New Diet Book Reveals How to Choose Foods According to a Person's Unique Needs and Biochemistry

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ACIM Press- One-size diets do not fit all. Every person needs different foods to feel and look their best, and this book teaches readers how to create a diet that is based on individual factors, such as pH, metabolic type and their current health condition.

A new book, Foods that Fit a Unique You, by integrative cardiologist W. Lee Cowden, MD and medical writer Connie Strasheim is the second in the Journey to Wellness series. It is based on the premise that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet that works for everyone, and describes six factors to consider when tailoring a diet to a person's individual needs.

Foods that Fit a Unique You is divided into three parts. In the first, Dr. Cowden and Ms. Strasheim share general guidelines on how to choose foods that are healthy for most everyone, including what types of foods to eat, and those to avoid for optimal health.

In the second part, they describe six factors that should be considered when tailoring a diet to a person's unique biochemistry, and organize these into a hierarchy. These include:

  •     Food allergies
  •     The person's current health condition and any illnesses
  •     pH
  •     Metabolic type
  •     Gastrointestinal health
  •     Foods that cause red blood cell clumping

In addition, Foods that Fit a Unique You provides basic dietary guidelines for 17 different health conditions; from heart disease, to cancer, to chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, PMS, fungal infections, and more.

The third part of the book describes healthy ways to prepare food and optimize digestion, and contains basic information on how to grow a personal garden.

Foods that Fit a Unique You was written for holistically minded and health conscious people who want to know how to choose foods that will provide them with optimum wellness or help them to overcome their chronic health challenges. In addition, it was written for those who want to know how to choose clean, organic foods in today’s toxic world.

The book provides succinct but plentiful guidelines on how to tailor a diet to the body’s unique needs, and is based on Dr. Cowden’s more than 25 years of experience of treating patients with a variety of chronic degenerative diseases, and Connie Strasheim’s research and firsthand experience with chronic illness.

About the Authors

William Lee Cowden, MD, is an integrative medical doctor and U.S. board-certified cardiologist and internist, internationally renowned and recognized for his knowledge and skill in practicing and teaching integrative medicine.

He is Chairman of the scientific advisory board and Academy Professor for the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (ACIM). ACIM is dedicated to shifting the healthcare paradigm toward wellness by training and supporting practitioners in a variety of holistic health disciplines, conducting research, and implementing therapeutic innovations to create a new global wellness care community.

Dr. Cowden has pioneered successful treatments for a myriad of diseases, including chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, autism, fibromyalgia, heart disease, Lyme disease, and others. More information about Dr. Cowden and his work can be found on the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine website:

Connie Strasheim is a medical researcher and writer who has experienced the hardships of chronic illness firsthand through her near decade-long battle with Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Besides coauthoring the books in this series, she is the author of five books on holistic and integrative treatments for disease. They include:

  •     The best-selling Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment: Thirteen Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies (2009);
  •     Beyond Lyme Disease: Healing The Underlying Causes of Chronic Illness in People with Borreliosis and Co-Infections (2012);
  •     Defeat Cancer: 15 Doctors of Integrative and Naturopathic Medicine Tell You How (2010);
  •     Healing Chronic Illness: By His Spirit, Through His Resources (2010); and
  •     The Lyme Disease Survival Guide: Physical, Lifestyle and Emotional Strategies for Healing (2008).

Through her battle with severe chronic illness, Connie learned that attaining wellness isn’t just about eliminating infections, detoxifying the body or balancing the hormones—it’s about addressing all the factors that caused the body to break down in the first place. These include all environmental, psycho-emotional, lifestyle and spiritual issues that cause or contribute to damage, discontent and—ultimately—“dis-ease” in the body, mind and spirit. She has also learned, through her experience and research, that in order to be well—never mind being whole—in today’s world fraught with stress and toxicity, many tools are required. In this book series, The Journey to Wellness, she and Dr. Cowden share some of these tools. Ms. Strasheim can be reached at:


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