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Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance. Paperback – March 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Innate Health Publishing; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976853795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976853794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thank you for giving validity and clarity to gluten intolerance beyond celiac disease. "Healthier Without Wheat" provides insight for screening, diagnosing, and ending the suffering of thousands of people. I started reading it and didn't want to put it down."
—Cynthia Kupper, R.D., Executive Director, Gluten Intolerance Group of North America


“Dr. Wangen’s concise and easy to understand manner will leave his readers with both an awareness of the bigger problem of gluten and how it could adversely be affecting their own lives and the lives of others.”

—ForeWord Magazine


"Of the many books on celiac disease and gluten intolerance on the market today, this is one of the best for both patients and those in the medical field. Recommended for all."

 —Library Journal

About the Author

Dr. Stephen Wangen is a licensed and board certified gluten intolerant physician who lectures nationally on the subject of gluten intolerance. He is co-founder of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment Center (www.IBSTreatmentCenter.com), where he serves as the Medical Director. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Gluten Intolerant Group of North America (www.gluten.net), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to people with all types of gluten intolerance. He continues to investigate the relationship between food allergies and health as the research director of the Innate Health Foundation. He published his first book, The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution, in 2005.

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It's a very easy read and much of the information really struck a chord with me.
Danielle Raine
For me, the most helpful part of the book was the flow charts of tests for celiac disease, non-celiac gluten intolerance, wheat allergy and gluten allergy.
Laurie Gauguin
I really appreciated that Dr. Wangen distinguishes between the various types of gluten and the grains that cause most of the dietary/health problems.
Caryn Colgan

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Belaugh86 on February 25, 2010
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I saw Dr. Stephen Wangen at a seminar in the South Seattle area recently. He made an appearance at a local library. Both my Mom and I are non-celiac gluten intolerant, which was covered in great detail at the seminar.

Dr. Wangen did an amazing job of describing the difference between Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity - all different reactions to gluten. About a year and a half ago, I had "undiagnosable" symptoms such as headaches, constipation, extreme lethargy, brain fog, hives, tiny itchy spots on my skin, depression, anxiety, and more. No doctor could diagnose what was wrong with me. Two visits to the ER, one visit to a walk in clinic, 5 specalists and many, many books later, I started to wonder if I could be gluten intolerant. If only I had picked up Dr. Wangen's book earlier.

I was tested by an allergist for wheat and dairy allergies. Negative. I was also tested for Celiac disease - also negative. In his seminar and in his book, Dr. Wangen specified the difference between allergies, intolerance, and sensitivity, and also covered in great detail how and where senstivity and intolerance testing can be done. I've never had an intolerance test done, because every doctor I've been to - including a naturopath, allergist, and even a gastroenterologist all said the testing is "unreliable." Dr. Wangen stated in his seminar that the IgE, IgG and IgA testing used to diagnose intolerance or sensitivity to particular foods is absolutely reliable, but that most doctors and health care professionals will "brush off" or "disregard" the testing because so little gluten sensitivity research has been done; therefore, they might not understand the testing entirely.
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Not all doctors understand how to properly diagnose gluten intolerance. I have been gluten intolerant for years without knowing it. One doctor tested me for celiac disease, and when the test came back negative, he told me I was fine and could eat gluten (wheat, barley, rye, etc.) without ever having to worry about it.

He was wrong, and I kept getting sicker by the day.

I am one of countless people who do not have celiac, yet I get very, VERY sick from eating gluten -- celiac gene tests and biopsy aside, my symptoms are exactly the same as someone with celiac, including malnutrition, malabsorption, HORRIBLE body aches that mimed Fibromyalgia (it got to where I could barely walk, and I might have been on the way to being diagnosed with MS), mouth sores, brain fog, trouble sleeping, numbness in arms and legs, nasty, embarrassing lower GI problems (oh my gosh . . . the list goes on and on.) I eventually became so weak; I couldn't even carry a lightweight purse.

I felt as though I were dying, and I thought I was going crazy. People around me didn't understand. It was hell.

Fortunately, I eventually found a doctor who understands celiac and gluten-intolerance (University of Chicago Celiac Center), and fortunately, someone FINALLY read the tests correctly.

As I was going through my U of C rounds of tests, I found Healthier Without Wheat and read it. It helped me understand that I wasn't going crazy by questioning my original diagnosis. It brought me great comfort in seeking out a second opinion -- this was a blessing for which I will always be grateful. (For those who understand the medical side of things: I tested double DQ6, with a very high level of gliadin in my blood.)

Dr.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By jcycle on October 27, 2009
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I was lucky to find this book at the library. It was so much better than other books I've come across on similar topics, that I wanted to buy it. I have self-diagnosed myself with the problems mentioned in the book. I feel like a new person, with energy, now that I avoid wheat.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anne Barfield on June 10, 2009
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Dr. Wangen's book explains a host of reasons why one should be eating gluten free. As a nationally recognized authority in the area of gluten-intolerance, he is qualified to explain these different reasons. Everything in this book is helpful to those of us searching for more answers.

I have been a diagnosed celiac for almost 12 years now. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease and started the gluten-free diet I had no idea there would be many members of our support group who did not have a medical diagnosis of celiac disease. As the membership chair of our local support group, and as a GF Bed and Breakfast owner, I find that the majority of people I talk to have chosen to eat GF for many various reasons. Most of our guests have multiple dietary restrictions and are still searching for answers about new dietary problems that have come up.

We keep a copy of Healthier Without Wheat in the bookcase of our B&B suite for this reason. It is interesting to talk with guests about which chapters got their attention. I highly recommend this book if you are still looking for answers about gluten intolerance.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Raine on April 7, 2010
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I read this book after I discovered Coeliac Disease was not the only form of wheat intolerance. It's a very easy read and much of the information really struck a chord with me. After reading, I felt certain I ought to try a wheat-free diet and after discussing it with my doctor, I did exactly that. It's been almost two-months since I went 'gluten-free' and I have never felt better. My allergies have almost disappeared, I have more energy, need less sleep, the condition of my hair and skin has improved and I'm feeling slimmer and trimmer every day. Massive results, all inspired by this book. I wish I'd read it 10 years ago.

I also loaned it to a friend who has been puzzled over her son's health issues and she agreed that it was truly amazing information.

The information is authoritative and thorough and makes a convincing case for the prevalence of wheat intolerance.
Obviously you have to weigh up the information in relation to you own circumstances, but if you suspect a wheat intolerance, or even if you have a niggling, unexplained health issue this book is certainly worth a read.
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