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As a result of carpooling issues, I bought my 11-year-old The Best American Infographics 2013. Though not big on sitting still, she was inadvertently engaged by infographics like “America’s Most Popular Birthdays,” “Short Guys Can Dunk,” and “Cat Power” (a 3D image that analyzes how every part of a cheetah’s body contributes to its speed). She asked to bring it to school the next day. For the rest of the week, she was swarmed by middle schoolers similarly drawn in by the visually accessible and thought-provoking analysis of topics ranging from gun ownership (country-by-country), to gay rights (state-by-state), to the percentage of women in our national workforce. Our Head of School said he’d like to see the book used in math, science and ethics classes. So would I!
Back at home, some of our less academic favorite infographics detail which fruits and vegetables are in season, offer guidance regarding “Feelings That Cannot Be Expressed in English,” and answer the eternal question, “Should I Check Email?” I’m also thinking this book has the answer to another eternal question: “What should I get my nieces and nephews for the holidays?”
I just ordered and read the book several times. As a registered nurse in oncology I see bowel problems galore! I also have IBD (as one Gastroenterologist labeled it). I decided just to try some concepts without implementing the actual diet. All I did was elimitate dairy, and layed really low on breads and complex sugars for one week. OK, did have some issues with complex sugars. BUT, I did notice a drastic decrease in diarrhea. This morning I ate buttermilk pancakes made with oats, rice and wheat, with real maple syrup. Wasn't 15 minutes and explosive diarrhea. This is my own little proof that there is DEFINITELY something to the science in this book. PLEASE NOTE - I am not advocating improving your diet. I am advocating you follow the diet as outlined! I'm looking forward to diving in myself in the next week.
I actually appreciated the length of this short book. It's not overly medical or scientific. Anybody with a basic reading comprehension level SHOULD be able to follow the theories and diet. This book doesn't go into all the myriad of bowel disorders, but treats them all the same and tackles them with diet only (not meds or surgery). If I were given a choice to have my colon cut out or change my diet, I'd choose the latter thanks. I feel the author was qualified as a microbiologist to write this especially since her family was helped by it's effects. Also, I feel that it was well researched. The first several chapters are devoted to the research of others, which were breakthroughs in their time, which guided the author to what is this diet program. If this book doesn't answer all your questions there are several great websites out there that will. The recipies are easy to follow. I do wish there was a calorie count and breakdown nutritionally. I could see how someone could get out of balance without them. I was floored by the gut-brain connection and can think of several psych hospitals that should pilot this diet! BTW these concepts are NOT covered in nursing school, and doubtless mecial either. Which makes me ask, "WHY NOT?"
I've seen a small number of pretty bad reviews of this book and it sounds to me they did not follow protocol, or they are just mock readers (haters). From my perspective, this is a well balanced diet and there is a section on supplementation to those who need it. Of course, if you limit yourself by cutting out major parts of this diet (like meat) then you should expect problems (like iron and vitamin b12 issues leading to possibly severe anemia). I thought I have is that it is sad when people get into the thought pattern that unless we eat grain products or junk food we'll lose all sorts of weight. In one sense, calories are calories. But this is not a carb-free diet, or a vegan diet for that matter.
Finally, I've read testimony after testimony of its benefits and healing properties. Also, since reading this book, I've noticed there are more people with bowel disorders than I once suspected! In one week alone I met several families that were completely wrecked with celiac or autism. I thought it my duty to recommended the book to these families. One dear woman gave me the biggest hug and thanked me in advance for her son.
Hope this helps someone in need!