Toxic Staple; How Gluten May Be Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do About It.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

Anne Sarkisian; TOXIC STAPLE; Max Health Press (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) 17.95 ISBN: 9780989239219

Byline: Barry Silverstein

Combining personal accounts with exhaustive research, this outstanding book should become a definitive resource on gluten intolerance.

Toxic Staple, Anne Sarkisian's excellent, informative book about gluten, a substance found in wheat and in other grains, is an eye-opener in many respects. A carefully researched and remarkably comprehensive report, it is surprising the book was written by a consumer advocate rather than by a noted physician or scientist. The sheer number of personal accounts about the havoc gluten has caused in people's lives is stunning. The book is based on Sarkisian's seven-year quest to learn everything she could about gluten when she found out her entire family was gluten intolerant.

Stories are the heart and soul of Toxic Staple, as Sarkisian herself acknowledges: "The stories in this book describe folks whose lives were negatively affected by a substance most people would categorize as beneficial -- or at least benign. Yet when this substance was removed from their diet, almost all of them experienced positive results." The author brilliantly combines these personal accounts, which appear in virtually every chapter, with information gleaned from copious amounts of research; in fact, she cites hundreds of sources within the book, also including a thirty-page bibliography.

While the stories (some about the author's own family members) bring a key human element...

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