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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481919873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481919876
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,645,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young girls experience with alopecia, OK if you're looking for a quick review of what alopecia is, but unfortunately there are a lot of irritating spelling mistakes.

Also.. If you're hoping that some big cure is revealed to you in this book, i'll have to dissapoint you; she basicly tells you to exercise, think possitively, eat healthy and do yoga.
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This gives a good insight in dealing with alopecia.
Reading Molly's book gave me hope and to become healthier to heal.
Now I am much happier and now I can beat this.
This book encouraged me to do more research and now I know the root of alopecia is a leaky gut.
I am on the paleo protocal by Sarah Ballantyne. Please do try this and you will heal in 3 months
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93372720) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937b4ec4) out of 5 stars Pros & Cons 8 Jun. 2013
By Sarah Ehlers - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to be kind in my review, but at the same time I want to be completely honest about this book because I feel that others who read this review might benefit from it. I have alopecia totalis and universalis just like Molly. I was diagnosed with it three and a half years ago and one year later (two and a half years ago from now) I was completely bald from head to foot. I've been to all of the best clinics in my area, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (a research hospital) and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. However, doctors just don't know how to deal with alopecia patients apart from expensive, painful, and "not guaranteed to work" treatments. In the last year, I have found lots of information about how food and lifestyle can improve if not completely heal some of our common health issues in this day and age. Since I have a couple other autoimmune diseases in addition to alopecia, I've been reading up on it a lot. So this book intrigued me when I read that Molly healed her alopecia from a food-based regimen. I decided to buy the book and see where she was going with things and if I could learn anything new.

There are several positive things I liked about this book and there are several negative things I didn't like.

PROS:
1) One of the things I liked the MOST about this book was how honest and open Molly was about her condition. It was and will be a comfort to those of us who also deal with alopecia. It is a very emotional disease and Molly did a great job of painting that picture for even people without alopecia to understand.
2) The recipes sound fantastic! I'm really excited to try some of them!
3) I will recommend this book to other sufferers of alopecia who might contact me. We are few and far between and we truly do need to support each other. I'm sure this book will bring them comfort and help them begin the process of grieving what they have lost.

CONS:
1) I know that Molly is young and for her age, she has done a GREAT job of writing this book! I don't want to minimize that whatsoever. There were times that I felt the book was written quite juvenile, however...Kind of like a book report. I applaud her for being herself regardless...And I guess in reading this book, each person needs to understand that Molly was not an adult who lost her hair. She was a 12-year old girl. She dealt with this throughout her entire adolescence. So OF COURSE it's going to be a little juvenile. :)
2) It was laid out quite sporadically and disorganized. First, she tells her story. Then, she talks about chiropractic care, mental health, yoga, food, etc...But in the midst of all that, she's still telling bits and pieces of her story. I would have preferred to read it much like in the style of other biographies/self-help/dietary books. For example, tell us the background information of alopecia (which she did in a small way) using actual studies and reports from medical professionals. Then, tell us your story. Last, give us a detailed plan of how YOU overcame alopecia complete with food lists, charts, etc. I know this would require a lot more research on the author's part, but this is just a suggestion. :)
3) Some of the suggestions were questionable to me, but this could be a personal preference. For example, I have been reading a lot about the paleo diet and how helpful it can be to improve ALL of my personal health issues (including alopecia) as it helps to control inflammation which is the root cause of alopecia (not sure if that was mentioned in the book?). For this reason, I personally believe that grains, legumes, and dairy should be eliminated from the diet for a time and then reintroduced in order to find sensitivities. This, in the long run, will help a person control his or her inflammation more effectively. I would have liked to see Molly do a little more research into some of these things before writing a plan that could mislead people. I don't want that to sound harsh, but I think most people initially have this mindset that there's a "one-size-fits-all" solution and so they buy the book that lays out what worked for someone else and it ends up not working for them. What worked for Molly (which is what she was laying out in this book) may not work for someone else. It would have been nice if this book would have given more information that could have helped a larger majority of alopecia patients.

I wanted to enjoy this book and I did for the comforting factor. I think I was looking for more than I got from it, though, so it was a little disappointing to me. I just hope that this review helps others and might even be constructive to Molly herself, who I'm certain is a marvelous person. Again, I don't want to be a "Negative Nancy," but I do want to be helpful. :) And by the way, as of January of this year, I have little patches of hair growing on my scalp and eyebrows and eyelashes coming back in!
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937b08a0) out of 5 stars Bravo Molly!! 14 Feb. 2013
By Stacy230 - Published on Amazon.com
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Molly my name is Stacy and I have been battling Aggressive Alopecia Areata for almost 10 years.

When all of my hair fell out 10 years ago, I went to a medical intuitive doctor. He was Russian and Chinese and he was hard to understand.
But he gave me his diagnosis. He said the AA was due to poor digestion. 10 years ago these concepts were not as readily available as they are
today. Well, don't you just know, I walked out of his office thinking he was a "quack" and went on with my unhealthy lifestyle.

About a year ago, a doctor of mine suggested i try a non inflammatory diet. "just for the heck of it". I was and had been completely bald for
a while, with no eyelashes and no eyebrows.

Within a year, I had a lot of little white hairs all over my head. I knew that something was happening. I became more and more healthy with
everything i did. Today, I have a full head of short hair!!!! My path was a little different in that once we had some hair growth, we used light
treatments and some steroid treatment as well. I had used the steroids in the past and had never had any success. I believe it was the healthy eating and lifestyle that did it!

As you said in the book, i would have KILLED for an incredible book like this when i was going through this disease.

I must also say that i was completely amazed at the level of your knowledge and maturity, understanding concepts that have taken me 48 years to understand.

Your parents must be so very proud of you. I wish you great success with this fine book that you have written.

I also wonder if it would be beneficial for the two of us to do some outreach to the Alopecia community and see if we can't help the rest of our community to get better.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937b81d4) out of 5 stars Aloepecia & Wellness Review 16 May 2014
By Janet Mims - Published on Amazon.com
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My hair is growing back. I only started making just the smoothies from her books and already after having Alopecia for over 6 months with a huge bald spot on the side of my head which was clean there is now fuzz growing.

Molly is spot on with "purifying the body of toxins" because the immune system is overwhelmed. I believe my immune system has reacted from several factors: stress, allergies of various kinds, poor diet and lack of adequate sleep.

I believe my body will heal itself if I can eliminate these factors.

JM
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937b0d08) out of 5 stars A whole new outlook on life! 3 Sept. 2013
By Amy Naef - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Molly's journey was similar to mine, her writing is honest and appreciated - I adapted her attitude to my life with great effect I have 80% of my hair back.
Not just a reference book it is her story, engaging and profoundly enlightening - recommended to anyone suffering alopecia, and other illness for that matter
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93623534) out of 5 stars uplifting, motivational, inspiring etc! amazing book! 21 Nov. 2014
By M.T. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have alopecia areata, most likely on my to developing Alopecia Totalis.
I don't only recommend this book for people having a hard time recovering from alopecia, but for everyone out there looking and wanting a new healthier lifestyle! This book is incredible inspiring, uplifting and motivational! It gave me hope, hope and will for a better lifestyle. Eating cleaner, excersise more, detoxing your body from toxic.
It's absolutely worth the buy and the time to read it! I was done reading this sooner than I expected and I actually hate reading, but I finished this book in almost a flash of light! And you'll get a really nice surprise at the end of the book, a good guidance and pantry! :D
I'm extremely happy about this book! Thank you Molly Vasquez!! You're a lifesaver! :D
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