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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.” ―Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The UltraMind Solution and UltraMetabolism

“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 (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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.

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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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I found this book by accident but I'm SO glad I did. I have IBS, had GERD for years, but was still having digestive issues. Wasn't too sure how to go about a proper diet to find the culprits, but this book takes all the work out of that and does it for you. Well written, easy to understand, fascinating information about how our digestive systems really work...and why it's not so much what you EAT, but what you ABSORB from your food that counts. I've been following Track 2 for several days now and feel infinitely better than I have felt in a long time. Apparently I've got some food triggers, and Track 2 removes ALL of the usual suspects. Can't wait to find out what the issue really is when I start adding back in such things as dairy, eggs, wheat, corn...and the like. Comes with meal plans and easy and gut-comforting recipes. Like I said...If you have problems with your digestion, get a copy of this book. It's well worth the time and money.
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