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Submitted on Apr 07, 2017

Halls Defense NOT Gluten Free
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Halls Defense is not safely gluten free for Celiacs. I called on March 4, 2014, and was told that some of their suppliers use flavorings that they cannot guarantee to be gluten free.

Submitted on Mar 05, 2014

How to Find Hidden Gluten on Food Labels
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It's important that we are very careful when we read labels. Yes, we are looking for wheat, rye, barley and (contaminated) oats.

But, some food companies like to print other names for wheat in their products, which describe different forms of wheat, wheat products and stages of wheat processing.

Here are the names that can be found for wheat on the National Institutes of Health's

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

Celiac Disease Testing
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For those that have Celiac Disease, it can be a long and painful road before finally receiving a proper diagnosis.

The process used by most physicians:

Several blood tests are used to screen for antibodies commonly present in individuals with Celiac Disease.

As of Feb. 10th, 2011, Quest Diagnostics lists the following tests as part of it's Celiac Panel:

> Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) Antibody, IgA

> Gliadin Antibody, IgA

> Total IgA

> Endomysial Antibody (EMA) Screen, IgA- performed (at additional charge) when the anti-tTG IgA is positive

> EMA Titer-performed (at additional charge) when the EMA screen is positive

> tTG Antibody, IgG-performed (at additional charge) when total IgA is low

A positive result in one or more of these will likely lead to a recommendation for an Upper Gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

Counseling For Celiac Disease
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Counseling for Celiac Disease varies greatly from provider to provider. If you are receiving counseling from a hospital or similar setting, you likely will be offered some form of nutritional guidance in addition to the advice provided by your physician.

Support groups exist in some communities and at some Celiac centers. How frequent they meet varies and this can be an issue for some families or individuals.

Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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