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Biochemical Imbalances in Disease

A Practitioner's Handbook

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Singing Dragon
Published: 15th Apr 2010
Dimensions: w 164mm h 254mm d 31mm
Weight: 725g
ISBN-10: 1848190336
ISBN-13: 9781848190337
Barcode No: 9781848190337
Synopsis
Biochemical imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies are a contributory factor in chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune conditions and cancer. This handbook for practitioners explains how to identify and treat such biochemical imbalances in order to better understand and manage a patient's ill-health. The book examines a range of biochemical imbalances, including compromised adrenal or thyroid function, gastro-intestinal imbalances, immune system problems and sex hormone imbalances, and explains how and why such states occur. It pulls together a wide range of evidence to show how such imbalances are involved in the most common chronic diseases. It helps practitioners to understand how to identify the imbalances through appropriate case history taking and laboratory testing, and how to design and implement effective nutritional interventions. Developed by leading academics and practitioners in the fields of nutritional therapy and functional medicine, this evidence-informed approach can be used with all patients who present in clinic, regardless of whether or not they have a 'named medical condition'. In the final chapter, a case example illustrates how to use the theoretical information in the practice of treating patients with chronically compromised health. Biochemical Imbalances in Disease is an essential text for nutritional therapy practitioners, as well as for students, and will be welcomed by complementary and conventional healthcare practitioners alike.

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An unusual text which discusses biochemical imbalances in gastro-intestinal, endocrine and immune diseases. It describes the diagnosis of imbalance and proposes therapeutic approaches, many based on nutrition and life style. Worth reading by pediatricians and practicing physicians. -- Zvi Laron * Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol 15., No. 2 * Biochemical Imbalances in Disease will prove to be an important publication that adds to the expanding body of literature about functional medicine (FM)....The authors' careful explanations in this volume illustrate how clinical practice, coupled with skills learned through rigorous training in FM, can successfully bring to the therapeutic relationship real patient-centred answers for chronic, complex illnesses. -- from the Foreword by David S. Jones, MD, FABFP, President and Director of Medical Education, The Institute of Functional Medicine if, on the other hand, you are interested in revising your biochemistry and physiology and looking critically at the evidence and possibilities for individualised nutritional interventions to optimise health then here you have a valuable source of reference to use to extend and inform your practice. -- Journal of Herbal Medicine