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Breaking The Vicious Cycle makes a great gift for people with intestinal health problems.Yes, I was skeptical, but after reading the many positive reviews on Amazon.com I knew that I had to purchase the book and give the diet a chance to change my life.Here is the first review, which basically sums up how I personally feel about the book, results, and people being put off by all the hard work in maintaining the diet.By Rachel Turet (Deer Park, NY USA)With a great deal of skeptisizm, I read this book over five years ago. Ulcerative colitis was bleeding me to death, not that I had a life much worth living at the time. My world revolved around pain and I could be no further than 30 seconds from a bathroom. Ms. Gottschall, her book, and the diet completely vanquished all my symptoms of UC, saved my life and restored my intestinal health. I've just finished reading the reveiws of Courtney Lewis and a reader from Conneticut, who were both put off by the amount of work involved in maintaining this diet. Perhaps their symptoms were not as crippling as mine. Perhaps they have success with medication and have no problem with staying on it for the rest of their lives. I wish them well and hope they do not eventually require the surgery that many of us with this disease must face. I am concerned however, that their reveiws might prevent even one person from reading the book, which is why I am writing about my own experience. After 6 months on this diet I went for my yearly colonoscopy and my doctor declared my colon to appear "like that of a healthy 18 year old's". I have been off of all medication for over 4 years. I currently facilitate a list server of almost 400 participents, most of who are on the diet. If anyone is interested in joining it, write me at [email protected] I know how FarNorthGirl feels.By FarNorthGirl (Up North) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) I went on the SCD for IBS after reading this book. I was afraid I would gain weight on this diet because of the nut flour baked goods. Unlike many people who are underweight when they go on this diet, I was obese. That's right, I was obese, but I'm not anymore. After four months, my intestinal pain and bloating are gone... along with 35 pounds! I've lost my constant craving for carbs. My brain fog is gone. My chronic fatigue is a thing of the past, and my so-called depression has resolved. This book has given me my health back... and my self-esteem. Five stars aren't enough, this book is priceless. Read more reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vicious-Cyc...4954&sr=8-1My own success story:http://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=115132
 
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