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Celiac Disease Awareness Month

October is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. With an estimated 3 million Americans suffering from this disease and yet more afflicted with wheat gluten allergies and sensitivities, you or someone you love may be struggling with this common problem.

Celiac disease damages the lining of the small intestine, preventing the body from absorbing nutrients from food and drink. Celiac sufferers may have malnourishment, abdominal pain, and other symptoms including skin rashes. The symptoms of the disease are brought on by ingesting gluten, which is present in several grains including wheat and rye.

Onset of the disease can occur at any age. Diagnosis is done through blood tests and endoscopy. Currently, there is no known cure for the disease, and the only treatment is a gluten-free diet.

If your life is affected by celiac disease, don't lose hope! With the guidance of a knowledgeable doctor and the right resources, you can lead a normal life. You can learn more about celiac disease at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and by looking into these great books from your hometown library!

Celiac Disease Celiac Disease: A Guide to Living with Gluten Intolerance by Sylvia Llewleyn Bower.

It is now recognized that celiac disease (CD) is one of the most under-diagnosed common diseases. About 2 million Americans suffer from an immune response to the gluten protein in wheat and certain other grains. A nurse, dietitian, and pharmacist discuss all aspects of CD from diagnosis and patient responses, to tips-- some from patients--for eating out and raising a child with CD. The guide includes gluten-free recipes, resources, and a glossary.



Babycakes Babycakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery by Erin McKenna.

Simply, BabyCakes is your key to an enlightened, indulgent, sweets-filled future. This is important news not only for parents whose children have allergies, for vegans, and for others who struggle with food sensitivities, but also for all you sugar-loving traditionalists. The recipes in these pages prove that there is a healthy alternative to recklessly made desserts, one that doesn't sacrifice taste or texture.


Eating Gluten-Free with EmilyEating Gluten-Free with Emily: A Story for Children with Celiac Disease by Bonnie J. Kruszka.

For children, a diagnosis of celiac disease and an abrupt change to a gluten-free diet can bring about an overwhelming number of questions and concerns. What is gluten? Why can't I eat cake, cookies, and chicken nuggets like everyone else? What do I tell my friends? Answers to these and many other questions are provided in this book. Written by the mother of a child with celiac disease, who also has the disease herself, this book offers a reassuring look at celiac disease in language that a child can easily understand. This fictional story is based on the real-life experiences many newly diagnosed children face.


Gluten-free, Hassle FreeGluten-Free, Hassle Free by Marlisa Brown, RD, CDE

With endorsements by health guru Richard Simmons and the blogger, a registered dietitian who heads a nutritional consulting company addresses the eating challenges of those with celiac disease, a gastrointestinal/immune disorder, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (e.g., thought to be present in autism). The guide includes a celiac disease screening checklist, recommended medical tests, recipes, a handy gluten-free meal card in several languages for dining out, cartoons, and resources.




The Gloriously Gluten-Free CookbookThe Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook by Vanessa Maltin.

After suffering for years and being diagnosed with Celiac disease herself, author Vanessa Maltin has sought out the best-tasting recipes from around the world without sacrificing flavor.  She's become one of the country's leading experts on gluten-free living, but to create this collection of recipes, she consulted with top chefs from around the country.  The cookbook is split up into sections for Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines -- everybody's favorites.  The result are recipes so good, you'll never miss the gluten, and if you've got a whole family to feed, you can cook from this book for the whole family, and nobody will feel deprived.


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