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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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This book gave me back my life

Reviewed by Katie Fischer
November 14th, 2001

A little over year ago at this time I felt like I was in a living hell. I had a three small children under 6, one a baby. I had a horrible peri-anal fistula/abscess that was huge and would not go away even after many surgeries. This went on for a ten month period. I lost 20 pounds from an already thin frame. I was going to the bathroom every fifteen minutes all day long. I was exhausted and trying to take care of three small children. The thought of getting dressed exhausted me. Some days I would literally crawl around on the floor to my children. I was in constant pain and couldn't sit down without leaning to the side.
I couldn't wait for my children to go to bed at night so I could rest.
My colo-rectal surgeon told me I needed a colostomy. I have severe strictures in my rectum and sigmoid colon and he said the damage was just too severe and the abscess wasn't going to get any better and would never go away.
In desperation I searched the internet for answers and I found this book.
Within days I felt better. Within 3 months my abscess had dried up. Within 6 months I had gained back all 20 pounds and was loaded with energy and feeling great. Best of all I wasn't worrying about a bathroom when I went out for the first time in 25 years. I am now off all medication! This is the first time I have ever been in remission. My colo-rectal surgeon recently examined my rectum and said that the tissue was actually softening (before it was very hard from the stricture). My doctors are amazed. I gave the book to my colo-rectal surgeon to read (he used to be a research scientist). He agrees with the theory of the book and now recommends it to his patients. He recently gave it to several of his patients and they are already getting better.
The diet seems overwhelming at first. I never thought I could do it. I was totally hooked on junk. As I improved though, it motivated me to stay on the diet. After three months the cravings went away. I wouldn't have believed this a year ago but I would never go back to my old way of eating now. I just enjoy the diet too much and it is so healthy. It is a habit now that I don't even think about. I just took the diet one day at a time when I started. I told myself I would only do it for a month. I figured I could do anything for a month.
I thank God For Elaine Gottschall. I can once again enjoy my children. I can enjoy a boat ride or a train ride without worrying. I no longer miss out on life. I am free to do whatever I want to do. It is well worth a few dietary changes. There are so many great recipes that I don't even feel deprived. It does take some work, but then anything worth while usually does.
I hope anyone with intestinal trouble will at least give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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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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