Hard to Stomach: Real Solutions to Your Digestive ProblemsPaperback
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- Publisher: NEWLEAF
- Format: Paperback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 12mm | 259g
- Publication date: 16 May 2002
- Publication City/Country: Dublin
- ISBN 10: 0717133699
- ISBN 13: 9780717133697
- Sales rank: 84,647
'You are what you eat' may be considered just an old saying, but like most old sayings, it has an element of truth. Our digestive system is the focal point of our body. The ability to absorb nutrients from our food is the key to our survival and a healthy digestive system is vital for our general well being. However, in our rushed, modern lifestyles it is often unintentionally abused, causing our health to deteriorate from the inside out. Many illnesses, from chronic diseases such as cancer to many modern allergies can be traced to underlying intestinal problems. Dr John McKenna gives a clear description of our digestive system, how it works and how it can go wrong. Drawing from his experience of treating hundreds of patients with digestive problems, he has given us a guide that is highly informative yet easy to read and even humorous in places. He looks at both conventional and alternative medicine, showing the reader how to combine both practices to their own advantage. Most importantly, he emphasises how critical the digestive tract is to our physical, mental and emotional well being, providing us with the foundation for good health.
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John McKenna has a science degree and a medical degree and has been practising nutritional medicine for over 25 years. He has come out of retirement to set up The Food Clinic which deals with weight loss issues. He is the bestselling author of Hard to Stomach, Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics, Alternatives to Tranquilisers and The Big Fat Secret. His books have been translated into most European languages.
'This book is full of wisdom -- the kind of wisdom bestowed on us by our mothers, years before books like this were written.' Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner 'Forget your fad diet books and your aerobics tapes... this book will do more for your weight and your wellness than anything else.' Rory Halford, The RTE Guide
Poor digestion is one of the great afflictions of our time, and once you have started to read through some of the case studies Dr McKenna presents it becomes obvious that it is far more than just the digestive tract that is affected by poor diet and eating habits. If some of the suggestions here may seem new or controversial (it is likely that many people will shy away from ideas such as colonic irrigation or some of the stricter regimes he suggests), there is much that sounds like common sense. The back of the book jacket repeats the old adage that we are what we eat, and there is plenty of similarly old-fashioned advice, such as chewing food well, eating the main meal in the middle of the day rather than in the evening, and allowing plenty of distraction-free time to enjoy and digest food, rather than eating on the hoof, or in front of the television. Fascinatingly, many of the patients described visited McKenna with symptoms ranging from erratic vision to skin rashes, headaches and menstrual problems, all seemingly unrelated to diet, and all were helped by addressing their eating habits. He spends a chapter addressing how stress can affect digestion, but spends less time on food allergies than one might expect from such a book. Instead, he focuses on conditions such as dysbiosis, where medication such as antibiotics or the contraceptive pill have helped to kill off the 'good' bacteria in the gut, and the alarming-sounding fermentation, in which food is not digested properly, leading to nausea, headaches, urinary frequency and low energy. McKenna suggests treatment for a range of disorders using nutritional supplements, homeopathy, diet and acupuncture, and there will be many people who will find his expertise invaluable. (Kirkus UK)
Table of contents
Foreword Preface Acknowledgements 1. The Digestive System 2. Fermentation in the Gut 3. Dysbiosis 4. How Stress Affects the Digestive System 5. Emotional Problems 6. Digestive Problems Can Affect Other Parts of the Body 7. Treatment of Common Digestive Complaints 8. Conclusion: Making Sense of it All!