January 07, 2016

Let Food Be Your Medicine by Don Colbert, MD

After reading MANY books over the years of stories of illnesses and diseases that have been changed through holistic medicine I think I can bring a rounded perspective to this book.

Dr. Colbert begins with his own story of a near death experience and years of consequences to his health that were brought on by this event and stress.  He eventually discovered that he had an issue with gluten and peppers that was exacerbating his health problems.  It began wearing on his body in the form of Psoriasis.  

Using his medical expertise and his research over years of practicing medicine he shares many things he has learned about the food and exercise connection to our health.  He spends this book pinpointing how a Mediterranean diet can help with a plethora of ailments including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular health, dementia/Alzheimer's and autoimmune/inflammatory disease.  

He lays out the Mediterranean diet for us clearly and shares how eating and exercise can bring much relief and in many cases can reverse disease and illness completely.  In each section, he also gives modifications to the diet for certain illnesses and conditions.  He addresses GMOs and gluten issues as well as pesticides.  His premise is... if you remove the thorn the body will begin to heal itself.

He is not trying to blatantly promote and sell supplements  or gear in this book. (but there is a page at the back of the book if you are looking for something like that)  He is open and honest about how this diet changed him and how, through his own research, he feels it can help many people out there that are suffering, too.  He shares a four day menu sample at the end of the book of how to implement the plan.  

He seems very genuine and I liked that about this book.

What made this book different for me was the Christian faith element.  Don and his wife are Christians and share their walk through illness and recovery from a faith/biblical perspective.  I don't see a great deal of that in other health/nutrition books.

I loved this book and will be using it as a reference a great deal in 2016 as I move through my own goals for fighting the autoimmune battle.  If you have a family history or are already struggling with any of these issues I recommend this book.  It is very affordable and his writing style is very enjoyable and encouraging.  He is not condescending like other nutrition/health writers I have encountered.

Learn more about Dr. Colbert and his methods and research at his website.

I gladly give this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars!

As we begin a new year I am on the prowl for books for better eating and exercise and health.  With Lupus this is a constant battle for me.  I jumped at the chance to review this book when it came available through Worthy Publishing for review.  They sent it to me for free and all they asked from me is that I give it a read and give an honest review.  This is my honest opinion of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Leann, you might want to check out this website for some awesome mediterranean diet ideas