to producing natural foods in a natural way

Delicious. Easy to make. Wheat free. Gluten free. Dairy free. All natural product. You can see our quality. Makes a memorable and satisfying loaf loaded with plump raisins and infused with cinnamon. Delicious sliced and toasted or used for French toast. This household staple and treat is easy to make by bread machine or by hand. Specially designed for those sensitive to wheat or gluten. Bob’s Red Mill products labeled Gluten Free are batch tested in out quality control laboratory. We use an Elisa Gluten Assay test to determine if product is gluten free.

Bob's Red Mill gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread mixBob’s Red Mill gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread mix makes a memorable and satisfying loaf loaded with plump raisins and infused with cinnamon. Slice the loaf and enjoy it toasted or use it for making French toast. This household staple and treat is easy to make by bread machine or by hand. This mix is specially designed for those sensitive to wheat or gluten. This is sold in pack of four 22-ounce bags.

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Bob’s Red Mill has been praised repeatedly for their dedication to producing products that are free from gluten. People suffering from celiac disease, gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, or who are avoiding gluten for other health reasons can feel assured by the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free symbol. This gluten free symbol is placed only on those products that meet the standard of no more than 20 parts per million, which is established through a gluten test performed in the quality control laboratory. In an effort to better serve their allergen sensitive consumers, their gluten free facility is also dairy and casein free.

Bob's Red MillAbout Bob’s Red Mill
Bob’s Red Mill produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. With a wide variety of whole grain products, from flours and hot cereals to baking mixes and grains, Bob’s Red Mill has “whole grain foods for every meal of the day”.

Bob’s Red Mill is the nation’s leader in stone milling and offers the widest diversity of whole grains found anywhere. They are dedicated to producing natural foods in the natural way. Try their outstanding products today and you will not be disappointed–that is a guarantee.

 

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Back To Nature Gluten Free Rice Thins Sesame Seed Crackers, 4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

Back To Nature Gluten Free Rice Thins Sesame Seed Crackers, 4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

Back To Nature Gluten Free Rice Thins Sesame Seed Crackers, 4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

  • Pack of four, 4-Ounce packages
  • Its gluten free
  • No artificial preservatives and hydrogenated oils
  • Its cholesterol free

Sesame seeds give these thin, crisp rice crackers their wonderful nutty taste. Add your favorite topping or snack right out of the box. It’s gluten free and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. It’s free from hydrogenated oils and cholesterol.

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Going Gluten-Free When You Have Arthritis

Some people find it hard to believe that gluten can be very destructive. For one to be able to address a serious health condition such as arthritis, inflammation and pain, one needs to stay away from certain foods, including those that contain gluten.

It’s common to hear people who are suggested of gluten-free diet complaining how they don’t have any food choice left. Many patients initially find it hard to accept that foods that love are the root cause of their illnesses so they often resort to not following their physicians’ orders and still eat gluten-containing foods, most especially wheat. However, a lot of studies today show how autoimmune diseases are causing all their troubles, so they are pretty much compelled to acknowledge the ideas of going gluten-free. It’s for their own good anyway, for them to get rid of pain that gluten brings about. By doing so, they experience a dramatic change in their bodies.

We know all too well that a lot of people are in love with wheat. The fact that people are saying that they don’t have any other food choice left suggests that they don’t have enough variety with regard to the foods they eat, and that happens more often than not.

The other most common response of patients is that they claim they don’t have celiac disease. Well, for starters, a person does not need to have a full-blown celiac disease just to have a problem with gluten.

People need to address this problem as soon as possible, those who are intolerant of or sensitive to gluten, especially. It is now becoming more and more common and by not minding it and still going on with eating gluten-loaded foods, you up your chance or run a greater risk of autoimmune diseases. One of the manifestations of being allergic to gluten is arthritis. And if you happen to have it, consider gluten-free diet as soon as possible and perhaps you can get rid of the pain.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - January 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen

The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen

The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen

Pizza, Pancakes, French Toast, Lasagna, Ice Cream, Brownies—you thought they were off-limits forever but now they’re back on the menu!

The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen offers more than 150 flavor-packed recipes created especially for those who must avoid dairy and gluten in their diets—proving that you no longer have to abandon the foods you love, even when you do have to give up the dairy and gluten that doesn’t love you.

Denise Jardine’s The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen addresses these issues and many more, demystifying the confusing and often conflicting data about what defines healthful eating. Along with a deliciously varied selection of dishes, Denise shares her “master” recipes, including her all-purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix, Dairy Milk Alternative, Fiber-Rich Sandwich Bread, Creamy Macadamia Pine Nut Cheese, and Soy Velvet Whipped Cream—key staples that make Classic French Toast, Mushroom Kale Lasagna, Rustic Heirloom Pesto Pizza, and Pumpkin Cheesecake possible.

In addition to being entirely dairy- and gluten-free, each recipe has been calibrated to reduce or eliminate the need for refined oil and sweeteners. And for those who must avoid eggs, nuts, and soy products, recipes that are free of these components are clearly labeled. So whether you’ve been diagnosed with a particular food intolerance or sensitivity, or you’re just trying to consume a less refined, more healthful diet, The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen has something for just about everyone!

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Is Self-Testing Any Good For Food Intolerance?

A doctor’s say is the most reliable when it comes to diagnosing your food intolerance. But here and there, we all want to do self-testing first before booking a trip to our trusted physicians. Why certainly, just like anything else, it has it advantages and disadvantages.

Self-testing for certain food intolerances actually has a lot of pros. However, before engaging yourself in such, be sure to know beforehand all its cons, just to be on the safer side of things.

One main example of the self-testing’s advantages is the fact that you can absolutely cut back on costs. If you don’t have enough resources to undergo high-end medical testing, this is actually helpful. It’s better than not having any tests at all, so to speak.  Nevertheless, it can be inaccurate, and it all depends on the root cause of your food intolerance. But it’s actually more accurate than the conventional allergy tests.

If the symptoms that are surfacing mainly involve discomfort, and nothing really life-threatening, then it boils down to how you feel.

False positive means avoiding foods that seem to do you pretty well. Avoiding such foods restricts your diet, sad to say, pointlessly. Say, if you undergo a self-test and you come up with a false positive result, then you would have to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet which is a total pain in the neck.

A lot of people, albeit without being diagnosed with Celiac disease, are suggested to avoid wheat, say, those who have blood type of O. But it’s totally different from completely ditching it.

One of the major cons in self-testing for food intolerances is, as mentioned above, inaccuracy. To be sure, a proper test for Celiac should be done so you’ll be advised of how important it is to avoid gluten at all costs.

Conventional allergy testing can also be very handy as it provides you with a short-list of foods to avoid as you self-test for food intolerances. It’s still best to go to your doctor, but self-testing can be practical in one way or another.

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The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes

The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes

The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes

The Pure Kitchen offers readers and food-lovers a unique but easy approach to fortifying their diets with whole, natural, pure foods. While eliminating gluten and dairy from your diet can be daunting in a world of packaged convenience foods and take-out, learning to cook at home is essential to adopting a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and gluten-free whole grains is quite possibly one of the healthiest around. From energizing breakfasts to mouthwatering desserts, The Pure Kitchen is chock-full of recipes, tips, and tricks for eating well, living pure, and maximizing good health. Learn to eat pure with: Simple ways to successfully transition to a whole foods diet; a guide to stocking the pure kitchen; lessons in label-reading and easily avoiding gluten and dairy; tips for menu planning, shopping, and charming the palates of picky eaters; 100 scrumptious recipes free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Whether you are brand new to the world of healthy eating or are simply looking for more motivation on your journey toward optimal health, The Pure Kitchen’s nutritious and satisfying recipes are sure to inspire.

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Food Allergy Linked to Autoimmune Disease

Did you know that a lot of people nowadays are suffering from this different food allergies associated with many kinds of diseases? Do you know what gluten intolerance is? Did you know that more that 140 autoimmune diseases including celiac disease, rhematiod arthritis and psoriasis is one of the leading most dreaded illnesses there is?

Well Dr. Osborne will talk about the important things you have to remember when facing or preventing this kind of diseases. In this video, different issues will be discussed and be given emphasis for proper educational sustenance that can help you in the future.

You will also understand why there are patient that experienced total relief because of stopping themselves from eating certain foods that they didn’t know were causing all the discomforts they used to have.

So enjoy and learn more all about food allergy linked to autoimmune disease.

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Celiac Disease Gluten Free Diet Ultimate Guide Reviews

Celiac Disease Gluten Free Diet Ultimate Guide

Celiac Disease Gluten Free Diet Ultimate Guide

Have you had digestive problems and have you been to doctors who may have diagnosed you with irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease or something similar to these diseases and you are still having the same digestive problems? There are many people who want answers and it seems that it often turns out to be celiac disease all along. Are you suffering from celiac disease as a result from having gluten in your diet? Have you ever been tested for celiac disease or do you even know what being gluten free is? Do you want to find out how to turn your health around? Find out how to in this very detailed and straight to the point information guide about celiac disease and becoming gluten free. Stop the guess work and find out now what you have been missing. The information in this guide is crucial for your health. Everything you need to know about a gluten free diet is inside!

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