The Inflammation Syndrome: Your Nutrition Plan for Great Health, Weight Loss, and Pain-Free Living Hardcover – Mar 21 2003
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What is the Inflammation Syndrome? Its the cumulative effect of low-grade inflammationincluding the aches and pains that we all experiencethat grows into chronic, debilitating disease. The Inflammation Syndrome breaks down your body, making you feel old, tired, and sick. Triggered by inflammatory foods in your diet, the Inflammation Syndrome wreaks havoc on your health, paving the way for such serious diseases as heart disease, diabetes, Syndrome X, obesity, arthritis, allergies, asthmaeven some cancers. Written by the bestselling coauthor of the groundbreaking Syndrome X, the book that helped bring the attention of the public to insulin resistance and the diabetes epidemic, The Inflammation Syndrome is the first major book to describe the broad role inflammation plays in diseaseand to show you how to reverse and heal it.
Drawing on the cutting-edge research being done all over the worldresearch that has led to the successful treatment of many people who were considered untreatable or incurable by conventional medicineJack Challem provides a revolutionary approach to healing inflammation through an easy-to-follow nutritional program. Challem includes quizzes and tests to assess inflammation levels and risks; anti-Inflammation Syndrome recipes and menu plans; and easy ways to use healthy fats and other nutrients to quench the fires of inflammation. Challem reveals many of the hidden dangers in foods that set the stage for inflammation, causing aches, pains, and allergic reactions and increasing the long-term risk of life-threatening diseases. He shares the latest information on the problems with conventional prescription and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. He also offers dramatic case histories of patients treated by nutritionally oriented practitioners and up-to-the-minute information on and dosage recommendations for the best natural anti-inflammation supplements, such as fish oils, vitamin E, herbs, and many other natural remedies.
Providing a powerful plan to safely prevent and overcome inflammatory disorders, The Inflammation Syndrome shows just how easy it can be to take charge of ones diet and healthand to feel great.
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Early Acclaim for The Inflammation Syndrome
"Challems new book hits a home runwith the latest research on what to eat and take to defeat our real number-one cause of health problemsinflammation. Its a message of the utmost importance."
Jean Carper, New York Times bestselling author of Stop Aging Now! and Your Miracle Brain, and columnist, USA Weekend magazine
"Treating and preventing inflammation has become a major priority and a breakthrough in todays medicine. Many of our most debilitating diseases can be traced to an inflammatory cause. The program Jack Challem outlines in The Inflammation Syndrome is a great first step in ridding your body of this deadly problem."
Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of Thin For Good, The Allergy and Asthma Cure, and Feed Your Kids Well
"The Inflammation Syndrome compellingly shows how the typical Western diet promotes inflammation and disease. In a scientifically accurate and easy-to-understand manner, Jack Challem lays out the basic nutrition plan for good health and weight lossa plan that mimics many features of the ancestral and native human diet."
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet
"Jack Challem has hit the bulls-eye when it comes to identifying the root cause of chronic inflammationour pro-inflammatory Western diet. Following Challems recommendations will not only relieve inflammation, it will lay the groundwork for optimal health."
Jo Robinson, coauthor of The Omega Diet and principal investigator of eatwild.com
"In this book, Jack Challem focuses on inflammation, the most important underlying factor in health and disease. Anti-inflammatory strategies can slow the chronic and degenerative diseases of agingeven aging itself. Jack Challem shows us how the antioxidant vitamins E and C, modifying lifestyle factors, food and nutritional supplements, and nutraceuticals can be useful in reducing the risks of inflammatory disorders."
Lester Packer, Ph.D., the worlds foremost antioxidant research scientist and lead author of The Antioxidant Miracle
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The Inflammation Syndrome is divided into four parts: an explanation of the connection between inflammation and disease, including causes of inflammation; a 15-step diet plan to prevent and heal inflammation; supplements recommended to combat inflammation; and inflammation and specific diseases. There are multiple quizzes throughout the book on different causes of inflammation to allow you to see all the various ways your lifestyle may be currently promoting, or preventing, inflammation in your body. The book is written in a lively, easy-to-understand style, and the author helpfully provides a detailed table of contents, an index, extensive references, and appendices listing medical tests for inflammation and sources for anti-inflammatory products.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about inflammation. Its straightforward, practical suggestions are not horrendously difficult to implement, and the author includes menu plans and recipes to get you started on his eating plan. I find his quizzes especially useful as a kind of lifestyle self-diagnosis.
If you'd like to do additional reading on this subject, another excellent book is The Inflammation Cure: How to Combat the Hidden Factor Behind Heart Disease, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes, & Other Diseases, by William Joel Meggs. An outstanding related work is The Body Restoration Plan: Eliminate Chemical Calories and Restore Your Body's Natural Slimming System, by Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton. Dr. Baillie-Hamilton doesn't specifically write about inflammation, but provides very valuable insights on the damage done by environmental toxins to the body, which both Meggs and Challem indicate are strongly implicated in causing inflammation.
But I'm not a friend of his, just a real person, so I thought I'd tell you what I think of his book.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 2 weeks ago. I've known it was coming for many years because there's a lot of it in my family. So anyway, I immediately went to my local bookstore and started looking for books to inform me about diabetes, and as I was browsing, I ran across this book.
I bought it and read it, and I believe what he says. Since I read his book I've been thinking, "If only I'd had his book 15 years ago, or ten years ago, or even one year ago." The book says that it can help prevent or reverse(among others):
heart disease - my brother is taking drugs for high cholesterol.
arthritis - I've got that. I had to start walking with crutches in the past year.
Diabetes - I've got that.
Allergies - everybody in my family has plenty of these, including food allergies of various types.
Crohn's disease - my other brother and niece have that.
Gastritis and ulcers - my mother, myself, and my son all have problems with this.
Inflammatory bowel syndrome - yep, I've got that too and so does my son.
Obesity - I weigh 365 pounds in spite of (??because of??) 30 years of dieting. And both my brothers are pretty big too.
So it was interesting to find out that there is a single underlying cause to all these seemingly disparate problems.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This book interests me but I'm totally put off by all these very fake-sounding reviews that
seem very likely to have been written by the same person (same syntax, rhythm,... Read more
The Inflammation Cure by Meggs and Svec, and The Inflammation Syndrome by Challem, both appeared in 2003 and both discuss the role of inflammation in the major diseases of our... Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Thumbtack
The author does a first-class job of covering not only the
causes of most of our physical ailments, but also of how to
give yourself relief from them. Read more
I love the premise of this book: the guy has got the right idea about the inflammation thing and I would like to read the book, but all these vapid positive reviews seem like they... Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by H. Riek
As physicians, we have always known that inflammation has played a role in multiple disease processes; however, what is especially surprising is that the message that is emerging... Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by Jonathan Berkowitz, M.D.
Inflammation today is the hot topic in medical research--and for good reason. Chronic inflammation underlies many of our most serious health ailments. Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by Dallas Clouatre
Jack Challem's Inflammation Syndrome explains how a dizzying array of diseases and conditions that we take for granted as part of getting on in years is related to poor nutrition... Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Ron Buehl
Jack Challem is once again at the forefront of medical and nutritional science, explaining how our standard American diet is contributing to the rapidly increasing incidence of... Read morePublished on April 20 2003 by Hyla Cass M. D
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