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The Inflammation Syndrome: Your Nutrition Plan for Great Health, Weight Loss, and Pain-Free Living

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Completely revised and updated-Jack Challem's powerful plan to safely prevent and overcome inflammatory disorders

Inflammation is what happens when our body's own defenses turn on us-and it is a huge and growing problem. Written by the author of the groundbreaking "Syndrome X," this essential updated edition of "The Inflammation Syndrome" draws on cutting-edge research cond
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published March 1st 2003)
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This book was disappointing.

There were many typos, which is frustrating in any type of book, but especially disconcerting when the book is on a scientific subject like this one.

I also did not appreciate that the author kept referring to the evolution theory as fact, with no references cited. If you're going to claim that you know the earth is millions of years old, and you know everything about people who lived tens of thousands of years ago, you had better have some solid evidence to back up y
Lisa  Marie
My version doesn't say AARP but the rest of the title is the same, so just assuming I read a book for older people, but hey I feel old so who knows! Anyways, the AI diet is basically only eating the things that God created (more or less, you know - no processed food that doesn't look like its natural form). So it's all good in theory but will be really hard to practice I think. I am going to try it for the 14 days like suggested but I am not sure I can permanently live without normal bread and s ...more
This was a very informative (if repetitive)book written by a nutritionist whose main goal is to explain how to combat inflammation that is a cause for a whole host of illnesses. His information was compelling. I was a little uncomfortable with the fact that he is not a doctor, but he did steep his explanations with science. Aside from changes in diet, a main focus is nutrition supplements. He names a host of them with explanations of how they promote health. My only concern is, can you combine a ...more
A bit too technical/doctor-speak for my liking, this book was pretty much a much more in-depth look at what I previously read in "Anti-Inflammation Diet for Dummies." Mr. Challem's diet varies slightly from the Dummies version in that it follows more of the Paleolithic caveman diet that has become so popular lately. I get that organic is healthier for you, but it is also more expensive and with the cost of grocery products rising every day, it is sometimes hard to justify the cost. Also as much ...more
Heidi Cullinan
I enjoyed this more in the beginning than the end. I appreciated being educated on the potentially inflammatory foods, but midway in the book became less about education and more about the particular way the author believes we all should eat. Which seems to be the way of most of these kinds of books: they eventually turn into Join My Religion. It also becomes far too restrictive. If I hadn't known so much already on my own, I would have walked away from this book feeling discouraged and frustrat ...more
This book includes some pretty loose science (e.g. it works on viruses, so it might work in people) and treats associations with results as if they were causative. The author also repeatedly cites one particular pricey manufacturer of supplements, making one quite suspicious about product placement contributions.

He also cites pretty much the same supplements for everything that ails you, so the content of the book could be realistically condensed into a single page (or truly, even just one sente
I bought this book because I've been testing positive for inflammation for years with the (ultrasensitive) Protein C Reactive test. For the past six months there was a big jump and the doctor's only advice is to lose weight (which makes sense), followed by a shrug.
I did my first research on the internet and bought nutritional supplements, which actually match all the ones the author suggests. So I don't feel it was necessary for me to have read this book, as I learned nothing new. Perhaps docto
Very insightful topic. Provides a lot of knowledge and is easy to read and understand. The food lists were specifically helpful. Foods I thought were healthy can cause inflammation. I started the supplement from Carlson Labs he recommends, Inflammation Balance. I have also tweaked my diet and I believe I am starting to reap the benefits. I lost 4 lbs just be making a few minor changes.
Annmarie Kostyk
Excellent book on how to change and supplement your diet to get rid of inflammatory diseases. Easy to read and clearly laid out.
Junk. I'm supposed to get all my protein from animal sources??!! Nothing on the roles of stress, exercise, sleep, exhaustion. Only a little on the role of infection. Food-scare tactics - all these diseases are supposedly caused by unknown food allergies or food addictions to healthy foods (is that really true? I could be allergic and addicted to foods like paneer tikka masala that I crave and consume once every two months!) I love tomatoes but might only have them a few times per month, it's cal ...more
Francis Bandettini
Started me on the road to nrf2 pathway stimulation with turmeric!!!
Carol Shechter sobczak
Everyone should read this book
Challem does a succinct job of outlining how the foods we eat (or rather, do not eat) can affect our body's ability to regulate inflammation. The first chunk of the book reads like a fast-forward version of Omnivore's Dilemma, esp. the section on corn (ha ha). As for the recipes at the end, eh, they seem kind of dull but still, serve as good jumpstarts for your culinary creative juices!
It's a good, basic book talking about inflammation in the body. I like that Challem includes information about the effects of not only diet but also pharmaceutical meds. He also discusses various diseases in relation to inflammation. Overall a good overview with practical information. He also includes a few recipes.
Whitney Ford
decent advice overall on basic nutrition but loses credibility being too quick to recommend a lot of supplements and for mentioning homopathy in a case study without noting that it is junk..also don't trust tendency to blame inflammation on food allergies or claim that inflammation as the root cause of so many health issues
Diane C.
This book gave me much food for thought in my increasing mindfulness to eat in a non-inflammatory way. Paints things with a broad brush now and then, but over all very good.

A powerful indictment of "value added" foods and sugary ones and how they are making us very sick, costing our health care system billions.
Kelly Kinney
This book had some great ideas and information about supplements. However, after a while I felt that all I should be eating is spinach, kale and certain, very specific proteins. That's not realistic. I have ordered the Carlson inflammation support supplements and found some good recipes to try.
I'm a library borrower, but this book is one I think is worth buying. I'll get one both for myself, so I can keep referring back, and probably one for my parents and siblings as well. I think we all have different conditions that could be helped by following this anti inflammation plan.
Interesting read. The author backs up a lot of his findings on personal stories, which are interesting but not that compelling. I think there is a lot of truth in what the author says about the link between inflammation and diet, but I think he takes it to an extreme in some parts.
More of a reference book than a book to read from cover to cover. The information was good, but much of it could be found online with some research. I gave it three stars because I may very well refer back to it from time to time due to the handy compilation of resources.
I liked how this book made me think about nutrition as a preventative way to combat disease. I am so use to thinking we are sick, let's go to the doctor. Now I think, what am I cooking for my family? What things can I add to our diet that will give maximum benefit.
David Taitelbaum
Challem describes the negative impact refined carbs have with regards to chronic inflammation and the resulting health issues. I'm a big fan of preventative medicine and this book does a nice job explaining which foods help and which hinder our pursuit of good health.
Emily Cerda
2 stars because this is not the most readable book, nor is it the most scientific. In fact, this is a nutritional program that makes great sense, but I had to read about the science behind these theories in another publication. Useful, but not great.
Becky Morlok
This book, while helpful was extremely detailed and 'left me' at times....But is is thorough. I breeezed through a lot of it - liked the recipes and learned that tomatoes and eggplant are NOT good for me! BOO!
One of the many books I have been reading about inflammatory diseases (arthritis, allergies, cancer, autoimmune disease, and inflammatory bowel disease). It's shocking how closely related these things are...
Denise Messenger
I have his updated edition 2010 which is very good on outlining a nutritional plan for better health. If you are unaware of how damaging inflammation is to the body, you will know after this read.
I quickly read through this book- mostly to take notes to pass on to people! An easy read for those interested, but full of good information that anyone can understand and use.
What about the folks who find inflammation from animal protein? Seems like a terrible oversight. Read like an ad for the Omega-3 vitamin folks!
N.L. Riviezzo
While containing some useful tidbits, a lot of what is suggested is either common sense or so extreme that it is unreasonable.
Read it all, including both new and old introductions. Very enlightening. Now, time to apply this knowledge.
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