For centuries, wheat has been known as the “staff of life.” But for millions of Americans affected by gluten-related disorders, consuming gluten, the complex protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, can be hazardous to their health. In a recent poll presented by Scientific American, over 30% of Americans reported wanting to cut down or eliminate gluten from their diets; the gluten-free market is a $6.3 billion industry and continues to expand.
Now, in Gluten Freedom, Alessio Fasano, MD, world-renowned expert and founder of Boston’s Center for Celiac Research, reveals the latest developments in scientific research and treatment, and the answers they provide for this rapidly expanding audience. This groundbreaking, authoritative guide is an invaluable roadmap for the newly diagnosed, for those already dealing with gluten-related issues, and for anyone who thinks they may have an issue with gluten.
Distinguishing scientific fact from myth, Gluten Freedom explains the latest research, diagnostic procedures, and treatment/diet recommendations, helping consumers make the best choices for themselves and their families. Gluten Freedom also discusses important nutritional implications for behavior-related diagnoses such as autism and conditions such as depression, anxiety, and “foggy mind.” Other highlights include:
• The differences between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy
• Current best practices for gluten-related disorders at any age
• Practical information on setting up a gluten-free kitchen, reading labels, and staying safe and healthy in a world filled with hidden sources of gluten
• The psychological impact of a diagnosis and its effect on a family
• Groundbreaking research for prevention and therapy
• Reliable and accurate resources for patients, parents, and physicians
• And even recipes for an authentic gluten-free Italian dinner from Dr. Fasano’s home kitchen
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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.
Read an Excerpt
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