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Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten-Free

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Co-authors: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Dr. Daniel Leffler
AGA Press, Bethesda, MD. 2010.

About Real Life with Celiac Disease:

  • Written by the clinicians of the Celiac Center and 50 international experts
  • Offers stories of patients with questions or problems related to celiac disease and gluten-related disorders
  • Covers diagnosing children and adults, food intolerances, associated conditions (skin and bone diseases, eating disturbances, etc), hidden gluten, healthy eating, weight gain, supplements, travel, religious practices, and much, much more
  • Discusses recommended treatments, the decisions and lifestyle changes made, and the outcomes
  • Offers 25 CEUs for dietitians (test kit through Helm Publishing)
  • 5-star rave reviews across the board on

Real Life with Celiac Disease is an award-winning, in-depth, reader-friendly book with Take Home Tips to help you take control of your nutrition and medical care throughout life.

View the TABLE OF CONTENTS below.

You will find many references to our book in the articles on this website.

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To your health!

The Clinicians of the Celiac Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Table of Contents

Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free

Co-authors: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, and Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Foreword: My Celiac Disease Journey: Marge Benham-Hutchins
Introduction: Life with a Gluten-Related Disorder: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, and Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS

THE BASICS: Definitions and Diagnosis
A Global Disease: The Iceberg Dilemma: Ahmet Aybar, MD, and Alessio Fasano, MD
What Causes Celiac Disease in Children, and Where Did It Come From?: Z. Myron Falchuk, MD
Common and Uncommon Presentations of Celiac Disease: Ciaran Kelly, MD
Blood Tests in Celiac Disease: Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS, and Detlef Schuppan, MD, PhD
Endoscopy in Celiac Disease: Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Genetic Testing in Celiac Disease: Michelle Pietzak, MD
When Celiac Disease Diagnosis Isn't Straightforward: Carlo Catassi, MD
Gluten Intolerance: You Mean I Don't Have Celiac Disease? Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Dermatitis Herpetiformis: John J. Zone, MD
Who Should Be Tested for Celiac Disease?: Peter H. R. Green, MD
Finding Celiac Disease in Children: Naamah Zitomersky, MD, and Alan Leichtner, MD

THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFE: Solutions and Strategies
Balanced and Delicious: A Healthy Gluten-Free Diet: Nora Decher, MS, RD, CNSC, and Carol R. Parrish, MS, RD Whole Grains = Nutritional Gold: Laurie A. Higgins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Supplements 101: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, and Christine Doherty, ND
The Gluten-Free Vegetarian: Nixie Raymond, MS, RD
Constipation: Suzanne Simpson, RD
Weight Gain: A Common and Sometimes Unwelcome Measure of Healing: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN
Cheating? Think Again: Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, LDN
Is There A Safe Level of Gluten Ingestion?: Katri Kaukinen, MD, PhD, and Pekka Collin, MD, PhD
Inadvertent Gluten Exposure: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN
Oats and Wheat Starch: Tricia Thompson, MS, RD
Food Labeling in the US and Canada Ð Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, and Shelley Case, RD
Gluten in Medications and Supplements: Steven Plogsted, RPh, PharmD, BCNSP, and Julie Edmonds, RPh
Combining Diets for Celiac Disease and Diabetes: Cynthia Kupper, RD
Celiac Disease and Religious Practices: Nancy P. Falini MA, Rd, LDN
Dining Out Gluten-Free: Locally and While Traveling: Pam Cureton, RD, LDN, and Mary C. McKenna, PhD, LDN, CNS
Infant Feeding and Celiac Disease: Katrina Nordyke, BSN, RN, MPH, and Annelli Ivarsson, MD
Nutrition and Adjustment Issues for Children with Celiac Disease; Mary Kay Sharrett, MS, RD, LD, CNSD
Teens with Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Eating: Cecilia Olsson, RD, and Agneta Hornell, RD
Eating Disturbances in Celiac Disease: Jessica B. Edwards George, PhD, NCSP
Coping with and Adapting to Celiac Disease: Claes Hallert, MD, PhD, Susanne Roos, RN, MSc, and Lisa Jacobsen, RN, MSC
Depression and Anxiety in Celiac Disease: Carolina Ciacci, MD

THE OBSTACLES: Concerns and Complications
Monitoring Celiac Disease: Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Nonresponsive Celiac Disease: Shailaja Jamma, MD, and Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Food Allergies and Intolerances: Sheila E. Crowe, MD, AGAF, FRCPC, FACP, FACG
Elimination Diets and Rechallenge Trials: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN
Malabsorption of Fructose, Lactose, and Related Carbohydrates: Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, and Jacqueline Barrett, PhD, BSc, MND, APD, RNut
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Celiac Disease: Filippo Cremonini, MD, MSc, PhD, and Anthony Lembo, MD
Microscopic Colitis and Celiac Disease: Joseph A. Murray, MD, and Alberto Rubio-Tapia, MD
Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth: Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Probiotics in Celiac Disease: Stefano Guandalini MD, and Lina M. Felipez, MD
Balancing Your Gut: Functional Medicine in Celiac Disease: Diana Noland, MPH, RD, CCN, and Guy F. Pugh, MD
Refractory Celiac Disease: Christopher Cellier, MD, PhD
Autoimmune Diseases and Celiac Disease: Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Celiac Disease: Related Diseases and Complications: Jonas F. Ludvigsson, MD
Cancer: Risks and Realities: Richard F. A. Logan, MD, FRCP
Bone Disease: Harold Rosen, MD
Skin Manifestations of Celiac Disease: Ludovico Abenavoli, MD, Giovanni Gasbarrani, MD, and Giovanni Addolorato, MD
Anemia and Celiac Disease: Anne R. Lee, MSEd, RD, LD
Celiac Disease and Fertility: Ralph Warren MD, FRCP, and Ellen Greenblatt, MD, FRCSC
Neurologic Manifestations of Celiac Disease: Mario Hadjivassiliou, MD, and David S. Sanders, MD
Liver Disorders in Celiac Disease: Alberto Rubio-Tapia, MD
Future Treatments for Celiac Disease: Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS, and Detlef Schuppan, MD, PhD

Support groups
The Importance of Advocacy: Andrea Levario, JD
Staying Gluten-Free in Health Care Facilities: Ronni Alicea, RD, MBA

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