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Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  275 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects nearly one in every hundred people. Unfortunately, 97 percent remain undiagnosed and untreated. They continue to suffer from gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anemia, and itchy skin conditions -- to name just a few of the symptoms. These people consult numerous doctors, who prescribe drugs and ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by William Morrow (first published February 1st 2006)
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AnnaMay
If you have Celiac Disease, this is a great book. If you're wanting to learn about it, this is a great book...easy to navigate (so you don't have to read the whole thing.) I was glad to know of the additional symptoms and sicknesses/diseases I need to watch out for. I liked how the information was credible and loved the quotes from patients. I felt very validated and could relate to much that was said.
Kris Patrick
The alarmist cover gave me a chuckle, but really this book is written quite level. No, celiac disease isn't the solitary explanation for a roll call of autoimmune disorders. It's something people often have in conjunction with autoimmune disorders. There is a big difference.
Kristin
I was diagnosed with celiac disease almost 9 years ago and haven't done a lot of research since I was first diagnosed. This was a very informative and comprehensive book with current information on celiac disease written by the Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. It was interesting to read an overview of the digestive system and the medical aspects of what happens in detail when gluten enters the body. I learned about many complications and other autoimmune disorders as ...more
Jay
I appreciate the sifting of good, researched information from myth, as well as the comprehensive guide. I do wish that it was a bit more open to people's experiences of sensitivity- the claim is made that only people who test positive for celiac or allergies should stop gluten, although they also recognize that there are false negatives and reasons some people test negative while actually being positive.

Available via San Francisco Public Library
Tony
Best book I've read on Celiacs so far. Written by the head of Columbia University's Celiac Center. Explains some of the myth behind the disease and science's current understanding of the truth behind a lot of myths.
Auggy
This is for the "revised and updated" edition, updated in 2010.

I was just diagnosed with celiac and my mom (who also has celiac) said this was a bit like the celiac bible. So I got it and read it. It has lots of good information though I do wish it would be updated - there have been a lot of advances in the past four years and I'd like to read more about those - but the basics of the disease have not changed so this isn't that dated on most accounts. I could do without the large blocks of celiac
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Cheryl Mcintosh
I found this book to be exceptionally informative and well written. I found it absolutely shocking how many people suffer with this disease but are not diagnosed properly. People are suffering life-altering symptoms and are basically being told to "live with it". I hope this book gets into the right hands and both people suffering with the condition and those who should be aware of the condition become informed and allow these people a chance at a fairly normal life. As a future RD I find it imp ...more
Crystal
Aug 11, 2008 Crystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone curious about the science of digestion and autoimmune diseases
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was absolutely fascinating, informative, and so well written. my favorite line was the one that compares the stomach to a Cuisinart. :) I learned so much, not just about celiac disease, and its diagnosis, and its treatment, but also about related diseases, and especially about the digestive system and processes--both healthy and unhealthy processes. I won't say the book was fast reading, but it wasn't hard. I took frequent breaks to "digest" the information (sorry, I had to.;) but it w ...more
Lady Susan
Great book on Celiac. I would recommend this to anyone who has Celiac, has family members who have Celiac, or just wants to know more about it. It is a fairly comprehensive book, but formatted such that it is easy to read the sections that one finds more interesting/applicable. It is also a fairly quick read.

I found the discussion on asymptomatic symptoms the most interesting. I can now see that there might have been quite the family history of Celiac (unbeknown to us) but that Celiac was manife
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Wendy Holcombe
If you have been recently diagnosed with Celiac's disease, this is the best book I've seen that really explains things in detail and yet in a language you can understand.

Even if you aren't new to Celiac's you could benefit by looking over this book. I learned a thing or two and I've been diagnosed for nearly 6 years now. I also read a lot and stay as informed as possible. Still I found things out that I didn't know. Especially, in the section, where it talks about doing everything right and stil
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Bethany
Jan 17, 2013 Bethany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone diagnosed with celiac disease
This book was highly recommended to me when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease by a man who runs our local gluten free bakery. After a conversation in which he shared the stagering number of people who visit his shop after being diagnosed with celiac disease at the health complex across the road, I had to read this book. Indeed, celiac disease is a hidden epidemic. If you have questions about celiac disease want to understand how our food has changed over the last few centuries and why so ...more
Amy
A good primer on the disease - the symptoms and how it effects the body. Make me wonder if I should go ahead and get tested (even though that would mean doing a gluten challenge, which I don't want to do) or just go ahead and commit to being gluten free for the rest of my life. Even if I don't have an official diagnosis, it's pretty clear to me I have some sort of gluten intolerance. To that end, I really appreciate the information about testing and the reliability of the blood work options as w ...more
Kathy Schultz
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with celiac disease, this is a must read. I would add if you have trouble with digesting wheat or have a long list of health issues, take a look at this book. About 1 in 133 people have CD and 95% of them don't know it. This book gives a clear explanation of celiacs and why you should take this disease seriously. Do you have a list of health issues, but do not have a clear diagnosis? Could you possibly have celiac disease? Go to www.celiaccentral.org ...more
Katrin Sosnick
Very informative and covers a lot of breadth on the subject of celiac disease
Alexei
Good comprehensive coverage of celiac. Has five parts: 1) explains what celiac is and tests used for diagnosis; 2) discusses related diseases such as osteoporosis, depression, and diabetes; 3) explains what treatment and tests you should have on a regular basis (eg bone density, vitamin deficiencies); 4) explains the gluten free diet and coping skills for eating out, reading food labels, etc; and 5) gives an overview of special situations and research.

I thought the writing was clear and understa
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Useful, informative. Use like an encyclopedia.
April
If you think you have Celiac's, were diagnosed with it, or just have a lot of unexplained ailments that don't make sense and don't go away, or a lot of health problems that you think are due to the stress in you life- peruse this book. It explains Celiac's quite nicely, is accessible, yet based in science. After reading it I felt like I understood how the disease works and how to change my family's diet to avoid gluten (not just for fun- one of us has a gluten issue). I highly recommend this boo ...more
Matthew Mitchell
This is the kind of medical book that I need when faced with a scary diagnosis. It's fully researched but written for the layman. It's a comprehensive look at the problem yet focused on answering the questions of the sufferer and those that are caring for them. We have learned a lot from it and will keep returning to it as a key source in our own going efforts to help our daughter. Recommended.
Pam
This book is a must read for anyone new to Celiac disease or knows someone who has it or anyone who wants to learn more about the symptoms/risk factors associated with Celiac disease. The book is worth buying for the two-page health questionnaire alone. There are plenty of scientific sounding words, but the writing is easily readable even for those unfamiliar with the subject.
Avis Black
About 3 million people have this disease and live poor-quality lives, and almost none of them know they're ill, which is disgusting. A must-read. The only way I discovered I had it was by reading the now-notorious Scientific American study, and getting on the Celiac Diet really, really, made a profound improvement in my life.
Nicole
I had no idea so many people are affected by this disease and how many ways it can manifest. It seems almost everything could be caused by celiac and it easy enough to fix the problems by eating a certain way. Far better than stuffing your body full of medications with numerous side effects.
Holly Thomas
For anyone who has Celiac, this is a really good book talking about just how Celiac is misdiagnosed and how far reaching it is. It causes Fibro, infertility etc.

Gives ideas on what to eat and how to start on a road to being gluten free. It's a great book. Gives one hope.
Jessie
This book was the most simple and significant reading on the subject of celiac and gluten intolerance. I like that it broke down the physiology of the body first. Then continued in greater detail. I truelly wish I had read this book first. It would have made for a smoother transition.
T.M. Carper
The best all-around resource on Celiac Disease and its effect on your whole life. It talks about all the tests that can be done, how to live g-free, and how it can affect thyroid, diabetes, skin conditions, etc. If you have Celiac Disease, this is a must have.
Shannon Dunn
Pretty good medical overview for a general audience of the ins and outs of Celiac, with summaries of the biological/medical/genetic basics and how to deal with having it. Good for people with the disease as well as those with friends and family with it.
Kimberly McClain Cardenas
Very technical and detailed a bit of Information overload if you are just looking for some basic facts about Celiac and what it means to live a G free life. This should be like the third book you read.
Jeremy Osborn
Excellent - a meticulously researched tour of Celiac Disease's effects on every system in the body. Written by the Director of the Center for Celiac Disease at Columbia University.
Maranda Carvell
Good informational book for people new to Celiac disease. Covers everything from common and uncommon symptoms, potential causes/triggers, diet and lifestyle suggestions and more.
BoringLibrarian
If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease and can only buy one book, this is the book. It covers everything you could possibly need to know about being gluten free.
Laura
Good text book read and feel. Like many others, when you suspect you are celiac you read everything you can get your hands on.
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