I was lucky enough to have this book given to me for review but I am in no way obligated to give a positive review and therefore, what you are reading here is my honest opinion.
First thing I should tell you is that this book is very easy to read. You don’t need to understand medical terminology to understand what you are reading.
If you do run across a term you don’t understand, you can find it in the glossary.
In the Introduction, you will find a Gluten Sensitivity Self-Test. I suggest you take the test.
Throughout this book, besides getting a wealth of knowledge about gluten, you will also be treated to stories about real people who live gluten free.
I don’t know about you but I like to read the stories of other “gluten freers” and compare them to my own.
There are clearly labelled illustrations throughout (a picture is worth a thousand words, right?)
This book talks about the history of gluten issues, what gluten is, how it affects the body, leaky gut, the immune system, symptoms you might experience, how the nervous system is affected and how gluten issues relate to other diseases, syndromes and afflictions.
There is an abundance of information in this book and after researching Celiac, gluten and things related to them for the past 3+ years, I have still learned quite a bit from The Gluten Effect.
I highly recommend you visit http://thegluteneffect.com and get your copy now.
Also available is a video of the 2009 Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum, which contains the full presentations of Dr. Vicki Petersen,D.C.,C.C.N. (co-author of The Gluten Effect) talked about the numbers of people that carry the gene, about the increase in C.D., ongoing research and so much more, Cynthia Kupper,R.D. who talked about living gluten free and labelling issues (and more), Dr. Rodney Ford, M.D., F.R.A.C.P. who had some very interesting ideas and suggestions on how to raise awareness as well as his vision to have total gluten awareness. He also went into the history of celiac diagnoses beginning with Dr. Gee, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, D.C.,C.C.N. educated us with information about ongoing physical issues, (heal the gut) he talked about how Celiac can kill people (he calls it the OMG reaction), reversing Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy with a gluten free diet!
I have only touched on some of the things that you will learn from this book, The Gluten Effect, and this video of the 2009 Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum.
If you have gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, do yourself a favour and read the book and watch the video. They would be a great gift for someone you know with gut issues.