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

Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at


  1. Kim

    Great timing Millie! I was just diagnosed with my third auto-immune disease. Every specialist that I’ve seen has “assured” me that nutrition doesn’t play a role in recovery, but I know that cannot be true. And it is infuriating. Their solution? Just let nature take its course and then we’ll add some more pills. To say I’m interested in the this book would be an understatement! Whether I win or not, I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the review!

  2. Karen

    I really hope Canadians are eligible for this giveaway. I’ve entered all five ways now. I’m interested in the book because auto-immune and chronic inflamation affects almost everyone in my family. My daughter was diagnosed with gout at the age of 17, we now think due to dehydration when she had a fever a week or two earlier, but as a total abstainer, was told to “not drink so much”. Wow. I have battled back problems for over a decade, and was given samples of several arthritis medications with scoll-size lists of side effects by a mainstream doctor who threw my knees against my chest and decided I had arthritis when I shrieked. I actually have mild scoliosis. My sister was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 24. My mother is in early stage Alzheimers – and takes Warfarin. This book cannot help but have better alternatives to mainstream offerings.

  3. Tina

    I have been interested in this book for awhile. I have Hashimotos and adrenal fatigue so I would love to learn what these authors have to teach me. I lose too many days with my family due to being so fatigued. Thank you for this give-away.

  4. Tina

    I am trying to sign up for the RFFLM newsletter, but nothing happens when I hit subscribe. Is that page working? Thanks.

  5. Jessica

    I am very interested in this book, as a few months ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disease. Would love to learn more about how I can heal this and gain my health back! Great giveaway Millie, thanks! 🙂

  6. Julie

    What interests me the most about this book is to learn if there’s anything new I haven’t already read about what dietary changes would help rid my niece of JRA, my best friend of eczema, and myself of rosacea.

  7. Heather Chupp

    I am very interested to learn more about autoimmune disorders. I’ve been working to get well for over 5 years – I’m certain that there is information within this book that will help me on the path to healing – thanks for sharing!

  8. Pam

    For the last year I have been researching changes in diet to help the health of my household. I have a 12 year old that has an autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia and has had it since she was 6. My husband also has fibromyalgia. I would love to read this book and learn more to help them.

  9. Violet Revo

    Working on rebuilding my health after 10 years of getting progressively sicker. Thyroid disease, celiac and now possibly an adrenal issue. I’ve spent my 20s being ill and it’s time for me to actually do thing I want to do! I want my life back.

  10. Eleanor Lizut

    About 10yrs ago my sister was told she had MS, and has been on treatment ever since. This past summer she had several things start to happen in her body. The doctors ran tests and told she didn’t have MS but Lupus, Sliradermia(sp?), and maybe MD. I have tried to share more natural ways of treatment and possible healing. She has told me “there is no cure.” She believes the Doctors and what they say is the only way. I would like to be able to read this book and share it with her.

  11. Ann

    I am very interested as I have Fibromyalgia, but also have family members with other autoimmune disease. We all prefer a natural approach to our conditions.

  12. Ruzvelina Samaniego

    I’m interested in the book because I have been very ill for several years. I have been to every specialist I can think of and have had housework done through all of them as well as many invasive tests.they all say nothing is wrong and chalk it up stress.while I agree that stress is a factor in disease, I don’t believe it’s what’s making me so sick. I have fulfilled the requirements for the 5 entries and hope I win and get some new insights from the book.

  13. Alicia

    I am SOOOO interested in this book. I have SOOO many friends that suffer from autoimmune disorders…I would LOVE to be able to help them!

  14. Amy

    I hit “like” on both fb pages. I have an autoimmune disorder and I am studying all I can to help myself alleviate the symptoms. Thanks!

  15. Marci Chala

    Hope this enlightens me… Been struggling with autoimmune stuff 20years. Now they are checking me for Lyme disease. Soooo tired all the time! 🙂

  16. Dannell Del Cid

    I am 36 yrs. old and have had lupus since childhood. I was diagnosed when I was 27 in 2004. I’m currently taking medications and I’m also on a drug study. I feel like my life is at a stand still, everyday is the same. All I think about is my pain and how can I make it go away.

  17. Danielle Levins

    My Mother has been diagnosed with Auto-immune disorders (lupus is one of them), as well as my Grandmother (lupus again), and we’re fairly certain I am starting to show symptoms for it as well. I truly believe that most of these disorders/diseases, can be healed holistically or through food, food is what caused many of them in my opinion (GMO’s and such, food shouldn’t be “manufactured” it should be grown), and so in my opinion FOOD is the only true solution, but I don’t know where to begin, I have made my very first Water Kefir just yesterday, and right now it’s on its second ferment stage. This book would offer me thousands of insights to help not just my family, but perhaps my mother, and other people I know who suffer. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  18. Georgia

    I “liked” you on FB too—having a number of autoimmune diseases it seems that I should do everything I can to manage the symptoms. Reading this book is a good step.

  19. Jodie B.

    I am interested in this book as I have had vitiligo (depigmentation of the skin) for over 20 years and have been told that it is an autoimmune disease. I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself naturally and with food!

  20. Lori Willemsen

    I have a number of friends with autoimmune diseases. I also am interested in learning more about how our diet affects our body and how changing the foods we eat can drastically improve our health.

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