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Optimal Digestive Health

Optimal Digestive Health

A Complete Guide

A comprehensive and integrative approach to achieving digestive health using mainstream, complementary, and alternative therapies

• Offers complete information on herbal and homeopathic remedies, supplements, diets, medical tests, and environmental toxin reduction

• Includes a step-by-step diet to help readers moderate their carbohydrate intake and balance blood sugar levels

• Contains effective therapies for 30 digestive disorders, from candida to ulcers

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders. Drawing on the expertise of 25 practitioners, Optimal Digestive Health explores the symptoms, possible causes, medical testing, and effective treatments for 30 digestive disorders, from candida and colitis to ulcers. In addition, the authors explain the role digestion plays in many other health conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, mood swings, immune function, and skin problems. They provide clear information on detoxification, food allergies, and environmental factors, as well as meditation, qigong, and yoga. A step-by-step diet is offered to help readers moderate their carbohydrate intake and balance their blood sugar--keys to health and weight loss. Optimal Digestive Health demystifies the use of herbal therapies, acupuncture, biofeedback, and Ayurveda in the treatment of digestive disorders, pairing the best of mainstream medicine and complementary therapies with intelligent self-care for an integrated patient-centered approach to healing.
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  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 608 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594770364 | 
  • February 2005
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From Chapter 17

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John Furlong, N.D.

To practice truly preventive medicine, we have to know when to intervene. We need to be able to identify that crucial period when health is beginning to slip away, before the damage has been done.

We now have many of the pieces of the puzzle in our hands--the basis for truly preventive medicine. Basic yet sophisticated new lab tests are able to reflect the uniqueness of individual biology. These tests help us find inflammation, overly aggressive immune responses, poor digestion, and hormone problems; they all fit in the model... see more

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