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The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

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An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. If you're among them, you may know all too well how little modern medicine can do to alleviate your condition. But that's no reason to give up hope. In this groundbreaking book, Sarah D. Ballantyne, Ph.D., draws upon current medical research and her own battle with an autoimmune disorder to show ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published September 28th 2013)
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Dec 30, 2014 Sara rated it did not like it
If you want to know what’s wrong with this book, start with the fact that of those forty-odd Goodreads members who gave it 4 or 5 stars and wrote a review of it, everyone uniformly praised how “science-based” it was and only three of them mentioned actually committing to the diet it prescribed. A good portion of them also mentioned that they did not have an auto-immune condition. This is not a book for sick people – not in its presentation, not in its advice, not in its worldview. It is a book t ...more
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Aug 11, 2015 M a y a rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that was making it hard to be functional. I was taking a lot of medication, and none of it was working.

I've been on this diet for 3 months and my symptoms are nearly gone. I hesitate to say it's amazing only because it sounds too good to be true. But for me, it has worked wonders. I've also done acupuncture, which I think has helped too. But I suspect that the diet is really the necessary factor here.

It's hard when you're diagnosed with something that
Cherie Kuhn
Feb 22, 2014 Cherie Kuhn rated it it was amazing
As soon as I received this book, I immediately started skimming through it and felt a little overwhelmed. I must admit, I haven't been diagnosed with autoimmune disease although I've wondered if I do, especially given I have many of the symptoms. My father had suffered through Alzheimer's disease for 18 years before his death last year and I've often wondered if he had autoimmune and inflammation issues....and now I know that to be true, thanks to Sarah's book. There is conflicting opinions in t ...more
Alison Golden
Sep 23, 2014 Alison Golden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paleo
Sarah has a Ph.D. in medical biophysics and unlike many paleo books, this book has a list of references, a glossary, and some great tables for easy reference. I have spoken to Sarah many times via email and she is incredibly thorough, responsive, and unswervingly pleasant. This book reflects that.

This is not a beginner book, and in other ways it is. It’s quite science-y and dense in places; that reflects the complexity of the topic. It is a beginner book in that you can find out what you need to
Angela Boord
Jul 12, 2014 Angela Boord rated it it was amazing
Shelves: allergies, diet, paleo
I finally finished this book! It's huge and contains an enormous amount of information, including an explanation of the science behind autoimmune disease in addition to dietary and lifestyle recommendations. What I appreciated most about the book -- even if I don't go all in for the rather restrictive diet -- was its comprehensive nature and science base. This book contains information I have found nowhere else and has helped me explain some of the odd problems I've experienced in dealing with w ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Sasha rated it it was ok
First, if you're not a paleo-holic, don't worry. This diet is quite different than paleo as it commonly exists. I find the attitude in AIP circles, including with the author, to be a lot more sensible, no manic enthusiasm or occasional chest thumpers, more acknowledgement (often implicit) that all nutritional guidelines don't apply to absolutely everyone. Why--probably because when you're actually working with diseases and conditions that provide honest feedback, there's less room for all that e ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Lindsay rated it liked it
The Science in this book is kind of incredible. I love reading books that the author is born to write. In this instance, the author has an uncontested background in immunology and she delivers a strong case for healing autoimmune conditions with a paleo protocol and lifestyle. It's been incredible to see the healing that's come to by body by following her suggestions. After feeling healthy and energized for the first time in a long time, I am more in tune with my body and what it needs.

Sep 23, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodies, education
This book is legit- someone is quoted on the back cover as calling this tome encyclopedic. PREACH. It reads somewhere between a college textbook and bible for those with autoimmune disorders. I appreciate the info but was a bit overwhelmed with the sheer amount of graphics, facts, testimonials, charts, and tables. That said, it guides the reader to find out: triggers specific to your problem, the foods that will heal your body, and ways to promote overall well-being. You just have to be patient ...more
Karen Wrighton
Feb 27, 2015 Karen Wrighton rated it it was amazing
Sara explains the science behind auto immune diseases and then sets out a protocol for treating them using diet and lifestyle changes. The evidence do far seems to be that at very least these changes improve health and for some people the effects can be dramatic and even put their diseases into remission. I've been on the diet for two weeks now and am already feeling positive effects. Would recommend without hesitation to anyone who has an auto immune disease. Excellent work Sara!
Feb 07, 2014 Elyse rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal-Researched-scientific-and practical Book for anyone who has an autoimmune disease!!!!

Its 'filled' with detail information in understanding how to regulate the immune system --support it --heal it ---and ultimately reverse the disease.

Easy to read -understand -(even the illustrations are beautiful)

Amazing Book!

WOW!!!!! 5 +++++++++ Stars! (VERY useful for me)

THANK YOU to the author!!!

Oct 05, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autoimmune
I don't know if Ballantyne's conclusions are going to be vindicated (the leaky gut hypothesis is still up in the air, I thought) but either way she provided more than enough evidence to get me to follow the approach — and I was a vegetarian. It's been about 5 weeks and I do not see vast improvement yet. However, I haven't had the super major flare up that I have had for the past 2 years at exactly this time of year. I will definitely give it the recommended 6 months.

The science does drone on, bu
Dec 05, 2015 Alissa rated it it was ok
This read like a textbook. Lots of words.
Rachel Ramey
Sep 25, 2014 Rachel Ramey rated it it was amazing
This book is HUGE. As in, college textbook-size. It's gorgeously designed, in full color, and there's so much information here I don't even quite know where to start!

The tone of the book is one of the best things about it. Dr. Ballantyne is very knowledgeable, and her information is clearly science-based. But it's also very down-to-earth - and understanding. Having "been there," in terms of chronic illness, she knows what it's like to be exhausted. She knows what it's like for food to be the ene
Sep 14, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I have been wanted to improve my health and change my lifestyle habits for the last few years and kind of had an idea of what to do but was lacking motivation. I was experiencing a range of symptoms including joint/muscle pain, extreme fatigue, chronic infections, hair loss, digestive upset, skin rashes/hives, and weight gain. My doctor couldn't offer me any real support. I wasn't sure exactly what I should be eating, but I knew I needed to change my diet and get more exercise. Dr. Ballantyne's ...more
Andrea Stlouis
Apr 08, 2014 Andrea Stlouis rated it it was amazing
The Paleo Mom (Dr. Sarah Ballantyne) has made it so easy to follow a paleo lifestyle while making it family friendly. I have been following Sarah Ballantyne on fb and her blog for a while, and I have made many of her amazing recipes. All of her posts have great scientific backing, and she makes it easy to adapt a paleo lifestyle to a busy family schedule. She also shares many of the amazing recipes that she has created and other recipes from more of the paleo greats (paleOMG, Danielle Walker, No ...more
Danielle Jenkins
Mar 07, 2014 Danielle Jenkins rated it it was amazing
I am passionate about this book. It is literally lifechanging. I had the honor of reviewing a copy of my new favorite book, The Paleo Approach, this past week and I am so excited to share it with you. This book is like the "bible" of Paleo eating. It is like a complete life manual that answers every question you could ever think of about Paleo or Primal eating. I am amazed at the author, Sarah Ballantyne, for her extreme dedication in writing this book. I have no idea how many hours she spent po ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Navoff rated it it was amazing
This is like a text book you'd find in a high school or college course. Some people might find it intimidating at first but I would urge them to keep going. Sarah Ballantyne has put a ton of research into this and it's chock full of information. She breaks down the technical/medical information in a way that the layperson can understand. She also looks at how that break down in the immune system (which is largely in the gut) can manifest itself in different conditions.

What I love is that she doe
Feb 10, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, paleo
Excellent book! I have read lots of paleo books, been eating Paleo for the last year andhave been reading the author's blog,, for the a while and learned so much from her. When I heard she was writing a book I was so excited! When it came out, I didn't want to wait for even my 2 day Amazon prime shipping, so I bought it on Kindle. Excellent purchase and now an invaluable resource.

But even tho I had been following the basic Paleo eating plan for the past year and had s
Carolina Albano
Sep 07, 2014 Carolina Albano rated it it was amazing
As someone with family and friends with loved ones who have lost the battle with autoimmune disease, I don't think it is a stretch to say that Sarah is already helping to save so many lives by arming us with information regarding how nutrition, environment, and lifestyle can make or break us.

One of my favorite quotes in the book is actually the dedication. She dedicates the book to her daughters saying she hopes her research and knowledge makes up for her genetics. For those of us who have fami
Aug 07, 2014 Jeannie rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
If your struggling with an Autoimmune Disease, this is the book to opens your eyes to so many things.The protocol is not easy to follow, nor does one want to follow it, but the alternative is not easy either. The scientific stuff was hard to wade thru, but after you do,Dr Ballantyne gives you a way out of the misery,and hep for better health. I strongly recommend it.
Allison Loudon
Aug 05, 2014 Allison Loudon rated it it was amazing
Even if you don't think you need this book, trust me - you need it! I personally do not struggle with autoimmune issues, but even so I have found the information in this book to be invaluable in helping me figure out my own body and how to prevent future health complications. Not only that, but it is enabling me to help my sister heal her autoimmune issues. There are applications in this book for everyone, no matter how healthy you already are! There is SO much research behind all the informatio ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I have just been diagnosed with Celiac and possibly more Autoimmune Diseases. I felt very lost in a sea of conflicting information from my Dr., Specialists, from many sources online, etc. I knew I didn't want to go on upteen medications at the age of 35 - I wanted to use food to heal my body. I came across Sarah's book and seeing her credibilty - both professionally and personally - I knew she was a source I could trust. We ordered her book and were very impressed! The first half is a veritable ...more
Darrah Karnes
Mar 10, 2014 Darrah Karnes rated it it was amazing
I can't express how much I love this book and how thankful I am that I found it. It changed my life. I suffered with various ailments that made everyday life miserable but I read reviews on The Paleo Approach and decided to buy it and see if I could learn anything new and try something I haven't tried to help me feel better. This book helped me understand why I was suffering from many of my ailments and how I could fix them without all of the medicines I've been on which were NOT working. After ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Meag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I first received my copy in the mail, I was beyond excited. Upon first glance, this book is a little intimidating since its huge and looks like a textbook. However, Sarah Ballantyne does a great job simplifying the science. I started the protocol to manage psoriasis and joint pain after having a baby. Just finishing the book, I am 30 days in. If I hadn't read the book, I may have tried reintroduction now. However, I have all of the information I need to conc
Feb 03, 2014 Karuna rated it it was amazing
I've been following The Paleo Mom's blog, and I just bought her book, The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body. I want everyone to have it. It is amazing. It covers everything. It talks about the cause of autoimmunity, why Paleo is healing, how to change your diet and lifestyle, how to deal with problems that arise, how to reintroduce certain foods as you heal, and all sorts of little questions that come up when you are on this journey. There are a ton of charts from wha ...more
Claudia Harbaugh
Feb 04, 2014 Claudia Harbaugh rated it it was amazing
I got the Paleo Approach in the mail yesterday and read it last night. All of it. Now, in case you haven't seen it, it is a very large book. I thought I would read a chapter or two and pick it up today and read a bit more. No. I read it from cover to cover. Now I confess, for some of the more heady scientific explanations, I did do a bit of skimming, but I feel as if I learned a great deal in a short amount of time. I am no stranger to the Paleo diet, nor am I a stranger to eating healthy and th ...more
Katy Pinky
Feb 10, 2014 Katy Pinky rated it it was amazing
RUN, don't walk, to buy this book. It is truly epic and I predict it will be seen as a major breakthrough in the healing and reversal of auto-immune diseases. Doctors DO NOT KNOW what to do except prescribe more meds, which only masks some symptoms and actually can produce more problems. Do you truly want to be well again? Then put aside any prejudice you may have that your doctor is the only one who can make you feel better and buy or borrow this book TODAY, I am living proof that this protocol ...more
Kendle Enter
Aug 17, 2014 Kendle Enter rated it it was amazing
I was recently diagnosed with ITP and was trying to find resources to help me through it all. There is not much out there on ITP or autoimmune diseases. This was one book that was recommended so when I came across it I picked it up. I have learned a lot from this book so far (still reading it!). There is a lot of information to take in, I have had to re-read some sections to try to really understand it, but that is not because of how it is written - -just me trying to get a good understanding! G ...more
Chrissy Hartzog
Feb 26, 2014 Chrissy Hartzog rated it it was amazing
Just received my copy of Sarah's book and it has blown my mind at the possibilities of living a lifestyle that is conducive to curing my health problems through a change in diet! It makes sense. You are what you eat and the foods I have been polluting my body with are one chemical away from plastic. Haven't finished he book yet, but will very soon. It's written like a seventh grade text book making it easy to understand. I also love the testimonials sprinkled in each chapter. Her drawings are as ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Wow - what an important book for all humans to read, especially those with autoimmune diseases. I am so grateful to the author for writing this.

Really well done - important information presented in an eye-pleasing manner. Lots of science to back up the statements, but if you glaze over at the biology you can read the "Cliff's Notes" at the end of each chapter.

The only drawback I can find is that the book is so heavy that I have a hard time holding it while I'm reading! Small price to pay for al
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