76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
As a librarian (now retired), I have used Amazon for a very long time without ever having written a review. The contents of this book are worth becoming public with a review. Well written, well organized, thoughtful and packed with necessary information for those struggling with Celiac Disease, I plan to donate my copy to the public library so more people can read it. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 20 years ago, and, as a librarian, spent countless hours searching for the answer to why I felt so awful. Jennifer has provided a way for all Celiacs and the gluten intolerant to find the information we need within the covers of one book. She does not recommend specific brands of gluten-free food (smart!) but does recommend websites (agree with all her choices, especially Gluten Dude) and a style of cooking that Celiacs and the gluten intolerant need to follow to stay well. Jennifer is very clear about not being a doctor but also pushes the reader to keep asking questions and to keep looking for medical personnel that understand Celiac disease (took me some years as well). A tool kit for heath! Thank you Jennifer...
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2014
If I had this book when I first got diagnosed with celiac, I would have saved myself an entire year of suffering that was wasted due to misinformation, uneducated doctors and people who were not compassionate or understanding. But, no, when I was diagnosed I was given a gift of some other books on the market about celiac. I read them, and cried and cried. And now that I'm more educated, I see how those books were misguided. They were not about healing, they were not about living. They recommended things like eating corn and having dairy, all of which we now know is not the best thing for a celiac! I'm so thankful to Jennifer Esposito for sharing her story, opening her heart and teaching us all to live with this disease with love in our hearts and healing in our guts.
If you have celiac--particularly if you are newly diagnosed --please buy this book and memorize it. Parents of celiacs too! Thank you!
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2014
SHE TELLS HER STORY. THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST...... I READ IT ALL, NEVER HARDLY PUT IT DOWN. A LOT OF HER STORY IS LIKE MINE. I HAD TO LEARN ALMOST EVERY THING BY MYSELF. WISH I COULD HAVE READ THIS BOOK FIRST. MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE IT. THEY ARE LIKE I WAS, JUST SICK AND DON'T KNOW WHY. I TESTED POSSITIVE FOR 4 DNA MARKERS ....0301 (HLA-DQ8) ...0505 (HLA-DQ2) ....0302 (HLA-DQ8) ....0301 (HLA-DQ3).
MEANS MOM AND DAD BOTH HAD IT. I WENT GLUTEN FREE JUNE 1, 2010 WHEN I WAS 74 YEARS OLD. THANK GOD I AM MUCH BETTER NOW. NO CURE, JUST DON'T EAT GLUTEN, THATS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. HARD TO DO, I FOUND OUT THAT GLUTEN IS IN ALMOST EVERY THING. I HAVE TO COOK MY OWN FOOD. IT IS IN MEDS AND OTHER PRODUCTS. I DID NOT KNOW THAT I HAD CELIAC DISEASE, BEFORE JUNE 1,2010.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2014
This book has been crucial to my understanding of Celiac Disease and Wheat Allergy. I know, I know, don't start yelling yet! Celiac Disease is not an allergy. You are preaching to the choir. I love this book because of the clarity of thought and the well presented information in it.
Anyone who has a life threatening disease or allergy can learn from Jennifer's horrendous journey through our medical system. A system that is all too eager to dismiss symptoms and problems that doctors can't immediately or easily resolve. If it can't be diagnosed in a 15 minute visit, it must be all in your head. I've been there and so have some of my friends.
I was told after 59 years of symptoms that doctor's said were contradictory or unrelated (I must be imagining it or lying!), that I have a wheat allergy, verified by testing. I've had many allergy tests and other tests over the decades, but it's the first time anyone told me I was allergic to wheat. The doctor was dismissive to my questions of why is it only showing up now, what do I need to do, etc. You can imagine the rest of my questions. His only advice was "avoid wheat" and he left the room. As far as he was concerned his job was done. I no longer see him.
After removing wheat from my life, no easy task as you already know, my health improved exponentially. I wondered why I still became so ill with nausea, vomiting, joint pain (the list of complaints goes on) for days or weeks and then feel healthy only to start the cycle over again. This book gave me the answer, along with so many other answers. Those Gluten Free isles at the grocery store are not necessarily Gluten Free! I don't know why I was shocked to learn this. I should have known that companies will misuse labels to make money, not caring if people are hurt in the process. Some of the products I was using which proudly displayed "GLUTEN FREE" in huge letters on the front of the package, hid a disclaimer in tiny print on the back, " This product may have been manufactured in a plant which processes wheat products". If it says "May have", you know that it means it definitely was. I hope you find this as disgusting I do. I also understand why I'd start vomiting at 2:00 a.m. (after eating a Gluten Free meal at a restaurant) and have to sleep curled up around the toilet when I'd briefly stop vomiting and keep getting sick all night. Many thanks to all you restaurants who don't care about cross-contamination, or the health of your customers. I have encouraged my friends to not patronize you anymore, you don't get a second chance at trying to destroy my health.
I have one piece of advice for those of you who have "friends" or relatives who feel compelled to try to get you to eat things that they like, but which will make you so very ill. Ask them, "How much arsenic would you like in your coffee or tea? I only used 1/8 of a teaspoon when I made it, but you might like the taste better if you add more". If this doesn't put it in perspective for them, you need to drop them out of your life. Anyone who is comfortable with trying to force you to eat something that makes you ill, is not someone who cares about you.
I eat Gluten Free though I don't have Celiac Disease and only a verified Wheat Allergy because if I don't, I get very sick for a very long time. I have so much respect for all of you who cope with this disease. I have zero respect for anyone who tries to minimize or sabotage your ability to do so.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
So appreciate Jennifer going back through her childhood and explaining her path and perseverance in figuring out that she had celiac disease, it was fascinating. I'm sure this will help many people with any type of chronic illness that is hard to diagnose. Her message of empowerment and advocating for your own needs is something that must be embraced by all celiacs. I also learned a lot of helpful information and realized anew how much I need to keep informed about what I can and can't eat as someone with celiac disease (pickles using malt vinegar is something I will need to look into). As Jennifer points out, it's true that many gluten-free foods are just as tasty as regular food with some thought and preparation. Jennifer, I hope you continue to share your experiences, your food, your recipes, and your resilience. It helps us all.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
I've been 8-years into my Celiac diagnosis, my mother in 28-years since diagnosis. We have researched tons on the latest research of celiac disease and have bought several books. Jennifer's journey from prior to diagnosis to now, I can relate to. This by far explains a lot of the "unknown" symptoms (we were not sure if they were related to Celiac.)
It also gives great tips on how to feel better and not let Celiac take over your body. I learned more about Celiac disease by reading this than I did the 8-years of researching. This is a MUST READ if you have been diagnosed or know someone who has. Thank you, JENNIFER!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
Sure hope Jennifer's next book will be more of her recipes of all the wonderful breads, deserts, etc that she makes, so the rest of us that do not live close to her bakery can enjoy those wonders too...Would love to be able to make more of these beautiful, healthy foods for my family and friends...Please consider writing another one soon please!!!!!!!
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
This woman has struggled so much and paid such a high price for this disease which went undetected for years. She was tortured in the television business and treated as an outcast. Despite this, she has turned her pain and agony to good by helping others through her website, bakery and now, this book. I have had celiac disease for 8 years and I still learned so much about what is going on inside my body because of this disease.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
Jennifer appears to be an actor who does care about her fellow celiacs and her most loyal fans. I read the book the same day I received it and I continue to see her as a "real" human being. When I closed the book, the lyrics and melody of John Lennon's song "Hard Times Are Over" rang through my head. I sincerely hope that Jennifer's care for herself and the others celiacs that she is so involved with will completely stop any more sickness and pain. I would like to see her bakery, and I hope she sees the best of times in the future and present.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2014
I think that Jennifer has done a great service not only to fellow "celiacs" but also to those of us who understood that having this disease was nothing more than "just being allergic to certain foods". I was in Costco yesterday and "tasting" a food that was pointed out to me as being "gluten free" (which was served on a cracker that probably wasn't gluten free!). I was also in a restaurant that had "GF" notations on their menu. I asked if that food was made in a sterile section of the kitchen.......to which they replied......"what are you talking about?" I was able to inform them as to what "gluten free" REALLY means...........and will continue to point out, on menus" what "gluten free" means and also inform anyone that I overhear talking about gluten free as an allergy..........what someone with celiac disease really goes through.........including becoming very ill just by kissing someone who has eaten something that was not gluten free. It is bad enough having this disease let alone having to defend one's illness. Thank you, Jennifer, for bringing this out in the open! I've loved you as an actress but now I also commend you. I'm sorry that anyone has to struggle through something that is this life changing. Please know that I will help you spread this information..