113.celiac Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes part 11

Re celiac sprue and ulcerative colitis: from Gregory O'Leary on 2006-05-02

I am seeking a specialist at UCSF who handles patients with Celiac Sprue. Can you direct me to someone. 209 639-2908 or e-mail. Thank you.

celiac desease: from sonny on 2006-05-18

can anybody tell me of a GF gravy or gravy browning.

celiac desease: from Peter on 2006-05-18

I use a little plain cornflour mixed with juices left in the roasting pan or from cooking vegetables to make gravy.
Mix the cornflour with a little cold water before adding to the roasting pan.
use a wooden spatula to scrape the pan while cooking over a low heat. This will usually give a good colour to the gravy as well as a good flavour.

celiac desease: from jakki browne on 2006-05-18

Does anyone know where i can buy a testing kit for celiac?

celiac desease: from Peter on 2006-05-18

Anyone with sufficient symptoms to cause a reasonable suspicion can get free tests done by their GP in the UK.

These tests are not 100\%, they may show negative but you still react to gluten.
If the test is positive then you should definitely avoid gluten.

I don't know of any reliable test kits that you can buy.

Re Gluten sensitivity without celiacs disease: from Cliff Jenkins on 2006-06-17

I am satisfied that the Coeliac condition is endemic in our family. We know mother had it, my younger sister has it, my daughter has it, and a niece has it. Our version shows itself in the women and I assume that I carry the genes and may have a very mild version.

For the last twelve months my son and I have been on the GI diet with high (non-root) vegetables and fruit content and water. As a result we have virtually stopped eating white bread, now when we have white bread we both suffer difficult indigestion, we feel off. Regretably I think that also applies to Burgen bread which is superb! Pitta bread seems to be OK as did the bread I had on recent visits to France and Spain.

I am now testing to see how Linseed can be added to our diets to get them even better.

(With regard to doctors, I think they are frightened on the upheaval that coping with the changed diet in a family may have, particularly with the ones who have difficulty coping - you should have seen the relief on his face when I realised that my daughter's symptoms showed Coeliac and I said just that and he realised that I already knew the scenario. (For our part until then we had been worried whether she would be well enough for an operation on her jaw, we went straight on GF and within two weeks she was fit. YEH! )

Best wishes

celiac desease: from janice hamshaw on 2006-06-26

i alway's use bisto best the one in the glass jar for my gravy, it also does for all the family

Re Immune System and Celiac: from irene barker on 2006-07-31

hi, i am trying to look for information on immune problems,i have ulcerative colitis,psorias,i have had to ops for capol tunnel,but just lately,ive had a stiff shoulder for three wks and kneck pain which has calmed down,only to find i was layed up for a wk with lower back pain,i couldnt walk as the pain went down my leg to my foot, that now has calmed,i have white patches all over my body,(looks like vitiligo)patches on my legs are large ones,i have had my gall bladder out, and then suffered malbsorbtion,with the uc,my hands are a problem, as i throw objects without knowing,had numeros tests for that, but nothing came back on that,they are very stiff and painful still,my toes are very hot and painful,had that about a year,although i have had the pain before many years ago,i have two discs that rub together in the dorcel area,that was put down to wear and tear, a few years back,i am trying to put everything together as a whole......any ideas???i am 54 and going insane......please help......

celiac desease: from cheryl katten on 2006-08-04

can you have a gluten intolerance and not have celiac disease?

celiac desease: from Peter on 2006-08-04

Celiac or Coeliac disease is sometimes defined as the condition where the villi in the small intestine are damaged by the gluten - often to the point where a flat mucosa is observed in biopsy. This is because it used to be the only obvious symptom that could be easily measured.
More recent methods have shown that the syndrome of damage that can be caused by gluten in food is very variable, and won't always cause a flat intestinal mucosa.

Some doctors will stick to the strict traditional version, and only call the condition coeliac if a biopsy shows damage. Others call it coeliac if any syndrome of damage is produced by the gluten.
The difference between gluten intolerance and celiac is very much a matter of definition. The treatment is the same - completely avoid gluten in the diet.