I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Gluten Freedom from the kind people at Turner Publishing. As soon as I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down, it definitely is a must read for everyone who has, or is close to, someone with coeliac or any other gluten related disorder.
The book was written by Dr Alessio Fasano who is a leading expert in coeliac and other gluten related disorders. Dr Fasano is the founder and director of the Centre for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, which he founded in 1996. In the book Dr Fasano states that his mission is to improve the lives of people with celiac disease and other gluten related disorders while unlocking the complex mechanisms of the autoimmune response.
I believe that as patients, as well as being able to rely on medical professionals, we have a responsibility to be informed about the conditions we have. As someone who is interested in all aspects of coeliac this book provided me with all the information I required in one text. It is pitched at a level that everyone can understand, the medical aspects of the book give you all the facts you require but in a simple and informative way. The aim of Gluten Freedom is to separate the facts from the fantasies and to present the real story about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten diet.
The book is divided into four main sections:
- Gluten Enters the Picture – this section covers what celiac and other gluten disorders are and the journey to diagnosis
- Learning to Live Without Gluten – once diagnosed and the condition is understood, part two of the book shows you how to live on a gluten free diet with nutritional advice and a number of recipes
- Gluten Free for Life – examines the gluten free diet at all stages of your life covering pregnancy, childhood, family life, college years and golden years
- Going Beyond Gluten – examines new treatments and alternative therapies
A number of useful appendices are also included in Gluten Freedom:
- Recommended Reading
- Apps for Mobile Phones
I can say that if I had been handed this book the day I had been diagnosed I would have felt more informed and less lost in my initial weeks of diagnosis. I really enjoyed reading the book and my family have also asked to borrow it so they can be fully informed of my condition.
I would highly recommend you get your own copy and Dr. Fasano will be donating 100% of his proceeds from Gluten Freedom to the Center for Celiac Research.
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