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Gluten Toxicity: The Mysterious Symptoms of Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, And Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance Paperback – Dec 21 2010
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About the Author
Shelly Stuart is a Celiac Nurse And Gluten Intolerance Consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has been a Registered Nurse for 21 years in a variety of clinical areas, including gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease. Shelly and her eldest daughter have Celiac Disease, and her two other daughters have food allergies. Shelly's extensive medical background, along with her experience as a mother, have been valuable assets for helping others with diagnosis and a healthy lifestyle adjustment. Helping patients navigate the maze associated with gluten toxicity has become a way of life for Shelly.
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Shelly's personal story, woven throughout the book, adds interest and a personal appeal, but never attempts to substitute anecdote for the hard science she relies on. In fact, at first glance, the book seemed rather technical to me, and I thought it would be best-suited for clinicians. But after reading through to the end, I was impressed enough to change my mind. This is an excellent resource, offering really insightful and accurate explanations for anyone suffering from, or attempting to, treat gluten-related illness. Some of you may be familiar with Cleo Libonati, RN, and the book "Recognizing Celiac Disease", which was one of the first books to comprehensively make connections between a vast array of medical conditions and celiac disease, and to back them up with clinical research citations. Shelly Stuart's book goes quite a bit farther, to discuss the pathophysiology, symptoms, and diagnosis of a huge number of health conditions associated with celiac disease and also non-celiac gluten intolerance. Thank you, Shelly Stuart, for this much-needed, terrific, new resource for the gluten-free world.
Wendy Cohan, RN, Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Educator
I have been doing research on Gluten Intolerance for a long time, and I've run into a lot of references that keep me wondering and searching for more answers. Which is natural since the disease is just starting to be understood, but many of the books I've read are vague and don't inspire confidence.
Shelly doesn't have all the answers either, but she is very forthright about it. She not only covers the vast amount of information that is available, but points out where research is lacking, and demonstrates why a lot of the information you hear about gluten intolerance is incomplete. And she includes stress as a trigger, a factor that can't be overlooked when explaining why people without symptoms still need to be concerned, and why symptoms sometimes don't appear until later in life.
The research is well documented in an extensive bibliography, which assures me that I'm not just getting opinions. Shelly does present her opinions, too. But since she is in the medical field-a registered nurse for 21 years including 5 years in gastroenterology-and she has lived successfully for 6 years with Celiac Disease herself, I feel her opinions are well-informed and worth listening to.
The book has extensive chapters that cover in detail the many aspects of gluten intolerance. In addition to general information, sections include:
1) Medical explanations of what Celiac Disease is, current theories about non-Celiac gluten intolerance, and a call for more research.
2) Possible symptoms and indicators of gluten intolerance, diseases that have been shown to be related to it, and information on allergies.
3) The types of tests that may be used for diagnosis, along with the head's up that doctors have different approaches. If you want specific tests done, you may be able to request them.
4) Shelly also covers the basics of what foods can and can't be eaten, her own Celiac story, and tips for eating gluten free. She discusses various gluten free diets, and how recommendations vary from doctor to doctor, and from country to country.
5) The book concludes with an extensive list of resources, online and offline.
If you want a more thorough understanding of gluten intolerance, you won't be disappointed if you buy this book. I highly recommend it!
I am big on getting information that is research based - not opinion based - and this book is BIG on research with over 100 pages of references! Thank you Shelly for taking the time to put together such an amazing resource!