I have to admit that I was extremely skeptical when I picked up this book, but I was getting desperate. I'm 33 and disabled by lower back problems and fibromyalgia, and none of the many doctors, physical therapists, or holistic practitioners I've seen have been able to help me feel any better. So this book was a long shot, but it actually helped!
The detox plan outlined in this book was designed to flush chemical toxins out of your body system by system, from the inside out. Each week of the plan concentrates on a different area (i.e. liver, lymph, skin, etc.). The basic tenets are as follows: No meat, alcohol, wheat, dairy, refined sugar, preservatives, or processed foods for a month. Each week you will take a different batch of supplements and herbal teas that help to strengthen certain bodily systems. Do your best to avoid household chemicals, and eat organic whenever possible.
Sound tricky? It is, at first anyway. I couldn't imagine what I'd eat, but one visit to the health food store was very reassuring. There are so many healthy substitutes for wheat, dairy and sugar these days, what with so many people developing allergies to these foods. I admit that I was tired of salad by week 3, but that was probably due to a lack of creativity on my part. With a little ingenuity, you can make it through, and be healthier by the end. A Word of Warning: buying organic foods and household products from health food stores is VERY expensive. Be prepared to spend a lot more on these products than you usually do. You may want to set aside $500 to $1000 for this endevor, if you want to do it right.
As with any detox program (or so I've read), you may feel terrible for a day or two here and there, as the toxins leave your body. My husband and I experienced headaches and some achiness at first, but they didn't last long. Stick with the program, and they'll disappear.
This book is full of ideas on how to eat for health, even after your 4 weeks is up. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that the author doesn't always back up her claims with medical or scientific evidence. This was a bit unnerving, but I took her word on most things, and I don't regret it. Although my back problems will probably never go away, my fibromyalgia is more in control than ever before, and I've learned how to eat to avoid flare-ups.
I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from chronic systemic problems - it could ease your pain significantly. Give it a shot before you give up!