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Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous To Your Health [Paperback]

James Braly , Ron Hoggan , Jonathan Wright
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Book Description

August 26, 2002
Learn the shocking truth about how gluten cereal grains effect our health
Could gluten be contributing to your fatigue, stress, bloating, and ill health? Long before Grain Brain was a bestseller, Dangerous Grains was the first book to examine in depth the hazards of gluten cereal grains. James Braly, M.D., a renowned food allergy expert and Ron Hoggan, M.A., a respected patient advocate, reveal the negative impact of gluten grains.  Discover the benefits of a gluten-free diet in relieving and preventing the ailments associated with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and more than 200 chronic illnesses, including:
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Brain disorders
  • Intestinal disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Infertility and problematic pregnancies  

Tracking the genetic and evolutionary history of humans and grain consumption, Dangerous Grains can help you understand how grains can affect your health, and whether you are at risk for gluten-influenced illnesses.

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; Later Edition edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583331298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583331293
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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331 of 346 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amber Graves of Grain October 1, 2003
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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173 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Grains is Superlative! October 14, 2002
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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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gluten-free & Pain-free: 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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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a solid resource for celiacs October 14, 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting and easy to read.
Published 11 days ago by D. Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it easy to read and understand
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Marie Mc
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Very informative information!
Published 4 months ago by April Jones MacAlpine
4.0 out of 5 stars informative
Lots of researched information. Explains how gluten containing grains contribute to numerous health issues. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Information Well Presented
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Eric F.
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I highly recommend this book for everyone. The information is well-researched, scientifically sound, and presented in a reasonable and balanced manner. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Burgundy Damsel
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Published 9 months ago by Lisa Quick
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We "All" have a Gluten problem. Sooo many of my health issuse have gone away after going "Gluten Free" (6 1/2 years). Can't emphasize this enough !
Published 10 months ago by Chips
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I read this book because my Dr recommended I read it. I was resistant because "gluten-free" is such a "cure de Jour", but I did read it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. PARSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Grains
Extremely informative with target explanation to the title, I enjoyed this book and know have a better understanding of how grains may be effecting my body.
Published 12 months ago by Tammy Albano
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