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Integrative Nutrition Reviews: The Immune System Recovery Plan

April 12, 2013

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Welcome to the latest installment of Integrative Nutrition Reviews, where we consider books, movies, and other media related to health, food, and personal wellness. Want to suggest something for us to review? Post it in the comments!

Arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism … these are just a few of the more than 100 different autoimmune diseases that affect 24 million Americans today. Autoimmune diseases, which occur when the immune system has gone awry and attacks its own tissues, now affect more women than heart disease and breast cancer combined.

While many doctors typically treat autoimmune disorders with powerful medications that shut off parts of the immune system, Integrative Nutrition guest speaker Dr. Susan Blum offers a different guide to self-healing in her new book The Immune System Recovery Plan. Dr. Blum is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai who cured herself of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis through a functional medicine approach.

Convinced that it is possible to reverse a chronic illness with the proper time and effort, Dr. Blum shares her four-step program in The Immune System Recovery Plan: using food as medicine, understanding the stress connection, healing your gut, and supporting your liver. It’s the only book on the market that tells the average person how the immune system works and exactly what they should do to fix it when it goes awry.

The root causes of all autoimmune diseases are the same, says Dr. Blum – microbes, environmental toxins, allergens, stress, and poor diet. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise every year because our modern diets and lifestyles result in constant inflammation and hormonal imbalance.

By addressing the root cause of an autoimmune disorder rather than the symptoms, The Immune System Recovery offers real hope to people hoping to prevent or reverse chronic disease. Learn which foods to cut out, which to add back in, how to heal your gut and much more. There are also recipes for delicious, easy dishes that will jumpstart the healing process.

Want to learn more about the relationship between a healthy gut and a healthy immune system? Tune in to a live interview with Dr. Blum on Tuesday, April 16 at 4pm Eastern Daylight Time to learn why so many people suffer from digestive issues and how simple food choices can heal your gut.

Have you suffered from an autoimmune disease? What do you find helpful in managing it?

About the author

Laura Binder is the Editorial Manager of Wellness Today. She enjoys running in Central Park, traveling to the far corners of the world, and eating big dinners with her family. She is a 2013 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.