Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Cure For The Hidden Plague: Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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When I first heard the subject of Tara Grant’s book, The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa, I didn’t think she’d be getting rich anytime soon.
 
I mean, I had never heard of Hidradenitis supparativa, had no idea what it was, and I certainly couldn’t spell it.

Who on earth would read a book about it?

But as I read her story, what it was like to have Hidradenitis supparativa, how utterly painful, isolating, and awful it was, and that there was very little support and next-to-no treatment, and no awareness, I realized writing this book to make a few bucks was very, very far from Tara’s mind.

Great legacy 

She has done us all a great service writing The Hidden Plague. In fact, I suspect she will be able to look back on her life and consider it one of her finest achievements. 
 
Because this book doesn’t just offer hope to Hidradenitis suppurativa sufferers where previously there was none. It doesn’t just offer a treatment plan where previously there were very few options. Nor does it simply educate (although that’s not too shabby an aim, either).
 
The fact is that this book is for anyone who has autoimmune disease and everyone who knows someone with Hidradenitis supparativa. And that covers just about whole population of the western world.

Heartbreaking

In the book she has shared her own personal story and those of many others are sprinkled throughout the book.
 
The stories there, and on her Primalgirl blog, of isolation, lack of hope and shame are painful to read. But to her credit, Tara doesn’t get maudlin or “woe is me”.

That isn’t her style.

For such a complex subject, it an easy read, written in Tara’s “tell-it-like-it-is” personal style. She is an upbeat, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps-and-let’s-get-this-thing-licked kind of gal.
 
Tara is a journalist and she organizes her book very carefully and logically, laying out the following chapters, and covering just about everything you could possibly think of:
 
Chapter One: What the Frak Is HS?
Chapter Two: What The Doctors Will Tell You
Chapter Three: Autoimmunity 101
Chapter Four: Follow Your Gut
Chapter Five: The Hormone Connection
Chapter Six: Wound Care
Chapter Seven: Dealing With Stress
Chapter Eight: Phase I: The Elimination Diet
Chapter Nine: Phase II: Reintroduction and Designing Your Personal Ancestral Diet
Chapter Ten: PrimalGirl Recipes
Chapter Twelve: Success Stories
 
If you had no idea you had Hidradenitis supparativa, you just knew you had an embarrassing, painful problem that doctors couldn’t help you with, you have everything in this book to address the problem. 

You can:

  • Find out what you have, what it is called and why you have it.
  • Become inspired by the success stories.
  • Learn what to do about it, broadly (systemically fix your diet) and specifically (the process, food lists, recipes, topical treatments).

Not just for HS sufferers

However, this book is for anyone who has autoimmune issues because Hidradenitis suppurativa specifics aside, the treatment and recovery process is the same for all autoimmune disease sufferers.
 
As a doctor once said to me about my personal autoimmune issue (endometriosis),
“Your body has a problem, an overactive immune system, and it is manifesting most obviously in your reproductive system. But it could show itself anywhere in your body because the basic underlying problem is the same.” 

I’m in

And that’s why, although I don’t have Hidradenitis suppurativa (although sometimes I get painful bumps deep under my skin that disappear after a couple of days, kinda like my body changed its’ mind – this book made me go “hmmm” about those, I can tell you), I will be following the process outlined in this book. 
 
Tara gets down to business and doesn’t mince her words. As a former sufferer and simply dynamite personality, she’s the person to take away the mystique, embarrassment, and downright shame that people with Hidradenitis suppurativa feel. And she does that with this book.

Don’t walk 

If you suffer from Hidradenitis suppurativa, or know someone who does, run to buy this book. Finally, there is hope and the chance of freedom for you. And even if you don’t have it, but have a different manifestation of autoimmune disease, buy it anyway for its’ step-by-step explanation of a paleo autoimmune elimination diet

Giveaway time!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered.

I was so keen to get my hands on this book, I bought it with my own hard-earned money from Primal Blueprint. They then sent me a copy, so I have spare one to to giveaway! 

How to enter:

One winner will be identified using random.org on Sunday December 8th 2013, at 8pm PST.

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below to say how you think this book will most help you. (1 entry)

2. Share this post on social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest. You must let me know you’ve done this and which networks you’ve shared on by leaving a comment below. (1 entry for each social media network shared on, up to a maximum of 4)

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Alison Golden writes on the topic of paleo over at Paleo/NonPaleo. She aims to share ideas, inspire and motivate readers by teaching them how to live paleo in a non-paleo world. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo, a unique tool that gives the reader hundreds of strategies to navigate the learning process to successful paleo living.

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Amy H November 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I think this book could help me because I have MS, and the elimination diet may be useful. Thanks for telling us more about this book!

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Amy H November 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I posted this on Twitter.

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Amy H November 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I posted this on facebook.

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Amy H November 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I tweeted this!

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Susan Morgan November 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I have RA and continue to look for the thread that ties these autoimmune diseases together – and will cure them! This book looks like another important piece of the puzzle. I’d love to read it

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Carrie Miller December 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I think this book could help me because after listening to her speak, it was like everything made so much more sense, I seriously think I may have HS also but no one has ever even brought it up as a theory even though I have pretty severe attacks often. Ive shared this with FB, Twitter, G+, Pinterest and email:)

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Jennifer December 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Just found your website when I was googling HS. Thought FOR SURE this contest was from 2009 or even later but NOPE! IT’S MY LUCKY DAY!!!! Hoping this book gives me info on HS and Paleo to help me “kick start” my body again. (I became allergic to egg, gluten, dairy 5 years ago and eliminated them, but my body has started to do weird things again, like develop HS symptoms.) Thanks for a shot at a great giveaway…..

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Lynda December 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

For the past 7 years i have been fighting Graves disease, of which there is no “real” cure except to mutilate your body by killing or removing your thyroid, which does not remove the disease only alleviates some but not all symptoms which still leaves you debilitated. I am trying to fight this naturally as i no longer go to an endocrinologist as there is nothing he can do for me, i am allergic to all the meds-which almost killed me- and refuse to remove my largest endocrine gland-I’ve grown very attached to it over the years. My quality of life has been reduced significantly. What energy i can muster must go to caring for my kids, there is not much left for taking care of me. All autoimmune diseases are related so i believe the information in, “The Hidden Plague,” would be beneficial to anyone with an autoimmune disease even Graves.

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Lynda December 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

Shared on Google +, Facebook and Pinterest

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Jennifer December 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

I have suffered with HS for 20+years before diagnosing myself and then having it confirmed by my GI doc treating me for UC. Then I find out they go hand in hand. Ugh. Drs tell you its a nuissance that some women just get. Yeah thanks for that. I have been paleo for 4mos. Nightshade free etc and still show symtoms of both, albeit a lot better than on a SAD diet. So I guess it would be worth a read to find out other ways I need to tweak this. I will prob buy though if I don’t win because I am an HS sufferer and suffer you do. Its also good to know you are not alone.

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Annamaria Polgar December 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

I follow you from Hungary and I have Crohn’s Disease. I am also grateful for any autoimmune disease related info and as a going to be dietetian I so want to help other autoimmune suffers by giving them hope with great recipes and updated information. I am sure this book can also contribute to my learning and healing path. :-) Thank you for this generous offer! :-)
I am sharing this on Facebook right now! :-)

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Ashleigh December 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

I have HS and have managed to put it into remission by pretty much trial & error and using Tara’s website. I still get itty bitty flare ups once in a blue moon, so it would be nice to read Tara’s book and see what else I can do. My triggers seem to be mostly wheat & sugar.

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Dawn December 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

I have hs and have been quietly suffering with it for years. I learned I had it from Tara’s story an then going to the doctor with the info. Post baby it’s only gotten worse. I know eggs affect mine and I hope to get the book to help me heal.

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Debbie December 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

I’m posting on Facebook. Don’t put me in the pool however because I was so excited to see this book that I bought it the minute I read about it and have already read it two times through. I do not have HS but a number of conditions that have not disappeared even though nearly 100% Paleo. Tara explains the mechanism by which autoimmune diseases evolve and the protocol to follow to become healthy like no other. I feel empowered as never before and have recommended this book to several family members (there’s the genetic predisposition piece, for sure). I’m now 100% autoimmune and look forward to GREAT health soon!

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Heather December 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

I think this book can help me because I have mild HS – I just never knew what it was. I always thought I just had a tendency to get pimples in strange placed. The recipes and elimination diet guidelines would be very useful.

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nicole December 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hello from New Zealand. I would love to read the book and get more ideas for how to manage reactive arthritis, which I’ve been struggling with for two years. Thanks for your posts and hard work – really appreciated.

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Branka December 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

I have Evans Syndrome, very rare autoimune disease. There is no (known) cure but I am determined to find it :) before side effects from the meds kill me! I am on Paleo Diet for 3 months now and my blood results are amazing! I am confident that this book will help me and other people with ES…

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Branka December 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

Will share at Facebook… :)

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Joi M. December 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

I think this book will help me with the hormone problems I’ve had after years of hormonal birth control.

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Joi M. December 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

I shared on Twitter.

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Joi M. December 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

I shared on Facebook.

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Joi M. December 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

I shared on Google+.

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April December 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I have had psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis since I was five years old, and I’ve tried everything there is to try, including a vegetarian diet. I’d love to see if this book could finally help me. I’ll share this on all four listed social media sites.

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Fiona December 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This book would be a godsend… dealing with many AI diseases which run in my family…. IC, UC, hashimoto’s, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, excema…. can’t wait to read it…

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b2curious December 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I have eczema and chronic allergies that just get worse during “allergy season,” but never really go away. I’ve been following The Primal Blueprint, or at least what you get from the blog and free lessons, which has improved the exczema, but not gotten rid of it. It’s barely touched the allergies. I still get the occasional acne, including cystic acne, but nothing like I did before. I really hope this will help with the allergies as well as the eczema.

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Jo December 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

1. I am premenopausal and hate the side effects, I would live to achieve to get my hormones back in balance.
2. I get stomach pains after eating grain products, so trying to stay on track with Paleo.

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Colleen December 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hello! I’d find this book very helpful to manage my health. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, lupus (SLE), and fibromyalgia. It is such a challenge but I have learned so much about myself and about true health on this journey. My son has celiac and subsequent malnutrition that we are working on, also. I am a believer in the body’s ability to heal if it is supported properly but sometimes don’t know where to start. I know diet is key, but struggle with how to balance blood sugar. Thank you for bringing this to the public’s attention. I have posted on Facebook.

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Deb December 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I have leaky gut syndrome and would love to have this book.

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Christine December 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Oh I’m so thankful that I found this link I could cry right now. I have been suffering from this for the past 3 years and no one can help me. I haven’t known what to do and now I’m so relieved to hear that there is hope to cure this condition. I know this book would assist me in making the necessary changes to my diet. I also suffer from fibromyalgia and IBS and so “leaky gut syndrome” must be the key.

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mesg December 4, 2013 at 4:22 am

Several AI’s. Would love to educate myself more about the nutritional impact.

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mesg December 4, 2013 at 4:22 am

I have shared via twitter

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mesg December 4, 2013 at 4:23 am

I have shared via Facebook

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mesg December 4, 2013 at 4:23 am

I have shared via Pinterest

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Lizbeth Thom December 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

I think this may help me because I have been unhealthy and miserable for a long time, and doctors are still trying to find out what’s wrong with me. I have folloewed Paleo and SCD lifestyle for a while now, and some improvements are noticeable, but still have lots of issues.

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Lizbeth Thom December 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

I posted on twitter.

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Lizbeth Thom December 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

I posted on Facebook.

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Lizbeth Thom December 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

I pinned this.

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kelly December 4, 2013 at 6:51 am

I would love this book! I have seborrheic dermatitis and I think my hubby has stage 1 HS, plus our kids have various skin issues that I believe are AI in nature. Finding out more info would be awesome.

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kelly December 4, 2013 at 6:53 am

Shared on FB.

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FAY INGEGNERI December 6, 2013 at 5:24 am

I am very encourage to see this book and read it. I have been an RN times 42 years, suffering now with allergies of very high degree that I never had and weight gain. 2 years ago, read Wheat belly and lost 61 lb and showed so much improvement in allergies, however, it did not impact cholesterol levels or my pain level. I would love a copy of this book. I also work with medicare patients and can add this to my teaching and reach out to many many more people. Merry Christmas to you too! Fay

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Kim December 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

This sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read the this. I’ve been suffering from Fibromyalgia for the last 19 years and Alopecia universalis/areata for 12 years now. My children also have been diagnosed with severe allergies and chronic hives. Arthritis also runs in my family. Not only are we tired of dealing with these conditions daily we also live with the possibility of “what next”. We are consistently being evaluated for RA, Lupus, and Thyroidism. I love the idea of having complete control over my health after so long of feeling hopeless about it. Definitely sharing on FB, Twitter & Pinterest.

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Ana Gutierrez December 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

I went through 8 years of autoinmune chronic pericarditis and pleaurasy and lupus-like symptoms. Those years were long and hard, but almost a thing of the past since thanks be to God I made diet changes incorporating organic foods and fermented foods. I’m still learning and planning to be 100% well. I believe this book will be an essential tool to get me where I need to be and also to lead the way for others that find themselves in the same situation I was in. No one should have to live sick. Life is beautiful and we must fight for it.

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Heather December 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

My aunt suffers from a rare autoimmune disease. I would love to share this book with her!

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Catherine Griffice December 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

My better half has experienced a breakout on his head for years now and we have figured out that it is “The Hidden Plague”. We would love to have the book!!!!

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Catherine Griffice December 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

shared on Facebook

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Teresa December 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

I’ve been dealing with Fibro since before they named it….lucky me.
Would enjoy delving into this mystery DX.

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Stephanie Boudreau December 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

I would gift this book to my niece who has HS
And has dealt with it pretty much alone as the doctors
are not much help to her. I have shared this post in my
Facebook page.

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Stephanie Boudreau December 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

Tweeted this too

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Debbie D. December 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I have recently been diagnosed with pancreas and liver issues due to prolonged gluten exposure. this would help me learn to how change my eating happens to a more paleo diet.

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Debbie D. December 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I shared this on Twitter.

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Heather K December 7, 2013 at 4:49 am

I have an autoimmune disease called pernicious anemia, which is considered “rare.” In addition, I also have osteoarthritis and gout, which are autoimmune issues, too. This book can teach me how to improve my diet and improve my health, which is exciting!

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Heather K December 7, 2013 at 4:51 am

I happily shared this on Facebook because I have some friends who have MS, lupus, fibromyalgia, RSD, and diabetes. All of them could benefit from this book!

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Martin R December 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

Even though I’ve gone Paleo, I have not seen any improvement of my Acne. I think this book can help me identify and remove the foods that might still be causing my body to react this way.

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Martin R December 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

Shared on Facebook!

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