Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle

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ISBN-13: 9781118423103
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 364,869
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alessio Fasano, MD, world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist, is founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the leading research and treatment center for celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity. Trained in Naples, Italy, and widely sought after by national and international media, Dr. Fasano has been featured in hundreds of outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, Bloomberg News, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, “Good Morning America,” VOGUE, and numerous health-related websites and magazines. 

Susie Flaherty was former senior editor at the University of Maryland and project manager and editor for Best Practices in Developmental Disabilities: A Maryland Resource for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (SOP). As communications director of the Center for Celiac Research, she is currently promoting Dr. Fasano’s work to media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, USA Today, NPR, and Huffington Post. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. 

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What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a genetic disorder affecting children and adults. People with celiac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. In people with celiac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction that causes the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. People with celiac disease produce antibodies that, in combination with immune cells, produce toxic chemicals called cytokines, which attack the intestine and cause damage and illness. 

Celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis combined. It affects one in 133 Americans.* A blood test is now available to screen for the presence of specific antibodies. A biopsy of the intestine (before beginning a gluten-free diet) is usually needed to make a final diagnosis. 

People with celiac disease are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system inflammation, pancreatic disease, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and OB-GYN disorders. 

Untreated celiac disease has also been linked (in rare cases) to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma. Currently, there are no drugs to treat celiac disease, and there is no cure. But people with celiac disease can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten-free diet. This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, and barley. 

Celiac disease is not a food allergy; rather it is an autoimmune disease. Food allergies, including wheat allergy, are conditions that people can potentially grow out of. This is not the case with celiac disease, as people with celiac disease will have the disorder for the rest of their lives. 

Table of Contents




PART ONE: Gluten Enters the Picture

Chapter One: What's Gluten Got To Do With It?*

Chapter Two: New Clinical Faces of the Gluten-Free Revolution*

Chapter Three: Making Sense of Gluten, Leaky Gut, and Autoimmunity*

Chapter Four:  Getting the Right Diagnosis *

Chapter Five: Gluten and Your Brain*

PART TWO: Joining the Gluten-Free Revolution

Chapter Six: Living Well on the Gluten-Free Diet +

Chapter Seven: Gluten-Free Cooking and Dining+

Chapter Eight: Dinner With Dr. Fasano+

PART THREE: Gluten-Free for Life 

Chapter Nine: Going Gluten-Free Before Birth+

Chapter Ten: Gluten-free Milestones in Childhood

Chapter Eleven: Football, Family Life, and Gluten+

Chapter Twelve: Getting Through College Gluten-Free+

Chapter Thirteen: Gluten and Your Golden Years+

PART FOUR: Going Beyond Gluten

Chapter Fourteen: Preventing Celiac Disease*

Chapter Fifteen: New Treatment Options and Therapies*

Epilogue: Making Wishes Come True





• Features highlighted research from CFCR

+ Includes recipes


“You can find no better authority on gluten-related disorders.” —The Alabama Gluten Free & Celiac Community

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