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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Highlights From My Book, “Gluten Toxicity: The Mysterious Symptoms Of Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, And Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance”

Below, I have outlined the highlights that can be found in my book about gluten intolerance. Very soon, “Gluten Toxicity” will be available as an e-book from my blog for $9.99. This provides a lower cost option and the book can be available for your review within minutes. Within a few weeks, my 355 page book will also be available as a 7×10 paperback from Amazon for $19.99. I’ll post an update on my blog, Twitter (CeliacNurse1, PaleolithicRN, GlutenToxicity), and Facebook (Celiac Nurse and author page, Gluten Toxicity) when the paperback is ready.

“Gluten Toxicity” Highlights

Comprehensive Symptom Review

Chapters 3-14, discuss the many elusive ways gluten intolerance can present as vague or pronounced symptoms. Each chapter focuses on one system of the body and how reactions to gluten can lead to the symptoms in that part of the body. For example, in the gastrointestinal chapter, the book discusses how symptoms can occur in each area of the gastrointestinal tract including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
Chapter 14 includes diseases, syndromes, and conditions associated with gluten intolerance and chapter 15 has a comprehensive checklist of symptoms that can be completed and taken with you to the doctor to request testing.

In Depth Analysis Of The Tests

Chapter 17 discusses the panel of gluten intolerance tests, all of the pitfalls with diagnosis and how false negative test results can occur. Special diagnostic considerations with ataxia and other neurological issues is also included.
Differences in doctor’s diagnostic practices is reviewed so that the reader can make informed choices for diagnostic testing. Due to the lack of awareness about gluten intolerance, some doctors do not use all of the tests. This could lead to false negative results or an incomplete diagnosis.

Gluten-Free Diet Information

My gluten-free diet is discussed with tips to improve the nutrient value of the diet. Thirty extra gluten-free diet and health tips help the newly diagnosed to learn a new way of eating.
There is much debate around the use of oats in the gluten-free diet. To help address this issue, I added some information about the pros and cons associated with adding oats into the diet and some recommendations for people who would like to consume pure uncontaminated oats.

Extra Therapeutic Diet Information

Taking the required dietary change a step further, the book discusses the use of other therapeutic diets such as the paleolithic lectin-free diet, the specific carbohydrate diet, the grain-free diet, and the elimination diet. My experience with each diet is included. Sometimes, the gluten-free diet doesn’t relieve all symptoms. Other factors along with the use of therapeutic diets need to be considered. Every patient is unique and requires an individualized care plan to achieve an optimum state of wellness.

Tips To Consider: What If The Gluten-Free Diet Doesn’t Work?

What if you have been on the diet for a while and it doesn’t seem to be working? Also, what if the diet was working, but now it isn’t. If you are dealing with these difficulties, then “Gluten Toxicity” has recommendations that you can discuss with your doctor, gastroenterologist, and other specialists.

Thirty Life Style Tips To Ease The Transition

Initially, the healing phase and gluten-free lifestyle can can present with some challenges. “Gluten Toxicity” offers thirty additional lifestyle and health tips that can help to speed up your healing and ease the transition into a new lifestyle.

Tips To Help Heal Intestinal Villi

Some people with a form of gluten intolerance called celiac disease have intestinal villi damage. Chapter 19 discusses 10 facts about intestinal villi and 10 steps that you can take to improve villi health.

Flow Charts

A helpful flowchart will help you to keep track of blood test results and your progress. Recommended blood tests are included on the chart.
A second flowchart provides a list of tasks to consider once diagnosed. Many recommended tasks are included in this chart as well.

New Theories

The prevalence of celiac disease has significantly increased over the last 50 years. This has inspired me to investigate the possible reasons behind this increase. I dedicated a chapter to discuss 12 theories that may shed some light on this public health issue. Some of the theories are currently being explored, others are just hypothetical possibilities. I look forward to discussing these theories further with readers on my author page at Facebook. Together, as a collective conscious, we can brain storm and may come up with some new theories to be explored.
My book discusses other theories as well, such as emerging theories for non-celiac gluten intolerance, the hypothetical link between the high prevalence of food allergies and gluten intolerance, the possible benefit of using therapeutic diets for other autoimmune diseases and the use of gluten-free diets to increase the health of pets. I think many people have been wondering about these possible connections so I took some time to explore this in the final chapters of the book. I look forward to discussing this with you on my author page.

Support For A New Lifestyle

I dedicated my final chapter, “Support For A New Lifestyle”, to all of the heroic souls who are advocating for those who are suffering from gluten intolerance. Collectively, the people listed in this chapter work tirelessly to promote awareness, diagnosis, and provide tips and recipes to help increase success with the GF lifestyle. They have made generous contributions to help others link their symptoms to gluten intolerance and to help others live a successful gluten-free lifestyle.
This chapter provides links for support groups, celiac disease centers, gluten-free magazines, gluten-free forums, travel and dining resources, food allergy magazines, gluten-free radio, and gluten-free television. A list of gluten-free bloggers and an additional list of helpful books is also included.

Many Empowering References

In the bibliography, many references are available to empower people with the research studies they need to influence their doctor to test them. Unfortunately, many patients have encountered doctors who discourage testing. This is often due to lack of awareness about the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance.

My Mission

Many are suffering and quite likely many are dying globally due to undiagnosed celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and non-celiac gluten intolerance. This breaks my heart when I think of grandparents being lost due to dementia or illness, couples dealing with infertility or pregnancy issues (potentially leading to loss of a baby), mothers and fathers struggling with illness, children with cognitive disabilities affecting their ability to achieve their potential in life, and many others who are suffering with a variety of misdiagnoses. I am hoping that “Gluten Toxicity” will help others to recognize that a link may exist between their symptoms and the ingestion of gluten. Recognition, diagnosis, and a gluten-free diet may be all that is needed to increase their quality of life and end the suffering.

“Gluten Toxicity” will be available as an e-book from my blog within the next week and will be available as a 355 page, 5×10 book from Amazon in a few weeks.

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