[Rachel's summer reading continues. Here, NFCA's Communications intern gives her latest review.]
Sylvia Llewelyn Bower, RN, lives with celiac disease and has been practicing nursing for 45 years. She is registered as an RN in Ohio, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, and Florida. Not only does her knowledge of nursing emerge in the book, What Nurses Know… Gluten-Free Lifestyle, but her background as an active participant in the Gluten-Free Gang also plays a role.
The cover of the book says, “The answers you need from the people you trust,” and it is truly that. Without knowing much about celiac disease, I was able to skim the pages of this book and understand each concept about each topic. The book explains the differences between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten allergy. I also found helpful tips for setting up a gluten-free kitchen, what to be aware of in medications, and how to safely dine out and travel without worry. The book even includes a “One Week Simple Healing Meal Plan” to introduce how to eat gluten-free while still being healthy.
Throughout the book there are “What Nurses Know” tips and comments. Some are light-hearted; for example, “Gluten-containing lipstick and shampoo are OK to use unless you plan to eat or drink them. Ugh!” Other small comments provide prayer, unknown facts, or just good things to be aware of.
Overall, I believe this book is a great choice for anyone who struggles with celiac disease and especially for someone who has just been diagnosed. The U.S. price is only $16.95, which I find to be very reasonable for all the advice it provides. As a bonus, use the code SSBOWER30 to get a discount when you purchase the book from Demos Health.
For additional tips, pick up Sylvia’s first book, Celiac Disease: A Guide to Living with Gluten Intolerance.