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Customer Review

on November 29, 2012
I live in Hollywood, where self-diagnosed food allergies have become the new anorexia. I can't tell you how many botoxed, wafer-thin women I know, when asked what their "secret" was, reply, "Oh, I'm allergic. I can't eat gluten, dairy, eggs, soy...." The list goes on. They don't eat, but it has little to do with food allergies.

So I was highly suspicious of this book. After finishing, however, I feel the author's method has merit. She defines the difference between food allergy and food intolerance, the latter being a creeping condition that can cause inflammation in the body over years.

She describes my symptoms exactly. Up until age 45, I could eat anything without gaining weight. Over the past eight years, though, I've put on 32 pounds. I suffer from insomnia, fatigue, joint pain, brain fog. I blamed it all on surgical menopause, and my doctors concurred. But recently, other problems have shown up. Hives when I eat eggs. Breakouts when I eat cheese. Random indigestion.

I've eliminated gluten, dairy, and soy at different times, but never all together. That's the cornerstone of the author's method -- to concurrently eliminate all seven foods that can cause intolerance and inflammation for three weeks. These foods are gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar & artificial sweeteners. Then add them back in over the following four weeks and see how you feel.

My one concern is that she never addresses the safety of losing "up to" seven pounds in seven days, or what you're losing. I assume it's water or bloat. My doctors have always recommended no more than two pounds per week.

Nor does she address the fact that food intolerance symptoms and menopausal symptoms are almost identical, although a few of her test cases were menopausal women who said the diet alleviated their symptoms. Also, at one point she recommends you drink "half your weight or more in water each day," which, considering how much I weigh, would be an impossibility. I assume that's a typo.

So until I try her diet, I can't give this book a conclusive review, but rate it four-stars because I thought the writing was good, the science sound, and the methodology easy to understand and implement.
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