Sunday, April 26, 2009

Book Recommendation: The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Do you or does someone you care about have an Autoimmune Disease? If you or someone you care about has an Autoimmune Disease, I suggest that you read The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa (2008). In fact, this book is a good book to read if you are simply interested in how environment (i.e. toxins in food and pesticides in the air) might play a role in illness.

This book is not necessarily an easy read, because it is packed with so much information. I read it, put it down, and then pick it up to read again. However, it is full of information about how we can attempt to reduce the impact of the increasing Autoimmune Epidemic. So, in my opinion, that makes it worth reading.

This book gives insight to people suffering with an Autoimmune Disease. For example, the book offers suggestions on how diet and digestive health might play a role in helping to calm or slow some of the effects of having Autoimmune Disease.

No, this book does not tell us how to cure Autoimmune Disease. Unfortunately, no one has the answer to this question yet; as, The Autoimmune System is not yet fully understood by researchers.

While genetics can play a role in Autoimmune Disease, The Autoimmune Epidemic informs us as to why the environment is a likely trigger in these often debilitating diseases. Also, Jackson discusses current research being done and offers advice on how you can attempt to protect your immune system and reduce your chance of acquiring an Autoimmune Disease.
Below is a link to Jackson's website. It is very interesting (includes info about the book, her blog, etc.).

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