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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (October 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071441964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071441964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"If you seek to be more proactive and involved in your health care decisions, this well-written, understandable book is an important place to begin the process."
--Doug Wilmore, M.D., and Judith Shabert, M.D., R.D., M.P.H.

Not only is faulty digestion directly responsible for a large number of gastrointestinal disorders, it can be indirectly responsible for a vast array of seemingly unrelated illnesses including arthritis, migraines, and auto-immune diseases.

In Digestive Wellness, clinical nutritionist Elizabeth Lipski explains how your digestive system works and what can happen when it experiences complications. She covers all the common gastrointestinal disorders and offers her expert guidance on the newest advances in testing and diagnosis, nutrition, and natural therapies, including detoxification and self-care options for more than thirty common conditions.

Identify and treat digestive complications such as:

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) • indigestion • gas bloating • constipation • celiac disease • hepatitis • inflammatory bowel diseases • and more

Digestive Wellness offers practical information that will guide you toward better health. This new edition is extensively updated to include:

  • New sections on hepatitis, cirrhosis, Barrett's esophagus, and Behcet's disease
  • The latest information on food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, prebiotics, and the use of supplements and herbs
  • Advice on how healthy changes in diet and lifestyle can help you achieve a level of physical and emotional wellness you may have never experienced before

About the Author

Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D., is a clinical nutritionist in private practice. She speaks nationally on the subject of digestion and disease and appears extensively on radio and in newspapers.

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Well written and very informative.
Nancy Anne Collins
I bought this book and learned a bit about the digestive system and the bacteria involved in helping us digest.
WJB
This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in better digestion.
Robert J. Murry

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Matthew J. Loop on December 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Digestive Wellness" is an absolute must for anyone looking to optimize their health, digestive or otherwise! Since 80% of people in the United States suffer from digestive disturbances, this information comes at a needed time. Health starts in the gut and Lipski provides a great handbook that will educate and empower you to take control of your health. She also addresses chronic diseases and provides cutting edge, functional testing recommendations.

Dr. Matthew J. Loop

Author of "Cracking the Cancer Code"
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Saffell on November 30, 2009
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Lipski's book DIGESTIVE WELLNESS, explains digestion exceptionally well for the lay person, and gives concrete, do-able directions for restoring digestive function for a host of gut problems. Maybe it ties it all together for me because I've already read a lot on the subject of digestion, but it does seem like this particular book really empowers the individual in restoring their own optimal gut function no matter what the originating cause.

If you were only going to get one book on the subject of digestion, DIGESTIVE WELLNESS should be the book. It covers both the specific 'diagnosed' gut issues as well as the non-specific. It gives the conventional tests as well as the 'functional medicine' tests that are often more informative. It suggests specific diet change recommendations and reasonable short-term supplement changes that aid healing for specific problems. My FNP saw my copy and will be ordering her own copy ASAP - (and yes, she has gut issues, too, that haven't been resolved by modern medicine).

Other very useful books on digestion are: Why Stomach Acid is Good for You: Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD by Jonathan Wright, MD, Healthy Digestion the Natural Way: Preventing and Healing Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gallbladder Diseases, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and More by D. Lindsey Berkson, Gut Solutions: Natural Solutions to Your Digestive Problems" by Brenda Watson, ND and Leonard Smith, MD. Each of these other books have excellent features, But if I could only buy one book, I'd start with Lipski's DIGESTIVE WELLNESS.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WJB on May 5, 2008
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I usually don't write reviews on Amazon unless I have extreme satisfaction from my purchase. Well this is one of them. I used to get bad heartburn frequently and was taking proton-pump inhibitors, which I felt were not alleviating the problem but maybe making it worse. I bought this book and learned a bit about the digestive system and the bacteria involved in helping us digest. Knowing that I have H. pylori which was the main cause of my heartburn, I decided to take the approach of promoting the good bacteria in my system. Since then I've done this, and barely ever get acid reflux. The only times I will get it is when I deviate to eating bad foods for a prolonged amount of time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9, 2011
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This book contains good solid information and could absolutely really help improve the health of a lot of people.

This book was good, but not as good as the book on this topic by Dr Sherry Rogers which I found far more thorough. That book was excellent and so I would recommend it over this one. If all your library has is this book however, it is well worth a read and makes many important points.

Also worth reading are books on the SCD eating plan and the GAPS diet, if you have serious gut issues and dysbiosis and need to heal your gut. These books take a very different and diet-based approach, that may be even more beneficial for some people.

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on April 18, 2011
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The book is excellent and I rate it 5 stars. But I am disenchanted that I was unaware it contained questionnaires which cannot be completed on my Kindle version of the book. In order to stay in step with the "diagnostic trips" the author suggests, these questionnaires are important so I will now order this book for the second time today, but now in hard copy.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2009
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This book tries to present a huge amount of information in a way that most people can understand, along with solutions and remedies. I have to say that some elements of this book deserve five stars, however I am kind of dissapointed with some parts, like chapters 10 and 11 which should be the most well written but can be confusing instead. I mean, trying by yourself to follow the advice given for many problems can be very difficult, since many times there is no clear way of what to try first, what to try depending on other factors and conditions or what how long to try a solution.
I guess there is good intention but the result is not so good in terms of practical applications and I'm not sure it can REALLY help many people (though it succeeds in raising optimism and hope for people suffering from gastrointestinal problems).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By WCPhotography on November 7, 2010
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I HAVE BEEN UNDER A GASTROINTEROLGIST CARE FOR THE PAST 6 YEARS FOR IBS AND DIVITICULITIS. EVEN THOUGH I WAS EATING HEALTHY I WAS STILL HAVING SERIOUS BOUTS OF ONE OR BOTH DISEASES. SOME SO SEVERE THAT I'D HAVE TO GO TO THE ER AND/OR MISS WORK. AFTER READING THIS "AMAZING" BOOK I FOUND THAT BECAUSE MY BOWELS WEREN'T AS REGULAR AS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, BACTERIA WAS BUILDING UP IN MY COLON AND CAUSING THE ABOVE DISEASES TO ATTACK MY SYSTEM. YOU WOULD THING MY DOCTOR MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED ALL OF THIS TO ME INSTEAD OF CONSTANTLY GIVING ME ANTIBIOTICS ON A REGULAR BASIS.

THIS BOOK WENT RIGHT TO THE ROOT OF MY PROBLEMS, GAVE ME HEALTHY SOLUTIONS SUCH AS VITAMINES, MINERALS AND OTHER SUGGESTIONS THAT WOULD, AND DID CORRECT MY PROBLEMS, AND IN GENERAL SET ME ON THE ROAD TO GETTING MY HEALTH BACK.

I AM NOW LIVING A NORMAL LIFE USING THE GUIDELINES SET IN THE BOOK, FOLLOWING THE DAILY REGIMENT SUGGEST WITH REGARD TO SUPPLEMENTS, EXERCISE AND DIET, AND I HAVEN'T FELT THIS GOOD IN SEVERAL YEARS.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE FOR ANY TYPE OF HEALTH ISSUE (IT GOES INTO ALMOST EVERY TYPE OF DISEASE THAT SO MANY PEOPLE SUFFER WITH FROM ASTHMA, HEART CONDITIONS, LUNGS, STOMACH ETC). IT'S VERY WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I CALL IT MY "HEALTH BIBLE" AND HAVE SEVERAL FRIENDS WHO AFTER HAVING LOOKED AT MY EDITION, ORDERED ONE FOR THEMSELVES.

I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS BOOK HIGHLY ENOUGH.........IT'S CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER FOR THE BETTER!!!
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