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Could you be intolerant to wheat without having celiac ?

Question by lovinbloom: Could you be intolerant to wheat without having celiac ?
My daughter is 1 year now and ive been suspecting that wheat sometimes constipates her, and now lately that she gets a rash and just the other day she got tiny pink spots on her belly and back, im not sure the reason or if i should blame wheat or gluten, and also i think she hasnt been gaining much weight since 10 mos.
I really hope she doesnt have celiac, none of us her parents or ours have that, but please some advice !!! what should i do, thank you

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Answer by K
…she’s sometimes constipated, occasionally rashy, and weight gain has slowed since she got more mobile. Okay, you have every formula-fed toddler on the planet.

Why would you think there’s a wheat issue here, given the total absence of symptoms of coeliac disease?

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Posted by GlutenFree - April 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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What happens to one’s body when he eats gluten-free products without having celiac?

Question by Lewis: What happens to one’s body when he eats gluten-free products without having celiac?
It was my birthday yesterday, however I have friends who are gluten-intolerant and so we made a gluten-free cake for them. Basically I did not eat anything but this cake yesterday, and today my stool (pardon the upcoming description) is bright green and runny. I’m wondering if this is at all related.

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Answer by Shauna
Could be. Gluten free foods are simply free from three grains out of an entire family of foods. So there is nothing inherently damaging about that. It would be like saying you are eating a meal that is free from carrots, peas, and potatoes – three veggies out of the vegetable family. Seriously, that’s not going to do anything to you.

However, many gluten free products, when they are trying to mimic the texture of wheat products, add a lot of ingredients that don’t agree with everyone. The most common are the gums – xanthan gum, arabic gum, guar gum. These are in gluten free products in much higher amounts than you would find in other foods, and they’ve been shown to cause tummy and bowel problems in some people. They’d be the most likely culprit.

Other possibilities would be ingredients you don’t usually eat, like some of the alternative grains like millet or sorghum. Or, again, other products that you don’t usually eat in large amounts, like tapioca starch – that’s another one that can zap people’s tummies.

I’d check the ingredients on the cake and take note, honestly, because some of these products have been showing up in more and more OTHER products that aren’t gluten free. Wouldn’t hurt to have a heads up for yourself that you have an issue with something there, you know?

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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Will having Celiac Disease keep me from becoming a nurse in the Military?

Question by Spork21: Will having Celiac Disease keep me from becoming a nurse in the Military?
I want to serve in anyway that I can. I know that I couldn’t be a soldier on the battlefield, but could I become a nurse in the Army or the Air Force? Thanks, any input will be appreciated.

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Answer by Shauna
It depends on the country, possibly in the branch of the military. For the USA, last I heard, Celiac Disease is an automatic medical discharge, and will prevent your being allowed into the military, period. I understand it’s simply because they cannot provide safe food for you to eat on any of the bases or in the field.

Again, I could be mistaken about a certain branch, but I don’t believe so.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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Q&A: Why am I still having symptoms when I’ve stopped eating gluten?

Question by Kayla G: Why am I still having symptoms when I’ve stopped eating gluten?
I’ve been put on a gluten free dairy free diet for two months to see if I’m allergic to either of these things. I was tested for celiac but it came back negative. I’ve been on it now for a week and a half and I am still having terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea not half an hour after I’ve finished a meal? Is it not working or what? I don’t want to do all this work if its not even making me feel better.

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Answer by Shauna

1. You aren’t gluten free enough. Some people have to be extremely careful about not simply gluten ingredients, but gluten cross-contamination as well. You may want to check out cross-contamination, potentially, and try avoiding that (for dairy, too). Also, if you are having minor irritation from either of these, sometimes it can cause pain every time you eat, because the food moves along your intestines and if they are irritated already, it simply hurts every time the food moves.

2. You could have something completely different. It could be a physical problem or it could be a separate food intolerance (pretty much ANY food intolerance or mild allergy will cause the same symptoms, I’m sorry to say. So you can be reacting to, well, any food you eat. Crummy, huh?). Most people I know who couldn’t figure it out at first did an elimination diet and a food journal. If you get sick every time, sometimes you have to drop a LOT of foods before you start to feel better, and then you start adding foods back in and see when you react.

The GAPS and SCD diets are often used by people who are having troubles like this, and I know of many who have been helped by these a lot. Usually because they figured out what foods they were reacting to, if they kept track of symptoms and what they ate. It also involves probiotics and other things to help heal a damaged gut (with these two diets) so that can help, too.

I had similar problems, where I was ill and we couldn’t figure out the connection because just eliminating one or two foods didn’t do it. It ended up being gluten AND dairy…and soy and eggs and five more foods on top of that! But getting rid of them all, I feel so much better it’s kind of unbelievable. Not only is there no gut pain, but suddenly insomnia is gone, exhaustion is gone, frustration tolerance is WAY up, and even memory and concentration improved! It’s seriously worth it, if you can find out what’s going on.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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Q&A: How can I deal with having Celiac Disease?

Question by tayholbub: How can I deal with having Celiac Disease?
I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease this last week. I’m 19 years old and a female. How can I get help or support with having this disease? Who would I talk to about what I can or can’t eat anymore? Please help.

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Answer by Amanda
www.celiac.org. Find a good supermarket with gluten free products, too. Good luck!

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Posted by GlutenFree - October 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

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Can you be gluten intolerant without having Celiac disease?

Question by Jessica: Can you be gluten intolerant without having Celiac disease?
Also if you test negative for Celiac once, can you develop Celiac?

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Answer by Meg
Yes, both are possible but you should get further testing by your doctor for more accurate information.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Gluten-Intolerance-Symptoms—How-Do-You-Know-If-Gluten-Is-Making-You-Sick?&id=479404

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Posted by GlutenFree - October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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Q&A: What reasons would one have a gluten-free diet other than having celiac disease?

Question by CHRIS M. IS [TURNED INTO A NEWT]: What reasons would one have a gluten-free diet other than having celiac disease?
I heard on Y! Answers of a vegan who didn’t eat gluten by choice apparently (they didn’t appear to suffer from celiac disease). Are there any pros/reasons that you can think of that would convince a vegan to go gluten-free if they didn’t suffer from celiac disease? Are there certain health benefits or anything?

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Answer by ツStella☽Lunaツ
Most if not all people have some level of sensitivity to gluten. Did you know 97% of people with Celiac dont even know they have it? Anyway-
A gluten free diet can be very healthy. Many people feel better without gluten, even with negative test results. A gluten free diet not only can help people from giving in and eating those cakes and cookies, but is also full of health benefits. Did you know that wheat really isnt that good for you? I suggest reading, “Healthier Without Wheat” Or even better, “Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic” by Dr. Peter Green.

Edit: Actually, I had always had stomach problems but they got extremely worse after our family switched to whole wheat everything. Even then, my blood tests were negative all 3 times. But the gluten free diet has saved me!

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Posted by GlutenFree - August 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

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