A Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

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SLACK Incorporated, 2012 - Medical - 415 pages
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A Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System is unique in that it provides answers to many practical clinical questions, all in one comprehensive resource.

This single-authored handbook by Dr. Anil Minocha contains content supported by close to a 1,000 scientific citations. A Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System discusses the supportive evidence, and addresses safety issues, side-effects, and drug interactions.

Dr. Anil Minocha is Board-certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine, nutrition as well as fellowship trained in clinical pharmacology and medical toxicology. This extensive background brings a systematic approach to evaluating, treating, and managing patients with alternative medicine options when treating conditions related to the digestive system.

Readers will find more than 70 chapters of succinct information written in a user-friendly format inside A Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System.

"Dr. Anil Minocha is well-known for writing useful, practical guides for quality care. His newest text, A Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System is no disappointment. This is an eloquent and elegant evidence-based approach to a challenging area."
-Jack A. Di Palma, MD, University of South Alabama, Former President of the American College of Gastroenterology

"Dr. Minocha is to be applauded for his courage in tackling an issue, CAM, that the medical profession has traditionally chosen to ignore in the hope that it would simply go away. That CAM has stubbornly refused to disappear is a testament to its popularity with the general population and demands that we take it seriously, analyze why it is used and by whom and critically assess its efficacy and risks. For providing us with an accessible, fair and comprehensive critique of CAM in the context of modern medical practice, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Minocha."
-Eamonn Quigley, MD, University College Cork, Ireland , Former President of the American College of Gastroenterology


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Preface xv
Pivotal Role of the Digestive System in Health 7
Section XI
Leaky Gut Syndrome 47
Mindfulness and Meditation
Types of Complementary and Alternative
Aquatic Therapy 84
Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders
Ulcerative Colitis
Role of Probiotics in Diarrhea
Feeding Disorders
Liver 343
Select Ayurvedic Remedies for Liver Disorders 360
Biliary and Pancreatic Disorders 381

Dietary Supplements Are Not Always 5
Side Effects of Select Supplements
Some Commonly Used Nonherbal
Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders
Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
Chronic Pancreatitis 389
One Complete Vegetarian Food 395
Aromatherapy 86
Hypnotherapy 101

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About the author (2012)

Anil Minocha, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, CPNSS is a nationally known physician with board certification in gastroenterology, internal medicine, and nutrition. He is also fellowship trained in clinical pharmacology and medical toxicology.  

He grew up in India and received his medical school training at PostGraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Rohtak, India. He underwent further education and training in various medical institutions in the United States, including Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Michigan State University in Lansing.  

Dr. Minocha has served in various capacities at different institutions including Director, Division of Digestive Diseases at 2 different medical schools in the United States. In addition to 6 books, he has authored or co-authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  

Dr. Minocha believes in the old adage, "We are what we eat" and that our digestive system is intimately involved with the health or sickness of systems throughout the human body. What we put into our gut, which is a micro-universe of trillions of bacteria, and how we live with respect to our surrounding environment goes a long way in determining our healthy state versus sickness.  

In addition to lectures to physicians across the United States, Dr. Minocha has been interviewed and/or quoted on a variety of topics in different media on numerous occasions including TV, radio, and magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, GQ, Good Housekeeping, and Natural Health.   

Dr. Minocha currently holds the rank of Professor of Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and OBVAMC in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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