Gluten Toxicity: Book Review & Giveaway

Gluten Toxicity eBook (PDF)

Gluten Toxicity: The Mysterious Symptoms of Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, And Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance by Shelly L. Stuart, R.N., B.Sc.N. is a book worth reading.

Shelly is a Celiac Nurse and Gluten Intolerance Consultant in Vancouver, BC.  Shelly and her eldest daughter have celiac disease and her other two daughters have food allergies.  Her personal experience combined with her medical background make her a tremendous resource for the people she consults with and now for all of us through her book.

Gluten Toxicity is a comprehensive book with 30 chapters.  It covers  the three types of gluten intolerance, pathophysiology, symptoms (broken down by types of symptoms and discussed over 11 chapters), associated diseases, diagnosis, the gluten-free diet, resources, and much more.  You can view the table of contents at Amazon.

The 107 page bibliography attests to the research that was put into writing this book.  Shelly gives understandable medical explanations and points us to research as well as the lack of it.  This book is not all technical though.  Shelly’s personal story and opinions are included along with case studies and experiences of people she knows.

One question I have been hearing a lot of lately is addressed in chapter 27 of this book.  The chapter is entitled “Twelve Theories: Why Has the Prevalence of Celiac Disease (and Possibly Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance) Increased?”  Some of the theories I was familiar with and some I was not.  Shelly explains them all and gives her personal opinion.

Also included in the book are symptoms checklists and charts to help you keep track of blood work and tasks that help with healing.

This book is a valuable resource for anyone with a gluten intolerance or anyone who thinks they might have a gluten intolerance.

The Giveaway: Shelly is offering to give away a copy of her book to one of my readers. The giveaway is limited to residents of US and Canada.

To enter you must leave a comment on this post, not on my Facebook page and not an email.  If you receive my updates by email, click on the title and it will take you to my blog page where you can leave a comment.

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    The giveaway will end on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 pm eastern time.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.  The winner will be posted on my Facebook page.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a free copy of Gluten Toxicity for review. The opinions in this post are my own.

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  1. Cynthia says

    I have been Gluten free for about 4 years, I feel great…before i had IBS and Asthma…thanks for the post…it always seems like there is stuff hidden that has gluten in it…

    • says

      I often wonder how often IBS is a misdiagnose and the person actually has gluten intolerance issues.

  2. says

    Would love to read this. I already get your email and I posted on Facebook and twitter and will put it on my blog later today. I am fairly new to the gluten free lifestyle and love to read about how it affects you.

  3. Kathy C. says

    I’m pretty sure I have a gluten intolerance, but after 49 years of eating whatever I wanted, this is a struggle to say the least. Maybe this book would give me some much needed encouragement. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Birmingham, AL

  4. Maria Henderson says

    I have been gluten free for almost a year now. I never knew how good I could feel until I did. Thanks for researching and posting so the rest of us can continue to learn.

  5. Karin says

    This sounds like an excellent book. I’ve been looking for a resource with all the information I need (and need to share) in one place.

  6. Charlie wilde says

    Our whole house is now gluten free and we feel wonderful. My husband is gluten intolerant, son has celiac, and I have RA and I have less flareups when I do not eat wheat. Thanks to your website we now enjoy awesome food and hardly ever feel deprived. Many friends who either new to gf or know someone ask me for recipes and I always refer them to your site!! Thanks so much. Would love to be considered for this book.

  7. Marci Chang says

    I would love a copy of this book. I am still new to being Gluten Free and discovering more and more every day how it is related to my health issues. I enjoy researching it and sharing with others how it (gluten) affects their lives. This book looks very helpful with finding out that information. I am subscribing through e-mail and posting about this on my Facebook.

  8. Christina Hitchcock says

    I’ve been gluten free for over 3 years, but I’m sure there is much I don’t know. Recently found that a friend is gluten intolerant and others are going to be tested. We all need solid reliable and up-to-date info.

  9. says

    Would love to read an advanced gluten issue book! Most I see address the new person dealing with Celiacs or gluten issues! Thx

  10. Liz says

    I love your blog! I think this book would make an excellent addition to our library’s ( collection. We will add it if I win (with the author’s permission, of course).

  11. Christie Jensen says

    I am always wanting to learn more about health and my body and what is happening to it, sounds like a great read.

  12. Marsha A. says

    This sounds like a great resource. I would really like to read this book. Thanks for the chance, this is a great giveaway.

  13. Bina says

    hey! i am subscribed to your emails and always await the interesting information they contain! I do not have facebook but i often post ur stuff on the health section of my schools blog!
    Would love to read this book!!

  14. Karen Bailey says

    My son has Celiac & Type 1 Diabetes. I “know” other family members have some sort of gluten intolerance, if not Celiac but they will not listen to me. They are well educated & like to read so I am certain that this well researched, factual book could get at least some of them to take their issues seriously.

  15. Kathy says

    I would absolutely love this book. I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance about 2 years ago. I completely cut gluten out of my diet and the results have been amazing. I am still struggling with gluten in things that I put on my skin and have had rashes and itchy areas that drive me crazy! I would love to read this book!
    I am a follower of your blog. So glad I found you!

    • says

      Kathy- I haven’t had the money to order these products yet, but I wanted to share them with you. A fellow celiac shared them with me. When I have some more money, I am going to order some products (hubby has been out of work for 2 months.) They are non-toxic and gluten free. Her name is Elizabeth Hood

      I don’t make anything from telling you about her, just know the problem you are talking about and was thrilled to find something that I will be able to use (when I have some money! 😉 Hope that helps!

  16. Kim Sauder says

    This book sounds like the resource I need. I have Dermatitis Herpetiformis and my son is a Diabetic with Celiac. We both struggle to stay on track. My husband (his father) just died from cancer; after a year long struggle for him and us. We need to get back on track and am looking forward to reading this book–even if I don’t win. Thank you for all of your work!

  17. Julie says

    I enjoy reading your e-mails and helpful hints. After doing some further research on this book, I would definitely like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Janis S. says

    This sounds like a very interesting book. Its not enough for me to be told “do this or do that”, I like to know why I should do it. With a 107 page bibliography, sounds like this book really goes into specifics to help the reader understand the “whys”. Would love to win a copy!

  19. Vicky Gillispie says

    I currently subscribe by e-mail and very much enjoy reading your recipes, tips, and information. This book sounds particularly interesting to me because, although, I have tried (a few mistakes along the way) to be completely gf for years I continue to experience symptoms of celiac and related autoimmune diseases. Do others experience this as well or am I ingesting gluten without realizing it?

    • says

      I have the same gluten reaction to cashews. I don’t know why. I know they aren’t cross contaminated, at least I don’t think they are. What symptoms do you experience? Are you using separate kitchen tools from those that are gluten tools? I have to use a seperate toaster otherwise I get cross contaminated. My family makes sure that when they use the butter they only take the amount for the bread so they don’t re-dip the knife. I don’t even kiss my husband if has eaten any kind of gluten. He knows better than to kiss me too. He will turn his head and say I just ate some wheat. That is how bad I have it. Hope that helps.

        • says

          Everytime I eat cashews from all different sources I have the same reaction, the bulk bin from Whole Foods, the cashew nut cluster thing I bought (and I called that company and they don’t use any gluten in anything), and some other gluten free candy bar like the CAT bar. Crazy. I wish I could do all gluten free. There are 8 people in our family, and all gf would be too expensive right now. Once our gluten free bakery starts making money, I will definitely switch everyone over, at least at home. My 4 yo daughter, my 1 year old son, and myself are all totally gluten free.

      • Vicky Gillispie says

        Sunnie, I also don’t kiss my husband after he eats gluten. I do have a different toaster, but not different tools of all kind. We also have separate butter dishes, jams, jellies, peanut butter, mustard, etc. Anything that I use in the kitchen for his food preparation, I put through the dishwasher or use exclusively for gluten food. I recently read that even the hand towel we dry with can transfer. I am not good about remembering to use a different one. I feel that I am getting cross contamination somewhere – perhaps that or countertops or just washing dishes. I live in an older house & use a plastic dishpan in my sink. Sometimes something with gluten can get placed in there to soak. Would this retain gluten and pass it on to another dish? And cashews? I never thought of those! I have have cashews in my gluten free granola!! Thank you for letting me I am not alone. Sometimes even my doctor looks at me like I am crazy! Vicky

          • Vicky Gillispie says

            I buy pre-made granola and bars from my local “healthy” grocers. Even my Safeway carries Bakery on Main Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars now.

        • says

          Personally, I can’t eat ANY oats, even certified gluten free. I just am that sensitive. Maybe you have the same thing. I MISS oats, but love quinoa flakes! I am working on making a quinoa protein, energy bar this week!

  20. Barbara says

    I ‘d love to be able to learn more about what gluten has done to me over the last 65 years! :)

  21. Christine Taylor says

    I enjoy the blog. This book looks very interesting. Love the variety to your blog.

  22. says

    This looks like a wonderful read!
    I was finally diagnosed 7 years ago after being very I’ll for 5 years.
    My son (from prev. marriage) has celiac. My sister & her 2 kids, my best friend & my new hubby all have celiac. I can only imagine how many others have this and don’t even know it. I think more people have it than they say. (1 in 133 more like 5 in 100)This world really needs to understand how bad this disease is and learn more about it.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book:)
    I am a subscriber, I will post on my blog & FB

    [email protected]

  23. Gail says

    Love reading all new information about Gluten. My daughter is a Celiac and i have another auto-immune disease that goes way better without gluten in my diet.

  24. Cathy says

    Would love to read this book! I have a son with autism and have been toying with the idea of a glutten free diet.

  25. says

    Hi Linda, I would love to be entered in this give away-I am in the process of being tested for Celiac disease and am very intollerant of gluten-my numbers of sensitivity is extremely high. I have two granddaughters who are sensitive to gluten and gluten free-as I am. I am a follower and also get you emails.
    Thanks for offering this.

  26. Melissa says

    Looks like an interesting book. I’ve been GF for about 5 years. Daughter and son are as well. Always trying to learn more about it!

  27. pat miller says

    would love to win your book so i can share and help others by learning more about this condition….

  28. Judy says

    I would love to get a copy of your book! I have been gf for about 12 years now. i have other allergies as well, but I would never think of cheating with gluten. I had a gliadin antibody test that showed positive. I am pretty sure many of my family or origin have problems with gluten, but they act like I’m the oddity as they suffer with multiple medical issues. My husband is a Type 1 diabetic and is now eating gf also. What a difference it has made in his blood sugars! I hope to win!! Thanks

  29. says

    What a fascinating book. I really want to learn more on the topic of gluten to better understand it’s effect. This sounds like a winner!

  30. Cathy says

    I need to read this book as I’m not doing well at all on a gluten free diet…I’m missing something. I really hope to get it. I have several sensitivities and I need all the help and encouragement I can get. Thank you for your wonderful blog and great recipes and helpful hints.

  31. Jill says

    I have fibromyalgia and my daughter ADHD. After a year semi-gluten-free, my seasonal allergies disappeared!!! So I decided to go all the way. I’m 3 weeks gluten-free, overwhelmed by all the info out there (especially when it is contradictory), and could really use this book to help me sort everything out. Thanks!

    • says

      Are you doing a gluten and casein free diet for you daughter with ADHD? I have heard that GF is really helpful for people with fibromyalgia. It can be overwhelming at first. It has been 4 years since I went gluten free. I remember it being hard at first. Now its second nature and everyone knows that my daughter and I are gluten free. People facebook, email, and text me all the time, “I saw this product that was gluten free and I thought of you!” Reading labels and never assuming is something I learned a long time ago. Don’t be afraid to ask your servers or chefs that your meal needs to be totally gluten free. It isn’t worth not feeling well over eating out. Hope that helps!

      • Jill says

        We are working to establish a completely gf home–still learning on the labels. My daughter is 13, and I’m worried this is a rough age for her to make the switch, what with pressure to eat like her peers. We are talking about it and trying ALL THE TIME, though. We are not where we need to be with casein yet, but we are making baby steps in the right direction every day, based on whatever info I get and can wrap my mind around. Thanks so much for your encouragement! Especially on the eating out! It’s so HUGE for me to ask for special treatment in a restaurant, but I’m learning from reading everyone’s posts here and elsewhere how very important and valid it is. Blessings!

  32. Leanne says

    This is one book I intend to read. Thanks for sharing it on your Blog!

  33. Deanna says

    Would love a copy, I am gluten intolerant and already subscribe to your email. Thanks!

  34. Barbara W says

    I can’t wait to read your book!! I’ll wait to order one, until the winner is announced :) I read the reviews and “looked inside” your book on All the information we need to know, in one book!! Awesome!! Thank you!!

  35. says

    I already subscrie to you via email.

    I’ve been wanting to read this book but moneyhas been tight laltey. I hope I win. I just had a friend diagnosed and she is lookign to me for inspiration and assistance. I hope to pass on the book to her after I read it–that is if I am a winner :-)

  36. Sherrie says

    Wow! I’d love to read this book! After being G-free for 6 months, I am convinced that I fall into one of these categories. My dad died at 55 from colon cancer and had stomach problems his whole life! His mom also had stomach problems… I have tried an IBS diet, Prilosec, fistfuls of Tums a day… none of which I need any longer!
    It all started when I joined a fitness plan ( whose nutrition plan is gluten free (among other “free”s.) After about 6 weeks off the “glue” I made a batch of PLAIN oatmeal cookies to send to my nephew in Afghanistan. Of course, I had to eat a few ;o) Immediately, my system went into a tailspin, sending me to the bathroom multiple times for days… It took weeks for me to regain the benefits of being G-free.
    I am no longer tempted by “gluten-filled goodies” and am now working on being more consistent on reducing (not eliminating) the dairy.
    Your site is one of my “go-to” sites as I experience this new lifestyle. Thanks!!

  37. kathy w says

    I would really like to win a copy of this book to help understand what is going on with my son. I haven’t noticed anyone else in our family being effected but I am wondering if each person can have different symptoms but is having a gluten problem. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Tami says

    Looks like a great resource, which I’d love to win. I also subscribe to your emails.

  39. sheri says

    I just finished a two week detox of gluten and dairy only to learn, that I have a problem. So, know I am embarking on a battle to learn all I can so I can continue to feel better. Its amazing how many doctors I have visited and no one to find anything wrong and basically shrugged their shoulders and blamed it on menopause. I’m only 45, yes had a complete hysterectomy, but doing bioidentical HRT and still feel terrible. Finally, try something that I have never done and wow…I am gluten sensitive. I would enjoy your book so I can learn more.

  40. says

    I would love to add this book to my bookshelf of books about celiac and gluten. It is unbelievable how so many unrelated problems can be caused by gluten. In our family eating gluten caused: hypotonia, sensory integration disorder, verbal processing disorder, depression, an autistic regression, learning disability and speech delay. What a blessing to figure out that gluten was playing such a major role in so many of the health problems our family faced.

  41. Hellana LaRosa says

    My husband and 1 daughter have gluten intolerance. My other daughter and I have celiac. We are pretty sure that my niece has gluten intolerance. I would like to get this book to help my sister in law better understand how to feed her daughter.

  42. Claire Abel says

    I would love to read your book! I have been GF for almost 4 years and feel so much better. Thanks for helping bring this to a larger audience.

  43. says

    Very interested in reading this book since I will be spending this summer doing lots of research on gluten intolerance.

  44. Christine says

    I would love to get a copy of this book!! My husband just recently found out he is gluten intolerant, and this book would be a big help in explaining it all to us, and help us explain to others! Thanks for doing this giveway!! :)

  45. Serena says

    I subscribe by RSS – This book looks AMAZING – it would be a relief to actually figure out what’s going on (down there) – especially since I’m presently going through the blood testing stage (after being gluten free for a year, adding it back in and so far two negatives (I’m assuming false negatives)…). Would love to read this – if I don’t win I’ll probably pick up a copy :)

  46. Cheryl says

    Would love to have a copy of this book for my 25 yr. old daughter, mother of 2 who is gluten and casein free. What a woman. She has turned her whole life around to accomodate herself to be a better person for her family.

  47. Shannon J. says

    Gluten free for nearly a year after 10 years of hell! I’d love to add this book to my ever growing collection of works that help me heal myself since the doctors didn’t!

  48. Thaïs says

    I have subscribed to your blog for about 10 months.
    Your posts and recipies have been so wonderful and
    helpful to me as I have made the transition to being
    gluten free. Your pizza crust recipies are my favorite…
    Even my friends and family that can eat gluten love
    it and request it! I would love to win a copy of this
    book to help further my knowlege on this gluten free

  49. Liberty Brunswick says

    So glad I found this site. Would love a copy of this book. TOC at Amazon… I’m thinking Kindle!

  50. Jeanne, RN says

    I’m and RN with Celiac Disease. I’m dismayed that there is still so much ignorance in the medical community regarding this condition. I’ll be getting this book even if I don’t win the giveaway!

  51. Plum says

    Thanks for keeping us all informed! The book looks really interesting. What a great idea for a giveaway.

  52. Karin Goodman says

    I have Celiac Disease, and two of my children eat Gluten Free, but have been tested and the results say they are not Celiac, it could be Gluten intolerance, but I do not know alot about it. I would love to read this book. My children eat gluten free to feel better, my son has awful headaches if he doesn’t. A specialist told him to eat gluten and be re-tested in 3 months, but he feels awful after 1 meal that he could not live that way for even a whole day.

  53. says

    I recently found out I’m gluten sensitive. Would love to read this book – thanks to you and everyone with websites devoted to Gluten-Free living. You all have been a great help!

  54. says

    I’m just realizing how badly I react to gluten, I’d love this book to help me make the full transition off of it :) (posting on FB too )

  55. Lynn says

    This book looks great!! I would love to read it to better help my celiac husband.

  56. Janine Granquist says

    I cant wait to get this book. My mom and sister also have gluten intolerance, but I am only one that ended up with Dermatitis Herpetiformus. That is actually how we figured out we had it. Once I found out, I called my mom and they got tested. Apparently my moms brother and father are allergic to wheat, but she never thought about it. We are so much healthier and happier without the wheat products :) Thanks for the book :0)

  57. Jamie says

    Love your site, been Gluten free for almost a year now and feel much better. Would love to read the book, already on fb and email list.

  58. says

    Looks like a great resource. I’d love to see if gluten sensitivity is related to my Crohn’s disease, since it’s much more easily controlled when I don’t eat wheat.

  59. says

    We LOVE your blog first and foremost! We pass your helpful GF tips and recipes along to our many GF patients. My fingers are crossed that we will win this Gluten Toxicity book, as the more information we can gain, will only help us treat our patients.

    In Good Health!

    Lind Chiropractic Clinic

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