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Coeliac Disease: What You Need to Know (Revised) Paperback – 16 Apr 2015
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About the Author
Alex Gazzola is a freelance heath journalist with a specialism in food and nutrition. He is author of Living with Food Intolerance, Sheldon Press, and also writes for The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Guardian Weekend, and The Irish Times among others.
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It’s at times like this when you need a balanced, considered approach to the subject, and Alex Gazzola’s book does just that. Benefitting from its recent update, I now feel comfortable about what lies ahead … whatever that might be.
The book begins by exploring what Coeliac Disease is, identifying a wide range of potential symptoms, some of which I’ve experienced but would not have associated with the disease. Then the testing and diagnosis procedures are examined, and although I don’t have much confidence in my GP, the book has re-assured me that I am on the right path to either being diagnosed or being able to rule it out. The chapters on food labelling have clarified much in my mind (and are well worth a read in their own right), and although it’s clear that I will need to be careful about what I eat if I am diagnosed, the positive tone to the book re-assures me that I’ll still have plenty of food choices available to me.
Finally, there’s a wealth of further information contacts at the back of the book, which I shall use when the time is right.
I read this book in two sittings and now feel much happier with what’s happening. I can see the whole process now. But I also know that this is a book I shall be returning to, especially if my diagnosis is positive.
For a clear, concise overview, with lots of pointers about where to get more information, this book is great.
A lot of the information is available online through Coeliac UK but it's useful to have it complied into a book.
Well-researched and authoritative, this is the new edition of the easy-to-understand guide to living with the disease. Although only 128 pages long, it’s comprehensive and covers pretty much every aspect of coeliac life from diagnosis to staying well afterwards. With revised chapters on labelling and eating out, it gives calm and practical guidance to the newly diagnosed; those who suspect they might have the condition; and experienced coeliacs who want to know more or catch up with recent developments.
For the person who has just learned they have coeliac disease, or who thinks their child might have it, the book is invaluable. It will save hours online, looking for trustworthy information on diet, or researching the current guidelines on testing and how to obtain a diagnosis for your toddler.
With sections on all these issues, including shopping, health, children, family, staying well - even information on skin-care products - the book deals with all the big life-changing amendments required to diet and eating, answering just about every conceivable question on the way, in a methodical and accessible manner.
There is plenty here for medical professionals. Doctors, dieticians and nutritionists will all find it of interest, including the chapter on the psychological effects of diagnosis, and current thinking on NCGS and FODMAPs. There is a list of key resources at the back of the book.
It’s a nice, slim volume whose size belies its usefulness. It offers a couple of hours’ very pleasurable reading, and for many it will become an essential reference tool. It’s factual, straightforward, easy to use, and contains all the most up-to-date information on labelling and allergen warnings. The book’s sensible approach can be seen in the cautionary perspective it offers on the problems of self-diagnosis and why going-it-alone can have a detrimental effect on one’s future health.
There’s not a lot that can be said against this book. It’s simply the best one out there. Every coeliac should have a copy.