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The bestselling book with 100,000 copies in print from one of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine, Dr. Susan Blum, author of Healing Arthritis, shares the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness.
DR. BLUM ASKS:
• Are you constantly exhausted?
• Do you frequently feel sick?
• Are you hot when others are cold, or cold when everyone else is warm?
• Do you have trouble thinking clearly, aka “brain fog”?
• Do you often feel irritable?
• Are you experiencing hair loss, dry skin, or unexplained weight fluctuation?
• Do your joints ache or swell but you don’t know why?
• Do you have an overall sense of not feeling your best, but it has been going on so long it’s actually normal to you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have an autoimmune disease, and this book is the “medicine” you need. Among the most prevalent forms of chronic illness in this country, autoimmune disease affects nearly 23.5 million Americans. This epidemic—a result of the toxins in our diet; exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, and antibiotics; and unprecedented stress levels—has caused millions to suffer from autoimmune conditions such as Graves’ disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, lupus, and more.
DR. BLUM’S INNOVATIVE METHOD FOCUSES ON:
• Using food as medicine
• Understanding the stress connection
• Healing your gut and digestive system
• Optimizing liver function
Each of these sections includes an interactive workbook to help you determine and create your own personal treatment program. Also included are recipes for simple, easy-to-prepare dishes to jump-start the healing process.
The Immune System Recovery Plan is a revolutionary way for people to balance their immune systems, transform their health, and live fuller, happier lives.
For people with autoimmune diseases who have been told that managing symptoms with powerful immunosuppressive drugs is their only option, functional medicine pioneer Blum asserts that reversing these chronic illnesses when the body becomes its own enemy, affecting about 24 million people is not only possible but that improvement can happen as soon as they begin her program; her claim might raise equal parts relief and doubt. In this insightful book, Blum, who suffered with thyroid disease, notes that the priority of functional medicine, which uses food as medicine, is to create conditions for self-healing: calming inflammation and the immune response. Medical evidence, she contends, supports her belief that all people with autoimmune diseases have damaged digestive systems ("leaky gut"), and she places primary emphasis on diet as the first step. The other parts of her program aim to reduce stress through self-care (exercise, mindfulness practices, adrenal supplementation, etc.); repair ailing guts by eliminating gluten, sugar, and carbonated beverages, and adding good bacteria; and detoxifying metals and other toxic substances from the liver with herbs, supplements, and professional therapies like chelation. For each step, Blum provides detailed explanations for how the immune system works, tests needed for diagnosis, questionnaires, and personalized treatment plans, as well as recipes. By cycling back to the nonnegotiable role of food (for example, Blum expresses frustration with people who think low-calorie packaged snacks are healthy and states that most people are guilty of "food amnesia") and examining the effects of infections on specific conditions, Blum encourages readers to play detective, find the root causes of their problem, and take control of recovery.