Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism
A compelling story from an emergency/trauma/critical care nurse’s perspective of her own struggle to regain health after 40 years of being misdiagnosed as many different maladies instead of being diagnosed correctly with celiac disease after a scary 4 year plummet into multisystem organ failure. Dough Nation investigates the health, social, political and economic factors regarding gluten intolerance and celiac disease and how the largest untapped market in the world is being manipulated. Many additional stories from the authors of close circle of friends and family reinforce the primary call for a national mass screening for celiac disease. This book is a strong indication of how much you need to be paying attention to the power of the food you are eating, the lack of health care education regarding celiac disease, the history of celiac disease in the United States and the world and how you can become your own health care advocate.
A selection of recent reviews:
Dr. Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, TheDR.com, May 1, 2016 – A MUST READ!
In my world, the professionals who automatically have the highest degree of credibility and trust with me until proven otherwise are Nurses. Nadine Grzeskowiak, THE Gluten Free RN is no exception. Her book, Dough Nation is a ‘MUST READ’ for everyone wondering about the impact of wheat-based products on our health. This is a no-holds barred discussion of what we’re all up against in this world of being gluten free. Her writing style is no-nonsense engaging, her personal story is captivating, and her explanations of the possible and common health complications from a gluten sensitivity are clearly and accurately written out.This is an empowering book. When you’ve read this, you now know what you’re up against and how to navigate the obstacles on your path to better health. Very proud to call Nadine a friend and colleague and highly recommend we all read this book.
Dough Nation…is a memoir, medical confessional, investigative journalistic exploration, and fount of research and information about wheat and gluten, celiac disease, the vagaries of the wheat industry, and the ways in which science, economics, healthcare, and medicine have all conspired to confuse the public and cause great distress to those trying to improve their health by making informed choices…
(This book)…is a thought-provoking, maddening, and empowering read by a nurse who is a consummate advocate, entrepreneur, researcher, educator, health activist, spokesperson, and clinician. If you want to understand the complicated world of celiac and gluten intolerance, Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN is your ticket to knowledge and inspiration.Read the full review: Click here
Daryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer, February 28, 2016 – Useful, Insightful, Helpful
Nadine being a registered nurse has a sincere desire to help others but also is in the position to understand exactly the suffering and trauma of what it is like living with Celiac disease. She has the condition herself.
This isn’t just a science book which would be the expectation given the author’s medical background but it is a journal (memoir) of the failure, struggles, tests and re-tests, misdiagnoses, the awareness and then research of the potential of the Paleo diet and finally the successes that came about from eating a natural diet.
Nadine also discusses the impact that BIG food and BIG pharma has on our food choices and treatment options in relation to modern lifestyle diseases and why the removal of gluten from the diet can be one key in the battles for better health. The narrative is fantastic and engages the reader with solid science, fantastic anecdotes and personal experience.
Thanks for a valuable resource!
Amy Card, May 6, 2016 – Read for Your Health and for Fun
My uncle was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago, but since he’s not my blood relative, I wasn’t worried that I, too, might suffer from the ill effects of gluten. But something wasn’t right with my guts. I tested negative for celiac disease but found out through elimination that I feel and function better without gluten. And now I know why. Nadine’s book takes readers on a journey through the history, diagnosis and treatment of gluten intolerance and celiac disease from personal, medical, financial and national perspectives. Dough Nation tells a fascinating story complete with hilarious anecdotes, some very appropriate cynicism, and ultimately hope!
Renee Thompson, December 30, 2015 – A Must Read for Anyone in Healthcare
In this book, Nadine shares her remarkable story about illness and the power of food to cure. As a nurse, I can validate that what Nadine shares is true!! When people understand the power food has to cure, it can change their lives. What I didn’t realize until I read Nadine’s book was how involved and manipulative the food and pharmaceutical industries can be. Shocking yet fascinating!
Jessica Cadd, October 11, 2015 – I Am So Glad I Did
Went to Barnes and Noble to look at various books and I stumbled upon this one. I am so glad I did!!! This book was such a great read and I really enjoyed that it was not only written by a nurse, but a nurse who has Celiac herself, and she lives in Oregon! I loved being able to read her personal story, as well as learning a ton of new information about this disease I have. Her book was super relatable, very intriguing, and overall wonderful! I highly recommend this to anyone who has Celiac/gluten allergies/gluten intolerance or knows someone who does! Also as she mentions in the book I wish doctors/nurses would read it, my doctor sure could use the information.
Nancy Bee, November 15, 2015 – Everyone Should Read Dough Nation!
Nadine is years ahead of American medicine and everyone should read Dough Nation! In her book this book she gives a fabulous introduction to gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease. The book is entertaining, smart and true! As you read it feels as if you are sitting in a coffee shop just talking to her….it is that easy yet full of fabulous information! She is truly saving lives and in our family myself and my 8 year old daughter are so very grateful for her passion to help others. I suspect my brother and mother are likely gluten intolerant, but neither are ready to change their lifestyle. Regardless, Dough Nation has increased my drive to continue my gluten free lifestyle (as if chronic abd pain, skin issues, fatigue and more are not enough), made my conversations that more educated, and finally fueled my frustration with the medical system I work in. Please read this book! Please get educated! Please tell others! I promise I will. Thank you, Nadine!