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