Book Review: The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook

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Stacie Deyglio, ND

The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 5 million adults in the United States who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. A symptom picture for a patient with fibromyalgia includes chronic pain, tingling or numbness in the joints, pains that move and relocate around the body, sleep disturbances, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual complications, and mental fogginess. Since it is a relatively new disease to the field of medicine, having officially been recognized in 1990, the medical profession as a whole has not fully acclimated to understanding the underlying physiology of the disease, nor has it deciphered a clear basis for diagnosis. As scientific research persists at uncovering the causal basis for the disease, all aspects of medicine move forward with discoveries of new ways to adequately treat fibromyalgia.

Dr Louise McCrindle coauthored The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook with Dr Alison Bested. Both authors have extensive knowledge and experience researching as well as treating patients with fibromyalgia. This book is a source of support for patients suffering with this affliction, with the goal of improving patient function and quality of life. The patient is guided onto pathways designed “to reduce pain, control inflammation, improve sleep, restore cognitive function (reduce brain fog), and increase energy levels” (p.7).

The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook is designed as 4 main parts. Part 1 includes a generous discussion devoted to help the reader understand what fibromyalgia is, what causes it, and how is it diagnosed. Part 2 reviews management profiles for the disease. This includes the SEEDS of health program, prescription medications, alternative medications, dietary strategies, and a brief eastern or Traditional Chinese Medicine protocol. Part 3 of the book focuses on a fibromyalgia diet program. This incorporates diet therapy (nutritional status, food basics, food guides and groups, food allergies and intolerances, organic foods, inflammatory foods and anti-inflammatory foods), as well as menu planning. Part 4 is devoted to 100 recipes correlating to the fibromyalgia diet plan of Part 3. The 100 recipes include breakfasts, snacks, beverages, soups, salads and dressings, fish and vegetarian mains, chicken, turkey & lamb mains, side dishes, and desserts.

Overall, The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook provides valuable common-sense implementations that will support fibromyalgia patients to help themselves while on the road of treatment and recovery.


  • Title: The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook
  • Author: Louise McCrindle, BSc (Hons), ND, and Alison C. Bested, MD, FRCPC
  • Publisher: Robert Rose
  • Available from:
  • Pages: 288
  • Style: Soft Cover
  • Copyright: 2013
  • MSRP: $24.95

deyglioStacie Deyglio, ND received her baccalaureate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in New York. Her personal health issues paved the way to discovering naturopathic medicine in 1999. Resonating with the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, Dr Deyglio graduated from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. As a medical student, she was involved in student government, fundraising and the generation of two successful student-run health fairs. Dr Deyglio’s interests include relating integrative therapeutics to the health of pediatric and geriatric populations. Currently residing in Phoenix, Dr Deyglio is an avid bookworm, and is actively creating her practice.

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