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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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It works!

Reviewed by John W. Kelly
July 1st, 2008

Not a literary masterpiece by any means, it could use a good re-write and be more organized. But, a quick read (over half of the book consists of recipes or deals with issues of little concern to most: autism, mental illness, etc.) that yielded remarkable results. I got almost immediate relief from incessant diarrhea and gas. I won't re-hash the details as many reviews here have done a fine job of that. I'll just throw in a few tidbits:

It's not as brutal of a diet as it looks at first sight. After a couple of weeks on the restrictive meat-and-cheese initial phase, fruits, nuts and veggies come into play. Before starting the diet, fruits and nuts would aggravate my diarrhea, but now I can eat as much of those as I like with absolutely no discomfort. This is crucial for me, as I like to snack and the diet forbids most common snack foods. Also, the author severely restricts aspartame-sweetened diet soda out of concerns that they may contain traces of lactose, but I down four or five of these a day with no apparent adverse effects. And, removing candy and chocolate from my diet made other foods taste sweeter. So I cheerfully pig out on baby carrots, cherries, nectarines, apricots, dates, cashews, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, and Swiss cheese, and wash it down with diet cokes and diet tea. Not so bad. And, despite the horrid calorie count (I really like nuts), I've dropped ten pounds without really trying.

The wife and I both work and rarely cook, and eating out on this diet is a challenge. Potatoes are forbidden, but most restaurants will substitute other veggies. Favorite standbys: Steak, prime rib, fish, scallops, shrimp, fajitas, chili verde. Fast-food: El Pollo Loco...Mexican cuisine is a godsend, because so much of the diet is bland, as most other cuisine's sauces have forbidden sugar or flour. Egg-drop soup usually has no forbidden ingredients and is one of the few "interesting" soups on your menu.

Yeast overgrowth in the gut is not really addressed in the book, is also reduced by sticking to the diet and easily remedied: eat some garlic, which kills yeast, and is good for you in any case.

Going without is tough, but keep in mind even when you were allowed to eat donuts and chocolate and ice cream and candy, it was just going to make you fat and rot your teeth!

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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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