Alisa Fleming ~ I know what some of you are thinking, “Alisa, this is a dairy-free website, what’s up with all of the gluten-free stuff?” Well, the fact is millions of gluten-free people live dairy-free or need to transition to dairy-free for health reasons … and vice versa. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of people that I’ve met who’ve seen improvements from living dairy-free, but then also discovered that they have issues with wheat and gluten.
For that reason, I think it would be downright unfair of me not to share a resource that I’ve found invaluable in assessing if my family would be Healthier without Wheat.
Wait! Before you run away screaming, certain that I’m talking about a book that will proclaim gluten evil for all, listen up …
… according to this book, I’m OK with wheat at this time. Yes, though Dr. Stephen Wangen is known as “The Gluten-Free Doctor,” he doesn’t preach a gluten-free life for all. On the contrary, his book Healthier without Wheat does a fantastic job in explaining the test options for Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance, including which ones work best, what markers to look for, and the pitfalls of each.
I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Wangen at an allergen-free conference; he is very energetic, intelligent, and confident, yet friendly and down-to-earth (yes, he really does look as healthy as that picture above in person, too!). Fortunately, his writing mimics his social demeanor … he interacts easily with the reader, getting technical where needed, but not too technical, always keeping in mind that we aren’t all pre-med students. His explanations are to the point and written in layman’s terms. Personally, I found the information invaluable, not only for myself, but for my family.
I’m going to share the summary from the back of the book, as I think it does a great job in quickly explaining the contents of this book. Healthier without Wheat will teach you …
- How to find out if wheat or gluten is making you sick.
- Why this can be more difficult than it may appear.
- How hundreds of health problems are connected to wheat and gluten reactions.
- How you can be gluten intolerant even if you don't have celiac disease.
- Why non-celiac gluten intolerance can make you just as sick as celiac disease.
- How to determine if your infant or child reacts to wheat or gluten.
- Where gluten is hidden.
- Foods you can eat.
- What to do if you are avoiding gluten but not getting better.
- Nutritional deficiencies commonly seen in gluten intolerance.
If you are in that “wondering” stage about wheat, or if you are dealing with a new gluten-free diagnosis, then I highly recommend Dr. Wangen’s book as a starting point.
To note, Dr. Stephen Wangen is a licensed and board certified physician specializing in digestive disorders and food allergies. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of gluten intolerance, and he is the cofounder of the IBS Treatment Center (he is also the author of the book The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution). Dr. Wangen has first-hand experience with his area of expertise, having been diagnosed with IBS and later a gluten intolerance in 1996 as well as a dairy allergy. Yep, that's right, he's dairy-free, too!
To Purchase: Healthier without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance is available to purchase on Amazon.
This is a third party review by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.