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on April 1, 2008
I found this book to be somewhat vague and non-scientific. It's all stuff I've read before. The 'quizzes' to determine how sensitive you are to wheat or grains are too broad. There is some good info on tests and glutens, but the part about 'exorphins' is just plain silliness. Save your time and money, here's a summary: (i) avoid grains, esp wheat (ii) go organic where possible (iii) it's hard and people might think you're weird but go for it.
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on August 26, 2002
as a graduate with a B.S. in dietetics from one of the top universities in the nation for nutrition, i have to say i expected much more from this book. while much of the information seems accurate, it is presented in a rather sensationalist and all-or-nothing sort of way. i was completely turned off while reading the first half of this book... it felt as tho the author was trying to let me know what an ENORMOUS favor she'd done for me and the rest of society by taking it upon herself to write this book. and while i do believe i suffer from silent celiac, i have read books/articles about the subject prior to this book that i found much more helpful. BUT the redeeming qualities of this book are contained in the second half, where she provides quizzes and sample diets to help the average consumer discover what kind of food allergy they may have and what they can eat to start to feel better. i also liked that she listed all of the medical tests available to diagnose celiac or gluten sensitivity. if you are looking for a more science-driven, logical, rational explaination of the human body and it's tolerance/intolerance to gluten grains, i would suggest DANGEROUS GRAINS by james braly and ron hoggan. it is a MUCH better book in which the information is backed by tons of research articles and other believeable sources. it is also written in an intelligent and mature manner, unlike the annoying and sensationlist standpoint that ms. smith uses to scare people into her way of thinking.
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on February 22, 2014
Of course when you reduce grains from your diet you're going to feel better. Grains are carbs. Carbs add on weight. Fewer carbs means you lose weight and thus feel better. This book makes a good point - that we've overdone the whole grain trend and people mistakenly believe that more is better. However, if you're looking for substantive, concrete evidence that avoiding grains is the way to go, you won't find it here. I suspect because it isn't based on any scientific proof or evidence. In fact, if she'd pointed to any evidence, I might have given this book one more star. This idea that cavemen were healthier is just BS. Yes, they ate leaner diets when meat was available and they for way more exercise than we do. Healthier? They certainly didn't live longer. They Might have had less cancer because they didn't eat processed food or polluted foods or GE foods. Yes, it's a good idea to stay away from those foods, but avoiding or eliminating grains? I don't see any evidence to suggest there are any real problems with eating them as part of a balanced diet.
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