Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic
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Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic

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by Peter H. R. Green, Rory Jones
     
 

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The definitive book on celiac disease, one of the most common and underdiagnosed autoimmune diseases in America.

Do you suffer from gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anemia, and/or itchy skin conditions? Have you consulted numerous doctors, and been prescribed drugs and diets that have only temporarily alleviated some symptoms? If so,

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The definitive book on celiac disease, one of the most common and underdiagnosed autoimmune diseases in America.

Do you suffer from gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anemia, and/or itchy skin conditions? Have you consulted numerous doctors, and been prescribed drugs and diets that have only temporarily alleviated some symptoms? If so, you may have celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune condition that affects nearly one in every hundred people—97 percent of whom remain undiagnosed and untreated.

The real answer to your medical problems may lie in this book. Dr. Peter H.R. Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and internationally renowned expert on the disease, together with Rory Jones, an accomplished science writer who was diagnosed with the disease in 1998 and has been researching it ever since, have written this authoritative guide on how celiac disease is properly diagnosed, treated, and managed. The disease is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, which damages the lining of the small intestine so that it cannot properly absorb food. Without essential nutrients, the entire body begins to suffer. Complications from celiac disease can include infertility, depression, liver disease, other autoimmune diseases (such as type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease), and even cancer. This is a disease that you do not outgrow. At present, the only way to treat it is to follow a lifelong gluten-free diet.

This revised and updated edition contains the most current information on celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity. It examines the disease’s many manifestations and includes an entire section devoted to coping with the psychological aspects of living with a chronic illness and following a gluten-free diet. It also includes a guide to ingredients and safe grains, a selection of gluten-free manufacturers, and a list of national and international support groups.

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Library Journal

Green (director, Celiac Disease Ctr., Columbia Univ.) and Jones, a science writer and celiac disease patient, have added new information to this revised version of one of LJ's Best Consumer Health Books of 2006. The authors organize this edition the same way as the first, explaining the diagnosis, genetics, and possible complications, with seven chapters devoted to the gluten-free diet. Sections on the diagnosis and management of the disease are updated, and reports of more recent scientific research into a treatment or cure are included. There is a revised list of safe grains and ingredients and tips on reading labels as well as an expanded list of gluten-free product manufacturers. The 2006 edition, which has been a staple in library collections on celiac disease and gluten intolerance, is still a valuable resource worth keeping. This new edition is highly recommended for all libraries, even those that own the first edition.
—Lisa Felix

Elaine Monarch
“The definitive resource for every celiac, those yet to be diagnosed, and their families. Comprehensive and concise, yet easy to understand. This is a must-have book.”
Gluten Intolerance Group Newsletter
“The book the celiac world has needed all along.”
ChildrenWithDiabetes.com
“An exceptionally complete yet easy to read guide to celiac disease and strategies for living with it successfully. . . . Highly Recommended.”
Gluten-Free Living
“Easy to read . . . full of common sense and suggestions that go to the heart of celiac concerns.”
Living Without
“A must-read for those with celiac disease and anyone with suspect symptoms (gastrointestinal complaints, anemia, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, etc.)....If you buy just one medical book about celiac disease, make it this one.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060766931
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Elaine Monarch
“The definitive resource for every celiac, those yet to be diagnosed, and their families. Comprehensive and concise, yet easy to understand. This is a must-have book. “

Meet the Author

Peter H.R. Green, M.D., is the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He is the Ivan and Phyllis Seidenberg Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and attending physician at the Columbia University Medical Center (New York-Presbyterian Hospital). Celiac disease has been his focus for the last 25 years with equal concentration on patient care and research. He is the co-author of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic and Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life.

Rory Jones, M.S. is a medical writer and Adjunct Professor of Narrative Medicine at Barnard College of Columbia University. She has done extensive work on health and medical topics, including educational programs for both adults and children. She specializes in ‘translating’ scientific information for a consumer audience. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, she has researched and written about it and the gluten-free diet for medical as well as consumer publications. She is the co-author of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic and Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life.

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Celiac Disease 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello, My utmost thanks to Dr. Green and Rory Jones. Remarkable, written with empathy and easily understandable Diagnosed 20 plus years ago, this is the first comprehensive book I have ever read. Newly diagnosed celiacs contact me for information. Will now suggest they obtain Celiac Disease A Hidden Epidemic, a wonderful informative book covering every aspect of celiac disease. I have an arsenal of books, articles etc. Nothing else will be required and it will alleviate the stacks of information I currently keep. Wish Dr. Green could be cloned and come to the west coast, there is nothing available here. Olive-Las Vegas
JensGlutenFree More than 1 year ago
The newest post at www.jensglutenfreeblog.com reads "If you haven't yet read Peter Green's Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic go to Barnes & Noble today and purchase a copy.". Anyone with celiac disease should add this book to their library - to find out why read the whole post here: http://www.jensglutenfreeblog.com/gluten-free-health/the-many-faces-of-celiac-disease/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, it is an eye opener for a lot of symptoms, at least for me. If you even think you have this it is very informative, and will get you to either eliminate or talk to your doctor to see about this. I highly suggest this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provided many answers for questions that could not be answered by my regular doctor or specialist. I have already given it to someone else who needs the info and I will ordering another one for my library. Very helpful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not found a more reliable, credible book on this subject. I am a doctor myself, and this is a very scientific based resource.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent addition to a person with celiac disease's library. Rather than another 'do's and don'ts' book, it's focus is on the physiology and pathology of celiac disease. But let not your heart be troubled (or your brain twisted) by medicalese -- it is written very clearly and in layman's terms. It gives a comprehensive overview of the 'normal' digestive tract and the immune system. Then it explains what celiac disease is and what goes wrong. There are discussions on how to diagnose celiac disease, the alternative approaches to testing for celiac disease, laboratory differences and the future of testing. There are also chapters on differential diagnoses (what else could you have besides celiac disease) and 'why' people get celiac disease -- what is known about the evolution of this particular disease process. The next part of the book is devoted to related conditions and complications and the medical management of celiac disease. There are chapters on what you need to know -- and do--after diagnosis, why symptoms persist, and follow-up testing. The treatment for celiac disease, the gluten free diet, is discussed with care. The topics covered include grain science, cross contamination, and basic rules for avoiding cross contamination. There are chapters on the new labelling and testing of gluten free products, a short chapter on cooking without gluten (this is not a cookbook), eating in the 'real world', dealing with family occasions, the medicine cabinet and cosmetics and 'eating naked'. The last part of the book has chapters on dealing with children and young adults who have celiac disease, including the impact of parental attitudes, how adults cope with the changes celiac disease and the gluten free diet bring to their lifestyles and then chapters on research and myths and unexplored areas. I would say that at least two thirds of the book deal with the medical and scientific issues. The last third of the book deals with lifestyle change and gluten-free diet issues. I was glad that there weren't really any specific products mentioned in the book, so we don't have to worry about whether or not a product really is 'still' gluten free or not because we saw it in this book. This book is very well written with a good balance between personal anecdotes and hard science. All in all, I certainly think that this book is an excellent reference for every celiac to have and an important contribution to the celiac community.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having multiple food intolerences that went mis- diagnosed for years, I am quite familiar with this genre of writing. From this background, I will unequivocably say that this book is incredible. It gives a wealth of information about celiac disease specifically as well as a much-appreciated, comprehensive overview of the background to it--the complexity of the digestive systems and how they work and can go wrong. It is written beautifully with a blend of anecdotes and scientific fact that is a pleasure to read. The authors are obviously very familiar with the difficulties, stress, and pain that can accompany all stages of learning of and living with a gluten-free diet. It's tone is honest, extremely positive, and uplifting. I recomend this book to all interested in this topic, celiacs and non-celiacs alike.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for any celiac. I brought this to my general practitioner for my appointment due to celiac disease symptoms. For a doctor who is not very familiar with celiac disease this is invaluable. I had parts bookmarked to support my suspicions. He referred me to a specialist after reading my evidenciary support.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was diagnosed with celiac disease recently, I went to the bookstore and this book just had been published. I was very glad to see a book that ended-up being like that close friend that gives you advice when you most need it. Sometimes I think that this book may have saved my life.