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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Yet another rave review for this book

Reviewed by Penelope
August 20th, 2009

I thought I should add my voice to the chorus of people who have been helped tremendously by the ideas in this book. I have ulcerative colitis which has become progressively worse over the years, helped along by an increase in the stress of the jobs I was taking on. I was getting sick for months at a time, multiple times a year, and felt so tired, in pain, and had such a foggy mind - not to mention the frequent, painful trips to the toilet.

After a scare this year, being threatened with either losing my colon sometime soon, or going on to much higher-risk medication, I have been implementing the principles underlying this diet whilst sticking to my old lower-risk medication (Pentasa). I haven't even been following the diet rigidly, but I've been totally well for 6 months now and can function effectively in my work. All I've done is cut out all lactose and most starchy carbohydrates, and cut down on sugars. I don't have a constant desire to lie down and sleep, and I would say I now have fewer GI problems than a healthy person. My gastroenterologist is very happy with the results, having recently done a colonoscopy on me that found that my colon is now perfectly fine. She is now reading the book herself, as she's heard quite a few recommendations from her patients.

This diet may not work for everyone but if you have a choice between scary possibilities (high-risk medication, extreme surgery, eventual bowel cancer) or a little self-restraint and denial (avoiding some foods you might like), then the choice to me is clear. Everyone with these sorts of problems should at least TRY the ideas in this book, down to the letter, for at least a month, and see how they go.

Update 18 June 2010: Still healthy and symptom free 1.5 years later... that is amazing considering my previous history of getting sick at least once every 3 months. :)

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For those of us who are relieved to have access to information which empowers us to take care of ourselves, this book is a godsend. With it I have been able to completely regain my health without the use of medications. It is a tragedy that this information is not available to everyone with digestive disorders, so that we all can make informed personal choices about how we wish to approach our treatment. People with the determination to regain their health will almost certainly benefit from learning about this diet.
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- Nancy Emerson
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