Book Review – The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

By Cindy Kennedy | Gluten-free Articles

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Everyone who has been diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease needs to read this book.


Sarah has provided the most in-depth explanation of how our immune system functions that I have ever seen outside of a medical textbook.

In order to take charge of your health and begin your journey to healing, you must first have a comprehensive understanding of what is going on in your body and why.

Unfortunately, mainstream medicine generally treats autoimmune disease symptomatically – targeting the organ under attack rather than the immune system itself that is driving the illness. People with Hashimoto’s are told they have a thyroid problem, those with MS are told it’s a neurological disease. The reality however, is that they have a dysfunctional immune system.

Sarah has written the book in two parts. Part 1 takes you step by step through the various components of the immune system and how they work together to protect you and also how things go awry as in the case of autoimmune disease. In the second part, she goes through the impact that not only food, but also lifestyle have upon your body.“

But with autoimmune disease, the body accidentally creates antibodies tht identify not only foreign proteins as targets but also the body’s own proteins: these are called autoantibodies (i.e., antibodies that recognize self). This mistaken identity is called cross-reactivity or molecular mimicry. The formation of autoantibodies is the first critical step in the development of autoimmune disease.” ~ The Paleo Approach, Sarah Ballantyne, PhD

What I like most about The Paleo Approach is its holistic approach – looking after all aspects of your being. It’s not about just popping a pill, or eating the latest superfood, it’s about nourishing your body mentally, physically and emotionally. Taking charge of stress, getting enough – but not too much exercise, eliminating trigger foods while maximising nutrient density of what you do eat.

Unlike many other authors advocating healing “diets”, Sarah is not pushing a line of supplements, and actively encourages you to work with your healthcare practitioner rather than self-prescribing and running the risk of taking nutritional supplements or herbal extracts without understanding their full effects.Most of all, it puts YOU, the very person living with autoimmune disease back in the driver’s seat on your healing journey. Not your doctor, YOU. You don’t need to be “fixed”, you have the power to heal within you.You can get a copy of Sarah Ballantyne’s The Paleo Approach in both ebook and hardcover from Amazon.

Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. is the creator of the award-winning online resource; cohost of the syndicated top-rated The Paleo View Podcast; and New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Approach, The Paleo Approach Cookbook, and The Healing Kitchen.Portrait of Sarah Ballantyne author of The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

Sarah Ballantyne The Paleo Approach

Sarah earned her doctorate degree in medical biophysics at the age of 26 and spent the next four years doing research on critical care medicine, innate immunity, gene therapy and cell biology, earning a variety of awards for research excellence along the way. Sarah’s transition from academic researcher to stay-at-home mom to award-winning and internationally-recognized health advocate and educator was driven by her own health journey, which included losing 120 pounds and using both diet and lifestyle to mitigate and reverse a dozen diagnosed health conditions.

As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. Sarah’s innate curiosity goes further than just understanding diet and she is also deeply interested in the impact of lifestyle factors like sleep, stress and activity. Her passion for scientific literacy and her talent for distilling scientific concepts into straightforward and accessible explanations form the foundation of her work and her dedication to improving public health.


About the Author

Cindy Kennedy is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Herbalist who lives and breathes Hashimoto’s on a personal and professional level. Her true passion lies in turning gluten and dairy-free living from a restricted diet into a delicious and abundant family-friendly lifestyle.