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The Inside Tract, by the world's leading digestive health experts, Gerry Mullin and Kathie Swift, takes the latest science of why your gut goes bad and how to fix it and provides a practical, step-by-step guide to ending suffering from reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and many other chronic health problems. This revolutionary book may be your ticket to health.

The sooner you acquaint yourself with the information in this splendid book, the more likely you are to live a healthy, fulfilling life. The Inside Tract is a brilliant achievement. It takes away the mystery of GI function and provides sensible, scientific information that anyone can follow. In the highest sense, this is a book about healing. (Larry Dossey, MD, author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words)

About the Author

Gerard E. Mullin, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at Johns Hopkins. He is internationally renowned for his work in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition.

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, is an integrative and functional medicine dietitian and culinary nutrition leader for the Food As Medicine training program. She practices in the Berkshires, MA.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Original edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292649
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerard E. Mullin MD is a board-certified internist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist. He is an associate professor of medicine and serves as the director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Mullin has accrued over 20 years of clinical experience in the fields of integrative gastroenterology and nutrition and he earned a master's degree in nutrition while in practice in 1994.

Dr. Mullin is regarded as an authority in integrative gastroenterology and was commissioned by Andrew Weil MD to edit Integrative Gastroenterology for his integrative medicine library for Oxford University Press. Dr. Mullin teaches medical professionals at international conferences on the role of nutrition and lifestyle and the gut microbiome in digestive health and weight control.

He is the author of several books including his newest, The Gut Balance Revolution: Boost Your Metabolism, Restore Your Inner Ecology, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Mullin's academic biography is robust and has been included in Marquis Who's Who in the World and in Marquis Who's Who in America numerous times. His contributions and discoveries have led to multiple awards and his selection as one of America's Top Physicians.

Dr. Mullin was the youngest person to receive an honorary membership from the American Dietetic Association (now The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) in 2009. He also received the Grace A. Goldsmith award presented by the American College of Nutrition in November 2011. This special award acknowledges a scientist who is under the age of 50 years, for significant achievements in the field of nutrition.

He is a founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and serves on a number of nutrition exam committees and boards and was recently selected to serve as vice-chair for the as medical practice section of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Dr. Mullin and also serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals for gastroenterology, nutrition and integrative medicine.

Dr. Mullin has contributed to hundreds of consumer trade magazine articles who have featured his advice and professional journal papers dealing with digestive health, nutrition and wellness. He has been interviewed on radio and television and has contributed to stories in the Associated Press, ABC News, Good Morning America, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Martha Stewart Living, O, the Oprah Magazine, Rodale Press, Consumers Digest, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Natural Health magazine, More Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Body & Soul, Cooking Light, Women's World, Men's Health, Good Housekeeping, Dr Oz The Good Life Magazine, Glamour and much more.



Visit Dr. Mullin's website www.thefoodmd.com to learn more.

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155 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Perhaps my expectations were too high given the positive reviews, but I wasn't crazy about this book. I wish the first part of the book had been expanded to explain more about the digestive tract anatomy and interactions with the rest of the body. I found the second part of the book rather simplistic. The author's gut-healing protocol included eliminating most processed foods from the diet and undergoing a food elimination diet, if necessary, to identify additional triggers. Supplements were also recommended for different conditions. The author stressed an organically-grown local, seasonal, plant-based diet.

A few things that bothered me about his recommendations:

- Nutritional focus should include organic, grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free animal products.

- Grains really aren't very good for you. They're nutrient-poor and converted to sugar in the body. In addition, many people are gluten-intolerant and grain-sensitive. There should be less focus on grains.

- There was no mention of functional medicine.

- Supplement recommendations were based on conditions rather than causes. There can be many causes to any condition.

- There were few possible causes of digestive imbalances mentioned, and there was little information on how to find the causes.

- Recipes comprised a full third of the book. I was looking for information on the digestive tract rather than a cookbook.

I recommend Elizabeth Lipski's "Digestive Wellness" instead.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Baxter on July 25, 2011
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Several years ago our son experienced a horrific health challenge and during this time I read every book available dealing with gastrointestinal issues. I recently read this book and I found it to be the most helpful by far. It was very easy to read and it was extremely helpful in identifying symptoms and possible disorders. More importantly the book also includes an action plan that the reader can follow in order to regain their health. The suggested diet is simple to follow and easy to personalize. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their health.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum on February 13, 2012
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This book is the definitive guide to gut health. It's based on the principles of functional medicine, which considers the underlying root causes of illness, rather than just diagnosing a disease and treating it with pills or surgery. Mullin and Swift take the reader on a journey into the inner workings of the gastrointestinal tract and show how simple diet and lifestyle changes can generate a healing response. The recommendations they present are based on sound scientific evidence. The second half of the book is filled with yummy recipes that are easy to make and don't require a lot of specialized ingredients. The individualized Gastrointestinal Point System and the unique three-tiered nutrition program are especially useful. The book is sure to become a classic in the field of integrative medicine!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By psandlin on March 9, 2012
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I wanted to take the time to thank the authors for writing this book. I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis a couple of months ago. The doctor told me that diet/nutrition would NOT make a difference. Fortunately, I didn't believe this and I had support from a couple of friends. I also received good direction concerning supplements from a nutritionist at a local natural food store here in Denver. Finally, I came across this book at a local book store, purchased it, read it, and went on the elimination track 2 plan while continuing with the supplements. I saw results immediately and within a month was symptom free. It has been another month and all is still going well. I feel much healthier than I have in many, many years. Thanks again. The book is filled with easy to read and understand information that explains how the digestive system and auto immune system function. The recipes are easy to read and follow. I highly reccomend this book for anyone looking to live a long and healthy life.

Paul
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Katz on July 9, 2011
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The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health, is a treasure trove of excellent information about all issues relating to achieving optimal digestive health. Gerry Mullin, MD and Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN are the masters of gut healing. I have read many books on this subject, and this one is a gem. It's a well written and carefully thought through guide, chocked full of wisdom, compassion and easy practical tips that will help readers take control and manage their digestive issues. The food charts are especially helpful. I have family that deals with digestive issues, and I plan on giving this book to all of them! For anyone interested in healing, this is a must have book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sdeanrd@aol.com on July 18, 2011
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Dr Gerry Mullin and leading nutrition expert, Kathie Swift have done an incredible job with this book. There are many books and papers on this elusive subject but finally - a book weaves it all together! Furthermore, the authors break down potentially complicated digestive disease into an evidence based yet easy to understand book that's organized, systematic and flows beautifully. From helpful and scientifically based explanations of what's ailing you to step by step instructions to fantastic recipes (the recipes are modified for those with more serious digestion issues), this book covers it all.
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