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   Posted 6/16/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not have a gluten problem but one of my fellow bakers does. Two years ago she had pneumonia and was quite ill. When she felt she was recovered enough to return to making wedding cakes she went back to her bakery. While working she inhaled some of the wheat flour and it set her up for a horrendous gluten response when it interacted with the mucus membranes in her lungs.

Although she eventually recovered she had to sell her bakery. She is a true artist and this was a difficult decision but the best thing for her health. Anyway, my point is PLEASE BE CAREFUL when working with ingredients containing gluten if you cook for the rest of your family. Until she faced this type of gluten response I had never heard of celiac disease affecting the respiratory system.
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   Posted 6/16/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had my gluten sensitivity symptoms triggered by walking down the bread aisle at the grocery store, enjoying the scent of the bread...
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   Posted 6/16/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My sister was a manager at Subway. She'd consistently told me she did NOT have celiac, despite me seeing symptoms in her. After working at Subway for a couple of months, she had rheumatoid arthritis in her hands so severely her hands were utterly deformed. I repeatedly told her it was kneading dough and making bread daily and she repeatedly blew me off. When it got to where she could no longer use her hands, she quit. Within 6 months of leaving Subway, she no longer needed methotrexate or injections for her hands. Today, several years later, her hands are as normal as they will ever get. Two fingers are permanently crippled but she no longer is treated for RA-- and has been told it was celiac.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
If you touch places that have been touched by crumbs or hands that have gluten on them, you can then touch your mouth and then get glutened. (I did that today. My SIL was driving on a trip we took this week and he ate a hamburger and did not wash his hands after eating. I forgot this happened and did not wash the car down before I drove it this week. (I am used to my home and car being GF.)

You might also find the longer that you are GF, the faster you have a reaction to being exposed to gluten.

My family has to avoid gluten in our shampoo and any other body products because my girls break out in dermatitis herptiformis
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