Gluten: ZERO Global – book intro and contents

Gluten: ZERO Global by Dr-Rodney-Ford

Gluten: ZERO Global by Dr-Rodney-Ford

This book is now only available as an eBook.

Last year I launched my book “Gluten:ZERO Global”- the people who heard me speak and who have read the book have been enthusiastic.

People keep on asking me: Why this book?  and why are you promoting ZERO?
Why?  Well, every day in my Clinic I feel a sense of frustration. I see a child who has severe gastric reflux, I see another who has been suffering with eczema for years, I am told about someone else who is not learning well at school with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD).  I know that all of these problems could be caused by gluten – but no one knows this yet.  No one is investigating.  These families need urgent help, but they can’t find any.
Disturbed!  It disturbs to me that so few medical practitioners understand about gluten and the harm that it can cause. In my experience, my medical colleagues never diagnose gluten-related disorders.  However, the evidence is all around them if they would take the trouble to look for it– in their clinics, in the medical research literature, and in the words that their patients are saying to them. But they tell me “I choose not to believe” – to them it appears to be another inconvenient truth.  They are locked into the diagnosis of celiac disease without any understanding of the big gluten picture.
This is why I have collected together (in this ZERO book) most of what is known about gluten and the diseases that it can cause.  I am explaining to parents the information about gluten-harm in my gastroenterology/allergy clinic. These parents are very concerned for their children, and wonder why their doctor was ignorant about this gluten-illness epidemic. Children and parents want answers, not a brush off.
I feel a sense of urgency. The more I read research papers about gluten, the more it alarms me.  I wrote this book to make this medical literature readily available to you and your community.  Then, armed with this knowledge, you can help make a difference. That is why.

Gluten: ZERO Global – book intro and contents


Man vs. gluten:
how to fix a 10,000-year-old blunder

This book confronts the biggest controversy surrounding our traditional food. It is the story of adopting wheat 10,000 years ago, which launched mankind into the agricultural revolution; the incorporation of the gluten-grains into every aspect of our diets, which nourished the peoples of this world with plentiful food; and now the recent discovery that gluten–wheat is causing universal harm, which is causing millions to suffer.
The sickness and health industry is ironically being fuelled by gluten-related disorders; whereas, the food industry is obsessed by providing increasing amounts of high-gluten foods to the whole population.
A monumental battle is developing – Man vs. Gluten. The battle lines are being drawn, the opposing armies are lining up, and a global war imminent.
On the ‘pro-man’ side are the people who know that they are suffering from gluten-harm, the medical researchers who have uncovered the extent of the gluten problem, and the food processors who are changing to gluten alternative foods.
On the ‘pro-gluten’ side are the gluten-illness-deniers and gluten-skeptics, the people who unknowingly are addicted to gluten and who demand their daily glutened-bread, and the traditional food industry giants who supply the gluten habit.

Gluten-related disorders known for two decades

I have been warning about the ill-effects of gluten for over 20 years.  The date was 23rd July 1990, when I first officially prescribed a gluten-free diet to a non-celiac child.  At that time this was an unheard-of-event and my management decision was met with unanimous disapproval from my medical colleagues.  This poor sick child, Elizabeth, had three small bowel biopsies which all showed normal healthy tissue, effectively excluding celiac disease.  I put her on a gluten-free diet, a decision that was contrary to established treatment protocols.  I had crossed to the dark side and Ford was said to have committed ‘medical heresy’.  I have been a “gluten warrior” (as Peter Osborne calls us) from then on.  My challenge for you is to read the evidence and make up your own mind.


Chapter 1. Gluten ZERO global – why?
Why pick on gluten?
No nukes! Global Zero.
Modify our body … or … modify our food
How big is the gluten burden?
Can our Planet survive without gluten?
Chapter 2. Everyone disturbed by gluten-wheat
Is eating gluten and wheat worth the risk?
Worth of wheat
Nobody can digest gluten
Gluten makes everyone’s gut leaky
Wheat Belly
Gluten–wheat is addictive
Wheat lectins (wheat germ agglutinin – WGA)
Wheat is poor nourishment
Chapter 3. Dancing with Devils
Mitigate universal harm
Smoke cigarettes until you die
Zero Global – no nukes
Chapter 4. Nobody knows what’s wrong with me
What’s wrong?
Idiopathic illness – they don’t know what’s wrong
Just a virus!
Childhood symptoms officially “suppressed”
Naughty – or sick
It’s in your head – Medical Madness
Lifetimes of misdiagnosis
Test: don’t guess
Chapter 5. The health burden of gluten
The gluten curse
It’s not about celiac disease
300 symptoms and diseases caused by gluten
Histology and endoscopy uncertainty
Skin diseases
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)
Death: gluten can kill you
Chapter 6. Beyond celiac disease
The Gluten Syndrome
The Spectrum of Gluten-related disorders
No definitive test yet for gluten sensitivity.
Gluten sensitivity a common illness
Change of diagnostic guidelines for celiac disease.
Gluten can harm brains and nerves
Double blind studies
10% already going gluten-free
Gluten experts
Chapter 7.  Damaged nerves and brains
The thighbone’s connected to the kneebone
Gluten Syndrome: a neurological disease
The evidence
The five unanswered questions about gluten
Neurological gut dysfunction
Headaches and migraines
Gluten can make you wobbly
Evidence of gluten nerve damage
Chapter 8.  Glutened minds
Sick, tired and grumpy
Brains scrambled by gluten
Should all ADD children go gluten-free?
Psychiatric disorders
Chapter 9. Auto-immune and other diseases
80 autoimmune diseases
Triggered by gluten
Multiple sclerosis
Thyroid disease
Diabetes and gluten are linked
Chapter 10. Calculating the size of the gluten problem
Gluten accounting
Meaning of the gluten-numbers
The economic burden of gluten
Save money: find celiac disease sooner
Other gluten-costs
Chapter 11.  Diet not drugs
Disease, drugs or diet?
Treating 300 symptoms
Drugs for gluten-disease – oh no!
The logic of gluten-free
Treat gluten disease early
Chapter 12. Zero gluten
Question: how much gluten is it safe to eat?
Do I have to go gluten-free?
Get your gluten antibodies down
Is 20 ppm really okay?
Gluten-free is more removing gluten
Advocating ZERO gluten
Gluten labelling: a two-tier approach
Refractory celiacs still gluten contaminated
Cross contamination
Gluten-free food not always healthy
Chapter 13. Global gluten consciousness.
More from Einstein
Changing the world takes time
Gluten-free not black and white
Gluten glamour – fact and fashion?
Top ten gluten-zero ideas
Chapter 14. The ZERO answer
Z–ero language
E–veryone tested
R–evolution in food
O–ur community acts
Use your networks
Chapter 15. Last words: verdict
Act or do nothing?
Who is Dr. Rodney Ford? His personal story
Chapter 16. Major references
Chapter 17. Web links and books
You can use the eClinic
You can get this eBook “Gluten: ZERO  Global” on this link.
By Rodney Ford