Take Daily as Needed by Kathryn Trueblood
Never have I read a book that truly captures a feeling I've often had: guilt for the effects of one's chronic illness on one's family. Trueblood's 2019 novel is written as a chronological set of short stories centering on one somewhat dysfunctional family. It's an atypical novel focused on what may seem to be atypical experiences but actually are the norm for countless families. Because there is so little well-written fiction concerning a family with various emotional and physical disabilities and illnesses, this book helps fill that void and is therefore valuable. There are books you read to escape from the harshness of life, and there are books you read to find empathy in dealing with the harshness of life. Those who seek the latter will find it in Take Daily as Needed.
The illnesses focused on are ADHD and Crohn’s. You can learn more about the book on Goodreads.
The Clear Skin Diet by Nina and Randa Nelson
If you’re searching for a radical way to eliminate acne and for research that counters the commercial food industry’s claims that we need meat, dairy, and fat in our diets to survive, you’ll find it in The Clear Skin Diet (2018). Dozens of young people following the plan, which eliminates all animal products, oils, and high-fat plant products and promotes fresh, unprocessed foods (I know, that might make you quit reading right there, but humor the beautiful authors for several more chapters), totally cleared their severe acne. The photos, testimonials, and snippets from nutritionists and functional medicine doctors appear honest and dramatic. The book is written in an approachable style and provides counterarguments for common objections and over a dozen recipes.
I was inspired to try the diet, following it 80% for four weeks as my specialist recommended. You need to consult with your own physician before making such a radical change. That is not emphasized enough in this book. I made extra trips to the bathroom the first three days of the diet (eating way more fiber!!). (If it helps my acne, I’ll let you know in a separate post. I’m only a week in.) Those with cystic acne, food allergies, or depression should consider this book. You can view the authors’ website at ClearSkinDiet.com.