The Hidden Connection:Discover What’s Keeping You from Feeling Happy, Healthy and Symptom-Free by Kathleen DiChiara

fpoThe Hidden Connection. Finished 7-8-15, rating 4.25/5, health, 167 pages, pub. 2015

The body doesn’t lie. At the root of all chronic health issues is an immune response to something in your environment, often leading to poor gut health, nutrient deficiencies, and internal inflammation.

The modern system of medicine has created a paradigm in which it’s normal to suffer from many conditions. You have been taught how to “manage” disease rather than uncover the root cause of the symptoms. This book will awaken the health detective in everyone, by teaching you how to listen to your body’s messages and discover what’s feeding your disease. It invites us to consider the functional approach to nutrition by looking at the systems of the body to correct imbalances and dysfunction.    from Barnes & Noble

I met this warrior mom at the Autism One conference after I listened to her presentation.  This was the description of her workshop…

Using the D.E.A.P.™ approach to wellness, Kathleen will take you through a journey of hope and triumph as she demonstrates the power of food as medicine that she used to reverse 21 chronic health conditions in her family, including PDD-nos, fibromyalgia, IBS, severe food allergies, chronic pain syndrome, endocrine disorders and more. She believes the body has the greatest ability to heal when we “lift the burden.” Her personal story, nutrition expertise, and insatiable curiosity will awaken the health detective in you.

She started on her healing journey after she had been put on disability because of her health issues and one of her sons was diagnosed with PDD-nos (Gage’s diagnosis).  This book is a great primer for what you need to know to start working toward better health.

I’ve read this book once and will read many sections again.  She will teach you what symptoms mean, digestion, the roles of our  body systems, common disorders, allergies, supplements, how to shop for real food, and how to detox not only your body but your home.  Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?  She makes it easy to understand and each section gives you the highlights and how you can take action.

In my own journey to restore Gage’s health I have let my own decline with excess weight gain, terrible eating, and too much stress.  This book will be something I’m going to be working through a little more in the next few months as time allows.  My first goal is the elimination diet she outlines. The diet itself only last 10 days of eating basically fruits, meat and most veggies – wish me luck!  I did get a chance to meet her when I bought the book and she even gave us moms some kid friendly alternatives to unhealthy favorites.

Honestly, I recommend this to anyone, especially those with chronic conditions.  She and her family were in the same boat and this is how she plugged the holes and made the boat whole again.

This is her website and this is a 5 minute talk on YouTube that gives an overview of her outlook on health.