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Gluten Free in Afghanistan by [Andrasik, B.Donald]
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  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479369403
  • Publisher: Pasadena Purple Publishing (October 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YL507O
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This is a concise, very well written book that tells how a Soldier with Celiac Disease coped on deployment to Afghanistan. The author does not preach, he merely tells his story in an interesting way while educating us. And he sneaks in a little bit of humor! Gives great insight into the life of a Soldier trying to serve his country to the best of his ability. Thought provoking.
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I enjoyed reading this book. The author is very knowledgeable about the gluten-free diet. I too am gluten-free, and yes, it's the social aspect of maintaining a gluten-free diet that can be the hardest. Too often at a carry-in, when a few of us are gluten-free and know we can at least eat other's dish, someone will double-dip a spoon from a dish containing gluten to a gluten-free one and contaminate the dish that was "safe". And we all have the "major Crass" experiences too, either intentionally to sabotage or just really don't believe and therefore don't embrace and respect the importance of a celiac's need to eat gluten free. It was also very educational to learn about the struggles troops face trying to eat gluten-free, something I had not even considered. Thank you, CPT Andrasik, for stepping up and stepping out on this issue, and thank you for serving in the military to make America a safe place to live!
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Not the most exciting book in the world, so only gave it 4 stars, but I had no difficulty finishing the book, given my interest in nutrition. But, it IS a true life account that should be read by military and medical personnel everywhere. If the government can create kosher, pork free and vegetarian MREs and meals for the military, it can surely accommodate more 100% gluten free choices - and this is a health, not a religious/preference choice.

I've worked in a military hospital in charge of food service - I don't ever recall a request for GF 18 years ago, but surely, we could have made accommodations quite easily. And, for the dietitians or nutritionists to not recognize or respect this choice - they should be removed from service - they don't deserve to be serving our military - instead, they should be helping build these inroads.

Refreshingly, it was medically and technically accurate as well - something not found in too many free or inexpensive Kindle books. (I did pay a bit for this book.)

And, THANK YOU! CPT B Donald Andrasik for your past and continuing service!
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Incredible! I bought this book purely because I have Celiac Disease but Captain Andrasik's message can be applied to anyone overcoming a hardship. This book is a must buy for any Celiac in your family or anyone needing an inspirational jump start.
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Just for full disclosure before I review, I deployed with the author and I am friends with him. With that being said, I bought this book with the low expectations of a friend buying their friends' book. I was pleasantly surprised to find an enjoyable and entertaining read. The book is a memoir, so it's not breaking new ground on science or anything along those lines, but the author gives clear and concise explanations on celiac disease and army terminology so that even those without military and celiac experience can easily read along with minimal effort. A good fun read.
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As a fellow celiac and Air Force Reservist I enjoyed reading about another military members life with celiac disease. I typically don't read personal stories but when I read about this book from CeliAct I just couldn't pass it up. Sometimes its just nice to know there are other people out in the world going through the same thing as me. Not only did I learn some cross contamination issues, common products that I may not have realized contained wheat/wheat interactions, I found a support group in a sense. I also found some ailments in common and some vitamins that I should look into.

Mainly it was just nice to hear someone else discuss GF living since no one in my household can relate.

I loved the Major Crass story too! There is always one of those in all of our lives.
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Andrasik is SUCH a character! Mixed with this unique perspective, I really enjoy his humor and the experience he shared. This is a great read for anyone, especially for veterans, those who share the gluten allergy, and those who are both.
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I appreciate CPT Andrasik's effort to serve our country in the military. His writing is pleasant and easy to follow. Unfortunately, I think his missive does more damage to his cause than he realizes. First, he contends that the military accepts applicants who know they have celiac disease. This is untrue, or at least counter to regulation. Army Regulation 40-501 paragraph 2-3 c(2) clearly states that intestinal malabsorption (diagnosis code 579) 'does not meet the standard'. Diagnosis code 579.0 is celiac disease. Some doctors may not know what they are dealing with, or skirt the regulation, but to say it is not barred is incorrect. Secondly, CPT Andrasik's tale is Exhibit One in the argument against allowing this kind of illness or condition to be allowed: he crusades for strict food preparation conditions, special handling, labeling, etc to meet his particular condition. Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal meals are possible, but consumers of those meals know that they may not always be available, and if they are required to consume non-conforming meals, they will not suffer decreased military readiness. Celiac patients can be disabled by accidental ingestion. That is a huge difference. Military food at times must adhere to the rule laid out by Cooky in City Slickers: "Brown, hot and plenty of it". Overall, a disappointment that may lead servicemembers or applicants to believe that they can 'call the tune' in regard to special food preparation. Most of the time they will be (and should be) very disappointed. [Reviewer is an Army lawyer and has family members with celiac disease]
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