Top positive review
spent about five years on disability and fallen into a pretty routine cycle of working for about a year
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2016
I've barely gotten into this read, but can attest to the value of this book in that I've followed Dr Osborne on FB for several years, now. I first found him after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease about six years ago. I had been sick for about 18 years before diagnosis, spent about five years on disability and fallen into a pretty routine cycle of working for about a year, year and a half, being too sick to work for about a year alternately. Upon diagnosis, I was ecstatic just to have one and fell into the recommended diet immediately and very diligently, but went into a downward spiral regardless of following all the rules, and no one could tell me why. I developed trigeminal neuralgia, ataxia, speech problems, horrible confusion, congitive difficulties, often getting lost when going a mile from home and had begun suffering from debilitating fibro and joint pain - all after diagnosis and pretty much, all at the same time. In short, I was completely incapacitated. Dr O's advice on giving up all grains bought me a marked improvement, but still, I wasn't able to function and still, I suffered from a lost of cognitive ability and that awful confusion. True to his word, after keeping my diet very strict for some time, I realized I did react to a lot of seeds and other things that I had seen no one, but him mention as a warning to Celiac patients. It was very scary (seemed I was reacting to life itself) and with no solid advice from my doctors, who repeatedly told me I had other immune disorders that just weren't yet recognizable, that I had to wait until I deteriorated enough for their proper diagnosis so... they could put me on permanent disability and tons of meds,which to me, didn't seem like a plan. Dr O was the only one who reassured me through his postings that I could turn the situation around, if I just paid attention. So, I did and most dairy went out of my diet. Saw some improvement, but not enough to get me back to work. Paid attention a bit longer and all chemicals went out of my life. I started making all my own household and personal care products. Began filtering all my water. I hadn't realized it, but I had developed a sensitivity to chlorine just as he said might happen and getting rid of it made a huge difference. Saw more improvement, but still not enough to get back up on my feet. Still suffered from horrible confusion and that ever present ataxia and joint pain. Finally found help in defeating that when I stumbled across info on gluten ataxia in general. Yeast - sugar, caffeine, vinegars and ALL dairy - went out of my diet and remarkably, within a few weeks I was suddenly ready to go back to work. I continued to struggle with confusion for about 6-9 months, but was able to hide it well enough that I could function at my new job, which was fairly complex. I stayed completely yeast free for about a year and a half then, bought just a little of each of those things back in in very limited quantities. I do okay with sugars, caffeine and dairy now as long as I space them out and never overdo at any one time - small quantities. Except for vinegars. Vinegars will never come back bc they set off my ataxia and confusion so quickly and it takes weeks to get it back into control. I also limit my diary to hard aged cheeses and Greek Yogurt and if I must, only Whole Organic Milk. No more than one cup of coffee a day and only a few times a week. Here six years later, I am doing exceptionally well and though, I did not learn that I needed to be yeast free though Dr O, I credit him fully with helping me get everything else that enabled me to recover in line. It's been an amazing journey and thusfar, no more immune disorder diagnoses and no, never any meds. Just lots of supplements! I am one who eats no processed foods, cooks everything I put into my mouth myself and limits eating out to 1-2x a year. I've learned to make things much easier for myself by having cooking weekends when I cook several large pots of stews, sauces, casseroles, etc and freeze for the month then, just reheat when I get home at night. It works for me and I am most grateful and grateful to Dr O for teaching me how to care for myself when no one else had as much as a suggestion - other than permanent disability and continued deterioration.