Australian writer and educator Gibb, in his debut, investigates how histamines in food may cause illness.
When conventional medicine failed to cure his child, the author began research that led him to believe that histamine intolerance (HIT) was a major factor in the illness. In this book, he shows the results of a wide-ranging investigation of the relationship between nutrition and health, suggesting that HIT intolerance may contribute to conditions as disparate as allergies, bowel disease, eczema, heartburn, stomach pain, joint pain, anxiety, psoriasis and sleep disorders, among others. Gibb isn’t against established medical solutions, however; he counsels readers to first seek medical advice, screenings and tests for pathological disease before they try an inexpensive diet for controlling histamine levels. The simple four-to-six-week regimen relies on eating various fresh foods, while omitting those known to elevate HIT. The banned foods include chocolate, strawberries, legumes, nuts, seeds, buckwheat, quinoa, yeast and fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, as well as soft drinks, alcohol and meat. If your health improves after following this histamine-avoidance plan, he writes, it suggests that you may be suffering from HIT. The good news is that histamine intolerance can be only temporary, so dieters may gradually add restricted foods as long as their health continues to improve. The first part of the book details evidence and therapies for HIT and explains why it can be hard to recognize. The second part offers basic recipes for sauces, seasonings, soups and other dishes to make new food practices palatable; it includes nondairy “milks,” flavored oils, meatless “bacon,” non-yeast breads, jams, jellies and desserts, and even an excellent, no-burn method for making popcorn. There’s also a 221-item bibliography for further reading, an index, and a chart comparing international cookery terms.Although it’s possible that the improvements Gibb cites could be due to other causes,his innovative approach is bolstered by careful, thoughtful investigation, and motivated by an urge to help others.
Practical, valuable information that offers a measure of hope for those suffering from a chronic physical condition.