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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: BioMed Publishing Group (9 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982513836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982513835
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Turnbull on 14 Jan 2013
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This book gave me all the information I was looking for in a clear way on how to adapt my diet to best fight Lyme disease. The advice is well laid out in an easily understandable manor.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Must have for Lymies 9 Nov 2010
By Montana Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I spent the first five months following my Lyme diagnosis learning everything I could about the disease and how best to treat it. Diet is a huge part of the healing process. My doc said no sugar, no caffiene, no alcohol, low GI. Reading books and surfing the Internet, I learned diary and grains were also problematic and that one had to take care in choosing fats. It took a lot of time, effort, and expense to find the information I found. With this book, it's all in one place, it's well explained, and I learned a few more tricks about fighting the little beasts. It was reassuring to read that what I had gathered from my months of research was spot on. Food is medicine, especially for those with Lyme disease. If you want to understand how diet helps and hinders the healing process, but you're too tired to do all the research, you don't know where to start because your brain doesn't work so good right now, and your eyesight has gone to pot, then this is the book for you.
71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
A Must-have book if you are battling Lyme Disease 10 Oct 2010
By L Sharkey - Published on
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The Lyme Diet was written by Dr. Nicola McFadzean, a Naturopath who has significant experience treating patients for Lyme Disease and related co-infections. While the book is focused specifically on nutrition as it applies to treatment for Lyme Disease, it is easily the most approachable and usable book on nutrition in general that I have ever read. I consider myself "remedial" when it comes to nutrition, cooking, diet, etc., but after reading this book, I feel that I have a firm grasp on the basics, and have successfully used the information provided to stick to a highly "clean" organic and nutritious diet as an integral part of my treatment. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding and implementing good nutrition as part of their Lyme treatment.

Dr. McFadzean's "real-life" experience with, and compassion for, the challenges facing Lyme patients is obvious in her writing. In the first chapter she addresses the problem of "Lyme brain" and acknowledges the difficulty of navigating significant changes to diet for patients already overwhelmed by the chronic pain, fatigue and brain fog that are common with the disease. She stresses the importance of nutrition in the Lyme treatment regimen, asserting that it is one of the most important factors in any Lyme treatment regimen, but approaches the subject with the assumption that it may be a difficult and gradual change for most people, and that learning to follow the diet will be a process, probably not perfectly executed. Using this approach, Dr. McFadzean has succeeded masterfully in writing a book that makes understanding and implementing the necessary changes as simple and approachable as possible.

In easy-to-understand layman's terms, the author first explains the specific roles that good nutrition plays in Lyme treatment (anti-inflammatory, supportive of immune and digestive functions, etc.). Categories of both beneficial foods and potentially problematic foods, such as dairy, fats and oils, sugars and carbs, gluten and yeast are each covered with easily-digestible (no pun intended) lists of beneficial/detrimental qualities.

In addition to nutritional information, the book also contains sections outlining various treatment options, medication/nutrient interactions, home treatments and recommended lab work.

The wealth of information provided is nicely tied together with additional ideas, suggestions and resources (including some meal plans and recipes, and tips for "budget" eating and eating out at restaurants).
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The Lyme Diet 14 Nov 2010
By cj - Published on
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An easy read. Thorough & to the point. Much needed remake of the "food pyramid", applicable to more than just Lyme. It's the diet of the future.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book - been a big help 19 Mar 2012
By Karin E. Girard - Published on
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I just got this book 3 weeks ago to help a Brother with his battle with Lyme. This book delves into many areas and understands that people are different, so their treatment may need to be different. My Brother, who has been on antibiotics for over three years, has started with the basics from the book, eliminating sugar, gluten and dairy, with fantastic results. It has helped with his brain fog and energy, not to mention he lost weight. As he goes forward,he can follow the book in more detail, trying certain suggestions other, but did not want to get too complex right off. If you are suffering from Lyme disease, I would highly recommend this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not horrible , far from good 10 July 2014
By Nicholas C. Zakas - Published on
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Based on the other reviews, I was expecting more from this book. There is some good information in the pages, but there are a lot of problems with the book as a whole.

First, the structure is pretty bad - it just seems incredibly disorganized. The first section talks about ask the benefits of the Lyme diet. That's fine except that the diet hasn't actually been introduced yet (that, inexplicably, doesn't come until the second section). Each chapter meanders aimlessly between a few related topics, often repeating sentences nearly verbatim along the way.

Second, the tone and pace are frustrating. The text is littered with exclamation points, as if everything being said is some amazing revelation. Most topics are addressed only superficially before moving into the next. These together make the book read as if it were written by a teenager on a sugar high.

Third, and perhaps the biggest sin of this book, is the author's consistent medical claims that have no sources. The whole book contains claims such as GMO foods cause changes in our DNA, artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins, etc., for which the author doesn't provide her sources. There are repeated references to "research", but never specific research or studies, only research in the abstract. After just having read books by Horowitz and Buhner, both of whom cite specific research studies, this book looks like someone's side project. That isn't too say the author is wrong, but I can't take her word on faith when it comes to treating my Lyme disease - I need the proof.

Fourth, there are sometimes contradictory pieces of information presented. First oats contain gluten and should be avoided; later she correctly says that oats don't contain gluten but frequently have big gluten contamination, so gluten-free oats are okay. Similarly, one section says to avoid granola while in another she recommends it as a snack. These types of contradictions are dangerous for people who are trying to change their diet for the better.

Last, a lot of the diet advice is just an amalgam of many duets you've heard of (gluten-free, low GI, etc.) but the coverage is quite superficial. This book alone doesn't give you anything but the most succinct introduction to these diets. If you need to implement dietary changes, you'll want to find much better books with more detail.

This isn't to say there are no redeeming qualities to this book. Throughout the pages are recommendations for high quality supplements and simple, healthful meals. Most of the information I fact-checked against Buhner and Horowitz and there's nothing truly misleading.

I came away from this book feeling that the goal was to write a book so the author could trademark "The Lyme Diet" and so tried to cram a little about a lot into a pretty small book. I have a hard time believing there was any real editing or researching, and the whole things seems like the author was rushing while attending to check ask the boxes people will look for as it relates to Lyme disease.

If you really want to learn about Lyme, pick up the books by Buhner and Horowitz. If you want to learn to eat healthier, pick up a generic book on healthy eating. There's no "Lyme diet", it's just the same advice for anyone who wants to eat healthier and reduce stress on their body.
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