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Posted June 6, 2004
From my reviews page http://rosacea.ii.net/reviews.html Brady Barrow's rosacea diet has been around for a couple of years now. If you ever wanted to know what it was all about then hopefully this text will be of interest. So what do you actually get when you purchase a copy of the diet ? you get an outline of what foods are claimed to cause rosacea, and a suggested list of foods to eat. A couple of books are suggested as supporting information for the diet. Interestingly some dieting books, including an internationally well known diet is incompatible with the rosacea diet - being full of offending foods. The text contains a full listing of suggested foods to eat for 30 days. The remainder of the text of the diet is a curious collection of email exchanges from the diet's creator and people interested in trying it. Brady points out several times on his web site that his diet is hard to stick to. The foods that you are asked to give up won't kill you, but for sure it will take a significant amount of self control - especially for those used to a modern western diet. Brady is also clear in what he isn't saying. The diet is not claimed to be a cure. So given that it is difficult and not claimed to cure you, what does it have to offer you ? Many have commented on the diets author's desire to charge for the diet. One could say that people will only really value something that has some cost. This argument works for the rosacea-support group at large - many learned people have posted useful information to the group, but as it has come at no cost to list members, the value is missed. The alternate argument is that if you pay for something, you want it to work, and when you pay for it, your perceived rights suddenly expand. As the amount asked for is small I don't see this as a real issue. To take this point further, if you read the diet, and the pages of comments on the web site, it represents a couple of years of answering the same questions for the diet's author. Anyone who charges such a small fee, and sticks at it for a couple of years must really believe in what they are doing. I attempted to gain some feedback from anyone who has tried the diet. I collected 85 email addresses from the diet itself and the web site and asked them for any feedback. Given that the best possible result I could hope for would only amount to anecdotal evidence, I was interested in as much feedback as possible. Brady tells us that he has had more than 500 people try his diet. Although I have only tried 85 names, and over time email addresses spoil, it is at least a small sample from which to make some comments. From these 85 addresses I got 17 bounces, 1 said it made their skin awful, 6 never tried it in the end, 1 said it was too hard, 3 said it did nothing and 4 said that they had a good response and believe that the diet was what made the difference for them. Whilst the feedback was quite small the 4 good responses are an encouragement that for some the diet is worthwhile. Brady has recently created an email group at Yahoo! Groups relating to his diet. Another positive comment can be found [online.] Given that I haven't actually tried the diet (it would require an committment I'm not willing to give), and going by the handful of comments that it works for some really searching - it could have something to offer. Will it work for you ? Well if you are really keen and willing to stick it out then you have nothing to lose...
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Posted June 24, 2009
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