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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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will this work for food allergies?

Reviewed by M. K. Foley
February 27th, 2006

I'm about to find out if this diet will help with my food allergies. Since most food allergies/sensitivities are usually caused by a damaged digestive tract (often called leaky gut syndrone), it only makes sense that what will work for Crohns, IBS, etc., should work for leaky gut syndrone.

After reading it twice from cover to cover, I have a hope it will. (The author does point out that anaphylactic allergies may not respond to this diet.)I gave it 5 stars because the author writes in very clear language, gives clear directions and has documented all her findings.

Like one reviewer mentioned, this diet is very similar to the Paleo diet, which I had good success using to remove my food allergy/sensitivity reactions. However, the Paleo diet alone wasn't 'curing' my gut problems. I continued to develop new allergies/sensitivities if I ate a certain food too often and didn't rotate my menu. Which is a sign of not having healed the root cause.

So, I have a feeling the missing components were the probiotic regimen and carefully screening out foods that have complex carbs. I've been using a broad spectrum probiotic compound for a few months now and have noticed an improvement. One of my reactions to my allergies is asthma, which has really improved since using the probiotics. Now I'll fine tune the probiotics based on the author's recommendation and give the diet a try for a year. I really have nothing to lose, it's a well balanced healthy regimen.

I like that the author gives the science behind what happens when the gut has an imbalance in the bacteria, how certain foods can cause or contribute to this and make it a vicious cycle. I like how she approaches healing using diet instead of medications and or an overloading of suppliments. Give the body what it needs to heal itself! Makes perfect sense to me.

Wish me luck!

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I was given Elaine Gottschall's book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." I stuck with the instructions and within only a few days, much to my amazement, the bleeding and diarrhea stopped! I've been on this diet for 5 months, following it faithfully and feeling wonderful. All symptoms have disappeared! I am a new person with energy as I never had before.
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- Anonymous
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