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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390530
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen DesMaisons, PH.D., is President and CEO of Radiant Recovery, a highly successful and revolutionary programme for treating addictions of all kinds that combines medical and holistic approaches. Her programme has gained national attention in the US due to its unparalleled 92% success rate with alcoholics. Her website is www.radiantrecovery.com

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
this book is absolutely fantastic
full of eyeopening useful information and explains so much
this info should be available on a much wider scale
i suffered for years with these symptoms beating my self up and feeling a failure
i just wish my doctor knew about this, then i would have made my recovery so much sooner
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lumania on 3 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book offers ground breaking advice for dealing with depression. Kathleen Des Maisons talks us through the background of the brain chemistry which sets us up for depression. She then thoroughly explains her 7 step eating plan, designed to heal the underlying causes of depression, food cravings and weight gain. The book is well written, and contains many testimonials from people doing the programme in the UK and Europe. The food programme is inexpensive and all natural, and there is online support through the radiantrecovery website.

If you have tried everything else to no avail, you will be pleasantly surprised that this may well be the last book you ever need concerning this issue. What a relief to stop searching and finally find the answers we need.

If you are ready to join the growing number of people who are experiencing freedom from depression, this book will help you achieve that goal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mu on 8 Feb. 2011
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Although the title implies it is all about depression (and this is covered) the book is actually about sugar addiction and how this can affect those predisposed to it and how it can lead to alcohol and drug addiction (and how an awareness of it can help recovery from these addictions).
The author experienced addiction first hand, her father dying of alcoholism whilst she was in her teens, and herself a sugar addict. She has worked with and carried out research on alcoholics and drug addicts at the treatment centre where she works. Dr DesMaisons claims that her dietary plan helped 92% of addicts (repeat offending drink drivers) to remain off addictions, compared to the more usual 25% with conventional methods.
The book helps you to identify if you are sugar sensitive and what that could mean for you including...
* Addiction
* Depression
* Low self esteem
* Compulsive behaviour
* The D Jekyll/Mr(s) Hyde syndrome caused by fluctuations in blood sugar
* Cravings
* Inexplicable tiredness
* Feeling overwhelmed
* Difficulties with anger, sleep , concentration
It delves into the scientific link between sugar sensitivity and the brain chemicals serotonin and beta-endorphin which affect moods and energy levels. The author explains that these symptoms can be caused by a chemical imbalance, and that the good news is for the sugar sensitive life changing improvements can be made by simple diet changes.
There is a chapter called "It's not your fault" which could help take away some of the guilt felt by effects on others.
For those not so into the science the author says you could skip those bits and move straight to the plan.
The plan involves a seven step process tailor-made by users to fit their body and lifestyles.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Piewacket on 18 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book two years ago. At a rough estimate it was the 40th diet/health book I had purchased and proved to be almost the last (I bought her other two as well).

Over two years, with the help of KD's unique free online support network, I have regained my health, my waistline, regular sleep patterns and am free of a painful skin problem. This is the longest, by 21 months, I have ever stuck to anything and it is remarkably easy to maintain once you grasp the basics. I only wish more diet organizations, nutritionists, doctors and health professionals could understand the power of sugar addiction as I truly believe that a lot of the problems in society could be resolved at a very basic level.

I can't recommend it highly enough and if it hasn't saved my life it has enhanced and almost certainly prolonged it.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Piewacket on 3 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I read Kathleen Des Maisons first edition of PnP two years ago when I was looking for help with lethargy and mild depression. The book had been given to me by a friend some time before and I had sighed and added it to my already groaning bookshelves full of self help tomes.

I had also just been diagnosed with reactive psoriasis on my hands, feet, knees and elbows and told by two different consultants that diet alone could not help and cortisone creams were the only way forward. An alternative practitioner suggested that candida related problems were often at the root of psoriasis so, looking for a way to get my sweet tooth under control I picked up the book again.

I felt a bit daunted when I realized that eliminating sugar might be necessary but the first chapters of the book were describing my life so I began the first step out of desperation and with rather a lot of scepticism.

After only a couple of weeks on the first steps of the program I found I was sleeping through the night for the first time in about twelve years and much to my astonishment the psoriasis on my feet and knees began to clear. Although my hands were still very cracked the fissures were nowhere near as deep and no longer bleeding and my elbows also improved.

The science in this new edition hasn't fundamentally changed but Dr. Des Maisons has developed her self help program and her website and uses a lot of her ever expanding experience to make this new work even easier to follow and read.

Two years down the line my hands are also clear and any small sign of soreness usually means I have slipped a bit on the program. I find it surprisingly easy to follow and the cumulative effect of feeling so much better and losing my desire to binge on sugary foods has kept me on track.

As an added bonus I am clearer headed and more energetic at 58 than I was at 28 !
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