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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Very helpful!

Reviewed by Sherry Lipp "Sher973"
April 21st, 2002

I wrote a review for this book nearly ten years ago. At the time I had been on the diet for a year and half and although symptom free I was feeling down on the diet. I gave the book three stars. I have changed that to five stars. Ten years later, I have gone full circle going off the diet and then coming back to it. I have learned so much in those years. Back then I stated I knew I did not want to follow the diet permanently. Now I have changed my mind. Though I have added a few foods in, I am following this diet 95 - 99%. When I left the diet my symptoms and inflammation returned. When I went back to the diet, symptoms and inflammation went away.

So I've found this book to be a life saver. Twelve years with Crohn's, eleven years on the diet and I am not on medication, I don't have symptoms, and I can work full time, travel, and do all the things I thought Crohn's was going to keep me from.

I am keeping my original review below. Comparison from a year and a half into the diet and eleven years on the diet.

Original review...

This book has some very useful information for people suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease. If someone is looking into an alternative form of treatment, this book is worth checking out. It offers detailed explanations of how the digestive systems works, and how it reacts to different foods. I have been following the diet for a year and a half with very good results. However, I know this is not a diet I want to follow permanently. Not because it is too difficult, but because I am not convinced the diet is completely healthy. The diet seems to emphasize eating a lot of meat eggs and certain types of cheese. These foods are all high in fat and cholesterol. If you are a vegetarian, this diet may not be such a good idea, as food will be very limited. The book also does not really talk about organic foods or free range meats. I don't see how eating meat that has been hormonally altered, or whatever they do it, can be heatlthy. Same goes for fruits, vegetables and cheese. My other complaint is the recipes in the book. On some of the recipes the cooking directions are very vague. Sometimes the oven temperature and cooking time would not be given. There were many foods, like squash, that I had never cooked before. I had no idea how to do it at first. I also think many of the recipes contain too much butter, and came out a little to moist. Despite the problems I have with the book now, I am gratetful that I read it. It made me think about how much food affects the progress of Crohn's Disease, and it gave me a good start in learning to alter my diet.

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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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