Book Review: Healthier Without Wheat

September 30th, 2009 by Jean Duane

A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance by Dr. Stephen Wangen (The Gluten-Free Doctor)
If you are suffering from abdominal pain, anemia, arthritis, autoimmune disease, constipation, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, fatigue, fibromyalgia, frequent illness, headaches, heartburn, hypoglycemia, irritable bowel syndrome, irritability, migraines, osteoporosis, sinus problems, itchy skin, joint pain, mental fogginess, low bone density, acne, reproductive issues, fertility problems, bloating, canker sores, gas, heartburn, nausea, alopecia areata, dermatitis herpetiformis, hives, itchiness, fatigue, Autism, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, wheezing, asthma, irregular menstrual cycles, Addison?s disease, Graves? disease, Type 1 diabetes, lupus, thyroiditis, non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma, colon cancer, osteoporosis and a host of other ailments, you may be gluten-intolerant.

Healthier Without Wheat

Healthier Without Wheat

Dr. Stephen Wangen discusses wheat and the problems it can cause, starting with challenging the health assumption and how it has evolved to be a staple in the American diet. He defines gluten and gliadin and where they are found. He discusses the ?many faces of gluten intolerance? and why it causes so many seemingly non-related problems. He dispels the biopsy as the gold standard for diagnosis and suggests instead to monitor the patients symptoms while on the treatment plan. He reiterates that the test for dermatitis herpetiformis needs to be a biopsy a few millimeters away from the blistered skin. He explains that if you do not have villous atrophy, you do not have Celiac disease, however there are many other manifestations of gluten intolerance. The book goes into detail about common tests for gluten intolerance and what to ask your doctor for if you suspect gluten-intolerance is the root of your maladies.
How common is gluten-intolerance? On page 85, Dr. Wangen states ?Millions of people have a non-celiac form of gluten intolerance and experience one or more symptoms ? Recent studies estimate that non-celiac forms of gluten intolerance are approximately 30 times more common than celiac disease and may affect up to 15% of the world?s population.?
The book offers many real-life scenarios from patients. One can relate to the examples of people ultimately relieved of their on-going maladies once gluten was removed from their diet. One real-life scenario discusses siblings, Alex and Jennifer who were both colicky babies and who suffer from fatigue, acne and IBS-type symptoms. Jennifer went on a gluten-free diet and felt better. Alex wanted to be diagnosed first and had blood tests done.” They both eat gluten-free now and feel better.
Healthier Without Wheat discusses what foods to avoid, how to dine out, how to transition into the diet and what TO eat. The questions ?will I out-grow it?, ‘how long will it take to heal’, zonulin, vaccinations and digestive enzymes are discussed. He mentions an enzyme called Glutenzyme to help if gluten is accidentally ingested, to thwart off gluten-related negative effects. It is not, however a cure for gluten-intolerance.
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