Book Review: The Inflamation Free Diet Plan

Inflamation Free Diet Plan

Inflamation Free Diet Plan

‘The Inflammation Free Diet Plan: The Scientific way to Lose Weight, Banish Pain, Prevent Disease and Slow Aging’
by Monica Reinagel & Julius Torelli, MD
Published by McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2006
ISBN: 0-07-146471-9

Reviewed by Don Gillmore, LMT

If you have read my earlier book reviews concerning the Blood Type diet work of Dr. Peter D’Adamo, you know that I highly recommend his books and his theory of right diet by blood type.  Well, I am not abandoning his theory by recommending this book by Monica Reinagel.  It is another layer of improving your health through understanding how foods influence your ability to loose weight, prevent disease and promote healthy aging.  Reinagel explains what systemic inflammation is, how it may exacerbate daily pain and how chronic inflammation may lead to serious chronic conditions such as Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes, Autoimmune disease, Asthma, Allergies, Arthritis & Prostate disease.  Then she discusses how certain foods encourage systemic inflammation and how to balance those foods with others that reduce the inflammation response of our bodies using the ‘inflammation index’ for each food. 

The bottom line here is that although certain foods do increase inflammation in your body (high inflammation index), they should be balanced by other foods that are more neutral or even tend to reduce inflammation (low inflammation index).   She provides tables with foods listed alphabetically and separately by category listing portion size and ‘inflammation index’.  She also provides some healthy, low inflammation index recipes you can use.

This book presents extremely useful information in a straight forward manner that makes it easier to use.  Do yourself a favor and find out your blood type.  Read ‘Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type’ & ‘Live Right 4 Your Blood Type’.  Then read this book.  Incorporate the information in all three of these books into your daily life. This is something you can do for yourself, without doctors or pharmaceutical drugs.

Don Gillmore, Licensed Massage Therapist(15 yrs), B.S.- Life Sciences

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Inflamation Free Diet Plan”

  1. Jack says:

    diet by blood type…

    I found your post interesting and share most of your views, but just dont get your second point….

  2. dgillmore says:

    Hi Jack,
    My point is that although a certain food may reduce inflammation (positive index), which should be benefical, it may be a food that is on your ‘avoid’ list based on your blood type. In the inflammation free diet, Artichokes reduce inflammation and have a low range positive 25. On the blood type diet for ‘B’ blood type Artichokes are on the ‘avoid’ list. So ‘B’s should not use Artichokes to reduce inflammation.

    The oposite may also be true. For example, the blood type diet for ‘A’ blood type lists chicken as ‘nuetral’, meaning it is neither highly beneficial nor something to avoid. In fact, it is one of the few meats D’Adamo doesn’t have on the ‘avoid’ list for type ‘A’s. However, in the inflammation free diet, chicken increases inflammation and has a medium high range inflammation index of negative 116. Therefore, I would say that an ‘A’ blood type should ensure that they balance chicken with a lot of inflammation reducing foods such as curry (positive 378).

    Back to ‘B’ blood types. Chicken is on their ‘avoid’ list so its a no brainer. See what I mean?