How Melissa’s books and Nutrition Counseling
Success Stories and Letters
Have Helped People’s Health
I recently stumbled across your Going Against the Grain book and I am so glad I did! A holistic doctor told me that she thought I was allergic to gluten/wheat/corn but I wasn't so sure. My suffering started when I was about 20 and now, 9 years later I was at the end of my rope! My hair was falling out, I had chronic stomach aches, diarrhea, migraines, fatigue, PCOS, Insulin Resistance, Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease, sinus problems, infertility, Necrobiosis on my legs and was unable to lose weight no matter what diet I went on. I was depressed because I couldn't live my life like other people in their 20's. I felt like I was really 60! In addition, I had to have my gall bladder removed when I was 26. I went from one doctor to another and each prescribed a different Rx and told me to just lose some weight. I felt helpless.
Recently I moved back to the area where the holistic doctor practices and I remembered what she said about the food allergy. I saw your book in the bookstore and started reading immediately! That was two months ago and I feel wonderful! I began following the diet and taking the supplements. I have lost 25 pounds and have a ton of energy! I recently joined a gym and took up belly dancing classes. I HAVE NOT had a single bout of diarrhea, stomach pain, or headaches. I am off my glucophage. My Necrobiosis hasn't totally gone away, but it is not bright red and irritated anymore. I'm hoping that as time passes my hair will start to grow back and my infertility will be resolved. Thank you so much for bringing this issue to the public! You have changed my life in ways I cannot even express to you in a simple letter!
Shelley from Lithopolis, Ohio
This letter covers
weight loss, reversing insulin resistance and PCOS, and recovery from digestive upset and headaches.
No other dietary program that I had tried before was successful
for me, but Melissa’s program really works! … I have
been adhering to her dietary program for two years, and I feel healthier
now than I have in twenty-five years!
her advice and restricting my diet to turkey, chicken, fish, fruits,
nuts, vegetables, and supplements (vitamin E, vitamin C, B-complex
vitamins, chromium picolinate, omega-3 fish oil, and garlic), I
have achieved the following results:
- My blood cholesterol dropped from 306 to 186, my LDL/HDL ratio dropped
from 5.5 to 2.8, and my triglycerides dropped from 99 to 56
- I lost 38 pounds in one year, dropping from 182 pounds to an ideal target
weight of 144 pounds
- More importantly, I have been able to maintain my low weight for a year now. Over
the last year I have stayed within the weight range of 143 to 148 pounds
- I now have a high level of energy and have a renewed confidence in my physical
appearance and long-term health
Ron, 47, an engineer from Newport Coast, California
This story covers improving blood cholesterol and
triglyceride levels, losing weight and maintaining long-term health.
I have been on the Anti-Syndrome-X diet with accompanying supplements
since January 2002. One of my doctor's mentioned Syndrome
X in passing as a health risk factor and, when I found your book, I was hooked. Your science is so clear and
logical it is stunning to me that diabetes educators are still promoting so many carbohydrates.
eight months of following your program, I have lost 35 pounds. My
blood pressure is normal without medication. My blood sugar counts
are normal without medication. I no longer suffer urge incontinence.
I'm no longer fuzzy-minded and depressed. I no longer need to nap
during the day. I have more energy and I feel stronger. Whenever
people ask me how I'm doing it, I explain the concept and tell them
to read your book. I have several friends who have taken up your
recommendations and they say they are feeling better about food
than they have ever felt before.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thea from Colorado Springs, Colorado
This letter covers losing weight, reducing high blood pressure and
high blood sugar, and improving energy and mental focus.
Approximately one year ago I was introduced to Melissa Diane Smith’s work
through reading her books Going
Against the Grain, Syndrome X,
and Why Am I Always So Tired? I
never knew how dramatically that would change my life. I was overweight,
constantly exhausted, and had battled for years with depression,
anxiety, agoraphobia, and chronic diarrhea, which I had for so long
I thought it was normal. I also had Insulin Resistance and Polycystic
Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). My husband and I had always hoped for a large
family, but after consistently and unsuccessfully trying for children,
I was given the diagnosis of being infertile. Despite this diagnosis,
I was able to have two children in the span of eight years, but
I had difficult pregnancies and complications including pre-eclampsia.
Over the past year, Melissa helped me to regain my health and has
ended up significantly helping the health of my children (and a
new child on the way).
I have been continually impressed by her working knowledge of nutrition
and the body, and even more important (I think), her ability to
communicate that knowledge in a way I can understand so that she
can help me to apply it to my life.
Heather, 33, a mother and homemaker from Omaha, Nebraska
story covers losing weight, improving insulin resistance and
polycystic ovary syndrome, and overcoming depression, anxiety,
diarrhea, infertility and failure to thrive in children.
Syndrome X book was placed into
my hands on April 11, 2002. By April 13th, I was on the Anti-X Healing
Diet. I was 187 lbs and had been through two years of trying to
lose weight and of being treated (unsuccessfully) for high blood
pressure. That was two weeks after getting a "borderline high"
reading on a fasting glucose test during my annual physical. My
health was deteriorating and I couldn't figure out why. I pushed
myself to exercise, but didn't get the payoff I was seeking. I could
not drag out of bed, and I could not get good rest. The person I
looked at in the mirror was so bloated and exhausted looking, I
didn't know her.
Today, I am 173 lbs., the blood pressure is doing well AND, I actually
get out of bed in the mornings and accomplish something before coming
to work. I spend the day focusing and getting work done, and when
I get home at night, I am tired, and I sleep GREAT!!! Why? The Anti-X
Healing Diet, my herbalist and your book (I am in Kentucky, so I
would actually say "ya'lls book!)
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much!
Jill from Louisville, Kentucky
letter covers losing weight, normalizing blood pressure and
blood glucose, and improving energy.
Melissa Diane Smith really knows her stuff. Two years ago I did cardio and
weight training workouts three times a week and started my day with
what seemed like a good breakfast: oatmeal with flaxseed and barley
and some whole-grain toast. I thought I was doing everything right,
but what I was doing obviously wasn’t working. I had this
potbelly I couldn’t get rid of and I had no idea why. Having
just passed 40, I also was concerned about developing type II diabetes
like my mother.
Right about then, by chance, I met Melissa through neighbors… (and)
bought her Syndrome X book….
That was one of the best decisions I ever made. My potbelly and
extra dozen or so pounds went away effortlessly and I learned the
secret of controlling my weight and negating my risk of diabetes
Lawrence, 42, an engineer from Vancouver, Canada
story covers losing weight, getting rid of a potbelly, and reversing the risk of type II diabetes.
Dear Ms. Smith,
I am writing to thank you so much for your well-researched and well-written
book, Going Against the Grain.
I have had a severe undiagnosed skin disorder for over two years.
I had seen a multitude of specialists from the western functional
medicine world and expert alternative health practitioners without
a definitive diagnosis or any effective treatment. Upon reading
your book, I discovered "Dermatitis Herpetiformis". I
then learned more by entering this term through conducting an Internet
search of professional international dermatology literature.
I decided that this was my diagnosis. I have been gluten-, soy-, and
corn-free for three months. I also followed your other dietary guidelines
in the book. The skin condition is 70 percent healed and continues
to improve every day. I am confident that it will be completed healed
within a year. The majority of the other chronic health problems
I had – constipation, bloating, PMS, premenstrual depression
and fatigue – are also resolved. This happened without the
use of any health practitioner.
I "advertise" your book often to the people in my world
and I feel great!
Thank you so much!!
With Extreme Gratitude,
Helena from Albuquerque
This letter covers improvement from a skin disorder, bloating, PMS
I began working with Melissa Diane Smith about six years ago. At that
time my triglycerides and other blood lipids were sky high, my weight
was out of control, my eating habits were poor, and my digestive
system was erratic. Over the next couple of years, Melissa set up
a nutritional program that really paid off. I lost over 15 pounds,
my blood lipids normalized, and my overall health improved tremendously.
Melissa did more for me than just set up a program. She educated
me about food allergies, especially wheat, and gave me sound direction
on how to change my bad eating habits, keep on track and stay healthy.
Nancy, 71, a grief therapist from Santa Fe
story covers losing weight, normalizing blood lipids, improving
digestion, and alleviating rheumatoid arthritis.
Going Against the Grain is a fabulous book. It gets to the root
of many of the nutrition-related health problems and diseases that
plague our country today. The book is very well-written and an invaluable
tool for those individuals who are wheat-, gluten-, or carbohydrate-sensitive.
Lauren, 32, a nutrition researcher from New York City, New York
This review covers the scope of health problems explained in Melissa’s
....(Six months ago) I picked up Going
Against the Grain and began to read. I saw myself on nearly
every page.... With a few chapters under my belt, so to speak, I
stopped eating grains...
Within no time I began reaping the benefits of going against the grain. The
most obvious and visible is that I have lost 15 pounds (so far)
without ever really feeling hungry or deprived. My digestive tract
has settled down: I no longer have bouts of cramps and diarrhea.
I am no longer plagued by insomnia at night and low energy during
the day....Another truly remarkable "side-effect" of going
against the grain is that my mental acuity seems to have improved
by leaps and bounds... and my mental outlook is greatly improved.
.... The results I have experienced are so amazing and worthwhile. I would recommend
Going Against the Grain to everyone, even if you don't think you
have a grain-related problem (as I never thought I did).
Pam, 41, information technology director, from Tucson, Arizona
This story covers weight loss, diabetes prevention,
removing gluten for better bone health,
and improvement of mental acuity and outlook.
The guidance of Melissa Diane Smith has encouraged me to think of
dinner as vegetables and meat. I turn to her book Going
Against the Grain for inspiration. Her recipes solve the everyday
decision of what to prepare for dinner.
Judy, 70, homemaker, Lake Forest, Illinois
This review covers help from the recipes and food ideas in Melissa’s book.
A review of Going Against the
Grain on Amazon.com:
What a Tremendous Book September 20, 2002
Reviewer: Julie from San Francisco, California
It seems like
every other news tidbit these days is about health and wellness,
but they're all saying the wrong things. This book cuts to the heart
of the matter -- overconsumption of grains results in innumerable
health complications. I've followed Melissa Diane Smith's recommended
diet and, not only lost weight (30 lbs.) but also eliminated my
migraines, lowered my cholesterol, and solved my continual digestive
problems. I couldn't be happier to have read such an incredibly
informative book. My hat is off to the author for delivering a tough
message that most of us wouldn't get the opportunity to hear otherwise.
This review covers weight loss, elimination of migraine headaches,
and improvement from cholesterol and digestive problems.
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A review of Going Against the Grain on Amazon.com:
A Book to Live By, July 14, 2003
Reviewer: A reader from Central Oregon, USA
This is a great book. It is well written and very easy for anyone to understand.
I gave my copy to my daughter and just ordered another for myself.
It is a diet you can live with and feel much better. As a side benefit
I have lost weight without even trying. I really feel Melissa Diane
Smith is on the right track and knows what she is talking about.
For anyone who wants to know more about avoiding grains this is
the book to read. Some of the other “Grainless Diet Books”
are way too complicated and not realistic in their goals or their
eating rules. Buy it, try it, you’ll love it.
This review covers weight loss without trying and feeling better on a diet you can live with.
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A review of User’s Guide
to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes Naturally on Amazon.com:
Exceptionally Written Guide August 23, 2003
Reviewer: Margaret L. Cook, N.D., PA-C, from Dayton, Ohio
Since I have read all of the other books by Melissa Diane Smith, I decided that
I should add this to my collection. I found the guide to be exceptionally
well done and user friendly. Every person with diabetes and/or obesity,
hypertension or other illness that may pose increased health risks
should buy and read this guide. I have been in the health care field
for many years and I have read numerous articles and books and I
have found this guide to be one of the best examples of clear-cut,
concise information that a patient could readily absorb and gain
valuable insight to improve their overall well-being. Thank you
Melissa for yet another fine piece of educational material!
review covers help for diabetes, obesity, hypertension and related conditions.
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A review of Syndrome X on Amazon.com:
What a pleasure to read this book!, March 12, 2000
Reviewer: A retiree interested in staying healthy
From the first page of this book, I realized the authors knew what they were talking
about. The nutrition science here is not stuffy, but clearly explains
the problem with Syndrome X. They also offer a simple plan to reverse
it with tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes and vitamin supplements.
What a pleasure to read a book like this and to learn something
new about nutrition and health.
This review covers help for Syndrome X.
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A review of Syndrome X on Amazon.com:
Syndrome X is the Best, March 29, 2000
Reviewer: nbrechka from Los Angeles, CA
This book has helped me to finally understand the whole high-protein, low-carbohydrate
way of life. The book grabbed me right away, because I had a lot
of the symptoms the authors discussed. I also shared it with my
dad, who has high blood pressure and cholesterol. We both started
cutting back on refined carbohydrates, and, although it was hard,
I have lost some weight, and I feel a lot more energized. The recipes
are great in the book, and I like the fact that the authors take
a very balanced, scientifically sound stance—it's not as though
they are telling you to live off only meat. I also liked that the
book had such a strong nutritional component. I'm always overwhelmed
by the number of nutritional supplements on the market—Syndrome
X helped me to pick the supplements that were most appropriate to
my needs and lifestyle. I would recommend this book to anyone who's
tried the Atkins' Diet or the Zone—Syndrome X has an advantage
over these and other books because it's scientifically sound and
the authors walk you step by step through the anti-syndrome X program.
Plus, they help you pinpoint your triggers and unhealthy lifestyle
habits. This book has definitely helped me to view nutrition and
health care in a whole different light.
This review covers losing weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet
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