Indigestion and inflammation runs in my family so I was looking for a way to fix my diet and prevent anything similar happening to me.This book was very helpful and opened my eyes to the many different and tasty ways my diet could be changed for the better. I have felt less bloated ever since using the advice from this book, and the first chapter really helped me to understand some of the causes of inflammation and how each one can be addressed. There are lots of good, scientific explanations for some of the things your body does when you have chronic inflammation, and this was good for me to learn more about so I can understand what is happening. I loved the breakfast recipes in this book, because I have busy mornings and most of these recipes are very easy and quick to make for an on-the-go meal. Great purchase, would recommend to anyone going through a similar situation!
"The good news is that chronic inflammation can be controlled, managed, and in many cases, totally reversed" -Second paragraph of Ms. Holister's brochure. And Ms. Holister proceeds to explain chronic inflamation and her panaceum - anti-inflammatory diet. Wow! After teaching medical school students for thirty five years about inflammation and inflammatory mediators, I never suspected it was that simple. The mushrooming of various diets and treatments claiming beneficial effects for every kind of human disease creates an avalanche of pseudo-scientific misinformation, even though the authors, due their own ignorance, might be writing in good faith . This help-yourself-to-health represents the worst of the genre, namely when a person who has absolutely no idea what she/he is talking about transmits the so-called "knowledge" collated from popular pseudo-scientific sources written by people who do not know what they are talking about. Ms. Holister classifies depression, Alzheimer's, AMD, and chronic fatigue as chronic inflammatory diseases, while there is no known cause for these disorders. She classifies air-borne pollutants as toxins. While they may be toxic, they are not toxins! She suggests statins and corticosteroids, drugs with serious side effects upon chronic administration, as "good" anti-inflammatory agents. Ms. Holister advocates Pentoxyfylline, a drug with a very long list of serious and less serious side-effects. She promotes foods with high content of quercetine (BTW, it is not equivalent to bioflavonoids!), and as a supplement while "The US FDA has issued warning letters to emphasize that quercetin is neither a defined nutrient nor an antioxidant, cannot be assigned a dietary content level, and is not regulated as a drug to treat any human disease". Another representative example of pseudo-evidence; although Ms. Holister claims that flax seed and flax seed oil are well-known remedies for a plethora of pathologies, there is close to zero scientific evidence for her claim, and virtually zero reliable scientific evidence. But there are pages and pages of pseudo-scientific blogs on the net claiming any and every beneficial effect of flax seed. The same goes for almost all the "scientific" evidence alluded to in this brochure. Inflammation is a condition defined by clinical symptoms, such as pain, swelling, redness. Quite late in the history of medicine classical inflammation has been causatively linked with a very large number of inflammatory mediators (such as prostaglandins). Much later, it has been found that these mediators appear to be involved in a staggering number of pathological and non-pathological healthy processes. Frankly, our understanding of their manifold roles and interactions is still very poor and interference in their metabolism is mostly unpredictable. Take for example Vioxx, a miracle anti-inflammatory drug by all means, a blessing to people in chronic pain due to chronic inflammatory processes - turned out to be a significant risk to cardiac patients. Or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) that are increasingly blamed for life-threatening allergic reactions and liver disorders. There is no sientific proof whatsoever relating foods to controlling or reversing inflammation, except for instances that are obvious. If one suffers from celiac (an auto-immune disease) - do not eat gluten-containing foods. If you have irritable-bowel syndrome, or Crohn's, or ulcer - avoid foods that promote the disease (BTW, not same for all people!). Hence, Ms. Holister's anti-inflammatory "Bible" boils down to a minature cookbook. Some recipes even look interesting. However, I took at random three of each - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, and came up with between 650 to 1150 calories/day. This is plain STARVATION diet, rather poor in protein but quite reach in simple sugars and starches. I was also quite surprised that Ms. Holister is prepared to tolerate canned goods! So even as a health-oriented cookbook it fails the grade. All in all, manifest ignorance that should be ignored
This book is phenomenal for anyone trying to steer toward anti-inflammatory foods! The author does an incredible job of clearly laying out what is causing inflammation in your diet and then does an equally fantastic job proposing alternatives that help cut back on inflammation. Not only that but she goes above and beyond by offering countless recipes for every meal and even snacks. While I haven’t tried them all, they sound absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to eat healthier, especially if you are struggling with inflammation.
This book has helped my family a lot with the inflammation from the foods we eat. If you want a book that can self remedy your inflammatory problems, this is the book you need. It has a bunch of information from start to finish and lets you even choose your diet.
I know several people with chronic inflammation and I highly recommend this book to them. We all know that what you put in your body is very important. This book discusses what chronic inflammation is and which foods will help combat that inflammation. This book not only talks about food but also supplements that are important part of your inflammation solution.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Heal Yourself also mentions activities like meditation, yoga and exercise, that will help with chronic inflammation. I didn't realize that getting more sun would help!
Then you get into the recipes! Yum! Breakfast muffins, salads and entrees all full of fresh ingredients that are helpful for you anyway. But, you get all of the anti inflammatory properties that you are looking for.
This book is fantastic and highly recommended. It would be useful for people with chronic inflammation but also for anyone that whats to reduce inflammation, The tip are just great ideas in general!
Anti-Inflammatory Diet book will help you manage and prevent chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes diseases such as diabetes,heart disease,arthritis etc.Fighting chronic inflammation calls for lifestyle changes. I found amazing recipes in this book enough to provide good eating and wonderful variety for months of culinary enjoyment. Anti-inflammatory diet include fruits,vegetables,spices,herbs,yummy fats and tasty sweets. This book has helped me understand chronic inflammation and the successful ways to combat it. This is a must read for everyone out there, those suffering from chronic inflammation and those looking to prevent it. I highly recommend this book! Thank you Susan.