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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Happy and healthy from now on.

Reviewed by Post, Marnie
September 9th, 2000

After being diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 18, I'd watched my symptoms grow more severe as the years passed. Seven years later, my flare-ups of the disease were becoming longer, more painful, and less responsive to the lastest drugs. This book finally gave me some control.

I started using Elaine's diet on Jan. 1, 2000, determined to be well. It's been eight months, and I'm doing great. My symptoms gradually disappeared after 2 months on the diet. At this point I am 100% free of symptoms with the exception of when I get a little lazy and eat out more, or buy deli foods that I'm "pretty sure" are safe on the diet. Inevitably I can backtrack and find the offending substance(s) in foods that have brought about mild "reminders". I've been off prednisone for 3 months (longer than I've been off it in years), and I'm off 80% of my other medications.

The suggestions in this book may seem difficult, or even impossible to follow (believe me, 90% of my previous diet included foods that are off limits on this diet), but no piece of bread, glass of milk, or chocolate is worth experiencing the loss of health this disease, and other GI diseases, imposes.

My most sincere thanks to Elaine Gottschall, Dr. Hass, and others, whose research has given us the information in this book. I no longer worry about how much longer I can get away with not having surgery, where my income will come from after using all my sick days from work, or what medications could harm my unborn child when it comes time to start a family. Thanks to the specific carbohydrate diet, this disease is under my control.

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Update 8/12/01 This diet has allowed me to be symptom-free and medication-free for well over a year. The longer you do it the easier it gets!

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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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