New PDF release: Integrative Gastroenterology (Weil Integrative Medicine

By Gerard Mullin

Digestive proceedings became more and more universal. contemporary facts convey that gastrointestinal court cases account for almost a 3rd of all visits to fundamental care medical professionals and that just about one in six americans be afflicted by digestive affliction.

In this quantity, a global panel of major specialists presents a wealth of data for health and wellbeing care practitioners and shoppers at the reason, equipment, modalities, and efficacy of integrative suggestions for gastrointestinal issues. insurance encompasses a diversified variety of remedy equipment, corresponding to meditation, therapeutic massage, yoga, vitamins, particular diets, strength drugs, homeopathy, and acupuncture, in addition to a distinct part dedicated to mind-body medication in digestive wellbeing and fitness and ailment. In discussing unconventional remedies, the authors handle a number of the controversies that encompass the treatments.

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2 The American Digestive Disease Epidemic GERARD E. MULLIN key concepts ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Digestive diseases are highly prevalent in the United States. The age-adjusted increase in the prevalence of digestive diseases between 1998 and 2004 was 35%. The International Foundation of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) has projected that the prevalence in America today for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is 30 to 60 million, and for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), 30 to 45 million. The annual cost of digestive diseases was estimated to be $142 billion annually in 2004.

Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer of the digestive organs, accounting for more than 60% of all digestive organ cancers and 25% of all 24 INTEGRATIVE GASTROENTEROLOGY cancer mortality in the United States (Boyle & Ferlay, 2005). In 2004, more than 660,000 Europeans were living with a diagnosis of colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in Europe and the United States. Like diverticular disease, colon cancer is rare in Africa and Asia (except Japan). In both conditions, a high-fiber diet appears to be protective.

Minocha in Chapter 39. An Overview of Digestive, Sensing, and Immune Functions of the Gut 31 Consequences of suppressing gastric acid production include: vitamin deficiency (folate, B12), mineral deficiencies (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, chromium, manganese, and copper), altered bowel flora, dysbiosis, and small bowel bacterial overgrowth. IATROGENIC HYPOCHLORHYDRIA AND SMALL INTESTINAL BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH (SIBO) In addition to the important nutrient absorption implications, the role of low stomach acid in IBS is particularly notable in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

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