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Focuses on inflammation, the most important underlying factor in health and disease. This book shows us how the antioxidant vitamins E and C, modifying lifestyle factors, food and nutritional supplements, and nutraceuticals can be useful in reducing the risks of inflammatory disorders.


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Focuses on inflammation, the most important underlying factor in health and disease. This book shows us how the antioxidant vitamins E and C, modifying lifestyle factors, food and nutritional supplements, and nutraceuticals can be useful in reducing the risks of inflammatory disorders.

30 review for The Inflammation Syndrome: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies, and Asthma

  1. 5 out of 5

    William Lawrence

    As soon as this guy said with such certainty and absolutely no cited references that the paleolithic diet was mostly animal fats, I knew this entire book was bogus. Challem's opinions on the origins of our diet are wildy in contrast to peer reviewed work in the fields of paleontology and anthropology. 1.) They did not all or even mostly animals. 2.) We have no access to the true foods they ate and they had no access to the foods we now choose from. 3.) Even if this guy's opinions were true, do y As soon as this guy said with such certainty and absolutely no cited references that the paleolithic diet was mostly animal fats, I knew this entire book was bogus. Challem's opinions on the origins of our diet are wildy in contrast to peer reviewed work in the fields of paleontology and anthropology. 1.) They did not all or even mostly animals. 2.) We have no access to the true foods they ate and they had no access to the foods we now choose from. 3.) Even if this guy's opinions were true, do you really want to follow a group of people whose lifespan was under 30 years old? His opinions on diet are wildly in contract to reports from researchers in the fields of medicine and nutrition. He demonizes potatoes and tomatoes, which have been shown to be two of the healthiest foods in study after study. I was sad to find that this author passed away last year at just 66 from cancer, but that doesn't change how much I abhor the dishonest and dangerous advice he gave in this book. His book on sugar was a bit more realistic, but to call this "science-based reporting" is disingenuous. He was not a medical doctor, nor did he have a doctorate in any field, and he was not reporting any peer reviewed scientific studies.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noor Saadeh

    This is a very good read on the subject. Clear, concise explanation of why we're hurting and ways to reduce inflammation and allergies. Lots of books on this subject but the author is very straight forward and clear. This is a very good read on the subject. Clear, concise explanation of why we're hurting and ways to reduce inflammation and allergies. Lots of books on this subject but the author is very straight forward and clear.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hawkins

    I started this book in November 2017, got to about 30 pages left, and then never finished it. I recently saw it on my shelf and decided to finally finish it. It honestly wasn't that great. I enjoy reading books on nutrition, food, and health, and was excited about the idea here, but it wasn't executed well. Some of it was practical--like his 14 steps against inflammation--but even that was pretty typical. More could be said, but it simply wasn't that good of a book. I didn't highlight much at al I started this book in November 2017, got to about 30 pages left, and then never finished it. I recently saw it on my shelf and decided to finally finish it. It honestly wasn't that great. I enjoy reading books on nutrition, food, and health, and was excited about the idea here, but it wasn't executed well. Some of it was practical--like his 14 steps against inflammation--but even that was pretty typical. More could be said, but it simply wasn't that good of a book. I didn't highlight much at all--which is rare for me! I'm sure there's much better books on inflammation, and there's certainly better books on nutrition and health. It is interesting, on Amazon this got good reviews, but it looks like Goodreads is a more reliable source here, as this book is averaging 3.5 stars here. That seems more accurate.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This was a very informative (if repetitive)book written by a nutritionist whose main goal is to explain how to combat inflammation that is a cause for a whole host of illnesses. His information was compelling. I was a little uncomfortable with the fact that he is not a doctor, but he did steep his explanations with science. Aside from changes in diet, a main focus is nutrition supplements. He names a host of them with explanations of how they promote health. My only concern is, can you combine a This was a very informative (if repetitive)book written by a nutritionist whose main goal is to explain how to combat inflammation that is a cause for a whole host of illnesses. His information was compelling. I was a little uncomfortable with the fact that he is not a doctor, but he did steep his explanations with science. Aside from changes in diet, a main focus is nutrition supplements. He names a host of them with explanations of how they promote health. My only concern is, can you combine all of them or are there interactions? He didn't address that. I used the Web Md website to see about how long or in what combination of supplements can be used. The most valuable piece of information was the naming of specific supplementary brands. I went out and bought some of them and am planning to follow a regimen in the hopes of being healthier and helping my husband's inflammation symptoms. I recommend this book as a guide to supplements and understanding the nature of inflammation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    One of the many books I have been reading about inflammatory diseases (arthritis, allergies, cancer, autoimmune disease, and inflammatory bowel disease). It's shocking how closely related these things are... One of the many books I have been reading about inflammatory diseases (arthritis, allergies, cancer, autoimmune disease, and inflammatory bowel disease). It's shocking how closely related these things are...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Blane

    This book was quite helpful. The author was very good at making the connection between inflammation and the diseases that he discussed, and he gave brand names for supplements that can help with the conditions. Even when I could not find the supplements, knowing the names of the ingredients enabled me to find a similar supplement. I have discovered, for instance, that Costco has quite a few supplements that are vegetarian. This is important to me. I do recommend this book to anyone that is strug This book was quite helpful. The author was very good at making the connection between inflammation and the diseases that he discussed, and he gave brand names for supplements that can help with the conditions. Even when I could not find the supplements, knowing the names of the ingredients enabled me to find a similar supplement. I have discovered, for instance, that Costco has quite a few supplements that are vegetarian. This is important to me. I do recommend this book to anyone that is struggling with health issues, or knows someone who is.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Joseph

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Ajinkya Jadhav

    Good primer for someone starting out on the journey to a better long-term health by making subtle diet changes. Gets jargon-y at times n fairly academic, but should be on the to-do list at least as a one time read !

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed

    Informative I like the book, quite informative. Would've been better if the author gave more about supplements recomended dosage in one table (it was all over the place). Informative I like the book, quite informative. Would've been better if the author gave more about supplements recomended dosage in one table (it was all over the place).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Very well researched, with a long bibliography. This book doesn't include many recipes, so look for those in other books. Very well researched, with a long bibliography. This book doesn't include many recipes, so look for those in other books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Useful, but I fond this quite hard to stick to as have multiple chronic conditions, so one would be stable, but another would not.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel B

    This book was disappointing. There were many typos, which is frustrating in any type of book, but especially disconcerting when the book is on a scientific subject like this one. I also did not appreciate that the author kept referring to the evolution theory as fact, with no references cited. If you're going to claim that you know the earth is millions of years old, and you know everything about people who lived tens of thousands of years ago, you had better have some solid evidence to back up y This book was disappointing. There were many typos, which is frustrating in any type of book, but especially disconcerting when the book is on a scientific subject like this one. I also did not appreciate that the author kept referring to the evolution theory as fact, with no references cited. If you're going to claim that you know the earth is millions of years old, and you know everything about people who lived tens of thousands of years ago, you had better have some solid evidence to back up your preposterous claims. The evolution theory is just that... a theory. The reading itself is fairly dry - it reads like a very boring textbook. I enjoyed the bios of various individuals' "before and after", but each story did seem to be a case of the individual changing everything - all aspects of diet, lifestyle, instead of just the one aspect that is credited (in one chapter, it may have been fish oil, in another, Vitamin E). I would say the main point of this book and the recommended diet is simply "Eat healthily", and this particular author believes that to mean, "Eat paleo". The one work he does refer to many times is The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain. My suggestion would be to skip The Inflammation Syndrome. If you're interested in eating Paleo, go straight to the source and read Cordain's book, since obviously Challem got most of his ideas there anyhow. I haven't read it myself, though, so I can't vouch for the readability. If you're simply wanting to read a book about eating healthily, I really like Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck. This book is very informative, but also very lay-person friendly.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    My version doesn't say AARP but the rest of the title is the same, so just assuming I read a book for older people, but hey I feel old so who knows! Anyways, the AI diet is basically only eating the things that God created (more or less, you know - no processed food that doesn't look like its natural form). So it's all good in theory but will be really hard to practice I think. I am going to try it for the 14 days like suggested but I am not sure I can permanently live without normal bread and s My version doesn't say AARP but the rest of the title is the same, so just assuming I read a book for older people, but hey I feel old so who knows! Anyways, the AI diet is basically only eating the things that God created (more or less, you know - no processed food that doesn't look like its natural form). So it's all good in theory but will be really hard to practice I think. I am going to try it for the 14 days like suggested but I am not sure I can permanently live without normal bread and sugar (like for coffee even? Hmmm.) But if I do feel better then I will be more apt to make a permanent change. I do like his suggestions on herbs and since my bloodwork came back positive for infammatory something or other (they don't know what still) I am willing to try it! I also suffer from many of the symptoms mentioned in the book. I do like all the suggestions he gives on herbs and alternative supplements too. I do have to say I didn't read the entire book, I skimmed the parts that explain the "whys" because I am not really interested in why my body needs DHA. I'm sure that's bad of me and maybe when I get a chance I will go back and read more thoroughly. If it works, I will give it 5 stars for sure!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A bit too technical/doctor-speak for my liking, this book was pretty much a much more in-depth look at what I previously read in "Anti-Inflammation Diet for Dummies." Mr. Challem's diet varies slightly from the Dummies version in that it follows more of the Paleolithic caveman diet that has become so popular lately. I get that organic is healthier for you, but it is also more expensive and with the cost of grocery products rising every day, it is sometimes hard to justify the cost. Also as much A bit too technical/doctor-speak for my liking, this book was pretty much a much more in-depth look at what I previously read in "Anti-Inflammation Diet for Dummies." Mr. Challem's diet varies slightly from the Dummies version in that it follows more of the Paleolithic caveman diet that has become so popular lately. I get that organic is healthier for you, but it is also more expensive and with the cost of grocery products rising every day, it is sometimes hard to justify the cost. Also as much as I like fruit and veg, I don't see myself getting 5-10 servings per day. Other than a couple good recipes, the only other good thing I got out of this was the section on fish oils improve mood, which detailed how "omega-3 fish oil supplements were helpful in treating depression, reducing impulsive behavior and hostility, and those that take it are less likely to develop cognitive problems and Alzheimer's disease." 2 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Cullinan

    I enjoyed this more in the beginning than the end. I appreciated being educated on the potentially inflammatory foods, but midway in the book became less about education and more about the particular way the author believes we all should eat. Which seems to be the way of most of these kinds of books: they eventually turn into Join My Religion. It also becomes far too restrictive. If I hadn't known so much already on my own, I would have walked away from this book feeling discouraged and frustrat I enjoyed this more in the beginning than the end. I appreciated being educated on the potentially inflammatory foods, but midway in the book became less about education and more about the particular way the author believes we all should eat. Which seems to be the way of most of these kinds of books: they eventually turn into Join My Religion. It also becomes far too restrictive. If I hadn't known so much already on my own, I would have walked away from this book feeling discouraged and frustrated, that I couldn't do what the author suggested. Taken with a grain of salt, it's a very helpful book. But everyone choosing to eat for health issues should do their own research and use the kind of diet modification which helps them the most. Especially when it comes to how much alteration one should do and what kind and when.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susanna

    I bought this book because I've been testing positive for inflammation for years with the (ultrasensitive) Protein C Reactive test. For the past six months there was a big jump and the doctor's only advice is to lose weight (which makes sense), followed by a shrug. I did my first research on the internet and bought nutritional supplements, which actually match all the ones the author suggests. So I don't feel it was necessary for me to have read this book, as I learned nothing new. Perhaps docto I bought this book because I've been testing positive for inflammation for years with the (ultrasensitive) Protein C Reactive test. For the past six months there was a big jump and the doctor's only advice is to lose weight (which makes sense), followed by a shrug. I did my first research on the internet and bought nutritional supplements, which actually match all the ones the author suggests. So I don't feel it was necessary for me to have read this book, as I learned nothing new. Perhaps doctors should read it though - if they ask for the test they should know what it is for, and what to do when levels are high. I'll get tested again in two to three months and see if the vitamins and supplements combined with diet and lifestyle changes worked.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book includes some pretty loose science (e.g. it works on viruses, so it might work in people) and treats associations with results as if they were causative. The author also repeatedly cites one particular pricey manufacturer of supplements, making one quite suspicious about product placement contributions. He also cites pretty much the same supplements for everything that ails you, so the content of the book could be realistically condensed into a single page (or truly, even just one sente This book includes some pretty loose science (e.g. it works on viruses, so it might work in people) and treats associations with results as if they were causative. The author also repeatedly cites one particular pricey manufacturer of supplements, making one quite suspicious about product placement contributions. He also cites pretty much the same supplements for everything that ails you, so the content of the book could be realistically condensed into a single page (or truly, even just one sentence: "Eat real and varied low-glycemic foods and take the following supplements: omega 3, GLAs, pycnogenol and so on..." I read the entire book, and there is very little difference in advice for specific problems. Not worth the money; fortunately for me this was a library loan.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Junk. I'm supposed to get all my protein from animal sources??!! Nothing on the roles of stress, exercise, sleep, exhaustion. Only a little on the role of infection. Food-scare tactics - all these diseases are supposedly caused by unknown food allergies or food addictions to healthy foods (is that really true? I could be allergic and addicted to foods like paneer tikka masala that I crave and consume once every two months!) I love tomatoes but might only have them a few times per month, it's cal Junk. I'm supposed to get all my protein from animal sources??!! Nothing on the roles of stress, exercise, sleep, exhaustion. Only a little on the role of infection. Food-scare tactics - all these diseases are supposedly caused by unknown food allergies or food addictions to healthy foods (is that really true? I could be allergic and addicted to foods like paneer tikka masala that I crave and consume once every two months!) I love tomatoes but might only have them a few times per month, it's called a VARIED DIET which he never mentions. And he's not a DR. So he can only "prescribe" expensive herbal supplements.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah T.

    Challem does a succinct job of outlining how the foods we eat (or rather, do not eat) can affect our body's ability to regulate inflammation. The first chunk of the book reads like a fast-forward version of Omnivore's Dilemma, esp. the section on corn (ha ha). As for the recipes at the end, eh, they seem kind of dull but still, serve as good jumpstarts for your culinary creative juices! Challem does a succinct job of outlining how the foods we eat (or rather, do not eat) can affect our body's ability to regulate inflammation. The first chunk of the book reads like a fast-forward version of Omnivore's Dilemma, esp. the section on corn (ha ha). As for the recipes at the end, eh, they seem kind of dull but still, serve as good jumpstarts for your culinary creative juices!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    It's a good, basic book talking about inflammation in the body. I like that Challem includes information about the effects of not only diet but also pharmaceutical meds. He also discusses various diseases in relation to inflammation. Overall a good overview with practical information. He also includes a few recipes. It's a good, basic book talking about inflammation in the body. I like that Challem includes information about the effects of not only diet but also pharmaceutical meds. He also discusses various diseases in relation to inflammation. Overall a good overview with practical information. He also includes a few recipes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Ford

    decent advice overall on basic nutrition but loses credibility being too quick to recommend a lot of supplements and for mentioning homopathy in a case study without noting that it is junk..also don't trust tendency to blame inflammation on food allergies or claim that inflammation as the root cause of so many health issues decent advice overall on basic nutrition but loses credibility being too quick to recommend a lot of supplements and for mentioning homopathy in a case study without noting that it is junk..also don't trust tendency to blame inflammation on food allergies or claim that inflammation as the root cause of so many health issues

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane C.

    This book gave me much food for thought in my increasing mindfulness to eat in a non-inflammatory way. Paints things with a broad brush now and then, but over all very good. A powerful indictment of "value added" foods and sugary ones and how they are making us very sick, costing our health care system billions. This book gave me much food for thought in my increasing mindfulness to eat in a non-inflammatory way. Paints things with a broad brush now and then, but over all very good. A powerful indictment of "value added" foods and sugary ones and how they are making us very sick, costing our health care system billions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Very insightful topic. Provides a lot of knowledge and is easy to read and understand. The food lists were specifically helpful. Foods I thought were healthy can cause inflammation. I started the supplement from Carlson Labs he recommends, Inflammation Balance. I have also tweaked my diet and I believe I am starting to reap the benefits. I lost 4 lbs just be making a few minor changes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laurla2

    one example says we get too much omega 6 and nowhere near enough omega 3 in our diet, and that pasture fed beef and bison have 7 times as much omega 3 as grain fed and grain finished beef and bison. interesting idea, but a rather dry read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Interesting read. The author backs up a lot of his findings on personal stories, which are interesting but not that compelling. I think there is a lot of truth in what the author says about the link between inflammation and diet, but I think he takes it to an extreme in some parts.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky Morlok

    This book, while helpful was extremely detailed and 'left me' at times....But is is thorough. I breeezed through a lot of it - liked the recipes and learned that tomatoes and eggplant are NOT good for me! BOO! This book, while helpful was extremely detailed and 'left me' at times....But is is thorough. I breeezed through a lot of it - liked the recipes and learned that tomatoes and eggplant are NOT good for me! BOO!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    I liked how this book made me think about nutrition as a preventative way to combat disease. I am so use to thinking we are sick, let's go to the doctor. Now I think, what am I cooking for my family? What things can I add to our diet that will give maximum benefit. I liked how this book made me think about nutrition as a preventative way to combat disease. I am so use to thinking we are sick, let's go to the doctor. Now I think, what am I cooking for my family? What things can I add to our diet that will give maximum benefit.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebeccameder

    I'm a library borrower, but this book is one I think is worth buying. I'll get one both for myself, so I can keep referring back, and probably one for my parents and siblings as well. I think we all have different conditions that could be helped by following this anti inflammation plan. I'm a library borrower, but this book is one I think is worth buying. I'll get one both for myself, so I can keep referring back, and probably one for my parents and siblings as well. I think we all have different conditions that could be helped by following this anti inflammation plan.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David

    Challem describes the negative impact refined carbs have with regards to chronic inflammation and the resulting health issues. I'm a big fan of preventative medicine and this book does a nice job explaining which foods help and which hinder our pursuit of good health. Challem describes the negative impact refined carbs have with regards to chronic inflammation and the resulting health issues. I'm a big fan of preventative medicine and this book does a nice job explaining which foods help and which hinder our pursuit of good health.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Cerda

    2 stars because this is not the most readable book, nor is it the most scientific. In fact, this is a nutritional program that makes great sense, but I had to read about the science behind these theories in another publication. Useful, but not great.

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