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The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of…

by Amy Myers

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I have several pesky autoimmune ailments, thus I had been looking forward to see if this book offered any valuable solutions. But I have to say, no, not for me.

Four of the most important chapters are as follows: Heal your Gut, Get rid of Gluten, grains and legumes, Tame the toxins and Heal your Infections and Relieve your stress.
1) Heal your gut. I never really found out how to heal my gut. Step 1 was to remove the bad foods and I´ll get to that in the next point. Step 2 was to restore the Good. Here it is suggested to take digestive enzymes, and this might be a good idea, Step 3 is to reinoculate with healthy bacteria, and I have been taking good probiotics for years and also fermented vegetables regularly. Step 4. Repair the gut. Here the suggestions are to take L-glutamine and Omega-3 fish oils. I haven´t been able to get hold of the former as yet, but have been taking krill oil capsules, which Dr. Mercola, I think it was, thinks are preferable to fish oil.
2) Get rid of Gluten, Grains and legumes, we are informed of what we must totally exclude from our diet. This turned out to include all food products (except fish) that I use as my source of protein:
Gluten (I have excluded this.)
All grains –wheat, rye, barley, rice, millet, and oats. Also corn and quinoa though they are technically not grains.
Legumes – lentils, chickpeas (i.e. also humus), peas, green beans, and red, white, black and kidney beans.

However, Amy explains that gluten-free is not an option either, since these products are loaded with sugar, salt, preservatives, additives and dyes.

We must also avoid nightshades i.e. eggplants (which I never eat anyway), potatoes, though sweet potatoes are okay (hurray!) and tomatoes.

Also, dairy products are out of bounds, e.g. milk, butter, cheese, goat´s cheese, etc. Also eggs, my main source of protein other than fish. And nuts, peanut butter and seeds,

Amy´s diet may be perfect for an inveterate carnivore, since you can eat all the organic meat you might desire, but for me it´s inadequate. At least, at present, since I´m unable to get hold of the organic salmon fillets I usually eat. I can of course eat tinned sardines and anchovies, but I´m not keen on all the BPA you get to consume together with these fish.

3) Tame the toxins. There is good information here about getting rid of toxins, cleaning your air and water and buying clean body products. We are informed of the excellence of glutathione, which is “your body´s biggest detoxifier”, but this has proved difficult for me to get so far,
4) Heal your infections. I didn´t get much out of this chapter. I myself have to take considerable amounts of garlic every day to deal with interstitial cystitis, since my doctor can´t/won´t (both of these) help me.

Amy recommends a 30-day protocol. Avoid all foods she tells you to avoid for 30 days and see if your condition improves. This may well be a good idea, also for me, but I´m afraid I might feel quite weak and faint.

She offers many appetizing recipes. I might just try “Hearty Sweet Potato Mash” though I wouldn´t have time to make it for breakfast, as she suggests.

The author is a doctor and she herself has an autoimmune disorder, so she needed to find a way to thrive with this ailment, and came up with this system, which she calls “The Myers Way”.

To sum up, the book does in fact contain much valuable information, and it may prove useful to many, particularly carnivores. But I won´t go out of my way to recommend it, since I do not feel the author leaves us vegetarians with enough basic, nourishing foodstuffs to thrive on. But it is well-written and informative. ( )
  IonaS | Aug 15, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062347470, Hardcover)

Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn't have to be this way.

In The Autoimmune Solution, Dr. Amy Myers, a renowned leader in functional medicine, offers her medically proven approach to prevent a wide range of inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, chronic headaches, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

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