Book Review & Giveaway: Autoimmune The Cause and The Cure

1 in 31 people have an autoimmune disease.
75% of those affected are women(1).
Annesse Brockley was one of those women.

In 1992 Annesse’s health and life changed dramatically.  She went from full of energy to exhausted.  Soon new symptoms began to appear.  Eventually Annesse was given a diagnosis of Lupus.  In the years that followed Annesse was dedicated to eliminating the symptoms she was experiencing. Not just masking the symptoms with pharmaceuticals but eliminating them.  Annesse did exhaustive research and tried numerous herbal and natural remedies (including a rather disturbing sounding ‘beetle juice’) as she put the puzzle of her health together.

This puzzle is clearly written out in the book Autoimmune: The Cause and The Cure by Annesse Brockley and Kristin Urdiales.  Annesse teamed up with her daughter Kristin (who was a teenager when Annesse first became ill) to write this book.  When I first read this book I was totally amazed at the amount of research the authors put into it.  As I read and began to understand the causes of autoimmune disease and the correlation between these diseases and what Annesse and Kristin share as the cure it all made total sense.  From Annesse’s story in the book;

“After 10 long years of living with the worst lupus facial rash I had ever seen, one day I read something that would not only take the rash away, it would help me identify the cause of my disease and many other autoimmune diseases.
What I read was this: “The Chinese have made a connection between the face and the stomach.” That fasinated me; I had never tried working on my stomach to heal my facial rash.  I did some research and tried something I had never tried before.  Ten days later, the rash was gone.  It has never returned. It wasn’t a pill, or an herb, or supplement of any kind. It was a food. Nutrients in that food gave me my first real clue as to what causes this disease.”

Yes, that’s right. A food took the lupus rash away.  Finding this food was just the tip of the ice berg for Annesse.  This book is divided into two sections (after Annesse’s personal story) with a ton of details in each section.

The first section is The Discovery (the Cause part of the title).  Before reading this book I thought I had a fair amount of knowledge on nutrients and how our body responds to those nutrients. Truth is, I didn’t know very much!  One of the things that I knew was important but not just how important is B12. B12 plays a part in almost every cell in the body. B12 is sometimes called the ‘energy vitamin’ because of the way it works in the body.  If you are deficient in B12 you will probably lack energy. You may also have a whole host of other symptoms including dizziness, nervousness, diarrhea, nausea (and other GI symptoms), lightheadedness, hair loss, depression and many more. The correlation between being B12 deficient and autoimmune disease is amazing. The authors do a great job of showing this correlation with each disease.

Where do we get B12? Animal protein is the only dietary source of B12.  If animal protein is the source for B12 and B12 deficiency if common in autoimmune suffers than eating more meat should make the B12 go up, right? Not exactly. Another quote from the book.

“No amount of vitamin B12 will reverse the symptoms of autoimmune disease,  unless the mechanism your body has to absorb it is restored. The problem lies in the metabolism of B12, not just in the amount consumed. Absorption also depends on whether it is in natural or supplement form.”

Hmmm. That doesn’t sound good. If we need to increase our B12 to help alleviate the previous symptoms how can we make that happen?

That is where the second half of the book comes in– The Recovery (The Cure).

The recovery focuses on food as medicine.  The foods that will restore our bodies to absorb vitamins like B12 (and others).  Foods that will heal the gut.  Also of importance in the recovery is avoiding foods (and other items) that will destroy beneficial bacteria.  Those of you familiar with real/whole/traditional foods will most likely be quite familiar with the foods discussed in this book. Again, the authors give a huge amount of additional information and show studies backing up the information they are sharing.  I fully agree with this reviewer’s statement from the back cover;

“I truly encourage all physicians, autoimmune sufferers, and friends and family members of sufferers to read this book. The well documented research and evidence clearly showcases the possibility of using diet, activity, and other treatments as a pathway to alleviating autoimmune dysfunctions.”

Jessica A. Blanco, M.D., Family Practitioner, University of Arizona School of Medicine



The authors have generously donated one copy of their book, Autoimmune The Cause and The Cure (paperback, second edition) for one of you to win!  You can read the Annesse’s complete story plus the second chapter of this book on Amazon. You can visit their website, Nature Had It First, for more details and information about the book, the authors, their blog, and in-depth information on autoimmune disease.

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The Details/Fine Print

This Giveaway/Sweepstakes will close on Friday, December 7 at 12PM (MST)– noon. The winner will be drawn via and announced on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. You must be 18 or over to enter. This giveaway/sweepstakes is made possible by Annesse Brockley and Kristin Urdiales, authors of Autoimmune The Cause and The Cure. The prize (book) will be mailed directly to the winner. This is a sweepstakes which means that the winner will be chosen at random. Entries will be verified. No purchase is necessary but you must have done the task your winning entry indicated (what’s this mean? If you leave a comment telling me that you “Like” Real Food for Less Money on facebook and that is the winning entry then you must “Like” Real Food for Less Money on facebook). I will announce the winner on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 and will also email the winner. Winner must contact me within 48 hours. Void where prohibited by law.



In the interest of full disclosure– I was very happy to have be able to hear Kristin Urdiales speak at our local Weston A. Price meeting in March of this year.  Her presentation was wonderful! I had read parts of Autoimmune: The Cause and The Cure prior to hearing Kristin speak. After the presentation I read the entire book. I couldn’t believe how much I learned.   Kristin and I chatted via email several times after her speaking engagement. This eventually led to me approaching Kristin about her need for a Virtual Assistant (VA).  While not employed by Kristin (I have my own business and work as an independent contractor) I do VA work for Kristin.  I approached her about her need for a VA due to how impressed I am with her book, her speaking and her passion for sharing. I was provided a copy of Autoimmune The Cause and The Cure to use in my VA work and also to provide this review. I am under no obligation to provide a favorable review. Truth is, if I wasn’t impressed with Autoimmune: The Cause and The Cure I certainly wouldn’t be doing VA work for Kristin Urdiales! The links in this post to the book, are not Amazon affiliate links. Feel free to use those links when you make a purchase. I didn’t want there to be any confusion regarding my financial relationship with this book or the author. If you would like to make a purchase and do wish to use my Amazon affiliate link it is here.

(1) Source: Prevalence and Incidence of Autoimmune diseases

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