Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers The Essential Guide To A Healthy, Gluten-free Lifestyle by Alessio FasanoGluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers The Essential Guide To A Healthy, Gluten-free Lifestyle by Alessio Fasano

Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers The Essential Guide To A Healthy, Gluten-free…

byAlessio FasanowithSusie Flaherty

Hardcover | April 29, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info

$28.56 online 
$32.50 list price save 12%
Earn 143 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


World-renowned gluten-related disorders expert Dr. Alessio Fasano presents the groundbreaking roadmap to a gluten-free lifestyle, and how millions can live better by going gluten free.


For centuries, bread has been known as the “staff of life.” But for millions of Americans affected by gluten-related disorders, consuming gluten, the complex protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, can be hazardous to their health. In a recent poll presented by Scientific American, over 30% of Americans reported wanting to cut down or eliminate gluten from their diets; the gluten-free market is a $6.3 billion industry and continues to expand.

Now, in Gluten Freedom, Alessio Fasano, MD, world-renowned expert and founder of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Celiac Research, reveals the latest developments in scientific research and treatment, and the answers they provide for this rapidly expanding audience. This groundbreaking, authoritative guide is an invaluable roadmap for the newly diagnosed, for those already dealing with gluten-related issues, and for anyone who thinks they may have an issue with gluten. 

Distinguishing scientific fact from myth, Gluten Freedom explains the latest research, diagnostic procedures, and treatment/diet recommendations, helping consumers make the best choices for themselves and their families. Gluten Freedom also discusses important nutritional implications for behavior-related diagnoses such as autism and conditions such as depression, anxiety, and “foggy mind.” Other highlights include:


• The differences between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy

• Current best practices for gluten-related disorders at any age

• Practical information on setting up a gluten-free kitchen, reading labels, and staying safe and healthy in a world filled with hidden sources of gluten

• The psychological impact of a diagnosis and its effect on a family

• Groundbreaking research for prevention and therapy

• Reliable and accurate resources for patients, parents, and physicians

• And even recipes for an authentic gluten-free Italian dinner from Dr. Fasano’s home kitchen

World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist Alessio Fasano is founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, the first research and treatment center for celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity in the U.S. Dr. Fasano created the Center in 1996 to advance th...
Title:Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers The Essential Guide To A Healthy, Gluten-free…Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Turner Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1118423100

ISBN - 13:9781118423103

Look for similar items by category:


From the Author

"This book is one of the best all-in-one sources of information for anyone living with or interested in celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and gluten-free living." -Celebrate Gluten-Free

Read from the Book

What Is Celiac Disease?   Celiac disease is a genetic disorder affecting children and adults. People with celiac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. In people with celiac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction that causes the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. People with celiac disease produce antibodies that, in combination with immune cells, produce toxic chemicals called cytokines, which attack the intestine and cause damage and illness.  Celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis combined. It affects one in 133 Americans.* A blood test is now available to screen for the presence of specific antibodies. A biopsy of the intestine (before beginning a gluten-free diet) is usually needed to make a final diagnosis.  People with celiac disease are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system inflammation, pancreatic disease, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and OB-GYN disorders.  Untreated celiac disease has also been linked (in rare cases) to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma. Currently, there are no drugs to treat celiac disease, and there is no cure. But people with celiac disease can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten-free diet. This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, and barley.  Celiac disease is not a food allergy; rather it is an autoimmune disease. Food allergies, including wheat allergy, are conditions that people can potentially grow out of. This is not the case with celiac disease, as people with celiac disease will have the disorder for the rest of their lives. 

Table of Contents

List of Contributors - xiAcknowledgments - xiiForeword by Rich GannonPreface - xvIntroduction - xix PART ONE: Gluten Enters the PictureChapter One Gluten Gets Into the Gut-and Other Places - 5Chapter Two New Clinical Faces of Gluten Freedom - 21Chapter Three The Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders - 27Chapter Four Making Sense of Gluten, Leaky Gut, and Autoimmunity - 51Chapter Five Getting the Right Diagnosis - 65Chapter Six Gluten and Your Brain - 89PART TWO:Learning to Live Without GlutenChapter Seven Living Well on the Gluten-Free Diet - 109Chapter EightGluten-Free Cooking and Dining - 129Chapter Nine Dinner With Dr. Fasano - 157PART THREE Gluten-Free for Life Chapter Ten Pregnancy and the Gluten-Free Diet - 169Chapter Eleven Gluten-Free Milestones in Childhood - 187 Chapter Twelve Navigating Gluten-Free Family Life - 205Chapter Thirteen Getting Through College Gluten Free - 221 Chapter Fourteen Gluten in Your Golden Years - 233PART FOUR Going Beyond GlutenChapter Fifteen Preventing Gluten-Related Disorders - 255 Chapter Sixteen New Treatments and Therapies - 269Epilogue Making Wishes Come True - 281Recommended Reading - 287Resources - 299Appendix: Apps for Mobile Phones - 303Glossary - 305Index - 315

Editorial Reviews

"When faced with a diagnosis that requires someone to change their entire life, the questions become: 'Why' and 'How'? Not only does Dr. Fasano's new book Gluten Freedom provide a scientific explanation of why a gluten-free life can help you heal, but he also tells you how best to make this happen. . . . [an] excellent resource for the newly diagnosed." -Kyra Bussanich, author of Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle (Ten Speed Press) and three-time gluten-free winner of Cupcake Wars