During the fall I read several books on health that have made an impact on my thinking and my dietary choices. I may spread the reviews out during January and February because there is a lot of information in each one and I don’t want to overwhelm you with TMI: too much information.
Every doctor or health-minded practitioner who writes a book seems to come up with the newest and best program to be healthy, so if you do read any of the books, don’t make major changes until you speak with someone who knows your health concerns and can guide you. While I know my own body best, I usually check with my primary doctor, a D.O., for his input and opinion on something new I want to try in case there are contraindications that I am not aware exist.
Diet Wise: Toxic Foods are Common and Cause a Lot of Harm. Everyone is Different. Find Out Yours! by Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby MB, ChB, MD, PhD.
I would categorize this as a reference or resource book, because there is so much information that might need the help of a doctor or alternative health practitioner that I think calling it a self-help book would be misleading.
In the Introduction, the good doctor writes about toxic foods and the original detox diet. He claims that his years of “removing toxic foods from a person’s diet could cure a vast number of illness…” These include, but are not limited to: eczema, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, joint pains, low moods, panic attacks, general fatigue, etc. As you can see, the list of illnesses can be long and he claims that by designing what he calls a Custom Fit Diet, each person’s ailment(s) can be addressed with an individual program.
In his 21 chapters (plus five appendices) he describes in detail these topics and more by title: Basic Elimination Diet, Brain Allergies, Self Inventory, Testing for Allergies, Malabsorption/Leaky Gut, Fasting, and Cases,Cases, Cases. About halfway through the book he admits that his program might need the help and advice of someone who deals with allergies and food sensitivities, because there is a lot to absorb.Very true!
Because there is so much good information, I think this will stay on my reference book shelf rather than with my books of different diets. I can use the subject index to look up any number of ailments and receive helpful and interesting data. Actually, the five Appendices stand alone as a “booklet” reference that I can also use.
Because Dr. Scott-Mumby is a professor, and the book reads like a text, it could easily serve as a classroom guide for prospective health practitioners interested in alternative healing and elimination diets. There are also recipes in Appendix C that will help in making changes. I chose a soup recipe (below), since wintertime is soup time for me!
The book is published by Mother Whale, Inc. in Reno, NV. It is one of several of his books, most of which are related to food allergies. It costs $19.99 on Amazon, with used copies available for much less.
Leek and (Red) Lentil* Soup
4 oz./115 g red lentils, soaked overnight
6 oz./170 g chopped leeks
3 Tbl oil (I would use macadamia or coconut oil)
1 pint (2 cups or 570 ml) vegetable stock
Fresh Herbs of your choice
Boil lentils for at least one hour. Fry leeks in oil, in a heavy pan for 10 minutes. Drain lentils, then liquefy in a blender or food processor along with the leeks. Add to vegetable stock and season. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes. Garnish with chopped herbs.
My Notes: I have brown and black lentils in my pantry, but no red, which I will purchase on my next shopping trip, since I love lentils. Any changes I make in the recipe I will note when I post the photo. For example, I don’t think red lentils need one hour of cooking, especially if they are soaked the night before or even a few hours before cooking.