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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Difficult, but worth the effort!

Reviewed by Zelda M
January 18th, 2010

After many tests, my husband and I were both diagnosed with IBS. We suspect that it all began with contaminated water, but can't prove it. We tried many treatments, both traditional and holistic, and several diets. For over 2 years we barely "managed" our symptoms with IBS-friendly cookbooks. I didn't want to manage IBS--I wanted to be free from it. Then, I read this book by Elaine Gottschall along with Restoring Your Digestive Health: How the Guts and Glory Program Can Transfom Your Life. These two books helped us more than all of the many internists, gastroenterologists, and infectious disease doctors we saw over the months and years of our illness.

For 4-6 months, we took digestive enzymes and probiotics and faithfully followed the Guts and Glory diet, supplemented by the info in this book. I believe some of the info in this book should be updated. For example, we did not eat so much cheese except for goat's milk cheese, and we never had soft drinks of any kind--only peppermint and chamomile tea, and water. It was not easy, and you can't cheat. We were so tired of eating the same thing for days. But, we were very ill and could not even go to work at times. We did not eat out in restaurants and travel was difficult. For us, it was worth the effort and experiment to see if anything would happen. Now we can eat what we want. My "wants" have changed as a result of this illness, though. I am more aware of the effects of food on the body and happily maintain a very healthy diet with occasional splurges.

I recommend Healing Foods: Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn's and IBS and Prasad's Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: The Grain-Free, Lactose-Free, Sugar-Free Solution to IBD, Celiac Disease, Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, and Other Health Conditions (Healthy Living Cookbooks) for supporting recipes which follow the plan. I made the 30 hour yogurt from raw milk purchased at a local goat farm with this yogurt maker: Tribest Yolife Yogurt Maker - YL-210 The diet calls for a lot of this yogurt with extra fermentation to help restore the proper balance in your gut. (Grocery store yogurt is only fermented a few hours.) With this product, you can make yogurt in quart jars rather than tiny cups.

I highly recommend these books to people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get well. If you are the type of person looking for a pill or a shot to make it all go away, this might not work for you. But if you have willpower, are proactive and believe that diet really can make a big difference in healing your digestive system, give this a try for at least 4 months. Incrementally, day by day, week by week, you might get better. That's how it happened for us. I'm glad we did it!

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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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