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The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life

The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062290748
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 120,085
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mark Hyman, MD ix

Introduction: Chronic Concerns 1

Part 1 The Context

1 The Disease Delusion and the Chronic-Illness Conundrum 15

2 The Biological Breakthrough That Is Changing Everything 43

3 The Functional Medicine Revolution: Winning the Battle with Chronic Illness 75

Part 2 The Seven Core Physiological Processes

4 Assimilation and Elimination 101

5 Detoxification 119

6 Defense 145

7 Cellular Communications 165

8 Cellular Transport 189

9 Energy 211

10 Structure 233

Part 3 Personalizing Your Health-Management Plan

11 A New Approach to Your Health 263

12 Developping Your Baseline Program 275

13 Personalizing Your Health-Care Management Program 289

14 Your Health-Care Revolution 321

Appendix A The Baseline Seven-Day Eating Plan 327

Appendix B Glossary of Scientific Terminology 343

Appendix C Resources 389

Notes 365

Acknowledgments 389

Index 395

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