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The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity Paperback – June 15, 2011
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Donna Gates, a nutritional consultant, author, and lecturer, has helped thousands of people overcome candidiasis and other immune-system disorders. Drawing on the best of modern medical science, ancient Chinese medicine, and naturopathy—combined with years of firsthand experience counseling clients—she created Body Ecology, her own system of health and healing. Donna regularly appears on radio shows and conducts workshops to educate the public on medicinal foods.
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I used to be on the raw food diet, ate organic and healthy and I was still experiencing a low immune system, breaking out, and a chronic yeast infection that I've had for over 5 years. I've tried treating the yeast infection with antibiotics, a watered down hydrogen peroxide douche, and boric acid suppositories. None of the treatments stuck. My yeast infection returned with in a day or two of stopping the treatment. If I ever had more than one day a week of an early work day, I came down with a sore throat.
I'm so ecstatic to report that this diet has cured me of my yeast infection. I can't believe it.
It was difficult for me to return to cooked foods because I loved the principles of the raw food diet, but being cured of the yeast infection has made me a believer. Obviously my body wasn't receiving the nourishment it needed to heal itself.
I gave this 4 stars only because the book is a constant advertisement for her products. I realize that a person needs to make a living, but I felt like it was a little overkill. If you do a Google search you can find other ways to make cultured vegetables without using her starter kit. I use 1 liter of water to 2 TB sea salt and pour it over a mixture of chopped veggies and let it sit on my counter for 7 days. So far, it's worked great. I also purchased water kefir granules 2 years ago from an online shop that only sells that and they are still healthy and creating wonderful drinks. I will eventually use them to make cultured coconut water.
I went through some crazy sugar withdraws during this first week. I felt like I was a drug addict. That has been the most difficult part of this adjustment. Teas with flavored stevias (specifically vanilla cream) and my recipe for homemade healthy kettle corn has helped me greatly.
I forgot to mention, I initially came across this book in 2002. Many new editions have since been published. I had come to the conclusions that my digestive issues were due to yeast or parasites. It was a long journey. I went to every library in the Las Vegas valley and read about EVERY book on Candida. This and the Yeast Connection are recommended. She clears up all of the contradictory information that you'll find in all the other books. She's open minded and does her own research. I truly admire her. Body Ecology did change my life and so many of my friend's lives. One of my friends went on to write a book in Spanish called, la Salud que te Conviene. Not as comprehensive, but extremely concise and easy to follow, if you have any Spanish speaking friends that you want to help.
I learned, eventually, that I need all these principles, but tweaked here and there. My body needs red meat too. That was another thing I learned. But Donna keeps it all open for you to do your own exploration. Also recommended: Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Nourishing Traditions. <3 !!!!