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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071668993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071668996
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D., CCN, CHN, is a clinical nutritionist. She’s the Director of Doctoral Studies at Hawthorn University and on faculty at Saybrook University, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and teaches for the Autism Research Institute.


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I am a nurse and I studied from a book almost like this one.
B. Satterfield
It would have been a lot easier for me if this was included in the index instead of having to thumb through the entire book scouring for a certain word.
Jamie L. Hodges
There's a lot of information in this book, but it is easy to understand and very educational.
Ann C. Lockler

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lazza on January 22, 2012
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For those who want to learn about how diet and one's digestive tract can impact one's overall health then this book is an absolute must. 'Digestive Wellness' does an excellent job explaining all the intricacies of the digestive tract in a very understandable way. We learn about how certain areas can go wrong and lead to a cascade of problems, even chronic illness. The author then recommends a course of action for those suffering from these illnesses. Although the author strongly promotes natural treatments she is not against conventional medications at all. She thinks the two can work together. This book enables one to speak intelligently with one's doctor about potential natural treatments, either on their own or complementary to conventional treatments.

Bottom line: I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is well worth paying full price for it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. M Mix on December 29, 2011
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I am a nurse practitioner and I found this book extremely helpful. I tried the suggested peppermint oil, and enzymes and my digestive disturbances have completely resolved already. It is user-friendly, informative and comprehensive. I will use this book a lot in my practice.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jamie L. Hodges on February 24, 2012
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I think this book is an excellent overview of the latest information relating to digestive health. I give it a big bonus for covering things that most doctors don't even know yet or give you an attitude about if YOU know it and they don't - for instance fibromyalgia's link to gut issues and autoimmune diseases. Most doctors my friends, family and myself have encountered are woefully and pathetically behind the times when it comes to digestive health, even saying that digestive health has nothing to do with the rest of your body. Those doctors are a danger to your health and well-being.
Notwithstanding the book's excellent information, I continually experience frustration with the index. Case in point- I want to look up 'enema' so I go to the index and it is not there. However in reading the book enema is mentioned at least once, on age 305, where it discusses 'butyrate enemas.' It would have been a lot easier for me if this was included in the index instead of having to thumb through the entire book scouring for a certain word.
However I still recommend this book. It puts together tons of useful information that took me hours or even weeks of scouring the internet to find. It is very current and up to date.

I want to add that my review covers the LATEST edition at the time of this review- 4th edition, copyright 2012. Many of these reviews on here are for previous editions.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum on December 25, 2011
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This easy to read guidebook is a wonderful resource that provides everything you need to know to "heal the gut.". Dr. Lipski's advice works, as it's based on scientific research as well as wellness teachings that have been around for hundreds of years. As a functional medicine practitioner, I keep a copy of this book in my office and recommend it to all my patients who suffer not only from digestive disturbances, but from inflammation, chronic pain or emotional issues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Satterfield on June 3, 2013
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It is so informative and so true. I am a nurse and I studied from a book almost like this one. Very detailed and explains everything. Having had trouble with my liver and digestive system, someone suggested I get this book and read, follow the instructions and I could see results real soon. It has been very helpful
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sunny on December 28, 2011
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very informational. well explained about the digestive system and how food effects the body. easily understand how health issues begin and what the causes are.
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70 of 94 people found the following review helpful By AvidHealthBookReader on April 12, 2013
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I bought this book expecting a scientifically justified discussion on the digestive system and its common ailments. Instead I got something that reads more like a vitamin store catalogue.

The author trots out page after page of the latest naturopathic theories that you have heard over and over, for example: leaky gut, food insensitivities, and intestinal dysbiosis. Treatments involving literally hundreds of different supplements are suggested. Little justification is provided for any of the proposed treatments, it appears the author is asking us to rely on her own observations. In fact reading through the bullet lists of instructions to try various natural medicines, I could not help feeling I was being commanded like a child.

Here is an example of the disregard for scientific justification on display in this book. On page 48 in the 4th edition:

"Seacure: Seacure is a supplement made from deep-ocean white fish that has been broken down into peptides and amino acids. I don't know why, but the product is soothing and healing to the gut."

As an avid health book reader, one other thing which caught my attention is many of the supplement brands being flogged in this book seem to pop up often in other functional medicine books, for example Optimal Digestive Health, by Nichols and Faass, which is selling seacure even harder than Lipski. These brands are mentioned a little too often in Lipski and other texts in my opinion and make me suspicious of vested commercial interests.

In summary, a sloppy, slung together list of naturopathic cliches, with dubious commercial interests, that all amounts to contempt for the reader.
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