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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2013
My mum got this book from the library - loved it - so we ordered a copy from Amazon. She was diagnosed with arthritis 50 years ago and has suffered on and off with the disease since. Over Christmas 2012, she was bed ridden with a bad chest infection for 5 weeks and lost a stone in weight because she didn't want to eat. However, this enforced fasting 'cured' her arthritis. Although she'd always suspected that diet was a key factor in managing arthritis, this episode confirmed it. This book is useful in listing 'prohibited' foods as well as 'desirable' foods and suggesting ways to incorporate the latter into your diet. Of course, other self help books on arthritis give conflicting advice. This one, for example, advocates a gluten free diet - eliminating wheat, oats and rye from your intake, whilst others on the subject are not so strict. It also introduces readers to the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and ginger. However, despite this, it's not a dogmatic book and encourages experimentation. We've combined the advice in this book with that found in Margaret Hills' "Curing Arthritis the Drugs -free way". Both books were written by women who cured their own arthritic conditions through diet. That adds weight to their words! My own opinion is that the NHS should spend less on anti-inflammatories and much more on self-help through diet. It would save the tax-payers billions! Books like these can only stimulate growth in that self-help sector.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2010
Eat to Beat Arthritis : Over 60 Recipes and a Self-treatment Plan to Transform Your Life has obviously worked for the authors, and there are a number of ideas I am now using.
The diet involves no caffiene or gluten and lots of liver.

I got it to go with -"Treating Arthritis the Drug-Free Way", Margaret Hills, SRN." which recommends Apple cider vinegar and honey and a near veggie low-fat diet,which is brilliant except for the rather dull recipes.

If you only get 1 book I would suggest Nurse Hills, or mix and match as suits you best!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2002
I recently purchased this book for my arthritic mother. After a few minutes studying it she sighed. The problem with this book is fundamental. It's all very well creating the culinary delights it describes but what if your condition precludes standing around in the kitchen for hours preparing food? Simple, easy to prepare dishes are what's need. Oh dear back to the drawing board.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2009
Excellent little book. Very informative chapters on self-help, lifestyle changes, what is arthritis and a seven week diet plan. The recipes are easy to follow, Marguerite Patten influenced my cooking from an early age so she knows what she is talking about with regards to food. Good question and answer chapter at the end of the book for those little niggling issues you may have. Take this little book away on holiday to ensure you stick to your new way of eating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2007
A few months ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my feet, and, eventually, I could hardly walk, due to the fact that my achillies-heels would become severely inflamed if I did just my mormal, every-day three mile walks.
I also couldn't do my twice-weekly, twenty minute jogs that I had come to love and that I found really invigorating and stimulating.
I was despairing, and then I picked up "Eat To Beat Arthritis" and went on their elimination diet, and I found that cytrus fruits were aggravating my arthrits and causing all my pain and discomfort.
Now I don't eat cytris fruits or have drinks with cytrus acid in and such, and am back doing my walking and running one day a week.
Thank you to the two wonderful authors!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2001
This book uses all the up to date information about arthritis and food, to compile a diet that can help relieve some of the symptoms of this horrible disease. The layout is ideal, first outlining the disease itself and then continuing on to talk about how certain foods can help you. It culminates by describing a 7 week process, which can eleviate your inflamation and swelling as well as enabling you to do more than you could before. It also contains many wonderful recipes by Margeurite Patten, using the sometimes difficult ingredients, to create some tasty dishes. I give it 4 stars rather than 5 because it won't be for everyone. It is quite a difficult diet and can be expensive. For example you will need to get rid of all processed food, caffeine, and alcohol, and eat organic food instead like vegetables, fruit, nuts and espically organs, like liver, kidney and sweetbread. So if you are serious, give it a go, but don't expect it to be easy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
This is a good book, a punishing book too which suggests fasting before taking on a different diet cutting out a lot of staple foods and replacing them, for instance oats which I thought were good and wheat. Mrs Patten has herself suffered with this condition so she knows what she is talking about, maybe one day I will try.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2001
I have just finished the seven week course recommended in this book and i thought i would share my thoughts now i have had a chance to evaluate the book fully. Let me first reiterate that this diet is very difficult to stick to, espically the first two weeks. However you are eating a lot healthier generally and that can only be good. The bad news is that this had absolutley no effect on me, either good or bad. I didn't identify anything i was allergic to, nor did it alleviate my condition. I have reduced my rating of this book to 3 stars because of that. I do have faith that this book would work for some people, most likely older people, so i can't criticise it too much. My advice if you want to buy it is give it a go and prepare well. Read up on gluten free products and decide if a life without these products is worth the chance that you could feel better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2013
The diet was realistic. There was some pain relief. Gave good information. I liked M. Patten recipes and her comments encouraging. I feel healthier and have more energy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2013
very interesting book, made sense and will certainly put it to good use. Delivery good and will probably pass it on to a friend when I've had a good study of it.
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