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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583331298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583331293
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Braly, M.D. is regarded as a leading authority on gluten sensitivity and food allergies. During his 20 years of clinical and research experience, he helped develop, implement, and popularize food allergy testing and celiac disease screening with physicians throughout the US. Dr. Braly retired from clinical practice in 1994 and now lectures and consults throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. He also is the senior editor of the online newsletter, Dr. Braly's Food Allergy in the News and the quarterly nutritional and herbal newsletter for independent pharmacists, Herbal Pharm Newsletter. Dr. Braly is himself gluten sensitive. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ron Hoggan, M.A. was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994. His subsequent research on the disease and gluten grains has been published in numerous newsletters, websites, and journals and is widely recognized within the celiac community. Mr. Hoggan lectures extensively on the topic of gluten sensitivity to both the scientific and celiac communities. He lives in Alberta, Canada.

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The book is very well written and easily understandable.
Susan Carmack
I gave my book to a friend, but plan to get another copy for my own library of reference books.
JBC
Depressive illness is the most common symptom of gluten intolerance 10.
Bill Norwood

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322 of 337 people found the following review helpful By Bill Norwood on October 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
A BARGAIN: 244 pages and 383 citations with accessible science about hundreds of illnesses.
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.
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170 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Susan Carmack on October 14, 2002
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In my opinion, Dangerous Grains is the most comprehensive book ever written about the effects of gluten containing grains on the body. It is the first book written in layman's language that explains in detail the many diseases and disorders that may result from diets based on grains. It has been known for most of the century that grains cause cancer, heart disease, thyroid
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.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Wells on October 14, 2002
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I highly recommend this book. It's well written & very engaging. It's chocked full of valuable information for anyone who is diagnosed with celiac disease, suspicious that they may have gluten sensitivity or anyone caring for a loved one with gluten sensitivity. When I was first diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, I searched my local library for solid information to help me improve my health. To my utter disappointment, all I could find at my local library was a couple gluten free cookbooks. I needed information on how to get well, not brownie recipes. Thanks & congratulation to Dr. Braly & Ron Hoggan for publishing this excellent resource in one convenient volume. I plan to buy multiple copies to give as Christmas gifts to my relatives.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Charis on March 26, 2007
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When I was 9, my grandmother called me into the bathroom to show me my 3 year old brother's frothy floating elimination...and told me that this was an indication that he was being fed too many starchy grains. My mother continued to feed him grains and he wound up with a quite a few health problems.

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.
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