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Gut Reactions: A Radical New 4-Step Program for Treating Chronic Stomach Distress and Unlocking the Secret to Total Body Wellness Paperback – June 11, 2002

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Gut Reactions is a godsend for the millions who suffer from chronic GI distress. I highly recommend it.”
–Cristiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

This book is a landmark contribution to the natural prevention and treatment of stomach ailments of all kinds. Dr. Kellman offers a valuable, safe, and user-friendly program for anyone who suffers from the pain and distress of gut problems.”
–Mark Allen Young, M.D., F.A.C.P., author of Women and Pain

“I wish that every gastroenterologist who simply prescribes in response to a diagnosis was made to read this book and be informed about its contents. Dr. Kellman treats the patient, their experience, and their condition with a refreshingly open, holistic mindset.”
–Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions For Living

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You don?t have to be in pain! You don?t have to pop antacids after every meal, or rely on prescription drugs to coax your gastrointestinal system to do what it?s supposed to. Whether you suffer from chronic indigestion or from a more serious condition such as Crohn?s disease, it is possible to find relief and return to a comfortable, healthy way of eating and living. In Gut Reactions, Dr. Raphael Kellman, a pioneer in the practice of complementary medicine, draws upon the best conventional Western treatments and holistic therapies to offer a breakthrough, all-natural program for treating a variety of stomach complaints with safe, lasting results.

Building on the revolutionary idea of the mind-gut connection, Kellman?s four-step program guides you in understanding your symptoms and obtaining an accurate diagnosis, and then helps you tailor a healing regimen to your specific condition. His unique bio-ecological diet (complete with four weeks of menus and recipes) works with nutritional supplements, herbal therapies, and mind-body exercises to manage symptoms and in many cases restore normal gut function. Enlightened and comprehensive, Gut Reactions provides specific treatment plans for:
Antacid ?addiction?
Inflammatory bowel disease
Crohn?s disease
Acid reflux (esophageal reflux disease)
Low gastric acitvity
?Leaky gut? syndrome
Gluten sensitivity
Irritable bowel syndrome
Parasitic disease

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1st edition (June 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767907361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767907361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dr. Kellman MD tries to deal with overall health maintenance
and well-being in this work. There are many theories about
colorectal and gastro-intestinal health. In fact, there is a
book out entitled "Death Begins in the Colon". Dr. Kellman MD
outlines some basic strategies for health maintenance.
The control of stress is a cornerstone of his 4-step process
to overall health. Concurrent with this goal are the diagnostic
dimensions of acute illness, the bio-ecological diet and the
proper supplements i.e. Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin B 12 etc.
The bio-ecological diet deals with eating a balanced menu,
eliminating sugar and gluten, identifying lactose intolerance
and eliminating chemical preservatives from the daily diet

The most obvious place to treat overall health is in the gut.
Consuming a high quality acidophilus can introduce good bacteria
into the gut in order to balance the bad bacteria. In addition,
elimination of oral contraceptives, elimination of toxins,
elimination of sugary foods, refined food elimination and gut
stress control are hallmarks on the way to good health.
The authors make a gut/arthritis linkage which involves "leaky gut" syndrome, gut toxins and gluten intolerance as general
irritants and detractors to optimal gut functioning. The book
documents a heart/gut link, a brain/gut link, an allergy-gut
link, a hormone-gut link and a general cooperative functioning
of the various bodily systems .

He describes a plethora of diagnostic tests which deal with
identification of critical disease processes. For instance, the
colonoscopy identifies dysbiosis, diverticulitis and other
problems in the colorectal area.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great. In addition to helpful advice for improving digestive issues with healthy nutrition and supplements, the author delves into the "mind-gut" connection. His perspective is perceptive, progressive, and refreshing. To quote the author, "Writing a prescription for a drug or giving a patient a supplement regimen or even changing how a patient eats are, to me, all stopgap measures that are at best temporary solutions. But when you help patients develop a new philosophy of life, when you give them true insight into why they do what they do, you are in effect empowering them to change their lives and heal at the deepest level. The results can be both profound and permanent." Bravo.
This is the best book I've found on digestive issues. I've read other books that approach digestive health naturally (nutrition, supplements, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, etc), but this book is more holistic. It's my "new favorite"!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book explains the workings of the digestive system, it's problems, and a holistic solution as outlined by Dr. Kellman. Material is presented in a format that is easily understood by chronic sufferers with no medical background. References to sources are clearly noted. Of special interest is the section on plans for various digestive disorders.. . that is a supplement and dietary plan, as well as suggested testing. There is even a sample diet plan to follow. It has encouraged me to work with my doctor to eliminate prescription drugs for treatment and to take a very active role in my own "natural" management. A worthwhile read for anyone with chronic stomach problems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barton VINE VOICE on August 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
An interesting book for those interested in holistic health and wellness. In this book, Dr. Kellman discusses the basics of gastrointestinal (gut or GI) health, the function of each component, common diseases, side effects, treatments, drugs, suppliments, and diet. He takes a dozen different GI diseases, from GERD to colitis, and discusses both the cause and the potential cures for the disease. His approach is one of holistic wellness, so it is mind-body as opposed to only treating symptoms. The book has a treatment protocol for each of the diseases, and Dr. Kellman reminds the reader constantly to couple the information in the book with a like minded physician and whole life wellness approach. A good book for those with gut wrenching challenges in their life.
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