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Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: True Health Publishing; 1 edition (February 13, 2009)
This book is packed with all the details and anecdotes you could need to understand the insidious effect gluten can have on your body. Mind you, I thought I ate very healthy (minimal red meat, lots of veggies) before learning about gluten sensitivity.
My story. I was lucky enough to hear a seminar from one of the author's back in 2003 at the same time my allergy medicines "quit working" for me. I couldn't sleep, my nose ran 24x7 and then my eyes puffed up. For weeks nothing was working and I was frustrated beyond belief. It was easily the worst attack in 10 years since being in California. I was approaching my mid 30s and I guess my body was showing it's age a bit.
Through a free educational seminar (prior to this great book being available) as well as personalized nutritional testing program, I developed a respect for the "sensitivity" of my body to gluten and sugar. In just 3-4 days of zero gluten and zero sugar, my swollen eyes had resolved themselves with out any medicine. My runny nose had reduced, and I slept 8 full hours for the first time in weeks. That was my "light bulb moment". I had gluten sensitivity! I went gluten free for 6 months, and then slowly introduced a "treat" of bread or pizza once a week. After a while I fell off the wagon, only to find the allergies return with a vengeance. Back on the wagon, the allergies were under control and then gone. Wow!
Many a friend has jested me on my "gluten free" diet only to try the diet and watch headaches and previously issues such as uncontrolled weight gain disappear. Every person's body is a little different, so the side-effects of the sensitivity are too. For me it's an uncontrollable horrible runny nose (post nasal drip) and very bad sleep (wake several times a night).Read more ›
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The Gluten Effect is an excellent resource for people who have just begun a gluten free life. It would also be a great gift to give to those doctors who are still unaware of the effects of gluten on the human body. You do not have to have celiac disease to suffer from the effects of gluten. Unfortunately, most doctors still know little, if anything, about gluten sensitivity. So many people are dismissed with diagnoses of IBS, nervous system disorders, or hypochondria and gluten is the cause. This book is easily understood and backed up by numerous citations to research and studies. I recommend this for anyone who suspects gluten may be a problem.
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Food that enters the intestine goes through a complex digestive process. It must be broken down to molecules that can pass through the intestinal wall. The intestine is also a major part of the immune system, producing antibodies that destroy harmful bacteria entering the digestive tract.
But some foods we ingest contain proteins that the body does not recognize, and so the intestine mounts an immune response. One common protein that is relatively new to our species and abundant in our food supply is gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley.
For those of us who are sensitive to gluten, this immune response begins to inflame and damage the intestinal tract causing what is known as "leaky gut syndrome." Gaps in the intestine then allow uninvited molecules into the bloodstream. As the body mounts a defense against these intruders, it often mistakes its own tissues as the same foreign bodies. And thus many develop autoimmune diseases. Additionally, the body's ability to absorb nutrients is compromised, resulting in malnutrition.
This book provides a comprehensive explanation of gluten sensitivity and how it contributes to diseases such as celiac, ADD, ADHD, arthritis, diabetes, IBS, fatigue, sleep disturbances, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, malnutrition, depression, fibromyalgia, obesity and many other unexplained symptoms--both physical and mental.
The book emphasizes finding the cause of your illness and eliminating it, as opposed to the common practice of drugging the symptoms while the underlying disease state progresses. I wish this book could be mandatory reading in medical schools.Read more ›
I struggled with serious digestive problems for over a year and have always struggled with my weight. My family MD was pushing me to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy (since he'd run all of the other expensive tests and was running out of ideas). I had read an article years ago about Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity and kept suggesting this as an option but was told by my doctor that people with Celiac are malnourished and emaciated (which I obviously am not). After reading `The Gluten Effect' I find out that that is simply not true! In fact, this book debunks A LOT of common misconceptions that have been sabotaging my health for years! Once I stopped eating gluten it was amazing how much better I felt; I had stopped gluten in order to fix the digestive issues I'd been suffering but was surprised when my joint pain, fatigue, and ten-year-long headache seemed to go away overnight! I was more shocked when I went an entire year without getting the typical 2-3 nasty colds/flu that I've been living with since childhood, and once I read the book I understood why. `The Gluten Effect' is an excellent reference since I can use the index to look up any number of common health issues and find a chapter that explains how gluten plays a role; at the same time the book is so easy to read with its many anecdotes and case studies, that I read it page by page like a novel. I have given this book to friends who thought I was crazy, and after reading it for themselves they have declared it genius and are passing it to their friends.
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Dr. Vikki Petersen, a Chiropractor and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, is co-founder and co-director of the renowned HealthNow Medical Center in Sunnyvale, California.
Dr. Vikki is acknowledged as a pioneer in advances to identify and treat gluten sensitivity. Recently featured in an exclusive interview on CNN Headline News, Dr Vikki is also endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness & The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America for her contributions to gluten awareness in our country.
Dr. Vikki Petersen is passionate about sharing her clinical research findings and treatment solutions for gluten sensitivity and optimum wellness with patients and the general public. As a national lecturer and international radio personality, she makes regular national radio appearances, and headlines speaking events for Silicon Valley and Fortune Five Hundred companies, covering topics such as gluten sensitivity, managing stress and women's health.
Dr. Petersen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a Doctorate from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Dr. Petersen has received Certified Clinical Nutritionist certification from the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists. In practice for over 20 years, she remains on the forefront of advances in gluten sensitivity identification and treatment and a wide spectrum of health issues.
Prior to her career in the healing arts, she was a world class figure skater - awarded a gold medal ranking in figures from the United States Figure Skating Association.