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The Immune System Recovery Plan is a must read for everyone with autoimmune disease. Dr. Blum masterfully presents the latest scientific information and gives patients practical, natural, and safe ways to help the immune system heal.” (Joel M. Evans, MD Founder and Director of The Center for Women’s Health, Stamford, CT and author of The Whole Pr)

“In the tradition of Hippocrates, Dr. Susan Blum re-establishes food as the most fundamental and powerful mediator of health and wellness. The Immune System Recovery Plan provides a wealth of information, based on leading-edge science, that will surely have a profoundly positive impact on the vitality and longevity of its readers.” (David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, author of GrainBrain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's SilentKillers)

The Immune System Recovery Plan is a godsend for the millions suffering from autoimmune disorders. This book’s information is life-changing!” (Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause)

“A clearly written, practical, person-friendly and comprehensive approach to relieving the suffering and reversing the damage of autoimmune disease. Thank you Dr. Susan Blum.” (James Gordon, MD author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey out of Depression, and founder/ dir)

"When treating autoimmune disease, Dr. Susan Blum takes the whole person into account, using practical tools such as understanding food as medicine and stress management, healing your gut, and supporting your liver. The Immune System Recovery Plan is an empowering, revolutionary approach to treating the causes of all autoimmune conditions." (Joshua Rosenthal Founder and Director of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition)

The Immune System Recovery Plan is the right book, at the right time, by the right person. We are witnessing a significant increase in autoimmune inflammatory diseases, which include more than 80 different diagnoses. Dr. Blum has done a magnificent job helping the reader to understand how this family of inflammatory disorders, including arthritis and fibromyalgia, can be managed with the diet and lifestyle program she developed in her practice. Her step-by-step approach is based on her considerable years of experience as a physician, and the emerging medical science that, for the first time, has developed an understanding of how genetics, lifestyle and nutrition play a role in origin of these disorders. The approach described in Dr. Blum’s book represents the leading edge in the lifestyle management of chronic inflammatory disorders. It is a ‘news to use’ book that provides real assistance to those with inflammatory disorders who are looking for a clinically sensible approach to their problems.” (Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., FACN, President, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute)

About the Author

Susan Blum, MD, MPH, is the founder of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, an advisor to the Institute for Functional Medicine, and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show. An assistant clinical professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she has been treating and preventing chronic disease for more than a decade. She lives in Armonk, New York, with her husband and three sons.

Michele Bender is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in national publications, including The New York Times, Family Circle, Glamour, Real Simple, Redbook, and In Style, among others. She is the coauthor and ghostwriter for several bestsellers by high-profile experts and celebrities.

Mark Hyman, MD, is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are DrHyman.com and Ultrametabolism.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451694970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451694970
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A true pioneer in Functional Medicine, Susan Blum, MD, MPH, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, NY, has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through the groundbreaking whole body approach known as Functional Medicine, is helping to transform our healthcare system. Dr. Blum also serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show and the Senior Teaching Faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Blum's first book, The Immune System Recovery Plan features her four-step program, which she has used to help thousands of patients reverse the symptoms of autoimmune disease, strengthen their immune systems, and bolster their overall health.

Customer Reviews

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270 of 295 people found the following review helpful By tittasisa on April 9, 2013
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I read this book as I suffered from complications due to Sjogren's, Chronic Fatigue, Inflammation, Circulation and Nerve issues, Fybromialgia and Raynaud's. I have read most of the books related to auto immune conditions and this book is very informative. Much of what Dr. Blum suggests in her book is what my current integrative rheumatoligist practices. However, most books, including this one, share stories of full recoveries without emphasizing that the healing process takes time as a weakened immune system is sensitive and it often feels like a maze to find what works and doesn't for each individual with an auto-immune condition. Recovery is definitely a journey and there are setbacks through the process. I did get lost in all the supplements Dr. Blum recommends - many that I cannot tolerate but there are some that have been extremely helpful. A lot of the tests she recommends are also very helpful when you first are diagnosed and overwhelmed. I now no longer have to take prescription medications, antacids, Evoxac pills to make saliva daily and no longer have a running fever, neuropathy problems, severe inflammation, migraines, clotting, fatigue or joint pain and my chronic stomach problems are improving as I heal my gut which reacts to many foods and supplements. Along with a detox diet similar to what Dr. Blum recommends (but more defined towards low histamines and alkaline) as well as, supporting my adrenals, supplements and test recommendations that are indicative to my recovery and deficiencies, I implemented homeopathy and acupuncture as well as the NAET allergy elimination treatments.Read more ›
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146 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 8, 2013
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I read health books all the time and have never written a review but this book is so good that I decided to write one. Anyone with an auto-immune disease should read this. There is an extensive scientific literature review to support the recommended program. The information is up to date and extremely comprehensive -- it covers everything you need to know. I have learned so much (and have already read every book that is recommended in the appendix) and am inspired to add some of the new information from the book into my treatment plan. My only negative is that although Dr. Blum mentions and recommends the Paleo Diet as beneficial to some people with auto-immune diseases -- the recipes in this book are high carb and not paleo. Personally, the paleo diet makes a huge difference in my health. Also, along those same lines, she talks about type 1 diabetes but the recipes in the book are not appropriate for a diabetic -- too high carb as well. The best book on Diabetes and controlling it with diet is Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars-- it is really the bible for diabetes. The recipes aside, the nutritional information is most up to date and can be incorporated into your own recipes. Thank you Dr. Blum for writing such an inspiring, empowering and life changing book.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on July 15, 2013
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This program is exactly what I needed ... Began book; followed advice and started eliminations before completion of book ... Informative and very understandable ... First week difficult to follow plan ... By second week became almost symptom free ... Took surveys ... Developed personal protocols and set goals ... Almost 6 weeks now and still achieving results. This is not a diet but a lifestyle mind/body adjustment. Feeling better and in control of my wellness future for first time in years.
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109 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Magda Dream VINE VOICE on August 2, 2013
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I wish I had gotten a hard copy of this book instead of the Kindle version. For me, it's easier to flip the pages back and forth to find information. (Sorry Kindle lovers)

I already knew a lot of the nutritional data but didn't realize how much gluten affects autoimmune disease. I also like the way Dr Blum treats All autoimmune disease as one. The body is attacking itself - period.

It's a challenge to completely remove major food groups from the typical American diet but it's only for a few weeks. Then they are re-introduced, one at a time to see how your body reacts. Dr Blum also gives delicious alternatives so it's not like you will starve or feel deprived. More importantly, there's a great chance you will discover your triggers and feel better.

The truth of the matter is, YOU are the #1 person in charge of your health. It's important to read labels, buy Non-GMO and organic.

Genetically modified wheat has taken a toll. Leaky gut syndrome is creating a lot of suffering. Some countries will not buy American wheat anymore!

Native Americans gave Europeans the gift of Corn and we have destroyed it through genetic engineering. It's not fit for people and never has been for cattle! Maybe it should only be used to "stretch" gasoline now.

Quinoa, buckwheat and millet are already in my pantry. I also love coconut and almond milk. It's really hard for me to give up cheese but I can do it for a few weeks. I buy organic already.

This is a GREAT book for nutrition beginners and people who have just been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
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