Biochemical Imbalances in Disease: A Practitioner's Handbook by Lorraine Nicolle, Ann Woodriff Beirne, David S. Jones, Denise Mortimore, Justine Bold, 9781848190337

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    Biochemical imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies are a contributory factor in chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune conditions and cancer. This handbook for practitioners explains how to identify and treat such biochemical imbalances in order to better understand and manage a patient's ill-health. The book examines a range of biochemical imbalances, including compromised adrenal or thyroid function, gastro-intestinal imbalances, immune system problems and sex hormone imbalances, and explains how and why such states occur. It pulls together a wide range of evidence to show how such imbalances are involved in the most common chronic diseases. It helps practitioners to understand how to identify the imbalances through appropriate case history taking and laboratory testing, and how to design and implement effective nutritional interventions. Developed by leading academics and practitioners in the fields of nutritional therapy and functional medicine, this evidence-informed approach can be used with all patients who present in clinic, regardless of whether or not they have a 'named medical condition'. In the final chapter, a case example illustrates how to use the theoretical information in the practice of treating patients with chronically compromised health. Biochemical Imbalances in Disease is an essential text for nutritional therapy practitioners, as well as for students, and will be welcomed by complementary and conventional healthcare practitioners alike.

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    if, on the other hand, you are interested in revising your biochemistry and physiology and looking critically at the evidence and possibilities for individualised nutritional interventions to optimise health then here you have a valuable source of reference to use to extend and inform your practice. -- Journal of Herbal Medicine Biochemical Imbalances in Disease will prove to be an important publication that adds to the expanding body of literature about functional medicine (FM)...The authors' careful explanations in this volume illustrate how clinical practice, coupled with skills learned through rigorous training in FM, can successfully bring to the therapeutic relationship real patient-centred answers for chronic, complex illnesses. -- from the Foreword by David S. Jones, MD, FABFP, President and Director of Medical Education, The Institute of Functional Medicine



    About the author

    Lorraine Nicolle MSc is a nutritional therapist with a regular clinic at a London-based natural health centre (www.greenwichnaturalhealth.co.uk). Lorraine is also a lecturer in nutrition and nutritional therapy at Thames Valley University, London. In addition, she undertakes nutrition consultancy and training for various organisations in the healthcare, educational and business consultancy sectors. Ann Woodriff Beirne is based in Morisset, Australia. After achieving a BSc (Hons) in Food Science, Ann worked as a biomedical scientist for 10 years, gaining an MSc in Applied Immunology before moving into complementary therapy. She also has experience of lecturing on nutritional therapy, and was sub-editor of The Nutrition Practitioner for three years.




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