About Toxic Staple

Toxic Staple chronicles Anne Sarkisian’s personal journey to discover the underlying reasons for undiagnosed illness in her family. The book includes a compendium of inspirational stories, current research findings, and diagnostic information to help the reader learn how to identify gluten sensitivity and how to alleviate its negative impact. This is not a nutrition book, a cookbook, or a medical book. It is a compelling story about how one dedicated, passionate grandmother found it her mission to help spread the word about something so seemingly benign yet with the potential to be so devastating. It is written in lay terms through the voices of people who have experienced success on their journey toward better health by eliminating gluten from their diet.

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When the health of your grandchildren and children is severely, negatively impacted and doctors don’t think anything is wrong, can’t find the answer, or treat the problems with heavy pharmaceuticals that don’t address the cause, then one could become a bit crazed. I mean crazed as in passionately driven, over the edge driven, to learn as much as possible about the cause of numerous insidious maladies that are affecting not only members of one’s entire family, but a huge population around the world, and driven to get the word out to the millions who are finding no resolve to their ailments and who are so very “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Gluten, a toxic protein for many that are genetically predisposed, causes damage to the small intestine leading to malabsorption of vital vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy. Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley, and is associated with autoimmune diseases, many cancers (stomach, intestinal, colon, liver, throat, esophageal), intestinal issues galore, numerous neurological issues (depression, migraines, schizophrenia, seizures, dementia and memory issues, autism, attention deficit disorders, ataxia, neuropathy), bone and muscle ailments, anemia and other blood diseases, osteoporosis, skin, dental, infertility, and organ maladies, to name a few.

Toxic Staple is a book of empowerment; it is a compilation of success stories written by people whose lives have been dramatically affected by their adherence to a gluten-free lifestyle. Substantiated with nearly 700 citations from medical research from around the world (and enhanced with a grandmother’s wisdom), these accounts illustrate how one can begin a journey toward better health and greater energy and longevity.

Readers will learn about many of the symptoms and maladies (over 300) that may be attributed to gluten sensitivity. They will be informed about the traditional blood testing to detect celiac disease and cutting–edge stool testing to detect a sensitivity to gluten. If test results show a sensitivity to gluten, Toxic Staple can help readers find the information they need to live a gluten-free lifestyle and to experience a dramatic change in many, if not most, of their health issues.

Celiac disease, a malabsorption issue caused by intestinal damage due to an autoimmune response to gluten, is one of the most common genetic disorders in the U.S. affecting one out of every 100 people (approximately three million Americans). However, researchers believe that 95 percent of all cases are misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed. It takes, on average, 9 to 11 years to be diagnosed. Many of these people have long standing chronic ailments that may lead to an early death. These numbers reflect only those people with celiac disease and do not begin to address those who have non-celiac gluten intolerance (no intestinal damage).

A small group of forward-thinking doctors are helping thousands with their more progressive testing techniques. Rodney Ford, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist from New Zealand, claims that one out of ten people is gluten sensitive (approximately 30 million in the U.S.). Research by Kenneth Fine, MD, a gastroenterologist, medical researcher and director of Enterolab, a clinical laboratory specializing in the analysis of intestinal specimens for food sensitivities, proclaims that approximately one out of three people has gluten sensitivity (approximately 90 million). Recent research by Allession Fasano, MD (now at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston) and colleagues from the University of Maryland, have found non-celiac gluten intolerance in 6 percent of the population.

Toxic Staple may benefit you or a loved one, if you are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

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In a world where incident rates of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and many other illnesses and degenerative ailments keep climbing, these personal stories provide the hope and inspiration for millions of people whose lives are overrun with fatigue and ill health. This book provides the information needed for readers to become their own advocates in a quest for better health and longevity. It offers the following:

• Brings awareness to many ailing people that they can change the course of their very own ill health to attain wellness, energy and vitality.

• Sheds light on many of the more than 300 signs, symptoms and maladies associated with gluten sensitivity, including numerous neurological and cerebral issues, autoimmune diseases, many cancers, anemia and other blood diseases, osteoporosis and other bone ailments, connective tissue disorders, skins issues, organ problems, allergies, vitamin deficiencies, general ill health and more.

• Explains that gluten sensitivity goes far beyond celiac disease into the realm of non-celiac gluten intolerance (a new concept not on the radar of many doctors) where one may be very gluten sensitive but not have damaged villi (the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease).

• Presents the most current information about blood testing for celiac disease as well as the more sensitive cutting-edge stool testing that will detect gluten sensitivity whether it’s celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance nearly 100 percent of the time.

• Emphasizes the need for self-advocacy since no formal training to diagnose this common genetic condition is being mandated or even offered by government bodies for every doctor in every discipline of medicine.

• Provides substantiated medical studies that support the connection of gluten to many illnesses and symptoms so people may not only get to the bottom of their own health issues, they may share valuable information with others.  Nearly 700 easy-to-read citations from research from around the world are referenced.

• Demonstrates the insidiousness of gluten in American diets, and how, if you are gluten sensitive, a seemingly benign protein may affect any part of the body, in multiple systems, and may affect different family members in very different ways.

• Showcases real life stories; readers may recognize within themselves many of the symptoms and maladies linked to gluten that may be turned around or greatly improved by removing the toxic staple if they are gluten sensitive.

• Offers hope for many people who have been on the medical treadmill for years trying to resolve their health issues – those who are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

• Provides examples of how broken our medical system is, how costly healthcare has become, too often without resolving health issues, how ineffective drugs and many procedures are, what a huge waste of time is expended not only in doctors’ offices, but loss of work and playtime, and how needless so many of these health issues appear to be.

• Presents a clear picture of what this seemingly benign wheat protein is causing in millions of people around the world and brings awareness to the prevention of numerous signs, symptoms and maladies associated with gluten for the worried well who want to avoid such disease.

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This is a powerful collection of stories illustrating the many faces of gluten sensitivity that may do an about-face when the insidious gluten protein is removed from one’s diet. Substantiated with recent medical research, these true sagas of a return to health cover a broad range of symptoms and maladies and offer hope and inspiration to those encumbered with illness and chronic ailments. The audiences for this book are many:

• People who exhibit any of the 300+ symptoms and ailments associated with gluten sensitivity that may affect any part of the human body: neurological, cerebral, organs, blood, skin, bone, connective tissue, stomach/intestinal, visual/auditory, allergies and more.

• People who are “sick and tired of being sick and tired” and who are finding no resolve to their health issues.

• The worried well interested in prevention of ill health, autoimmune diseases, cancers, etc.

• Those who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, as there is a genetic component. Doctors often don’t tell their patients that family members should also be screened especially if having health issues.

• Members of the national, state, or local celiac support groups; you will be able to help others.

• Parents, grandparents, teachers, school nurses who care for children; you will be able to learn the warning signs before a child’s body becomes too compromised.

• Health care practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of the insidious tentacles of gluten and how it can impact one’s life, health, and energy. 

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