Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance -- and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope

Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance -- and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope

by Donna Jackson Nakazawa, Douglas Kerr
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Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance -- and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Hailed by Mark Hyman, MD, as “a ray of light and hope” for autoimmune sufferers, this groundbreaking book provides research and solutions for those affected by autoimmune disorders including Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

In the first book of its kind, journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa examines nearly 100 debilitating autoimmune diseases—such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis—that cause the body to destroy itself, mistakenly attacking healthy cells as the immune system fights off bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. As Nakazawa share the vivid, heartbreaking stories, including her own, of people living with these mysterious, chronic, and often hard-to-diagnose illnesses, she explores the alarming and unexpected connection between this deadly crisis and the countless environmental triggers we’re exposed to every day: heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, viruses, chemicals in the foods we eat, and more.

With the help of leading experts, Nakazawa explores revolutionary preventions, treatments, and cures emerging around the world and offers practical advice for protecting your immune system and reducing your risk of autoimmune disease in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416564379
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 596,544
File size: 480 KB

About the Author

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist, public speaker, and author of The Last Best Cure, in which she chronicled her yearlong journey to health, and The Autoimmune Epidemic, an investigation into the reasons behind today’s rising rates of autoimmune diseases. She is also a contributor to the Andrew Weil Integrative Medicine Library book Integrative Gastroenterology. Ms. Nakazawa lectures nationwide. Learn more at

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Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance -- and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scientific books written by writers rather than scientists tend to be a bit more dramatic and a bit less factual. Usually this adds to the readability and is not necessarily a horrible thing. Unfortunately this book is missing the scientific detail AND is badly written. There are some sections that flow nicely and are well researched, but there are also sections that are repetitive and downright annoying in addition to being partial and biased. I used to work with a guy who would constantly have conversations like this: Him: "Those people were so stupid that they would do this, blah blah, on and on..." Me: "Wow that IS stupid" Him: "Well not really." Arrrgh. That is what this book does. "The idea was revolutionary... Well, not really. We knew all along. It doesn't always do it right away so your mind is constantly going, "What? Didn't you just...?" For example there is something to this effect on page 127: "Ironically, the scientists who found that a virus might cause lupus weren't even looking to make that connection." Less than 2 pages later: "They were engaged in exceedingly meticulous work trying to isolate potential triggers for lupus." What? Ironically they found that a virus might cause lupus when they were just trying to find potential triggers? Say whaaaa? How is that ironic? Then there is the downright insulting. "We use mice to test on 'cause we can't very well test on humans." This is explained not once, but twice in the text! Seriously? Are we in kindergarten? The book is also full of perfectly valid explanations of a topic followed by a ridiculous simile. "It's like a soldier who..." The repetition also drove me crazy; sometimes using the exact same words two pages later. I felt like I had put my bookmark back in the wrong spot. Then there is the obvious bias. Something like this on page 161: I asked one scientist (ONE!) this loaded question that I already knew what I wanted to hear and here is what she said! Or page 237: wash your vegetables because there were 24 outbreaks with leafy greens between 1996 and 2006. - Well, washing may be good practice, but 20 of those 24 were Ecoli and some experts said that washing wouldn't help. Some also say that the chlorinated baths that are given are sufficient if done correctly and rewashing may increase risk because consumers are not in sanitized conditions. The subject matter of this book is very interesting, and I would still recommend reading it, but instead of having a highly tuned scientific attitude that will get you very frustrated, read it as intended - as a novel.
ShropshireGal More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew a lot about the items that cause my auto-immune disease to flare. I also thought I knew a lot about the pesticides, food colorings, preservatives, etc. that are poisoning our environment and our bodies. This book is written by a woman who has suffered the effects of auto-immune disorders and has done an incredible job of researching possible, likely, and proven causative factors in the dysfunction of the immune system. And though the book does contain a lot of data, it is written in case study style using the stories of real people, which brings the data to life. A great book with great information that I plan to use to improve my own health.
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donna-b_57 More than 1 year ago
This author is an accomplished journalist/writer and suffers from autoimmune disease herself. What is compelling about her book is that, as a society, we have essentially been ignorant in terms of recognizing and identifying ubiquitous toxins in our environment that are contributing to and causing autoimmune disease. As consumers, we unwittingly constantly expose ourselves daily. Even physician specialists are very slow to understand and diagnose many of these conditions, as there is so much they have never learned or still do not know. Often, many symptoms are insidious, disappear then reappear. Sadly, the federal government is not yet up to speed in terms of budget or importance as well. Billions of research dollars are thrown at cancer, and identifying carcinogenic agents, and drugs to treat tumors, while some of those same and even more seemingly innocent chemicals or products are causing "autogenic" disease, and we are just now starting to wake up to that reality. Meanwhile, millions of people, mostly women, are suffering without a proper diagnosis or adequate treatment. Autoimmune disease is every bit as serious as cancer, as it directly impacts morbidity and mortality, and once the body begins attacking its own healthy cells, it often does not know how or when to stop. It is this aspect that makes autoimmune disease unique, because the body is forever "programmed" this way, so treatment may be possible, but never likely a cure.