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Very clear and helpful for us
on 28 May 2011
I bought this with my partner in mind as she'd had problems with aching joints in the morning which seemed to come and go for no particular reason, for which the doctor just suggested painkillers without any apparent concern for what the cause might be.
'Aching joints' was top of a list of twenty common and not so common complaints which the book lists as being possibly diet-related (everything from acne through insomnia to weight gain). Possible causes and solutions were clearly explained, and convinced us that it would be best to do an exclusion test (a bit of a hassle, but much more effective than the quick-fix blood test, according to the author). Having had a shrug of the shoulders from the GP, we found the book really helpful in giving us a clear direction to follow.
What I particularly liked about this book is the fact that it is objective and makes recommendations based on proper evidence rather than the sort of nutritional mumbo-jumbo one often sees these days. There's a lot of really good nutritional advice which is relevant to everybody, not just those having problems (as a sushi lover I was very interested in what she had to say about the problem of PCB's and other persistent toxins in oily fish). I also like the way the author is prepared to question both nutritional orthodoxy and some of the unscientific `wisdom' that is sometimes peddled by alternative therapists.
The author is clearly a seriously experienced nutritional therapist but doesn't take herself too seriously. The book has a down-to-earth, common sense and often humorous approach which makes it an enjoyable read even though it is clearly based on scientific evidence.