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Book Review: Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Nutrition Desk Reference, Edited by Gerard E. Mullin, et al

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In the Preface of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Nutrition Desk Reference, Dr. Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy explains, “The gastrointestinal tract is concerned with ingesting, digesting, and absorbing nutrients and the liver is a metabolic engine that transforms nutrients, synthesizes plasma protein, and detoxifies bacteria and toxins absorbed from the gut. It is therefore not surprising that gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases have a major impact on the nutritional state of the individual.”

To assist the gastroenterologist, nutritionist, or health care provider, the editors compiled expert data from contributors to include: Malabsorption, Role of Probiotics, Short Bowel Syndrome, Food Allergies and Intolerance, Nutritional Guidelines for Liver Diseases, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and a whole gamut of other issues prevalent in our society such as Eating Disorders and Obesity. Each contributor gives an introduction, explains and defines the disease, provides protocols, summaries, and lists references.

Although Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Nutrition Desk Reference is geared toward the health care provider, I believe the data presented is simple enough for a lay person experiencing any of the gastrointestinal or liver issues to find solace in the information presented. As well, the knowledge would assist the patient to make an informed decision on alternatives provided by the practitioner. This reference is concise, thorough, and gives the reader an inclusive indication of issues at hand as well as understanding of possibilities and healing methods.

(Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views)

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  • A top probiotics product will help to promote gastrointestinal health as will juicing fruits and vegetables to form a powerful antioxidant cocktail and sufficient fiber to discharge toxins.

    There are products in health food stores to assist with liver detoxification although you should consult with a health care practitioner familiar with these protocols. Milk Thistle has been used historically as a good liver tonic. Drinking cessation will assist too with liver issues.

    Internal inflammations should be confirmed by taking blood tests and appropriate x-rays and studies like the colonoscopy and upper endoscopy.

    Some foods can contribute to internal inflammation like sugar, alcohol, heavy spices/sauces and possibly the caffeine in coffee for diverticulitis sufferers.