Top critical review
Helpful if you're rich
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2019
I'll rate this book three stars because it has some useful content. It describes the interconnectedness of many of the body's systems and how endometriosis has wide impacts. Some of its suggestions are accessible, and are worth trying if you have the capacity to do so.
That said, much of the book focuses on massive dietary changes, changes in cleaning supplies and even mattresses, and advocates for intensely expensive physic therapy routes. One of the most helpful interventions, surgery, is presented in the context of needing to first make these expensive and wide-ranging lifestyle changes before it could or should be done.
I don't doubt that an organic, local, plant-based diet would help many of us, but it's simply not feasible for the vast majority of people with endometriosis. Many of us can't afford more expensive but gentler cleaning supplies, another recommendation. Pelvic PT may be an ideal path, but it too can be prohibitively expensive.
What's worse, is that the tone repeatedly taken by the authors is such that any person unwilling to make the investment in these broad and expensive endeavors is simply not committed to their healing. Repeatedly described as holistic, this plan is presented as an all-or-nothing approach, and framed with testimonial-like examples of people committed and well-off enough to change every aspect of their lives.
The bottom line is this: this book will tell you to take yoga class, eat an organic plant-based diet, change all of your household cleaning supplies (and your bed, clothes, and makeup), go to pelvic PT, and then maybe Iris will consider being your surgeon.
Honestly, if I'm saving up to invest in my health, I'm going to pick a surgeon who works with me to create a realistic plan, instead of insisting I'm not committed if I don't follow a radical and expensive plan flawlessly.