E-Book Review: 'This Cure Works' by Ian Solley
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First Published: 2007
Last Updated: 28/5/2014
Ian Solley's web site This Cure Works sells an e-book on chronic fatigue syndrome entitled 'This Cure Works'. He uses a few different URLs to target slightly different audiences. The book covers a broad range of material, and contains information on toxicity, its effects, lifestyle, phospholipid exchange, diet and detoxification, and nutritional supplements. The material is based largely upon The BodyBio Detoxx Book by Patricia Kane et al. and also Coffee Enemas as proposed by Gerson Therapy. The Detoxx system is based on the principle of a diet rich in meat, fish, nuts, seeds, essential fatty acids, fruit and vegetables with few starches and grains, to help to mobilise biotoxins in the body - there are additional supporting methods including phospholipid therapy (orally and IV), reduced glutathione, amino acid support, coffee enemas and liver flushes etc. Solley takes this as a base (focussing on oral phospholipid supplementation rather than IV) and adds chelation therapy on top, using the mobiliser Cilantro, and using Chlorella as an intestinal absorbant. He also mentions PCA-Rx, a mobilising and chelating combination product; and briefly mentions antimicrobial herbs. Solley strongly suggests the reader to buy The Patient Detoxx Book and to seek out a physician who has read The BodyBio Detoxx Book (the more comprehensive practitioner's guide.)
I was expecting to have all the information I needed in Solley's book when I bought it back in 2005, but was disappointed to find that he stated that I needed to buy someone else's book to get a handle on the treatment regime and diet. This is not totally unreasonable given the complexity of the protocols and underlying issues but still, I would have liked more detail. I was equally disappointed when I bought the Patient Detoxx Book as I found it extremely lacking in details about what the purpose of the diet is, how the supplements work, and hardly mentions biotoxins at all, where they come from and how it works. So after having purchased Solley's book and the book he recommended, I didn't feel I knew enough or understood the subject matter well enough to perform all of the regime with any confidence.
The practitioner Detoxx guide (Patricia Kane's The BodyBio Detoxx Book) is however much more comprehensive than the recommended Patient Detoxx Book and having purchased it finally years later, I would suggest that the reader ignores the patient book and goes straight for the practitioner guide. It took me several years to really understand the concepts myself (relying on Solley's book and the Patient Detoxx Book), whereas I could have saved myself the effort had I purchased the practitioner book from the start. Solley's e-book, although it touches upon the reasons for cell membrane repair, does not adequately explain how and why the membranes become damaged and what effect this has on cellular function. He also does not really explain the purpose of phosphatidyl choline adequately IMO. If you really wanted to understand these topics, then I would suggest buying Patricia Kane's The BodyBio Detoxx Book over Ian Solley's ebook as it is much more comprehensive in this aspect, not that much more expensive, and comes from a more experienced authority.
However, Solley's book does have merit and contains additional types of information. The antimicrobial recommendations and coffee enema instructions are a bit thin on the ground however. The sections on chelation therapy are also rather underdeveloped and based upon a rather crude (non-Cutler) understanding of chelation and mobilisation. His focus is on the use of Cilantro which is a strong mobiliser and would not be my first choice at the start of a chelation programme as it can result in more Mercury circulating in the system and the patient getting much worse. Cilantro is useful towards the middle or end of a chelation regime, but certainly not the beginning. He makes generalisations about chelating agents like DMSA resulting in reaborption of heavy metals from the GI tract, but I don't think that is true as it is excreted via the kidneys in the urine. Cilantro is a mobiliser and is thus not very good at binding with Mercury and preventing reabsorption - which is why he suggests using Chlorella. I believe Chlorella, even pyrenoidosa, is somewhat overrated as an intestinal binding and I believe that using Metachel and/or Charcoal or Bentonite clay would be better personally. A useful reference source for chelation therapy is Andrew Hall Cutler's book, Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment - whilst you may not agree with all the chelating agents he suggests, it explains the principles of chelation vs mobilisation quite well. This is also explained (for free) on this web site.
So whilst Solley's book is quite good in many places, it would not be my first choice for the topics it describes. I feel that it could benefit from more explanation as to why one is doing what one is doing to the novice - and be better structured so that there is less reliance in the Q&A section on explaining core concepts, relaying dosage information, and informing the reader where to find the products mentioned - rather than integrate this information to where these things are actually mentioned in the many body of the book. I am also not that keen on some of the suppliers of supplements he suggests but that could equally be directed at Patricia Kane's books or even Klinghardt as it often comes down to personal preference/bias and what one is used to.
In a few instances, as a novice, when I first read his book, I came to the wrong conclusions as I feel some of the explanations were either too high level or ambiguously written. For example, his description of PCA (formerly PCA-Rx first mentions that it contains organisms to cleanse the body (referring to probiotics and cleansing the gut) but then mentions a matrix to envelope toxins (i.e. chelation) and I interpreted it as meaning that these mysterious organisms he refers to somehow got into the bloodstream and chelated heavy metals! If he had explained it properly it would have been easier - as well as listing where to buy it as I missed the paragraph in the FAQs about this for some time. The explanations of the roles of Phosphatidyl Choline and Butyrate washed over my head when I first read them and felt that they could have elaborated a little more seeing as they were a core part of the programme.
Solley's suggestion to taking half a kilo of probiotics capsules over 50 days as a 'flood' - 36 capsules a day (6 capsules 20 minutes before food 3 times a day and 18 capsules before bed). I don't believe that this is strictly necessary. It is expensive and introduces large amounts of methylcellulose and Magnesium Stearate into the GI tract. Also I think probiotic enemas would be cheaper and more effective, delivering the bacteria directly into the colon - given that he was already recommending coffee enemas for liver detoxification. Also I don't think Ian Solley subscribes to the concept of probiotic cells merely seeding the GI tract, to multiply, but seems to favour direct replacement, with the assumption that ingested probiotics won't multiply significantly.
I think the book could also benefit from a little introduction to physiology in relevant places rather than throwing about expressions lifted from Patricia Kane's book without sufficient introduction, particularly around cell membrane function and the role of the gallbladder and liver, and how they relate to the supplements he suggest, in more detail. Someone as knowledgeable as Ian Solley about the Detoxx protocol could have greatly improved these areas. Hopefully something for the next version. I arrived at many of the same conclusions as Solley (and indeed Patricia Kane to a large degree), independently, over a number of years, which I have documented on this web site, so I believe he is on the right track with his book, bar a few areas that could be refined (mentioned above, mainly chelation therapy related), and suggest it is worth a look if you already have the other books I have mentioned above.
Ian Solley also now offers an e- book entitled 'This Diet Works: Your Food Freedom!', written by Katreena Watherston with a forward about low GI diet by Hazel Du Preez. It is essentially a high protein, low GI Index diet recipe book. It is designed for use by those with food allergies, to treat and cure those allergies, in a similar way that the Paleo, SCD or GAPS diets are designed for this purpose. It is based to some degree on the Detoxx diet but includes some grains such as Quinoa and also some beans. I will be reviewing this book in due course.
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