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Thriving with Your Autoimmune Disorder, A Woman’s Mind-Body Guide, by Simone Ravicz, Ph.D.

“I specialize in treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)…; fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS); and related disorders…” Dr. Ravicz discusses diverse research, clinical experience, and opinion about such illnesses, fortunately omitting a vast body of useless research that has hindered advancement and would be of no use to the reader.  Thriving with Your Autoimmune Disorder will be an informative guide for patients and their families. 

“Many books on the subject belong in the junkpile.  This one should be in your bookcase.”

He’s right.  Borrow the book from your public library, or buy a copy….  But read the book.  If you or a loved one has a chronic illness, this is one book that must be read.  And – despite its emphasis on women – men will benefit from reading Dr. Ravicz’s book also.

The author has divided her book into three main sections.  In Part I she discusses Women and Autoimmune Disorders and Related Conditions, with special emphasis on stress and the immune system, reclaiming your healing energy, the Mind-Body connection and the power of the diagnosis.

Part II is a discussion of… Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Sjogren’s Syndrome, Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Type I Diabetes, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

Part III is the soul of the book:  Coping Strategies.  Dr. Ravicz has chapters on Mind-Body Techniques, Enhancing Your General Coping Skills, Working with Others, and Tools for the Journey.

This book is informative.  Most importantly, it is empowering.  More information about this book can been seen here. 

- Reviewed by Ray Colliton, Manager of the Co-Cure Project.


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