Cross contamination issue

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I’m trying to understand the cross contamination issue. I have not been diagnosed but I know I am gluten sensitive for sure. All I have to do is eat gluten to know that. Anyway, it’s hard for me the wrap my head around the idea that a bun touching something is a bad thing. I understand if you get vomiting and diarrhea from it. That makes sense. However, if it takes only a speck to get glutened, why does a doctor want you to eat like 3 or 4 pieces of bread a day for weeks for a blood test? (Are they trying to thin the population?? 🙁 ) What happens with a speck of gluten and why can’t that be read with a test? Is a speck as bad as a whole piece of bread? Why or why not? Any clarification would be appreciated!

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Lynne 3 years 9 Answers 341 views 0

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  1. I got cross contamination from using cheese dip that someone dipped pretzels in. I was sick all night and had to miss work the following day.

  2. I know you were not trying to be funny but your comment about thining the population did have me laughing out loud 😀 About your question though, from what I understand they want you eating the equivalent of 3-4 pieces of bread because that is what is needed to maintain your villi acting up, once you stop eating gluten your body heals quite quickly so the longer you are without gluten the more you will react to less amounts of gluten and therefore a crumb will be enough to make ones body get sick.

  3. It’s a “gluten challenge”… you have to be on a “normal diet” in order to get clear baseline endoscopy results.

    I didn’t understand it either until the results came in.

    And for some people here a speck IS as bad as a piece of bread if not more….

  4. I understand how that could be true in some cases. But I don’t understand the concept that once your body heals, it takes less gluten to make you sick. That seems counter intuitive. I don’t follow that. Kind of like, why would you quit so you can get sick eating less of it?

  5. Think of it like a bee sting. The first time, it hurts. The second time, your arm swells. The third time your threat might swell causing you to go into anaphylactic shock. You have gotten the poison out of your system. You reintroduce. Your body panics because “Here we go again!”

  6. Also some of us get blisters and rashes on our skin. I get itchy from being around it.

  7. One crumb bumps up your army to red alert (ie antibodies) for up to three months! So it puts them all on patrol searching for baddies 😜 (which is exhausting!)

  8. Would one crumb give the same results on a blood test for antibodies as a whole slice of bread?

  9. Good question!! They need you to be consuming gluten for around 8 weeks prior to testing so they know where to biopsy and get a good sample. A speck of gluten will do damage, but it will be harder to detect.

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