I love this book! The ‘before and after rheumatoid arthritis’ pictures are inspiring. The book is easy to read, has solid information, and details the effort involved and payoffs for each section. It effectively combines the author's personal story of success using the methods she covers and her extensive study of relevant scientific research. Her gift to us is her ability to distill all this into a form that is accessible. While this is not about an easy cure, it is about methods that will give huge rewards for the effort involved.
This book covers a group of methods that help eliminate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other medical conditions linked to food-related problems. These conditions include diabetes, overweight, depression, hay fever, irritable bowel syndrome, learning disorders, eczema and premenstrual syndrome.
Friends and relatives reading this book may find the chapter on exercise provides them with new incentives to begin or keep moving. Another of the things I love about this book is the broad range of topics. For instance, medical research about how foods are absorbed into the bloodstream sits next to information about how to use meditation to reduce pain. There's even a whole section about making foods that are safe, tasty and similar in texture to favorites by using modifications and substitutions for ingredients that are problematic.
As the friend of several people who have rheumatoid arthritis and other food-related problems, I appreciate and highly recommend this book.
St. Louis, MO
This book is the best book I have ever read about arthritis. I know the author and I knew her before she was "cured" and after so I know what an amazing change she was able to make in her life. I have mild arthritis and have found her advice more helpful than anything a doctor ever told me. This book can really change your life if you have arthritis.
St. Louis, MO
Barbara's personal and passionate commitment to understanding her self and her illness and the rich personal exploration she undertook is a living example to the potency we each contain to healing in a personal way. Her book safely opens many avenues of healthy practices to explore in our search for deeper health and wholeness. This book is a masterpiece.
Jocelyne Leyton, R.P.P.
Cranial sacral therapist
is a phenomenal book. I have recommended it to numerous patients who have chronic pain
. People who are experiencing fibromyalgia
benefit greatly from the book, especially from the chapters on leaking gut, food intolerances, and trigger point therapy. This is a must read
for anyone who is ready to take charge of their health and their lives.
Sharon K. Hepburn
Physical Therapist, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist
I am a certified health supportive chef and I cook for people who have health challenges such as food sensitivities and chronic pain syndromes. Barbara's book, Conquering Arthritis, provides me with great guidance in advising, menu-planning, shopping and cooking for my clients.
As I read Barbara's book, a light came on: I realized that some of my own health challenges are probably related to food sensitivities and other conditions that generated these sensitivities. Barbara's book set me on a profound path of healing and has lead me to collaborate with physicians who are 'on the same page'---there's great reason to be hopeful that I will become the healthiest I've ever been in my life!
Wow! Finally the lighthouse to true healing!
This is a real life guide to self healing and empowerment!
Barbara Allan shows you how to take control of your own health and healing and become responsible for you own health! I love this book and I love this woman! She's the real thing. This book is inspiring! It shows us how to be courageous enough to commit to our own health. One will find balance, energy and relief from pain, and most of all the inner confidence that we can heal our own bodies! This is a gem of a book. It's wisdom, priceless.
Mother and teacher
I have had ankylosing spondylitis (an auto-immune form of arthritis somewhat different than the author's) for 25 years and have spent the last 15 years exploring a variety of alternative healing modalities to deal with arthritis pain. Through my own exploration and dedication to healing, I have been able to manage my pain without prescription drugs for most of that time, yet the arthritis has continued to define much of the circumstances of my life. I read Allan's book 6 months ago at the suggestion of a friend and have been amazed to find how much I have learned despite my own extensive explorations in this arena. This book has helped me take my healing to a new level, assisting me with defining key triggers and inspiring me toward a new vision of health.
What impresses me most is that my own arthritis is different enough from Allan's that her techniques do not apply directly to my situation--and yet the example of her experience has provided me with crucial insights that have helped me discover my own answers. What Allan has discovered (and documented superbly) about food sensitivities is applicable to my own sensitivities to such factors as stress and relational dynamics. Furthermore, while the fasting process did not serve to identify food sensitivities in my case, it deepened my understanding of my body and the healing process in significant ways.
Chronic pain, by its nature, becomes something we too often learn to adapt to and live with, something we begin to define as normal. After a bad bout with my arthritis, it is always amazing to me to rediscover the freedom of being pain free and the joy of moving my body with flexibility and grace. Allan's book provides the knowledge, approach, and vision to turn the tide so that such moments come ever more strongly into being. She takes the chronic out of pain, reminding us that it is the nature of life to change and it is the nature of humans to rise to the challenge.
Ann Arbor, MI
This is a highly inspirational, impeccably well-researched and remarkably informational book that is chock-full of great advice, insight and perspective. The author's commitment to creating a thorough and easy-to-understand resource is apparent on every page. The text does get pretty dry in places, but the payoff is that there's just so much "meat" in here for readers--This book definitely delivers what it promises.
Excerpt from an anonymous Writer's Digest review
Here is a concise yet detailed approach to empowering your own body to step out of the arthritic syndrome into one of wellness and health. A guide to know your own body, its wants and needs filled so that it can support you in a manner you would like.
Morristown, Arizona, USA
I wanted to tell everyone that this book is the genuine article! I have witnessed the author's illness and recovery. I met Barbara when she came to our lab as a graduate student to work on her PhD. I saw all the misery she went through when she was hit so hard with the pain of arthritis. I didn't know what to tell her when her doctor told her that her pain was all in her head and that she needed to get over it. I saw her getting so bad that she had to use a wheelchair. I was there when she had to leave graduate school short of her PhD because she couldn't even hold a pipette in her hand anymore. And then I saw her start to get better and better. I was totally amazed the day I saw her running in Tower Grove Park. It has been a hard but wondrous journey for her. I wish her all success with her book and hope that she can help others as well as she has helped herself.
Research Technician in Sally Elgin's lab at Washington University in St. Louis