Dr. Jeffrey Bland, the founder of Functional Medicine and the author of this provocative book, accuses his fellow physicians of dealing with surfaces, not causes. Further, he argues that their intense concentration on chronic disease symptoms leads to expensive temporary treatments that sometimes intensify patients' problems. The Disease Delusion delivers a frontal attack on a public health crisis that gobbles up dollars even as it drains our quality of life.
The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Lifeby Jeffrey S. Bland
For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for three quarters of our total healthcare costs, because we’re masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing
For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for three quarters of our total healthcare costs, because we’re masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing their underlying causes, he argues. Worse, only treating symptoms leads us down the path of further illness.
In The Disease Delusion, Dr. Bland explains what Functional Medicine is and what it can do for you. While advances in modern science have nearly doubled our lifespans in only four generations, our quality of life has not reached its full potential. Outlining the reasons why we suffer chronic diseases from asthma and diabetes to obesity, arthritis and cancer to a host of other ailments, Dr. Bland offers achievable, science-based solutions that can alleviate these common conditions and offers a roadmap for a lifetime of wellness.
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Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland is known as the "father of functional medicine," and over the past thirty-five years has taught more than 100,000 health-care practitioners around the globe. He has been a university biochemistry professor, a research director at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, the cofounder of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, and the founder/president of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Susan, and near his three sons and their families.
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Drawing from a growing body of evidence, including the human genome project, this book paints a wonderful picture of why drugs often DON'T work for chronic health problems. Further, Dr Bland show how disease is the downstream result of chronic imbalances in everything from digestion and elimination, to cellular communication, to detoxification and other biological systems. The book concludes by guiding readers to craft a personalized lifestyle approach to create wellness.