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AutoImmune Disorders – A Comprehensive Solution. The Most Impressive Approach I’ve Ever Seen.

Jeremy Hendon | February 13
The Paleo Approach

The Paleo ApproachPretty much everybody loves some part of their job.

I love most of mine.  But there’s one thing in particular that Louise (my wife) and I love.

We answer a LOT of emails every week.  The thing that I love most is one particular type of email.

The type of email that excites me is the when somebody has cured an illness or disorder that they’ve lived with for years.  Hearing about those situations is just great.

And more and more often over the past year or two, those emails have mentioned recovering from autoimmune conditions.

AutoImmune Diseases – Unknown and Growing


It’s estimated that over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease   And that number is growing rapidly.

Still, the majority of Americans have no idea what an autoimmune disease is, much less how to cure one.  Here’s a quick list of some of the most common autoimmune diseases:

  • Lupus
  • Graves Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Type I Diabetes

Most people don’t actually know that both Rheumatoid Arthritis and Type I Diabetes are autoimmune diseases that are preventable and reversible (for the most part).

Given how common autoimmune diseases are, it’s somewhat surprising and appalling that so little is known or written about them.

Fortunately, that’s changing.

The Only Place to Start for Curing an AutoImmune Disease

This article is about a book, rather than a particular solution.  There have been many articles on autoimmune diseases, but if you want to completely treat an autoimmune disease, then there’s more that you need to know than can be included in a single article.

Period.

Sarah BallantyneFortunately, my friend Sarah Ballantyne has written such a book.  It’s called The Paleo Approach.

And if you want to treat or cure any autoimmune condition, then this is the book you need to start with.

Disclaimer: I don’t recommend books without a reason.  I think you can get a lot of information for free, but this is an instance where I’d highly recommend paying for the book.  I know Sarah, and she gave me a copy of her book to review.  However, I wouldn’t recommend her book without a good reason.

Reasons You Should Read and Will Love The Paleo Approach

1.     Based Wholly in Science.  Pretty much nobody writing about Paleo and ancestral diets is approaching it with the level of scientific knowledge that Sarah has.

The Paleo Approach is a tome of scientific understanding and research into nutrition, biochemistry, and health.  If you truly want to understand how your body works and how food and environmental factors can make you sick or heal you, then this is the perfect book.

It wouldn’t be of much use for me to go into too much detail on this point, but in pretty much every instance, Sarah examines in detail the particular proteins, enzymes, and/or nutrients that can cause, prevent, or play a role in our health and digestion.  From the role of Dendritic cells in the immune system to the problems with Lysozyme in eggs, you will learn more than you bargain for.

2.     AutoImmune Focus.  Autoimmune diseases are becoming more and more common.  And more and more bloggers and authors are starting to write about these diseases.  But I haven’t seen anything close to a comprehensive approach until The Paleo Approach.

If you have an autoimmune disease, then this is the first book I would recommend, by far.  Every bit of the information, as well as all of the dietary and lifestyle recommendations, are structured to help treat and cure various autoimmune conditions.

And this is true of pretty much any autoimmune disease, from acute brachial neuropathy to Willis-Ekbom disease and everything in-between.

3.     Great Organization.  This sounds silly, but the structure of The Paleo Approach is critically important.  Because the book contains so much information, not being organized well would be a disaster.  that’s not the case here.  A great table of contents and a thorough index make finding information easy and quick.  And if you want to skip a lot of the background science (not recommended), then you can easily jump to Part II of the book to get to the actual approach.

4.     A Manageable Approach.  Sarah has successfully treated her own autoimmune disease, so her knowledge is practical as well as scientific.  And part of that practical wisdom is knowing that any successful approach has to be sustainable.

That doesn’t mean that the approach laid out in The Paleo Approach is easy – completely changing your diet and lifestyle never is.  Still, her approach (based on eating real foods, removing foods most likely to trigger autoimmune diseases, and managing your lifestyle) is realistic.

And most importantly, it works.

Critique

No book is perfect.  Here’s my one primary critique of The Paleo:

1.     The Paleo Approach is Long and not Skimmable.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing when a book is long, but I will warn you that there is a ton of information in this book.  I’ve noted above that this is an excellent thing from a scientific perspective, and for someone like me who thrives on learning every detail I can about nutrition, having this much information is fantastic.

However, if you’re looking for a book that you can read in a day and use to start a Paleo diet, this isn’t that book.  The Paleo Approach is meant primarily for people who are suffering from an autoimmune disorder and are willing to put in the work to learn everything they need to know to completely cure themselves.

Like any book of this caliber, if you’re not willing to put in the time and energy to put the book into practice, then you’re going to get very little out of it.

The Path to a Cure

No article, book, or even doctor can guarantee successful treatment of any disease.  However, success always starts by becoming aware of the causes and triggers of a disease.

Autoimmune diseases are no different.

If you want to recover from an autoimmune disease, then it requires a stricter approach than someone who is generally healthy.  It’s unfortunate but a fact of life.

However, if you’re looking for the perfect place to start on a journey toward better health, then The Paleo Approach is the place to begin.

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