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Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous To Your Health Paperback – August 26, 2002
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READ THIS BOOK, and if the symptoms and illnesses of yourself and/or esteemed others jump out at you, read it again (as I have) for relevance, understanding, connection, note-taking, retention, resolve and competence in sharing. Also read the appendices and the 28 pages of information-dense references. Also, if you have the fortitude, look up the definitions of all of the listed illnesses - such work and knowledge acquisition might provide the discipline required for making any recommended dietary changes.
MAIN TOPICS: illnesses and diseases in the US population resulting from 1) celiac disease which is "an ailment whereby the inside lining of the small intestine...is chronically damaged by gluten proteins and their interaction with the immune system" (~1% of population). and 2) "non-celiac gluten sensitivity (which) exists whenever an individual's immune system is mounting an abnormal reaction to gluten" (~ 20% of population).
USEFULNESS: The authors skillfully explain the role of gluten grains in almost 200 medical and psychiatric conditions as they emphasize about 20 auto-immune diseases. Some attention grabbers: ADHD, arthritis, asthma, autism, cancer, Crohn's disease, depression, dermatitis herpetiformis, diabetes, epilepsy, headache, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, schizophrenia and thyroid disease. They strongly advise testing for food sensitivities and celiac disease when these (especially autoimmune) illnesses exist. They recommend providing doctors copies of reference articles, since they may not know about the rapidly-expanding repertoire of available tests.Read more ›
problems, schizophrenia, arthritis, etc but the facts have been buried in thick medical text books under the name 'Celiac Disease' gathering dust. Hoggan and Braly have brilliantly compiled very well researched information so that I and you can finally do something to improve our very unwellselves.
The book is very well written and easily understandable. The personal experiences and stories are very effective. The list of almost 200 diseases at the back of the book is an excellent idea and many people I know have bought the book based on that feature alone.
The writing is exquisite and reading the book is like a having a
conversation with a good friend. After reading Hoggan's articles about the damaging effects that grains have had on me, I was able to finally figure out why I had stomach problems, extreme tooth decay and tantrums as a child, infertility, acne and chronic fatigue as a teenager, back pain, and arthritis, depression and diarrhea as an adult. Armed with this knowledge, I am able to take control of my life and live for the first time-symptom free and disease free.
I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to be well.
I rarely ate grains, because they made me gain weight; and the only time I ate them regularly was for a month in 1986 - and I wound up with arthritis symptoms; excruciating pain in my arms and shoulders; couldn't lift my arms above my shoulder level; and horrific pain in my joints, too. Being into health research - I didn't take medication.
I looked back in my food journal - and immediately stopped the grains.
Within two weeks the pain was gone. Three months later, as an experiment I added them back. In two weeks the same unbearable pain returned. So, I stopped using grains for good. At 73 I am still gluten-free & pain-free.
As a health researcher (46 years duration) - I found Dr. James Braly's Dangerous Grains - very worthwhile. It is a "must-read" for every family who is interested in health.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic work in the field of gluten and wheat allergies. Everyone should read it who is concerned. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Berch
This book is packed full of information about gluten intolerance and how it affects and influences the body as a whole. It's a great reference to have on hand.Published 8 months ago by JBC
This book sheds light on many of the problems gluten causes. I was blown back by the many conditions gluten sensitivity and or celiac is connected to. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Darren McDuffie
I found it easy to read and understand, I like how he explains the historical evolution of mankind and the relationship to gluten grains. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marie Mc
Lots of researched information. Explains how gluten containing grains contribute to numerous health issues. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susan
By far my favorite of the books dealing with grain and its effects on health. This book addresses the subject from a rational, informed point of view and respects the differences... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eric F.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. The information is well-researched, scientifically sound, and presented in a reasonable and balanced manner. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Burgundy Damsel