The Paleo Approach - Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

How much do I want to read more? 8/10

Finally I'm taking my health seriously again. I used to be a healthy and athletic child who treasured his good health and energy.
Then slowly, life the frog getting cooked, my health deteriorated without me noticing it. Junk food, no exercices. I almost thought I was a superman and those were not affecting me.
This is a pretty good book about healthy diet and healthy lifestyle.
People like the author who really struggled with their health took this matter seriously, and their research is invaluable for everyone.
The list of autoimmune diseases is impressive.

Foreword - by Robb Wolf

My first thought when I flipped through my review copy of The Paleo Approach was “holy cats.” My second thought was “this is a game-changer,” and my third thought was “wow, I didn’t know that”.
a visually stunning guidebook aimed at solving a very important public health problem: autoimmune disease.
the need for a better solution than a life of fatigue, pain, and medication side effects is in high demand. And The Paleo Approach delivers.

In The Paleo Approach, Sarah explains in detail how the foods we eat interact with our bodies to directly impact our health.
The Paleo Approach is the ultimate resource to empower patients looking for a natural yet effective solution to their disease.

A Message from Sarah

You are about to embark on a nutritional roller-coaster ride. Some of the concepts in this book may shake the very foundations of everything you thought you knew about health.
While my focus is to help those with autoimmune diseases, the vast majority of the science in this book can be applied to almost everyone.

From the bitterness of disease, man learns the sweetness of health.

-- Catalan Proverb

Preface: Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together

Managing autoimmune disease is very much like solving a puzzle.
genetics is only one piece of the puzzle. diet and lifestyle are the most current evidence leading to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

As a substantially overweight teenager and young adult, I always thought that my principal health problem was obesity.
But I did have other health issues—many of them: gas, bloating, stomach cramps and chronic constipation attributed to irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, anxiety attacks, mild depression, adult-onset asthma (severe), extensive allergies (even some unusual ones, like a topical allergy to cardboard), gastroesophageal reflux disease, mild gallbladder attacks, severe acne, fatigue, joint aches, tendonitis (an x-ray actually showed early arthritis while the tendonitis was being diagnosed), carpal tunnel syndrome, frequent lung and sinus infections, eczema, scalp psoriasis, and the aforementioned lichen planus. I also had borderline high blood pressure, was prediabetic, and suffered from painful varicose veins.

I learned that some foods cause inflammation and imbalances in key hormones that regulate the immune system; that some foods irritate the lining of the gut, interfere with digestion, and deplete nutrients from the body; that my staple foods were nutritionally sparse; and that micronutrient deficiencies were likely key players in all my ailments.
I really began to make out the contours of the puzzle when I learned that there is a direct link between gut health and skin health (and overall health in general). This discovery led me to the Paleo diet.

The Paleo diet is a whole-foods diet that includes only the most nutritionally dense and sustainable foods.
Specifically, a Paleo diet is composed of quality meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Adopting a Paleo diet greatly improved my health. I no longer suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, anxiety, asthma, and eczema. I no longer had sinus infections.
I lost more weight, slept better, and was happier. But I was still missing pieces to the puzzle, and I had to go beyond the standard Paleo diet to truly manage my lichen planus. It was around this time that I learned that lichen planus is actually an autoimmune disease.

What Will You Gain from the Paleo Approach?

The goal of this book is to help you realize just how important diet and lifestyle are in the management of your disease.

Part 1 focuses on the pieces of the puzzle that contribute to autoimmune disease—the causes.
Chapter 1: how the immune system works.
chapter 2: sugar- and gluten-laden are contributing to the rise in autoimmune disease. why nutrient density is so important.
chapter 3: lifestyle factors are equally important. stress, sleep, sedentary.
Chapter 4: working with your doctor

In part 2, we get to focus on the positive—the cure.
Chapter 5: what foods to eat with tips for the day-to-day. foods lists.
Chapter 6: prioritizing lifestyle factors that promote healing
Chapters 7 and 8: how to transition to and implement these dietary changes
Chapter 9: how to reintroduce banished foods once your disease is in remission

Improving your diet now will save you from much hardship later on.

Introduction: The Epidemic of Autoimmune Disease

the root cause of all autoimmune diseases is the same: our immune system, which is supposed to protect us from invading microorganisms, turns against us and attacks our cells instead. Which cells or proteins are attacked determines the autoimmune disease and its symptoms.
The vast majority of autoimmune diseases are chronic. Chronic illness is the leading cause of death and disability.
50 million Americans suffer from at least one autoimmune disease. In comparison, 12 million Americans suffer from cancer and 25 million from heart disease.

How Many People Suffer from Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune disease can be challenging to diagnose because it often presents as a collection of vague symptoms (such as fatigue, headaches, and muscle or joint aches). Too often these symptoms are dismissed as signs of getting insufficient sleep, working too hard, stress, being over- or underweight, or age.

In essence, autoimmune disease is caused by a betrayal of the immune system.

The Cost of Autoimmune Disease

the annual health care costs of autoimmune disease to be $100 billion.
just seven of the hundred-plus known autoimmune diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and scleroderma) are estimated to total $70 billion annually.

Do You Suffer from an Autoimmune Disease?

I saw six different doctors, Not one mentioned that my disease was autoimmune in nature, and not one recommended any diet or lifestyle change.

How Is Autoimmune Disease Diagnosed?

patients must seek specialists depending on the organ(s) or system(s) affected.
autoimmune disease is difficult to diagnose.
Many people struggle with symptoms, going from specialist to specialist and enduring test after test.

Are You at Risk for Autoimmunity?

people may remain symptom-free for years or even decades. Any of these symptoms can be associated with the early stages of autoimmune disease:

If Autoimmune Disease Is Epidemic, Why Aren’t There More Resources for Patients?

there are no autoimmune disease specialists because of the variety of diseases it can refer to. Just like cancer. Instead, you have to find a doctor whose expertise is the organ or system that is affected by your disease.

Is the Paleo Approach Right for You?

this book isn’t just for those with autoimmune disease—it’s for anyone interested in optimizing health. For this diet is composed of only incredibly nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods—those rich in every macronutrient and micronutrient that the body needs to thrive.
it can appreciably reduce cardiovascular risk factors; manage type 2 diabetes; and improve asthma, allergies.

It is the book I wish my doctor had offered me ten years ago when I was first given a diagnosis of autoimmune disease. It is the book I wish I had found as a teenager when I first started experiencing the early signs of autoimmunity.

Testimonial by Christina Lynn Feindel

"I was twelve years old when I started having joint pain, migraines, chest pain, indigestion, manic depression, insomnia, and neuropathy"
none of the fourteen doctors I ended up seeing could figure out what was wrong with me.
By the time I was twenty-two, my migraines were so bad that I couldn’t go to work. I spent most of my days wishing I’d just die already. According to my doctors, I was perfectly healthy: I exercised, followed a whole-foods vegetarian diet, got enough sleep, and practiced stress relief. So why didn’t I feel healthy?

I didn’t really believe that changing my diet would change my life, but I figured that I had nothing to lose. I gradually transitioned from a vegan diet to the autoimmune protocol. Within a few months, almost all of my symptoms vanished. I learned that my migraines and mood swings were caused by all grains, not just gluten. Cutting out beans, nuts, and nightshades improved my digestion. Limiting fruits and added sugars controls my chest pain and neuropathy.
I’m enjoying life for the first time since my symptoms began in high school. I’ve learned that what I put into my body determines how good I’m going to feel.

Part 1 - The cause

Chapter 1 - The Causes of Autoimmune Disease

“Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all.”

-- Voltaire