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.

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

  1. Kay says:

    Good luck, Stacy! I’m glad to hear that you will be taking time for yourself. I think sometimes mothers put themselves last so much and their own health suffers.

  2. Literary Feline says:

    I probably could use a book like this given all my health issues, but I have a feeling it would sit on my shelf untouched if I did get a copy. I am not a big fan of self-help books.

    I am glad this one spoke to you though, Stacy. I hope you find it helpful!

  3. Teddyree says:

    Thanks for mentioning this one Stacy, I’m so behind in blog reading I probably would have missed it if not for your comment. Definitely the kind of thing I’ve been following with my health issues … I’m off to check it out!! Hope it lightens some of your health stresses and good luck with the elimination diet.
    Whilst the nerve damage in my hands doesn’t seem to have improved (yet) I’m feeling better with the clean eating, no inflammatory foods and improving gut health and funnily enough even though I’m usually the one sick all the time, this year I’m the only one in the family who hasn’t succumbed to the flu … touch wood lol

  4. Kathleen DiChiara says:

    Stacy. I am not sure how I stumbled upon this blogpost… it must have grabbed the tag of my book title. I am so touched by your words and your willingness to share my book and information. It was so great to meet you at AutismOne.. I’ll be there again this year. Hope you are doing well… and thank you again. Reach out by email or Facebook.. I’m working on other books and would love to send you a free signed copy as a way to say “thanks” for sharing the love.

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