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The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases

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Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But ...more
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Published January 27th 2015 by HarperOne
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Aud
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
I didn't want to review this book until I had tried the author's diet for 30 days to see if it made a difference for me. I have struggled with fatigue and headaches for several years now (about 9), and I wanted to put this diet to the test to see if it was autoimmune related. I'm actually not sure if I have an autoimmune disease or not - I was diagnosed with Hashimotos about 4 years ago, but had my thyroid taken out just over 2 years ago due to cancer, and my endocrinologist told me I no longer ...more
Katya
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Like another reviewer said, "every time I picked up this book I had an anxiety attack." It was a scary, stressing read.
Do you bathe in unfiltered water?
Do you sleep on a non-organic mattress?
Do you eat eggplant, tomatoes, or lentils?
Do you go to a conventional dentist?
According to Dr. Meyers, there's literally nothing that isn't out to get you. This may actually be true, but she left me feeling hopeless instead of inspired to change.

The first portion of the book was filled with big science
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Kris Patrick
Jul 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
What she calls The Myers Way, I call The No Way.
No grains
No gluten
No beans
No nuts
No peppers
No tomatoes
No dairy
No caffeine
No alcohol
No thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pamela
Ummm . . . NO! At least not in regards to the unsustainable, and questionably safe, diet plan the 'MYERS PLAN' insists upon; when the proposed, non-scientifically proven remedy is riddled with more detrimental side-effects than the original condition/disease - what help is that? And speaking of the MYERS PLAN, it is ZEALOUSLY emphasized by NAME throughout the text. I felt like I was reading a very long infomercial.

And don't even get me started about the apocalyptic, germ-a-phobic fear factor
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Marilyn B
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, food-health
To follow everything in the Myers Plan will be incredibly difficult as her eating plan is super strict however living with three autoimmune diseases that are all caused by inflammation is also incredibly difficult so I'm going to give it a shot. Her science seems sound and the patient stories she includes won me over. If in thirty days, I'm substantially better (which is her promise) than it will be totally worth it.
Jacquelyn Richardson
Mar 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I could only read this book until I got to the section on dentistry. Her recommendations are not based on any actual science, but rather the musings of a couple of quack dentists including one who has had his license revoked and was legally punished. I am not even referring to their ideas on "mercury" fillings or fluoride, but rather the ideas on cavitations and root canals. The expert she cites even states that diagnosis of "cavitations" requires a good imagination. Based on this, I am highly ...more
Lubinka Dimitrova
This book suffers from the common ailment that plagues this sort of readings - the solution to one's problem is much worse than the problem itself, at least when it comes to mild autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto's. Moreover, the Myers' Way may be at least somewhat realistic in the USA, but for anybody else where I live it's pure utopia. Cut out all the grains, legumes, dairy, eggs, nightshades? Even the tiniest particle of gluten that re-enters your system, even from shampoo (?!) could destroy ...more
Kali
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am 100% on board with most of what Dr. Myers has to say. I truly believe diet has a huge role in autoimmune disease. I think the science is starting to show that and I can't wait until there are more studies. That being said, it seemed like every time I picked up this book I had an anxiety attack. The entire book seemed very alarmist. This is the first "autoimmune solution" book I read and it almost turned me off of the whole idea. I just pictured Dr. Myers screaming at me for wanted to eat ...more
Erica
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
I agree with the basic premise, that diet, exercise, mindfulness and avoiding stressors are integral to feeling well while living with an autoimmune condition, however, the information was presented so obnoxiously commercialized with the barest veneer of scientific credibility that I could never recommend this steaming turd of a book to anyone.
Sabrina Pudlewski
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Same kind of psuedo new-age diet nonsense any book with "Solution" in the title is peddlng. A waste of time and money, and a sad addition to quack medical books.
Francesca
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This book had some very good information. From what I read, the majority of people would fall somewhere on the "auto-immune spectrum. However I think it would be very difficult to implement all of the suggestions if one is on a budget. The dietary recommendations are the tip of the iceberg, and although they would take discipline, are affordable. Most functional medicine practitioners (the author is one) don't take insurance. Purchasing and maintaining water filters for all of the water in one's ...more
Sarah Esmae Wolfe
This book made me a hypochondriac. It was the fire and brimstone of health books. Everything is out to make you sick. It feels like a panic attack waiting to happen. The majority of the book is spent talking about all the things you can't avoid that will give you an autoimmune disease. I already have one and I was hoping this would help me manage it, but I did not have that experience.

To follow the "Myers Way" you must have a lot of extra time and money to throw around, build a secluded house in
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Annie
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 3.5 stars. The Myers Way is extreme. In addition to cutting out a LOT of foods for 30 days (such as gluten, dairy, eggs, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, sweets, artificial ingredients, caffeine, alcohol, and nightshades like tomatoes and peppers), it requires a lot of research and effort to reduce exposure to contaminations and toxins in the air in the home and office, tap water, beauty products, and household products.

Instead, I simply bought organic food as much as possible and
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Tim Harris
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found Dr. Myers's book to be full of great information on AI disorders and how to use diet and lifestyle changes to help with them. Even though most of it was a review from other materials I've read she puts things in such easy to understand language that I seemed to get more out of it. I was stunned at the similarities between her own case history and mine. I had already implemented pretty much all of the Myers Way over the last year and it has helped me a lot. I'd recommend this is anyone ...more
Lorraine
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Great resource, filled with up to date information. Highly recommended!
Carol
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: disappointing
As someone who lives daily with pain, fatigue, and "memory issues" -- I have waited for many years for a book on inflammatory symptoms and autoimmune diseases. It began in 1978 which was never diagnosed until in 2002 when surgery was required, then there was a diagnosed of Lupus and Sjogrens Disease. I was so surprised as I lost weight and later was diagnosed with a damaged Thyroid which required two surgery removals-- while I was being completely WIDE AWAKE as the Doctor cut open my throat, and ...more
Alison
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autoimmune, health
Warning: if you're not already prone to worry and anxiety, this book will make it worse. Things that could be causing an autoimmune disease in your body could be your dental fillings, your carpet, your un-filtered shower water, your gluten-filled toothpaste, etc.

I broke down and checked this out from the library due to my existing autoimmune condition having flared up and now possibly having developed another one, and I say "broke dow" because I have a habit of being skeptical of (and annoyed
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Angeldrawers
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just completed day 30 of The Autoimmune Solution meal plan.

So far-
More energy
Gas decreased
Skin glowing
Brain fog gone
Joints no longer sore
Even gums feel better
Sex drive improved
Lost some weight
Mood more even
Sleeping well
Body is warmer

It is a bit hard at the beginning – like any elimination diet you miss those things to start with. And no coffee or tea means headaches for a couple of days. But then once your body gets over it, certainly by day 10 I was feeling pretty good.

It did take me a little
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Sarah
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Real people in real pain need solutions. It's sad that she is taking money from sick people who are being ignored by their doctors. Why isn't she actually seeing patients and making their lives better instead of writing a book? Maybe they rejected her suggestions that also came along with incredibly expensive testing for weird deficiencies that even the best insurances wouldn't cover.
People who are truly sick can't spend time making spa-like food. They can't do elimination diets without
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Nicole Colter
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this while staying with a friend recently diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. It was very enlightening and started me on a path toward healing and protecting myself from further health issues. Amy Myers is a Functional Medicine doctor and there are FM doctors who can help with other conditions such as diabetes, cancer etc. If you aren't familiar with this new medical movement, do some research or buy this book. It changed my life. I'm off gluten for 2 weeks now and I feel amazing. The ...more
Sharon
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a life changer for me. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2009 after years of searching for an answer. I thought I found the solution in the form of taking prednisone for years. If you have ever taken prednisone for any long period of time, you know how great it seems at first, only to become your worst enemy. I was faced with difficulty just working a full time job. I read this book and immediately implemented Dr. Myers plan. Within two weeks I had energy I haven't ...more
Jennifer Rasmussen rupp
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing explanation of some of the causes of autoimmune diseases, and a no-nonsense treatment protocol to help get people with these conditions feeling better. Great resource listings, recipes, supplement recommendations.
Elaine - Small Farm Big Life
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thyroid
This book was so helpful. I have an autoimmune condition and have gone through 7 doctors trying to find one that would/could help me. I wish I would have found this book first! I'm also listening to all of her podcasts. There is so much helpful and encouraging information.
Kari Yergin
If her research and “Way” is true, I may just have to just live with these weird, annoying, sometimes very difficult effects of my weird autoimmune stuff going on. In ADDITION to basically eating proteins and veggies, she suggests eliminating all nightshades and eggs as well. Plus getting rid of root canals, curtains, upholstered furniture, etc. she’s probably covering all her bases but it gets a bit overwhelming. Reminds me of the old Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
Colette Stine
Having just finished this book, I have yet to implement any of Dr. Myers' suggestions, but I am very encouraged and excited after reading this book that there may be hope beyond what the doctors have been telling me. I hope to update after putting some things into practice!
Katherine Reay
This taught me so much... Much more to learn, but it was a great start!
Jenna
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I chose to read this book on autoimmune disease because the author is a doctor. Well, just because someone is in the medical profession, doesn't mean they aren't just a quack selling snake oil. I did not finish this book, so perhaps I'm not entitled to a review, but I'll give my opinion anyway.
Read this book only if you want to feel even more despondent about your condition! I am suspicious of only/or claims, and that's certainly what Amy Myers delivers. Pretty much, you're damned if you do and
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Monika
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I liked about this book is that she summarizes all the bits of information that I've come across about autoimmune disease and how to keep it under control all in one place. I haven't seen that in other autoimmune type books. She really covers every little piece that may contribute to autoimmunity. I also like that she provides information of useful supplements and recommendations for brands. I spend way too much time trying to find information about supplements that my doctor recommends I ...more
Maggie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Given that I've spent 2 years going to 8 doctors who can't figure out what is causing the symptoms I'm having, I fell pretty clearly into the picture that the author painted of the typical experience of someone who has autoimmune problems (people apparently often go 6-10 years without a clear diagnosis). She also pointed out that even when someone does get diagnosed, the treatments are pretty harsh - just drugs and/or surgery, usually.

So, in a way it kind of felt validating to feel like I at
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Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, 2015
Once I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and on a medication with side effects nearly as bad as the symptoms the medication was supposed to help I knew I needed to seek alternative care. I'm so thankful that my google-ing lead me to this book. I follower Dr. any Meyers protocol to the letter and was able to completely reverse my symptoms and heal. Before reading the Autoimmune Solution I was experiencing daily pain that effected my day to day activities, now it is rare that I experience ...more
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Amy Myers, MD is a renowned leader in Functional Medicine. She has helped tens of thousands around the world recover from chronic illness through her dietary based program, The Myers Way. Dr. Myers has been featured by Dr. Oz, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Women's Health, Yahoo Health, Prevention Magazine, Everyday Health, The New York Post and more.

Dr. Myers is passionate about autoimmune
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“When fluoridated water was first introduced as a potential prevention against tooth decay, it was a natural product: calcium fluoride, to be exact. Now if there’s fluoride in our water, it is sodium fluoride, which is literally a toxic waste product of the aluminum industry.” 0 likes
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