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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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GOT MY LIFE BACK

Got my life back

Reviewed by Phoenix
September 8th, 2010

I finally have the confidence to write a review for this book. I was diagnosed with Crohn's colitis while I was in medical school and I was pretty traumatized by the whole experience. Before being diagnosed, I had assisted in operations of Crohn's patients and had seen first-hand how ugly this disease can get. So when I was finally told I had Crohn's, I was very afraid for my future. I started out on mesalamine drugs, but continued to eat the way I used to, which was heavy on grains/candy/processed foods. I had seen one of the most preeminent IBD gastroenterologists in the world and he specifically told me, "I can't see how diet can have anything to do with decreasing inflammation." The drugs worked just for a few months before I started to have problems again. I was put on prednisone and eventually Remicade and had to take time off of school. Fed up with this uncertainty in my life, I searched on the internet for some other way out of this (at this point high doses of prednisone were ravaging my mind and body). I encountered website posts regarding Dr. Wolfgang Lutz book Life without Bread and then came across this book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle (BTVC). I decided to follow the BTVC protocol because it seemed more restrictive so I thought I would get faster results. I was aware of the frightening side effects of Remicade but decided to go through with it too, in combination with the diet.

Overnight I started to strictly adhere to this diet. I put full faith in it. I bought the cook books, the yogurt maker, almond flour, everything. I started to make regular trips to Whole Foods and bought almost all organic produce. Being on Remicade and the SCD in combination made it difficult for me to tell which was working, though I always had a gut feeling (no pun intended) that it was the diet that was the major player. I didn't see significant results until about 4 months into the diet. After those first 4 months until a year, I would have very minor set backs here and there, but they would go away within a few days after I went back to a cooked veggie regimen.

After a year I decided to stop the Remicade infusions and let the chips fall where they may. I speak to you now at 1 year and 6 months on the diet and I have no symptoms of Crohn's and I take no medications. I have never cheated on the diet once. I know better than to claim that the disease is cured, so I'm just saying that it's very much under control and I feel better than ever.

As I am in the medical field, I know there is very little data behind using diet to treat inflammatory bowel disease. After going through this experience, I am convinced that this diet is at least helpful. You have to be very motivated to continue this diet. It's also helpful to keep in mind that some restrictions can be lifted after about 2 years. I highly recommend this protocol to the supermotivated IBD sufferer.

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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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