How I learned about Celiac Disease and non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS).
My passion is to help others realize better health through better nutrition. My daughter began to show signs and symptoms – unusual ones by the age of three. She had suffered three seizures by the age of three, numerous bladder and yeast infections, had joint pain and swelling, low energy and looked pale with dark circles under her eyes. No abdominal pain whatsoever! This is the most important point. No abdominal complaints! Only 1 in 10 people with Celiac disease confirmed with a bowel biopsy, will experience bowel related symptoms such as bloating, cramps, gas and/or diarrhea.
What the research says...
Celiac disease is an inherited condition as opposed to the Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance (NCGI) which is acquired. There are many causes for gluten intolerance that causes damage to the small intestine. Acute bacterial infections, chronic infections, chronic over the counter anti-inflammatory use, some prescription medications, stress, surgery, hormone changes to name a few… According to Dr. Fasano MD, a Harvard Pediatric Gastroenterologist, humans can not digest gluten. We simply do not have the enzymes in our gut to accomplish this. This large protein, once it passes through the damaged bowel lining and into the blood stream, has the potential to stimulate the immune system, causing damage throughout the entire body.
No Wheat... No Problem! First published in 2003, now in it's fourth print run.
The first section is the "Strategies" section loaded with information on how to get started, baking tips, flour and dairy options. Following is over 150 great tasting gluten-free recipes.
As with most people with food intolerance or allergy, there is rarely just one. Dairy intolerance and/or allergy is very common in patients with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity so I was able to modify most of the recipes – 90% of them to be dairy free. For recipes that do require the fat content of cow or goat milk, I have included a “milk carton” icon beside the recipe title. Many of the recipes have alternatives and substitutions allowing for dietary modifications.