in every medical school and by every health practitioner . It all starts with preventing inflammation , and prevention starts in the gut .
“ Excess inflammation pulls on your chain , and wherever the weak link in your health chain is , that ’ s where tissue damage will occur .” Inflammation is not bad per se ; it ’ s the body ’ s repair and protection response , but it can get out of control when the body is overwhelmed by constant stress and nutritional and environmental toxins . Dr . O ’ Bryan , an expert on metabolic disorders and autoimmunity , zeros in on the role of wheat sensitivity , insulin resistance and dairy intolerances in particular . Gluten , sugar and dairy are the first three suspects to eliminate in addressing leaky gut syndrome , although you may have other sensitivities . Just how the reaction to these proteins can manifest as many different autoimmune diseases is explained in fascinating detail . It is a sad commentary on modern agricultural practices that foods that used to be the staff of life and builders of healthy teeth and bones have been rendered toxic by factory farming , and pesticide-laden agriculture .
The good news is that Dr . O ’ Bryan offers clear guidelines for identifying your personal potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities , how to eliminate the most likely offenders from your diet and environment , and how to rebuild your immune system and repair and rejuvenate your body . He provides detailed lists of foods to avoid , helpful supplements , and even recipes . Working with a good specialist and functional medicine would be ideal , of course , but if your medical advisors are not clued in , this book would be a great gift for both them and you .
No one has a greater stake in your health than you . With so many temptations around in social settings , in restaurants and supermarkets , it is challenging , to say the least , to avoid them . It really is a case of personal responsibility , but the information in this book should both scare and inspire you sufficiently to make your own health your priority , and give you the tools for success .
• Reviewed by Miriam Knight
Dr . Tom O ’ Bryan is a world expert on gluten and it ’ s impact on your health . He is an internationally recognized and sought after speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity , Celiac Disease , and the development of Autoimmune Diseases as they occur inside and outside of the intestines . He is the visionary behind BETRAYAL a docu-series about Autoimmune Disease . Considered the ‘ Sherlock Holmes ’ for chronic disease and metabolic disorders , he is a clinician par excellence in treating chronic disease and metabolic disorders from a Functional Medicine Perspective . He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences . He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases .