Friday, July 14, 2017

"Fighting Disease with Whole Food Nutrition" by S. Diane Barry

Fighting Disease with Whole Food Nutrition
by S. Diane Barry

Fighting Disease with Whole Food Nutrition by S. Diane Barry

Fighting Disease with Whole Food Nutrition by S. Diane Barry is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and my review. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

I was diagnosed with HIV in January 2005.
Over twelve years later, I’m healthy and doing well.
I don’t have AIDS. My numbers are great.
I did this without prescription medications.
By fighting HIV with whole food nutrition, herbs, spices, and healthy lifestyle choices.

There are many alternative therapies. I believe that food is the best medicine. Nothing outrageous but a healthy diet of fresh foods, full of nutrition, is a good start.
Herbs and spices offer medicinal qualities that science seeks to replicate and reproduce. I believe in Mother Nature and choose the most natural options I can afford. Many will argue about the cost of health foods, but I will argue about the cost of health care -a cost I do not have! I often have to remind myself I am HIV positive. I am undoubtedly healthier than most of the people I know. I take no prescription medications other than an occasional
muscle relaxer for neck pain. I even rely on a capsaicin or cayenne rub for topical use instead of taking a pill. I only use the medication as a last resort.
Prevention vs. cure is an excellent battle plan if you’re serious about living healthy.
There are many other things that may contribute to my body holding this virus at bay. I am not a cigarette smoker. I am a Vegetarian. I never was a clean freak, so I don’t use noxious chemicals to clean and pesticides are not my style.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
The author wrote this book as a result of her experiences after being diagnosed with HIV. She describes herself as "a Whole Foods Enthusiast!" She was already an advocate of natural remedies before she contracted HIV, and she credits this with her success in combating the disease. As the author states, "This is about so much more than HIV. It’s about treating yourself like you want to be alive before you get a 'diagnosis'." In other words, "Prevention vs. cure is an excellent battle plan if you’re serious about living healthy." She believes that "food is the best medicine" but openly admits that "I can’t give any 'expert medical advice' only anecdotal observations and stories about what has worked for me." Some of her recommended treatments include coconut oil, basil oil, Himalayan rock salt, probiotics, fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, mushrooms, exercise, sweating. She also includes some (really) basic soup recipes.
While the author's intentions are noble, this book is poorly written, rambling, and repetitive. It contains numerous editing errors and is in need of some structure. The author makes sweeping statements with no evidence to back them up, and she includes a list of healthy foods to eat but doesn't tell us why. What she does do is reference some helpful books to read. She states, "I could wait a few more years to write this book, a few more months and proofread it over and over again, add more detail... but the other books you need are already out there." So my question is: why bother reading this book at all?

About the Author
It's 2017 and 12 years after my HIV diagnosis I am still healthy and on no prescription meds for HIV.
I wrote Fighting Disease with Whole Food Nutrition to start a discussion about healthy choices that save lives. Because no one seems to care about that. Not the doctors or specialists, or anyone I tried to contact to expand on why I am so healthy despite being HIV positive.
The answer is food. Real food. Not processed, microwaved, filled with preservatives and chemically created vitamins food. Real, whole, fresh food.
You are what you eat. Eat healthy to be healthy.