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My Story of Survival: The ultimate low-reactive diet for allergies, gut problems, food intolerances and chemical sensitivities. Kindle Edition
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FOREWORD BY HEALTH PRACTITIONER
Writing this foreword to Mimi Emmanuel's little book has been challenging to me personally, as I felt I could not possibly endorse the concept of eating only ten foods to obtain all the nutrients necessary for sustaining life. However, since I first met Mimi some six years ago, I have witnessed how she has slowly started to regain her health through a process that could be described as an experiment in survival …
So we have Mimi's OSFA diet, perhaps the ultimate low-reactive diet plan. It may be a good place to start when no other answers seem forthcoming... Gregory Turner N.D. Grad. Dip. Health Science (Nutrition Medicine).
A NOTE ON CONTENT FROM THE EDITOR
You have gone through extraordinary difficulties, as you related in your book. I suspect many people, upon developing so many food sensitivities/allergies simultaneously, likely would not live long enough to make the discoveries you have. I completely understand your wish to share your hard-won knowledge with others, in the hopes they might find relief from dietary issues plaguing them; you know all too well the misery such problems cause! I applaud your ingenuity and willingness to experiment.
With all the best wishes for your book and your continued recovery of your health. Elaine Roughton, editor.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I highly recommend this well written… I can relate to Ms. Emmanuel's story of survival. I'm deeply grateful to her for writing this book. My wife has a history of similar experiences. Her appendix ruptured leading to a cascade of health issues. We've seen dozens of doctors all over the US, and gotten many diagnoses. Yet none of them lead to effective treatment. As a medical I know the tremendous impact of diet on health... I highly recommend this well written, easily relatable work. It is a real blessing. N. Clark
A GREAT READ
A great read that offers optimism for those who are suffering! This is a very moving story of hope for those with severe digestive issues or for anyone suffering from seemingly insurmountable health problems. While admittedly not a health or diet expert, the author describes her fantastic journey from near death to finding her miracle; a diet of faith and only 10 food staples! It is a powerful story filled with humor and personal insights. As a parent of 2 children with chronic illnesses exacerbated by food choices, I found this book inspiring. Conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers. A great read that offers optimism for those who are suffering! By Kris P
AN AMAZING TRUE STORY
An amazing true story! I love how Mimi's writing style is very down to earth and makes it feel as if she's sitting in your living room telling her story. I enjoyed the 'little extra facts' sprinkled throughout the chapters. Seeing her faith in God weaved so seamlessly in her life was encouraging as well. Amazon Customer, December 17, 2015
THIS BOOK MAY SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE!
This book may save someone's life. M Emmanuel has written a guide that I think can save someone's life in the future... Highly recommended for those who are looking for something ---anything--- to fix their body problems. Mark Bacera, Bestselling author of The Latter-day Morning: Create a Happier, More Successful, Spiritual Life Before Breakfast. December 16, 2015
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- Publisher : Mosaic House (November 29, 2015)
- Print Length : 95 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : November 29, 2015
- ASIN : B018QDEKXK
- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #318,128 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. Most of the book just seems to be an advertisement for her diet, which she says she doesn't actually advise anyone else to follow since we are all different and she has no qualifications to make recommendations.
2. The title of Chapter 3 is: What is in this book? Why would it take until chapter three to get to what's in the book? Shouldn't that be in the preface? The first two chapters are just trying to sell her idea and contain no substance.
3. She spends most of the book regurgitating a LOT of information that sounds like she got it off various websites and most of the information is only a tiny and very superficial fraction of what most people know these days who's done even a minor bit of research, which most of the people trying to heal a condition like the ones she has/had. Nothing new here at all. This book is geared to those who eat "SAD" (Standard American Diet), but her information is presented in such a way that it would likely be dismissed as baseless by them. This difficulty probably arose from not defining her target audience before beginning.
4. She says that while she can eat more than she could before (a good sign in addition to obviously feeling much better), she cannot eat a large variety of foods still, so please don't be under the impression this would heal you completely.
5. Her "diet" plan is practically useless. Even as she says, everyone starts out with different sensitivities and you need to find what you can tolerate. She says she started with carrot, sweet potato, green beans, "kosher fish", then after adding various digestive enzymes to her diet, she was able to add: yoghurt, apple, fig. That's what she says she had for the first two or three years. Apparently, she then added raw snow peas, snow pea sprouts, and cucumber, before branching out to the above diet with the OSFA (One Size Fits All--a real misnomer) diet.
The OSFA (1) diet, which she recommends contains more than 10 ingredients, it contains: carrot, green beans, coconut oil, salt, "Kosher fish" (without defining what she means by that--kosher is misused by many people), digestive enzymes, herbal teas of various varieties ("horsetail, nettle, dandelion, sage, spearmint, sleepy tea), "barley- or wheat-grass or alfalfa powder, snow peas, snow pea sprouts, cucumber, petals (what is that?), avocado, and pawpaw.
Since you may have sensitive to various ingredients here, as I do, I'd recommend a general book on how to do an elimination diet so you can create your own lists to start from.
6. She seems to think that drinking salt water is a novel concept. I know many people who do this, and yes, with Himalayan salt as well as others (Celtic Salt is another one). Personally, I don't bother with making a salt water "brine", I just pour a little salt into my water bottle (eyeballed according to current need), put my lid on, shake and drink. It dissolves without difficulty if you don't choose a real course salt. She also doesn't mention that if you use too much salt, you get diarrhea.
6. The title of her chapter "Afterward" is: "Please Don't Follow My Diet". Basically, she says that she doesn't have the qualifications to design a diet or recommend one.
7. Her OSFA (2) diet is based on a "Dr. Laurence Wilson", so this is nothing new either.
8. Her "Notes" section is much like a glossary, but with some additional information added to each term or phrase. Unfortunately, it is not in alphabetical order.
9. The entire book can be summed up in one sentence: "Use an elimination diet to find and avoid foods your body doesn't react well to, while being careful to have a balance of nutrients, and relax, avoid stress, avoid prescription drugs, pray, and be careful of your thoughts/beliefs so your body can heal." Seriously, that's it. It isn't even written so well as to make her journey interesting. She spends more time trying to "educate" with generic and poorly supported information and trying to say how wonderful her diet is.
Many people have healed on the meat, salt, and water only way of eating too (called "zero carb" or "carnivore"), which is far fewer ingredients and requires no supplements (if you can handle meat of course), so healing on few ingredients is not new.
I appreciate that the author has been healing and wanted to help others. The difficulty is that she doesn't know how to write well and tries to make this an educational book and a personal story in one, but fails to pull off either well. The story part doesn't work as story as it is just telling about what happened to her in a very uninteresting and extremely disjointed way, and the information given is shallow and unsupported. A better defined purpose, target audience, and a book doctor (they deal with content and flow of book rather than grammar and typo editing) as well as learning to either write a well-researched book (likely not worth the time due to non-qualification) or learning to write a really engaging personal story (and dropping the how-to aspect) would be recommended. People tend to me more inspired to action through engaging personal stories, so, imho, that would be a great option.
I am very ill and can't tolerate much but I think each person needs to do their own elimination diet to figure this out.
Didn't cost much...but a waste of my time and money
She shares her story along with other helpful information. She gives you her simple menu and variations and where you can purchase the items.
She provides the reader with a wealth of resources for different ailments. If you are struggling with health issues, and your doctors are at a loss in how to help, check out the info in this book to see if it might resonate with you.
It is amazing to read about her struggles, trials, errors, and triumphs as she pushed forward to find a solution to her adverse food reactions and many sensitivities. Mimi’s character, strength and faith shine through by the fact that she was able to live on only 10 food ingredients or less for five years. Her daughters are also to be commended for the care they give to their mother.
She provides great advice and nutritional facts plus the reasons her diet has worked for her. Mimi does not encourage this diet for most, as it is very restrictive, but does want to share her knowledge and experience for those coming to a dead end trying to figure out their dietary challenges and chemical sensitivities.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to read an amazing and inspiring survival story based on nutrition, perseverance and faith, and/or for others needing encouragement and dietary options while struggling with food and chemical intolerance.
I read your story with the realization that we share many symptoms.
Ideally any human diagnosed with autoimmune disorders should do a daily diet journal.
My journey started 25 years ago. Type A personality, workaholic, high stress career.
When I fainted in my physician's office, my career and life as I knew it was done.
One of my issues was orthostatic hypotension.
It was added to my laundry list of illnesses.
I agree that stress is a big cause to ignite the autoimmune system. I had mononucleosis at age 17. I was extremely ill for several months.
There is many more chapters in my story.
Congratulations on your book and dealing with your illness.
I would suggest an editor, typos, misspellings, repetition of several parts.
Good Luck Mimi!