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Am I allergic to gluten? Is going on a gluten free diet a valid test?

Am I allergic to gluten? Is going on a gluten free diet a valid test?

Gluten allergy: What symptoms are you having that makes you feel you are allergic to gluten? Gluten allergy (e.g. Itchy lips/mouth/throat, nausea, hives) requires having allergic antibodies which are demonstrable by skin or blood tests. The other reaction to gluten causes celiac disease (e.g. Bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea) which is demonstrable by blood tests and intestinal biopsy. Avoid diet, consult md. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is it ok to be on a gluten free diet when you have blood test for celiac?

Is it ok to be on a gluten free diet when you have blood test for celiac?

Prob ok but...: You are trying to show with the blood test that you have the antibodies to gluten. Usually doctors will recommend the opposite; that you still eat foods with gluten. ...Read more

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If I am already on a gluten-free diet, is it possible to be tested for gluten sensitivity?

If I am already on a gluten-free diet, is it possible to be tested for gluten sensitivity?

Might not show: Depending on the test that is being run, it might not show. Some tests require there to be gluten in the diet in order to tell that the body can't probably handle the gluten protein. ...Read more

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Test positive for celiacs if you have been on a gluten free diet for 2 months? Is it worth it to go back on gluten to get a positive test result?

Test positive for celiacs if you have been on a gluten free diet for 2 months?  Is it worth it to go back on gluten to get a positive test result?

No: Your celiac problem is not going to go away so why would you want to make yourself sick again? Remember that some people may not totally recover until after several months off gluten product. However if your symptoms do not improve after 3 or 4 months, you need to evaluate the diagnosis or consider another diagnosis since the presence of celiac does not preclude other illnesses. ...Read more

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Why would a endoscopy not detect celiacs disease on a gluten free diet for a month?

Time to heal: Celiac disease is a reaction of the small intestine to the gluten protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Inflammation & other changes are seen on biopsy. However, inflammation can occur for other reasons, &blood tests are not 100% accurate. So, if blood tests are not revealing, one approach is 1mo off gluten. If biopsy shows improvement, then likely Celiac disease. If no change, may be something else. ...Read more

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Should i eat gluten before going in for a gluten intolerant test?

Absolutely: Bye avoiding for 2--6 weeks you feel better and your sign/ symptoms gone you are a winner , if you are gluten sensitive this is the treatment i.E go gluten free ...Read more

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Can you tell me if "gluten free" and celiac desease is "just a fad"?

Can you tell me if "gluten free" and celiac desease is "just a fad"?

Yes: Although some people may have gluten intolerance, the % is very small compared to the number of people who claim to have the problem. This reminds me of the candida infection fad a few years back- you hardly hear of it any more. Anyone who suspects gluten intolerance should get the appropriate blood test or even biopsy to document it - since total avoidance of gluten is no fun. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still get a celiac diagnosis on the gluten free diet?

Is it possible to still get a celiac diagnosis on the gluten free diet?

More difficult: The blood test on a gluten-free diet may yield false -negative results . But if it is still positive, it would be helpful. A small intestine biopsy would be the best bet but may appear normal if you have avoided gluten long enough. ...Read more

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After being on a gluten free diet for a while, how long does one have to be on a gluten challenge before being tested again?.

After being on a gluten free diet for a while, how long does one have to be on a gluten challenge before being tested again?.

Varies: If you have a proven diagnosis of celiac disease by biopsy, there is no need for re-challenge. You should stay on a gluten free diet. If you do not have biopsy proven celiac disease it can take a few months to a few years before the diagnosis can be made. One should never go on a gluten free diet without a clear diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've been on a mostly gluten free diet for 3 years after finding it helped my stomach symptoms. Is it possible to find out if I have celiac disease?

I've been on a mostly gluten free diet for 3 years after finding it helped my stomach symptoms. Is it possible to find out if I have celiac disease?

Perhaps: A mostly gluten-free diet may not be helpful for those with gluten intolerance but may be helpful for those with wheat allergy. The blood tests for gluten intolerance is accurate when a person is consuming gluten. Consider seeing an allergist to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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On a gluten, dairy, sugar free diet but extremely tired after being on it for a month. Why?

On a gluten, dairy, sugar free diet but extremely tired after being on it for a month. Why?

Detoxification: Hi wendy, you are probably going through some detoxification. You're body may be adjusting to the change, as well. If you are eating whole real foods, like lean organic proteins, vegetables and fruits, there should be no worries. However, if you have just substituted regular food with gluten-free junk food (pizza, cereals, desserts) than this may be a harmful way to change your diet. ...Read more

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I had a skin allergy test 4 years ago and tested +2 for oats, wheat, soy, barley, rye an hoops. Based on this could i be a celiac or sensitive?

I had a skin allergy test 4 years ago and tested +2 for oats, wheat, soy, barley, rye an hoops. Based on this could i be a celiac or sensitive?

Yes: About 1% of americans have celiac disease, a genetic gluten intolerance, but experts estimate ~10% have gluten sensitivity, which often causes GI symptoms, headaches & fatigue.There are tests for celiac but not for gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in wheat, rye & barley.See the gluten free diet section of my essay on diet & health for more info: http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health. ...Read more

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I think I may have a gluten intolerance. Is there any risks i'm going gluten free for an extended period? 

I think I may have a gluten intolerance. Is there any risks i'm going gluten free for an extended period? 

No: No, an "elimination diet" is the process of eliminating one or more foods for 3-4 weeks and seeing if you have a response in your symptoms. To find out if you have a food sensitivity, reintroduce it into your diet after the 3-4 week elimination period. Here's more on gluten... http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2012/08/celiac-disease-gluten-intolerance-whats.html. ...Read more

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Elimination diet to test me for celiac disease and ever since on this gluten free diet my stools are green. Normal?

Elimination diet to test me for celiac disease and ever since on this gluten free diet my stools are green. Normal?

Elim diet: Elimination diet is not the way to test for celiac. As of 2013, the preferred way to test for celiac is an intestinal biopsy. If you suspect celiac, you should have the procedure to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I think I have gluten intolerence, is elimination diet reliable?

I think I have gluten intolerence, is elimination diet reliable?

Yes and no: An elimination diet, carefully followed, is reliable for improving the symptoms of gluten intolerance, and for improving the overall health of people who are gluten intolerant. An elimination diet is not necessarily a reliable way to diagnose gluten intolerance. Other things about changing the diet, besides removing gluten may be responsible for improvement. ...Read more

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I have lupus, painful interstitial cystitis, and lots of GI issues. Is it worth trying gluten free diet for a while though my celiac test was negative?

I have lupus, painful interstitial cystitis, and lots of GI issues. Is it worth trying gluten free diet for a while though my celiac test was negative?

Absolutely: Also consider casein free (avoid cow dairy). Must go gluten free for at least 3-6 months for an adequate trial. Casein can cross react and look like gluten. Celiac testing is not accurate. Consider probiotics such as kombucha and kefir (water or goats milk). Can make both yourself at home. ...Read more

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Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


Dr. Liesa Harte
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Gluten Free Diet (Definition)

Because Celiac Disease is an intolerance to gluten, identifying and avoiding gluten in the diet is ...Read more