Book: The Gluten Effect

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner, Christina (A Walk in My Garden), has been selected using Congratulatons, Christina, and thanks to everyone who entered. Please stay tuned for more gfe-style giveaways as always.

Would you like to add The Gluten Effect by Drs. Vikki and Richard Petersen to your bookshelf? All you need to do is leave a comment to be entered for this giveaway. Because the book is being provided by the HealthNOW Medical Center, which is hosting the second annual Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum (a very worthwhile event if you can attend!), I’ll leave the giveaway open until after the conference, midnight Eastern, October 17, 2010.

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44 Responses to “Book: The Gluten Effect”

  1. Heather on October 7th, 2010 5:27 pm

    This book sounds very interesting! I’ve just started trying to live gluten free :)

    • Shirley on October 11th, 2010 11:11 pm

      Hi Heather–It looks like you are new here–welcome! :-) There’s a lot of eye-opening info in this book. I haven’t read it yet, but I have read a lot of Dr. Vikki Petersen’s articles on and in Q & A sessions over at my friend, Carol’s blog, Simply … Gluten-Free.

      Let me know if you have any questions on living gluten free and best of luck on the giveaway!


  2. Sherry on October 7th, 2010 5:34 pm

    Wow looks like a great book.

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:40 am

      Hi Sherry–Looks like you are new to gfe–welcome, and thank so much for entering the giveaway! :-) Yes, it’s a book that many have found very helpful.

      Best of luck!

  3. Melinda on October 7th, 2010 5:57 pm

    I love this book and hope I win to give to someone I know who can’t afford it but would benefit from it! : )

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:42 am

      Hi Melinda–It looks like you are a first time commenter … welcome! :-) Thanks so much for your endorsement of The Gluten Effect. I love it when folks enter to win so they can share with others!

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Anna Fargo on October 7th, 2010 6:26 pm

    This book sounds very enlightening. I am 8 months into my GF lifestyle. It took 15+ years to get the correct diagnoses. I would love to read this book.

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:47 am

      Hi Anna–Congratulations on finally getting your diagnosis. So many of us have similar stories on waiting so long for one. I hope you are seeing much improved health from the gluten-free diet! I think you’ll find this book offers answers/insight that would have been so helpful to you years ago, but still provide value today.

      BTW, it looks like you might be new to gfe–welcome! :-) Best of luck to you in the giveaway,

  5. Carolyn on October 7th, 2010 6:35 pm

    Shirley, you find the most interesting books. Don’t know how you do it!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:50 am

      Hi Carolyn–Being in the gluten “education” business, there are not too many books on this topic that I miss. ;-) I’ve read much of the info from this book in articles, and posts on gluten-free blogs, but have not yet read it myself. I’m so happy that HealthNOW Medical Center and Drs. Petersen are offering a copy to one of my gfe readers!

      Good luck in the giveaway! :-)

  6. christina on October 8th, 2010 12:54 am

    After a year of cooking gluten free for my daughter, I’m looking into going gluten free myself. I have too many wierd symptoms that it’s worth looking into and hey at this point, I already know the routine! I just have to remember not to eat my husbands tortillas!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:53 am

      Hi christina–Bravo on looking into gf yourself! Your daughter got her issues through genes, and with your symptoms it does make sense to pursue whether gluten is an issue for you.

      Good luck on the giveaway and pursuing gluten free! Let me know if I can help in any way. Seriously. Hugs,

      • christina on October 20th, 2010 10:55 pm

        Thank you so much Shirley! I’m looking forward to reading the book. I appreciate all you do to help us be gluten free!

        • Shirley on October 20th, 2010 11:01 pm

          Hi christina–It’s my pleasure to have hosted this giveaway along with the generosity of the HealthNOW Medical Center and its founders/leaders, the Drs. Petersen. Congrats again! I hope you’ll find the book very helpful. :-)

          Thanks so much for the kind words … I’m glad to be able to help out some. ;-)

  7. Anne on October 8th, 2010 9:54 am

    This looks like a great book to share with friends that should probably be gluten free. It’s not the easiest lifestyle to follow, but it’s amazing how much better you can feel!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:55 am

      Hi Anne–It’s nice to see you again. :-) I agree that it’s a good book to share … the “connections” are not often made by mainstream health care professionals and individuals. I’m so glad you are feeling so much better being gluten free! It’s really a revelation, isn’t it? I think the longer one is gluten free, the easier it gets. ;-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway!

  8. Linda on October 8th, 2010 10:48 am

    I’d love a copy–sounds quite interesting. Thank you!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 7:57 am

      Hi Linda–I think you might be new here at gfe–welcome! :-) And, best of luck in the giveaway!


  9. Erin on October 8th, 2010 12:17 pm

    Gluten definitely has its “effects”, doesn’t it. Thank you for the great blog writing and resources!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:02 am

      Hi Erin!–I’ve seen you out in the blogosphere, but not sure you’ve commented here at gfe before–welcome! :-) Well put on the gluten having its effects … oh, how many there are, and how huge the effects can be. I think a gluten-free planet (per Dr. Rodney Ford) would eliminate a lot of the illness we have.

      Thanks so much for the lovely feedback on gfe. It’s truly appreciated! :-) Good luck on the giveaway!

  10. Judy Harlow on October 8th, 2010 3:58 pm

    The effects of gluten only can be known after you try GF, amazing! I would love to get this book for reinforcement for my love ones.

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:05 am

      Hi Judy–Looks like you are new here at gfe, too–welcome! :-) Thanks for sharing your “testimonial” on living gluten free; I’m so happy for you! It’s always nice for loved ones to hear the info from someone else, isn’t it? ;-)

      Good luck on the giveaway!

  11. Sharon Conser on October 8th, 2010 8:02 pm

    UGH…I’ve been “MISdiagnosed” by so many doctors during the last 25+ years while spending THOUSANDS of DOLLARS for tests and Rx’s that made my life miserable :o(

    NOW FINALLY~ through my own process of seeking answers and solutions ~I’ve discovered Gluten Intolerance was probably my “underlying” problem all along!!!

    Hey World, EVERYDAY in EVERYWAY I am feeling better-n-better experiencing the GF changes making me feel TRULY optimistic for regaining a superb life and a healthy future with energy to make plans for special events, family gatherings, and travel once again! Thank you GFE

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:10 am

      Sharon–It’s looks like this is your first time commenting at gfe–welcome! :-) I sooo appreciate you sharing your story. I’m just so very sorry you had to experience it. So many of us can relate to years of misdiagnosis and one dead end after another with lots of meds, as you say. Hallelujah on being on the healing path finally! All the best to you for your gluten-free future and good luck in the giveaway!


  12. Debi on October 8th, 2010 8:31 pm

    Sounds like a great forum to go to! If only I weren’t in the middle of this darned move. :D Sorry you can’t go either, Shirley, but I bet you’re having a great time at BlogHer Food!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:13 am

      Hi Debi–I know it will be a great forum and it’s such a good value! I’d go and pay much more just to hear Dr. Ford speak. He is phenomenal! The others are great, too, of course, but he holds a special place in my heart for all he has done with children who need to eat gluten free.

      BlogHer Food was truly fabulous! I’m having my usual “re-entry” problems into real life after one of these events. LOL But, I’ll slowly adapt. ;-)


  13. Kay on October 9th, 2010 10:25 am

    I have been gluten-free for over a year now and despite the frustration and despite the awkwardness at dinner parties, etc. life is so much better without it. There is an incredible amount to learn about the science behind the allergy and it’ such a long perfecting process! Best of luck to all of you kicking gluten! Take care and God bless :)

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:17 am

      Hi Kay–Looks like might be new to gfe … I’m so glad to have you here. :-) Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your story with all of us! Congrats on one year! The frustration and awkwardness issues tend to subside the longer one is gf and the more one “owns” it and just takes it all matter of factly, so to speak. “Kicking gluten” … I like that! We could all benefit from kicking gluten to the curb. ;-)

      Thanks so much for your sweet message to everyone, and good luck in the giveaway!


  14. Aunt Jayne on October 9th, 2010 1:12 pm

    I would love a copy of this book!
    Thanks for running this give away, Shirley

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:19 am

      Hi Jayne–My main Twitter friend! I tried to chat last night, but had to give it up. Hope we can connect there some time this week … well, if new Twitter cooperates. ;-)

      Good luck in the giveaway, Jayne! It’s so great that HealthNOW Medical Center offered up a copy of this book to my readers. :-)


  15. cimmonz on October 11th, 2010 11:29 am

    ooh! thanks for the chance to win the book! While trying to help my uncle with his celiac disease, i’ve learned that gluten could possibly have a negative impact on my multiple sclerosis, too. With information comes power! thanks again!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 8:23 am

      Hi cimmonz–Welcome to gfe! :-) Sometimes celiac disease is even misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis (celiac can cause brain lesions and the MS symptoms like ataxia), but in any regard most folks with MS can greatly benefit from a gluten-free diet. I hope the latter will be the case for you. Information does indeed give one power!

      Best of luck in the giveaway and please let me know if I can help in any way,

  16. Alta on October 12th, 2010 8:34 am

    Great giveaway, Shirley! Hope BlogHer Food was fun!

    • Shirley on October 12th, 2010 11:33 am

      Hi Alta–It’s wonderful that the HealthNOW Medical Center donated this book for a giveaway, isn’t it? They also donated a copy to my support group! :-) I’ve read a lot of the info shared in the book, but have not actually read it, so I’m looking forward to doing that soon. I know this book has been an eye opener for many though.

      BlogHer Food was a blast! The BHF folks really listened to last year’s input and stepped up their game. I plan to go next year, too. Hope you’ll join us! ;-)

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  17. Brenda on October 13th, 2010 9:50 pm

    I have been GF 5 months. My diagnoses came as a surprise. I was going through other tests to get base line results due to a family genetic health issue. Based on a conversation with my doctor, she recommended I be tested for gluten and casein intolerance. My lab results came back positive for both. It also identified I have two active genes for gluten intolerance. I am the first in my family to be diagnosed gluten and casein intoleranance. The doctor believes I may have always had the intolerances but never really symptomatic. It is believed that the genes were fully activated due to a period of 24 months of severe emotional and physical stress I went through just prior to being tested.
    I never realized how sick I was until I started feeling better! Living GF is like living in a another world some times.

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 9:38 am

      Hi Brenda–First, welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks so much for sharing your story; I know it will help others. Most of all I’m glad you are feeling better. I never knew myself what feeling good meant before going gluten free. I think so many are in a constant state of unwellness and just think that is “normal.” What else do we have to compare our own health/symptoms, too? Plus, so much gets thrown unfairly into the “oh, you’re just getting older” category. Unfairly, but it still happens. I completely agree on living gf being like another world at times, on many levels.

      Thanks again for your thoughtful comments and best of luck in the giveaway!

  18. Meesh on October 14th, 2010 10:50 pm

    Very cool! Would love to read this! I’m just coming up on one year completely gluten free. I have been amazed by the changes and improvement! (and so have all of my friends!)

    • Shirley on October 14th, 2010 11:25 pm

      Hi Meesh–Welcome to gfe! :-) Bravo on being gf for a year and seeing amazing changes—love hearing that! Keep spreading the word.

      Good luck on the giveaway! ;-)

  19. Carolyn on October 15th, 2010 9:17 pm

    You provide the most interesting books. Don’t know where you find them, but I enjoy reading them, especially when they contain recipes.

    • Shirley on October 17th, 2010 12:35 pm

      Hi Carolyn–Thanks! :-) No recipes in this one, but it’s a great resource and eye opener. :-) More “recipe books” to come though. ;-)


  20. Irene Clark on October 15th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Would love to win this book to give to my sons – both show symptoms of Celiac, but neither will be tested. The oldest has even been told by a doctor he shows symptoms of an auto-immune disease.

    • Shirley on October 17th, 2010 12:41 pm

      Hi Irene–Nice to see you! :-) It’s tough when you want to help family members and they are not necessarily ready to be helped or want to “know.” This book does lay out so many issues related to gluten. Maybe if you win it, you can just leave it out for them to see and pick up. Even the back cover draws one in with the heading, “IS YOUR FOOD POISONING YOU?”

      Good luck!

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