Review by ANNA OLSON
More people die because of the way they
eat than by tobacco use, accidents or any other lifestyle or environmental
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, The China Study
So starts an impassioned plea for the reader to wake
up to the importance of eating the right food for good health. Eat
Away Illness is one of the outcomes of Paulette Millis’ decision
to take charge of her health. Her healing journey has also resulted
in Cook Your Way to Health, and What Your Doctor Doesn’t
Tell You About Foods.
Years ago, doctors wanted Millis to take steroids
for her long list of ailments (swollen parotid glands, circulation
problems, Lupus, dry eyes, sinus problems, poor digestion and hypothyroidism
to name a few). She refused steroids and says, “Thanks to diet and
lifestyle change, symptoms disappeared, one by one.” She then trained
to become a registered holistic nutritional consultant and orthomolecular
health practitioner. She now speaks, trains, and writes about healthy
In Eat Away Illness, Millis claims five stages
that lead to poor health:
1. Nutrients a person needs are not supplied and the body uses up
2. The body begins to develop nutritional deficiencies.
3. Symptoms start to appear. “These symptoms can be emotional (depression
and irritability), physical (ridges in the fingernails, fatigue,
and lack of energy), or mental (inability to concentrate, foggy
thinking, and lack of motivation),” Mullis claims.
4. Symptoms escalate to the point where a person goes to a doctor,
gets tested, and is diagnosed with a disease.
5. The last stage is chronic ill health or death unless the person
makes changes to diet and lifestyle.
Detoxification is important to help the body rid itself
of accumulated toxins. According to Millis, some good detox foods
are: beets, artichokes, parsley, dandelion root, lemons, ginger,
apples, grapes, grapefruit, and fermented foods. Millis devotes
many pages to detox plans for specific organs of the body.
Protein is important, especially small amounts and
good quality. If a vegetarian diet is preferred, Millis recommends
one third cup cooked beans or legumes to two thirds cooked grain
to ensure a balanced protein. She recommends small amounts of protein
snacks two or three times a day coupled with three small meals containing
protein as well. She says her clients tell her this “clears up brain
fog, increases energy, lifts depression, removes sugar cravings,
and helps with weight loss.” Sources of protein include meat, poultry,
fish, dairy, and grain/legume combinations – everything organic
Millis is concerned about soy being goitrogenic “which
means it suppresses the function of the thyroid by inhibiting the
uptake of iodine, one of the most important minerals needed for
growth and metabolism.” She often advises her clients to decrease
or eliminate soy from their diets.
White sugar is an “empty food” according to Millis
because it is devoid of vitamins, minerals and fibre. She devotes
many pages to the varieties of harmful sugars and artificial sweeteners
– and also to the more beneficial sweeteners like fruit and fruit
purees, date sugar, fruit juice, brown rice syrup, honey, maple
syrup, stevia, and blackstrap molasses (organic and unsulphured).
Chocolate lovers can be reassured that Millis doesn’t
want to ban their favourite food. But she does warn against its
addictive properties. Chocolate contains anandamides that
“activate the same pleasure receptor in the brain as marijuana,
resulting in a sense of euphoria.” She says the best choices are
cacao nibs and organic dark chocolate.
You may want to reconsider if you have been microwaving
your food. Millis claims that research shows that the “availability
of vitamin complexes A, B, C and E, and essential minerals are vastly
There is so much wisdom in this book that it’s hard
to do it justice in a short review. As well as the above topics,
Millis deals with emotional well-being, exercise, and also spirituality.
Other areas include the ideal diet, the dangers of coffee (both
regular and decaffeinated), how to boost your energy, the acid/alkaline
balance, the benefits of raw food, sprouting, and much more.
Millis has tried a new format (new to me, anyway) of putting recipes
on the left-hand page and nutrition information on the right-hand
side. Eat Away Illness is a big book: 8 ½” x 10”
and 1” thick, with easy-to-read print. If a person is serious about
wanting good health through better food choices, Eat Away Illness
is worth the investment.