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Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic Hardcover – February 7, 2006

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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, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris P.L., IN
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“The book the celiac world has needed all along.” (Gluten Intolerance Group Newsletter)

“An exceptionally complete yet easy to read guide to celiac disease and strategies for living with it successfully. . . . Highly Recommended.” (ChildrenWithDiabetes.com)

“Useful, in-depth information for sufferers. . . . This book is important for consumer health libraries and consumer health collections in public libraries.” (Library Journal)

“Easy to read . . . full of common sense and suggestions that go to the heart of celiac concerns.” (Gluten-Free Living)

“Best consumer health books of 2006” (Library Journal)

“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. “ (Elaine Monarch, Executive Director, Celiac Disease Foundation)

“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.” (Living Without)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006076693X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060766931
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a very worthwhile 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 starts with an overview of the "normal" digestive tract and the immune system. Then it explains what celiac disease is and what goes wrong. There are chapters on how to diagnose celiac disease and differentiate it from other conditions, as well as discussions on alternative approaches to testing for celiac disease including fecal, breath, and saliva testing and the blood dot test. Dr. Green discusses laboratory differences and false negatives and false positives. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the future of testing.

The next parts of the book are devoted to related conditions and complications with chapters on neurological manifestations like peripheral neuropathy, ataxia, migraines, and epilepsy, malignancy, osteoporosis, depression, DH, diabetes, infertility, and other related autoimmune conditions like Sjogren's Syndrome, thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, Addison's Disease etc. and discussions of the medical management of celiac disease.

The gluten free diet (the only treatment for celiac disease) is covered in some detail, covering topics such as how much gluten is too much, 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".
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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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I applaude Dr. Green and Rory Jones with this new book. I've bought and read almost every book and cookbook ever written on celiac disease and the gluten free diet since my diagnosis 17 years ago and this is by far the best.

The book details the history of celiac disease, the medical aspects of the disease in layman's terms, and the diet itself in an easily readible book.

I loved the insertion of the personal stories throughout the book. Many people will find their own story in them. This book should be in every GI doctor's office in the country, not to mention every celiac's home.

I give this book an A+!
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I am an annual attendee at Dr. Green's seminars at Columbia University dealing with Celiac Disease. I sent in a letter after the 2005 Patient Education Day seminar offering not only raves about the spectacular quality of the seminars but also some suggestions about how to take the complicated technical material and make it more "user-friendly". This book does exactly that. It is easy reading, interesting, and offers a celiac patient a never ending series of "ah hahs" as the reader matches his personal experiences to the information in the book. This is a five-star book that every celiac patient, every person who cares about a celiac patient, and every doctor who treats a celiac patient should not only own but should read and re-read.
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Dr. Green's resume shows that he is the foremost expert on this subject that I've read to date. This book at least comments on and often answers many questions that have risen in the quest to learn about topics such as celiac disease, wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, and the subtleties of differences in diagnoses and interpretations among the medical community and others.

Dr. Green highly recommends the gluten free diet and spends a significant amount of time on management with this diet. However, one of the main problems with gluten is that it is ubiquitous (AKA omnipresent, universal, pervasive, global, abundant, permeating) and often not shown as an ingredient in products where it resides. I do not believe that Dr. Green has adequately addressed this part of the problem or significantly discussed that alternative solutions already exist.

In Chapter 27, on page 270, Dr. Green has three paragraphs about Oral Peptidases and mentions that studies are underway at Stanford University using a recombinant bacterial peptidase...capable of digesting...gliadin. In conclusion of that same chapter, Dr. Green states that most of the therapies described in the chapter are still theoretical...except the...oral peptidases trial already in progress. Three paragraphs in a 280 page book is not significant mention.

Just last month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article entitled "Enzymes Might Cut Celiac Symptoms", July 26, 2006, Kuehn 296 (4): 382 Hope does appear to be present and in the process of being proven.
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