Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Book Review: 'ARTHRITIS - The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me' by Phil Escott

Phil Escott subtitles this important book, ‘Healing the pain of psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis and how autoimmunity can heal your body and soul.’ In a Foreword by naturopath Gabi Heyes we get a glimpse of how the book is going to grow: ‘When Phil came to see me at my clinic he was an overweight hippy (ok, he's still a hippy) with really cool dreadlocks that were long enough to skip with. The second visit I walked right past him as he sat there with his son – a shaved head and half the man. The third visit he was a positively buff-looking 50-year-old! Phil has always strived for enlightenment in its true sense, but I believe that enlightenment can occur on any level, and for him it was a combination of discoveries that led him away from the medical field and into his own – listening to his needs. He understands the naturopathic principle that the body will heal itself given the right means – a true believer – but most of all an experimenter.’

Phil opens his own door to this at times hilarious journey by stating, ‘I never wanted to be a health expert; it was thrust upon me. I always had an interest in health, but, not having had to put any of the more accepted theories on diet and lifestyle to the test, I trotted out the same as everyone else believes – the “party line” – and when it came to the crunch, those theories were clearly flawed. To heal myself I had to search for knowledge that is normally buried under the tide of nonsense that passes for sensible, balanced advice, but the body, when badly out of balance, needs something extreme to set it on the healing path again. Well, to many it might seem extreme, but when you get the hang of it, it’s just a way to return the body to a stress-free state so it can correct these imbalances, as it is designed to do, chemical-free. This book is the story of how I went from being a frightened bundle of pain and inflammation, confined to the couch, to the surprising place I find myself today, a place of ease and comfort I never thought I would see.’

The offered synopsis outlines what is to follow: ‘This covers Phil’s story of the onset of symptoms, the despair and pain that followed, the frustrations with the doctors’ ineffective chemical approaches, and finally finding success through diet, lifestyle and emotional balancing. There are laughs and a wealth of practical advice on subjects seldom touched upon such as ketosis, cold thermogenesis, circadian rhythms and delving into the real root causes – our myriad ways of not loving ourselves or our circumstances, which eventually manifests in disease as the body follows suit. It’s a tale of discovery, failures, successes, awakenings and ultimate surrender.’ A good summary, but not enough – this book is one that should be read by all people who suffer from autoimmune diseases – no, make the ‘all diseases’, because the contents are healing as well as extraordinarily entertaining. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 16

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