Book Review – Life After Bread, Get Off Gluten and Reclaim Your Health by Dr. Eydi Bauer
Life After Bread: Get Off Gluten and Reclaim Your Health
By Dr. Eydi Bauer, D.C.
Published by Cypress House
Life After Bread by Dr Eydi Bauer is a quick read for those unfamiliar with celiac disease and its health issues. Within its 109 pages, the reader will find Dr. Bauer?s personal story, case studies for seven of her patients, a chapter of gluten-free recipes, and lists of resources and gluten-free product listings.
Dr. Bauer begins by discussing America?s health problems like obesity, depression, diabetes, and cancer and connects it to food intolerance and allergies. Working within the premise that chronic illness is no fun, she attributes autoimmune diseases to diet with the three biggest culprits being wheat, rye, and barley. She explains that these grains break down into gliadin, which never digests completely and causes body inflammation.
Chronic illness occurs when the immune system attacks itself and damages intestinal villi. Its consequence is malabsorption leading into to nutrition-deficiency syndrome. Sugar and flour can be addictive food substances. They breakdown into peptides, glutomorphines that bring temporary highs.
Dr. Bauer offers no cures for celiac. There isn?t any. What she does suggest is a gluten free diets of whole foods without soda, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, MSG and nitrates, chlorinated water, and artificial sweeteners. Enough doctors have told me that my own medical problems are complicated by my eating habits so I do believe there is some reason to consider her opinions. I just wish she had documented her resource material more deeply. I personally prefer lots of current research studies.
The text to Life After Bread is simple with much repetition of certain medical facts. While this emphasis is necessary for some, I personally would have preferred more clinical citing with accompanying evidence. I am glad she recommends medical testing as I think testing for the disease with ANA lab tests, intestinal biopsies, and stool tests should be emphasized.
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