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article imageReview: Misdiagnosed — A new book about misdiagnosis and health Special

By Tim Sandle     Sep 5, 2014 in Entertainment
Imagine being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis…and then finding out it was nothing more than gluten sensitivity. This is, incredibly, what happened to one woman and she has used this experience to write a memoir.
Jody Berger started to feel ill. She sought medical opinion and was told that she had the life-changing condition multiple sclerosis (MS). Later on, after making innumerable adjustments to her life and daily routine, not mention the psychological effect on her and her family; it was revealed that she did not have MS at all. In fact, she was suffering from the type of gluten allergy that could be eased through a change to diet.
MS is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.
In her upcoming memoir “Misdiagnosed: One Woman’s Tour of—and Escape from—Healthcareland”, Jody Berger shares why she was unwilling to accept the diagnosis she was given, how she discovered the real cause behind her health issues, and how other patients can advocate for control of their health.
Berger was shocked when a doctor diagnosed a minor tingling sensation in her hands and feet as MS after viewing the results of one MRI. She was told to pick a prescription drug and accept her fate.
Unsatisfied with her treatment options and skeptical about her diagnosis, Berger embarked on a journey to seek out more opinions from specialists who, in turn, each provided a completely different conclusion for her symptoms, ranging from vitamin deficiency to metal toxicity to depression.
One year and countless tests later, Berger connected with a doctor who examined her entire medical history and asked the simple question—“What are you eating?”—that led to the correct diagnosis and a complete recovery.
The issue was gluten. Gluten can cause health problems in sufferers of celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and some cases of wheat allergy. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease attacking the small intestine due to the presence of gluten, for which a gluten-free diet is the only medically-accepted treatment.
Berger’s aim with the book is to help anyone who has questioned a diagnosis or treatment, or for those recently diagnosed with an illness. In the text, Berger shows that asking the right questions, listening to your body, and choosing health over illness is possible, even in today’s complex health-care system.
Jody Berger is a journalist, marathoner, and a holistic health coach. Details of the book are:
Misdiagnosed: One Woman’s Tour of—and Escape from—Healthcareland” by Jody Berger. ISBN: 9781402293887. Memoir; Trade Paper; $14.99 U.S.
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