The Lyme Diet: Nutritional Strategies for Healing from Lyme Disease is a must-have manual for anyone suffering from such Lyme disease symptoms as fatigue, chronic pain, cognitive deficits, and candidiasis.
The Lyme Diet contains a wealth of information about why dietary choices are critical for:
- minimizing inflammation
- optimizing immune function
- promoting healthy digestion and gut flora
- balancing hormones
- detoxifying the body
This ground-breaking publication outlines many practical examples and strategies for implementing nutritional change on a daily basis. It also serves to decode otherwise complex information on nutritional supplements, helpful lab testing, and inexpensive home treatments.
Dr. Nicola McFadzean takes a comprehensive approach to treating Lyme disease with patients all over the world, based out of her San Diego practice RestorMedicine. With this invaluable book, she shares the wisdom, insight, and solutions that have been, until now, exclusive to her in-office patients.
Dr. McFadzean’s book is refreshing and unique. It provides sound, thoroughly researched information presented in a clean and cogent format. The Lyme Diet will become an essential tool for Lyme practitioners and patients alike.
Steven Harris, MD. Redwood City, CA.
I have been treating people with Lyme and coinfections since 1997. People who have suffered for many years recover best when they utilize a comprehensive approach, especially one that includes optimal nutrition.
This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about recovering from chronic illness. The reader will surely benefit from Dr. McFadzean’s comprehensive collation of wisdom in a user-friendly format.
Therese Yang, MD. Santee, CA.
The Lyme Diet is packed with hundreds of ideas about how to forge a multi-
pronged attack on Lyme disease. It provides practical suggestions about how to
switch to a diet that will support the body’s natural healing systems and
incorporate food as part of the treatment plan. It is filled with creative ideas that
make embracing healthy eating a pleasure. Dr. Nicola gives detailed information
on which foods and beverages to choose and which to avoid. She includes lists
throughout the book, making shopping for groceries and purchasing supplements
easy with these time-saving tools.
The book covers anti-inflammatory foods, gluten-free foods, foods low in
mercury, and foods low on the glycemic index. Dr. Nicola explains why eliminating
dairy products and foods containing sugar is essential. She includes tips that
make what could otherwise be a daunting task easily manageable. An enormous
amount of information is presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style,
leading the reader to feel that the author is right in the room, acting as his or her
own personal advisor. Because The Lyme Diet is based on Dr. Nicola’s clinical
experience, gathered over years of caring for Lyme patients, it contains a great
deal of information which isn’t available elsewhere. This is a book that Lyme
patients, those preparing meals for Lyme patients, and those treating Lyme
patients should read from cover to cover and keep close at hand for future
Elizabeth L. Allen, J.D., Encinitas, CA.
This books strength lies in its ability to lovingly and candidly assist Lyme disease patients with a step by step guide on how to implement crucial nutritional changes that are imperative for those of us fighting this horrible and complicated disease. As a Lyme sufferer myself; who was misdiagnosed for 9 years, I had no choice but to turn to nutrition for at least some of the answers. I can genuinely attest to the fact that, had it not been for a proactive decision to research and implement nutritional changes, I would probably not be here today. Lyme disease creates havoc in our bodies, ranging from severe nutritional and hormonal imbalances to possible organ failure. Dr. McFadzean has beautifully used her expertise to compile this easy to read and easy to follow guide on how to better supplement, support, and nourish the body as a whole when fighting this difficult battle. “Natural and Nutritional Healing Strategies for Lyme Disease offers patients the information on needed resources, drug & supplement interactions, treatment options, lab and testing facilities, we are so often scrambling for. This book is comprehensive, and abundant with detailed information that will make a difference in your journey towards health. Best of all, it is a book that is encouraging to those of us who need it the most. It gives us the power to become educated and equips us to be active participants in the nutritional choices that we need to make. I wish this book had been available years back; it would have made my long and arduous journey an easier one. Thank you Dr. Mcfadzean, you are a lifeline in an otherwise dismal quest for answers to those of us who suffer from Lyme disease.
Gisela Sallee, San Diego, CA.
This book is my bible. I’m battling lyme and my doctor suspects I’ve had it for 15 years or so. I’m 32, feel like my body and mind is that of a 90 year old which is quite frustrating given that I was and was an active, energetic, driven, light hearted teenager and even into my early 20′s.
This book has been informative, inspirational, and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you a million times over for this book, simply adding a protein shake in the morning has made a world of difference in my diet. Without this book, I wouldn’t have known where to begin with the gluten free diet which I was planning on starting anyway but put it off b/c it was so daunting. I’m 99% gluten free for 3 weeks and it’s made such a difference, again, I can’t thank you enough. Simply amazing!
N.B., New Hampshire
Navigating the most appropriate diet for a Lyme disease patient can be difficult, but good nutrition is such a crucial part of any treatment regimen that it is well worth addressing. Food is incredibly important. It sustains us, nourishes us, and can heal us. Food is medicine. It should be one of the most important factors in your treatment program. In fact, you should begin thinking of every single thing you put in your mouth as medicine. Would you take an antibiotic or drug if you knew it was toxic, and you also knew it would have no beneficial effect on your Lyme disease? Probably not. So why eat low nutritional value, toxic foods that have the potential to harm you and add absolutely no benefit to your body except for additional calories?
It is futile to spend copious amounts of time and money on doctor visits, medications, supplements and other treatments only to neglect the quality of foods you put into your body. Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, many people just do not know what the optimal diet is for them. With Lyme-brain, it is almost impossible to wade through the plethora of available diets and information without becoming overwhelmed. I understand this, and it is the purpose of this book to make it easier for you.
I believe that the body has an incredible power of self-healing. It knows what it needs to heal – sometimes we just need to get out of the way! To heal, you must remove the obstacles to healing. In a nutritional sense, that means taking away the foods that bring the body down and supplying it with healthy vibrant raw materials that it can use to produce strong immune cells, healthy neurons and strong muscle fibers.
Our bodies crave what we give them. If we feed ourselves junk foods that are highly processed and high in fats and sugars, then our bodies become adjusted to that, and that is what they will crave. Once we start feeding ourselves healthy foods, however, our bodies start remembering how great that feels, and the positive reinforcement cycle begins. We find ourselves craving healthier foods, saying no to desserts simply because we do not feel like them, reducing our intake of coffee and alcohol, and generally making smarter food choices.
If you feel that you are stuck in the cycle of unhealthy eating, sugar cravings, or compulsive eating, please know that these can be overcome. You are not trapped forever. Focus on what is good for your body, not on what you cannot have. And if you must give in to cravings for your favorite food, make sure you go all out and get the best quality you can possibly find. Treat yourself to the very best and don’t let guilt seep in along the way. Tomorrow is a new day with new choices to make! And if you find yourself undereating because you simply feel too ill to eat, or your digestive system is ravaged by antibiotics, I hope you will find the healing foods outlined in this book can help you to overcome that hurdle.
Please remember that change is a process and one that occurs gradually. It would be easy to read this book and become quickly overwhelmed by all the information and recommendations it contains. This is not my intention. My intention is to give you plenty of information that you can reference in order to make gradual shifts in the way you eat. The Lyme Diet is not a “diet” in the restrictive, “fall off the wagon within a week” sense; it is a set of guidelines that can be adopted for life. Use this book as a resource that you can come back to again and again for reminders and new ideas.
I wish you all the best on your healing journey.
Nicola McFadzean, N.D.