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12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Gluten Free Diet

Though not a big fan of Elisabeth Hasselbeck I do value her personal experience with celiac disease, so I thought The G Free Diet would be a good read and I wasn't disappointed. I was surprised at the number of people who suffer from celiac, also that you can be sensit...
Though not a big fan of Elisabeth Hasselbeck I do value her personal experience with celiac disease, so I thought The G Free Diet would be a good read and I wasn't disappointed. I was surprised at the number of people who suffer from celiac, also that you can be sensitive to gluten without actually having the disease. The effort that is needed to be successful with the lifestyle changes is remarkable but with information from books like Elisabeth's and the support of the numerous organizations that are available, along with a good nutrionist, these changes will become routine and certainly worth the effect to avoid the damage that is otherwise done to the small intestine. With a detailed appendix and index, I found the G Free Diet to be a fairly complete introduction to celiac. I would definitely give Elisabeth's book 5 stars.

posted by BevE on May 27, 2009

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44 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

Irresponsible Load of Rubbish - Celiac Foundation has Issued a Warning!

What a load of rubbish!

After reading the book and watching Ms. Hasselbeck heavily promote the book on various television shows, I find myself asking: does Ms. Hasselbeck even have Celiac or is Celiac a disguise for some eating disorder? If Celiac is largely heredit...
What a load of rubbish!

After reading the book and watching Ms. Hasselbeck heavily promote the book on various television shows, I find myself asking: does Ms. Hasselbeck even have Celiac or is Celiac a disguise for some eating disorder? If Celiac is largely hereditary, how come no one else in Ms. Hasselbeck's family (father, mother, grandparents, sibling) have the disease?

Ms. Hasselbeck's claims that the "g-free diet" she has published is good for weightloss as well as persons suffering from Celiac (and kids with autism among others) is irresponsible and only a means for her to expand the market and sell more books. The fact is, most persons truly suffering from Celiac gain weight when they go on to a gluten-free diet because their body is finally able to absorb and retain nutrients.

A few other observations and concerns I have: much of the book seems to be cut and paste of existing sources, etc. (why would you pay for this when you can collect some 90% of the same information on a google search)? And how come Dr. Green - who apparently co-authored the book - has not appeared with Ms. Hasselbeck in any of the interviews or other promotions she has done to launch the book?

Bottom line: the book, the personal story told by Ms. Hasselbeck and the information provided is just not credible. At worst the book is very misleading and dangerous.

As you can see at Barnes & Noble, there are many, many books on Celiac disease, living with Celiac, and gluten-free eating and recipes. Look for a book by a credible medical expert not attached to a celebrity whose claim to fame is appearing on a reality television show. Ms. Hasselbeck is only trying to line her pockets with more money. Doing so off the back of a very serious illness is really disturbing.

UPDATE: WARNING ABOUT DANGERS OF E. HASSELBECK BOOK FROM CELIAC FOUNDATION

The very organisation that should be supporting Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book has issued a stern and urgent warning to let the public know the book is full of inaccuracies and the information is dangerous. The Celiac Foundation is also disturbed that Miss Hasselbeck is trivialising Celiac disease and promoting the Celiac diet as a weight-loss method.

PRESS RELEASE FROM ELAINE MONARCH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CELIAC FOUNDATION:

"I am writing to call your attention to the current publicity surrounding the new book, The G-free Diet, A Gluten-Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hassselbeck, co-host of The View. While it is important to call attention to celiac disease, the information must be accurate - the inaccuracies in this book are potentially dangerous and detrimental to celiacs and to those yet to be diagnosed if people self diagnose and start eating GF. Our mission is to assist in getting people accurately diagnosed and the message in this book could defeat this mission. It appears that this book is being marketed as a fitness diet - eat g-free and feel so much better. Celiac is incorrectly referred to as an allergy not an autoimmune disease.

The GF diet is the medically mediated prescription that controls the condition for a diagnosed celiac. Several items in the book are misleading and inaccurate and place further limitations on the GF diet. The gluten-free lifestyle is a lifelong commitment for the diagnosed celiac, not an option, not a fad diet - adhering to the GF lifestyle requires patience and persistence. This lifestyle can not be trivialized."

posted by JKornblatt on May 10, 2009

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