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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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If you have tried everything and nothing worked..

Reviewed by A Customer
December 14th, 2002

I read an article on the book in the Wall Street Journal and decided, "What have I got to lose?" After several years with Crohn's disease I have tried everything that a caring GI doctor could give me, including lots of Remicade. When I began the diet I was in bad shape, despite a Remicade infusion weeks earlier; now, after a month on SCD I am Remicade free and doing better than I have done on any drug. I really think that Ms. Gottschall is on to something with her hypothesis about the causes of IBD. Or,if this really is a placebo effect, it's the very first one I've ever managed to have and I'm delighted. Perhaps I'll have to take out long-care health insurance after all!
I recommend the book if you have IBD and are willing to try the diet VERY faithfully for a month. After that you'll have to evaluate the results and make a decision about continuing with it or not. Despite some inconveniences and yes, even sacrifices, (eating out is not easy!), for me they are far outweighed by the inconveniences of a chronic intestional disease.
The only reason I don't give the book five stars is that I am uncomfortable with the idea that following this diet is going to help the mentally ill. Ms. Gottschall doesn't say outright that it will, but she does suggest a brain-body link that has given hope to some desperate people, especially parents of autistic children. But of course, I have no evidence one way or another about this.

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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
Amazon customer

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