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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade; 1 edition (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158333288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann D. Sawyer has been a psychotherapist and college instructor. Soon after her 1997 MS diagnosis, she was put on full disability. She has also made it her mission to share the MS Recovery Diet and has been rewarded by seeing others recover from MS.

Judith E. Bachrach is a former dancer, movement instructor, and psychological counselor who has lived with MS for thirty-eight years.

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Enjoy the following recipe toward recovery -
Emilia’s Greens with Dried Cranberries - Serves 4

1 bunch Swiss chard of lacinata kale, or 2 bunches of well-washed spinach, washed and sliced

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or cooking sherry

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

¼ cup pine nuts (optional)

Salt, to taste

Do not drain the washed greens. Put the oil into a large pot over medium-high heat and stir in wet greens (greens start out big then cook down as they wilt). Salt to taste and add vinegar and cranberries. Stir frequently. Add pine nuts, if you wish.

More About the Author

Ann D. Sawyer grew up in Western New York State, and went on to get a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago. From early on, people and their stories have fascinated Ann.
Ann is married with three grown children with her husband, Steve. Throughout her life, she has pursued a career of helping people, mostly as a psychotherapist and also as a college instructor.
Multiple Sclerosis sidelined Ann to full disability. Not willing to accept that fate, Ann researched until she found all the keys to reach a full recovery, thanks to the efforts of MS pioneers who found a way to health from disabling MS. The book, The MS Recovery Diet with Judith E. Bachrach resulted as a way to help others find recovery from the dread disease. A bout with breast cancer and full recovery from that serious disease followed.
During her illnesses and recoveries, Ann found joy in writing novels. These novels are now being offered on Kindle. Back in full health, Ann is now in a private psychotherapy practice, but along with that, she always finds time for her other passion, writing wonderful stories.

Customer Reviews

What a difference that it will make for you.
Tara Burns
The information is clear and easy to understand, the recipes are great and easy to do.
B. galileo
It's book has really helped him to get started with a healthier diet.
Jill Mabe

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188 of 202 people found the following review helpful By David Spero on May 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health and Well-being When You Have a Chronic Illness

I was excited when I saw the strong customer reviews for Ann Sawyer's book, but disappointed to actually read it. (Judith Bachrach is also listed as author, but it seems to come mostly from Sawyer.) Her claim is that finding the right diet can resolve nearly all MS symptoms, but she doesn't tell you how to do it. It's not really a diet; it's an approach to figuring out your own healthy diet. This is a good idea; I just don't think it will work for many people in this form.

Could be I'm a bit jealous. I've had MS for 30 years, and it's kicking my butt pretty good right now. My first book, The Art of Getting Well, is largely based on my experiences with MS (along with interviews with 30 other people with chronic illness.) My book has never sold in anything like the numbers that MS Recovery Diet is selling. But I think I'm being objective - I'm still looking for help, too.

The basic dietary advice is given in a few pages. You have to consider stopping any or all of the following: dairy products, grains that contain gluten, eggs, legumes (beans) and yeast, in that order of probability. But that might not do it, so you need to test yourself for food allergies, either through blood tests or an elimination diet.

Well, I've done all those things and seen very little difference. Sawyer and Bachrach say you can determine what foods to avoid by closely monitoring yourself after eating. If a food makes you feel bad, get rid of it.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By a reader on October 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
In its graceful, readable style, The MS Recovery Diet offers a powerfully healing path. Though I don't have MS myself, I have watched one of my closest friends save her own life through this diet. From being barely able to sit up for any length of time, my friend now walks with me in the woods. Each step is a miracle and a testimony to the efficacy of this diet. Bachrach and Sawyer offer not only the diet itself, but a thorough and accessible understanding of the biochemistry of how it works as well as many personal stories that infuse the information with humanity and humor. Best of all, for me, was the cookbook, which will prove indespensible not only to those who have MS, but to anyone who is interested in addressing physical challenges through diet. I was so inspired by my friend's recovery that I went on the diet myself and find that much of the chronic pain and digestive ailments in my own body have diminished radically. This book is a gift, not only to those with MS, but to all who seek relief from chronic pain and limitation. Try "Marion's Chocolate Mousse" (p.343) if you're afraid that a limited diet is no fun!! Better than any mousse I've ever tasted, and not a speck of dairy, sugar or eggs!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tara Burns on September 27, 2007
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With this diet I am winning the fight against MS. I am grateful that I found this diet and implore any one with MS to try it! What a difference that it will make for you. Especially since all you have to do is eat well. I know that I love the fact that I now have more energy than my two year old!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Raw Diamond on February 8, 2008
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The book would have been worth it just for the wonderful and up-to date overview what MS is and how it can be treated. It is soooo definitely worth the money.
I went on the diet (or at least what I believe the diet should be for me), and found it very challenging. Surprisingly the challenge was not so much in avoiding the known immune-triggering foods (except when I am walking past a bakery (:-}), but mostly in figuring out what foods fall into that category for me [the book says that everybody has different triggers, but gives some likely suspects for most people which is what I started with]. I had some health improvements right when I started the diet, but then after a few weeks I seemed to become more sensitive a wider range of foods than before. In any case I have only been "dieting" for about 6 weeks now, too early to give any final judgments. I will stick with this a few months more and then evaluate what it does for me. You have to have patience with this disease.
The definite and unexpected side benefit is that I have been losing quite a bit of weight without any conscious calorie restriction. On weight loss diets I have a very hard time to succeed,like my body is holding on to every tiny gram of fat. And now I did not even try to lose weight --and off came the pounds. I read somewhere than inability to lose weight can be related to food allergies. Well that seems to be true in my case for sure. Never lost weight so effortlessly.
My recommendation is a DEFINITELY BUY THIS BOOK if you can afford it. Worth every penny. Also their website []is full of useful info.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Griot Writer on August 31, 2010
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I bought this book and read it with some skepticism. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and had already changed my diet (no red meat; low-fat; little sugar). I still had considerable pain on every area of my body. Maybe even more pain than I had ten years ago. I was exhausted and depressed. I no longer had any muscle strength because exercise hurt. Well, this book's recommendation to eliminate dairy, legumes, gluten, eggs, and yeast was spot on for me. After two weeks, I felt much better. I noticed I had problems with other foods (potatoes, eggplant, and corn). I have had some sort of pain for twenty years, but after months of staying away from offending food, the pain is all gone. Same for the stomach pain, depression, exhaustion, and eczema (born with it). I stopped running twenty-two years ago, but I started again and I'm training for a 5K race. I do not feel deprived of food because the food I was eating--no matter how healthy--was like poison. I've replaced it with all sorts of interesting gluten-free grains, more veggies, fish, and almond milk. Yes, cooking takes a bit more time and eating out is difficult, but I don't care. I have my life back. I will also say that my food bill has gone down.

I cannot recommend this book enough and I can't thank the authors enough for making this information available in a readable, thoughtful, and compassionate way.
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