Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

  • $46.95
  • ISBN 10 1556428634
  • ISBN 13 978-1556428630
  • 432 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2013
  • Order# 78630

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.

Gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, and internists will find 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, FACG 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, FACG, Dept. of Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland, Former President American College of Gastroenterology

  • Dedication

  • Acknowledgments

  • About The Author

  • Preface

  • Section I Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Why Patients Are Frustrated

  • Chapter 2: Popularity and Status of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • Section II Digestive System and Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • Chapter 3: Pivotal Role of the Digestive System in Health

  • Section III Humans Are Superorganisms

  • Chapter 4: A Bacterial Universe Within Our Body

  • Chapter 5: Bacteria May Actually Help: The Science Behind It

  • Chapter 6: Human Microflora and Chronic Diseases

  • Chapter 7: Role of Probiotics in Health Maintenance

  • Chapter 8: Select Probiotics Available on the Market

  • Chapter 9: Prebiotics and Synbiotics

  • Section IV Leaky Gut Syndrome

  • Chapter 10: Leaky Gut: Fact or Fiction?

  • Chapter 11: Disorders Associated With Leaky Gut

  • Section V Types of Complementary and Alternative Therapies Used

  • Chapter 12: Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies

  • Chapter 13: Acupuncture

  • Chapter 14: Aquatic Therapy

  • Chapter 15: Aromatherapy

  • Chapter 16: Ayurveda

  • Chapter 17: Biofeedback

  • Chapter 18: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Chapter 19: Energy Medicine

  • Chapter 20: Fasting

  • Chapter 21: Homeopathy

  • Chapter 22: Hypnotherapy

  • Chapter 23: Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies

  • Chapter 24: Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Chapter 25: Prayer and Spirituality

  • Chapter 26: Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Chapter 27: Vegetarianism

  • Chapter 28: Yoga

  • Section VI Dietary Supplements Are Not Always Safe

  • Chapter 29: Regulation and Safety Concerns

  • Chapter 30: Side Effects of Select Supplements

  • Chapter 31: Potential for Hepatotoxicity

  • Chapter 32: Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Chapter 33: Potential for Interactions With Cancer Treatment

  • Section VII Some Commonly Used Nonherbal Supplements

  • Chapter 34: Antioxidant-Vitamin Formulations

  • Chapter 35: Vitamins

  • Chapter 36: Minerals

  • Chapter 37: Melatonin is not Just for Sleep

  • Section VIII Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Chapter 38: Esophageal Disorders

  • Chapter 39: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy

  • Chapter 40: Peptic Ulcer Disease

  • Chapter 41: Helicobacter pylori

  • Chapter 42: Functional Dyspepsia

  • Chapter 43: Gastroparesis

  • Section IX Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Chapter 44: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Chapter 45: Ulcerative Colitis

  • Chapter 46: Crohn’s Disease

  • Chapter 47: Role of Probiotics in Diarrhea

  • Chapter 48: Nonprobiotic Management of Diarrhea

  • Chapter 49: Antibiotic- and Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhea

  • Chapter 50: Constipation

  • Section X Feeding Disorders

  • Chapter 51: Anorexia Nervosa

  • Chapter 52: Bulimia Nervosa

  • Section XI Cancer

  • Chapter 53: Diet and Cancer

  • Chapter 54: Lifestyle Factors and Cancer

  • Chapter 55: Micronutrients and Cancer

  • Chapter 56: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Cancer

  • Chapter 57: Role of Prebiotics and Probiotics in Cancer

  • Section XII Liver

  • Chapter 58: Phytobotanical Treatment of Liver Disorders

  • Chapter 59: Select Ayurvedic Remedies for Liver Disorders

  • Chapter 60: Select Chinese Treatments for Liver Disorders

  • Chapter 61: Nonherbal Treatments for Liver Disorders

  • Chapter 62: Prebiotics and Probiotics in Liver Health

  • Section XIII Biliary and Pancreatic Disorders

  • Chapter 63: Biliary Disorders

  • Chapter 64: Acute Pancreatitis

  • Chapter 65: Chronic Pancreatitis

  • Section XIV Healthy Nutrition Potpourri

  • Chapter 66: Weight Loss Diet That Reduces Mortality Risk, Too!

  • Chapter 67: Quinoa: One Complete Vegetarian Food

  • Chapter 68: All Yogurts May Not Be Probiotic or Equal

  • Chapter 69: Fish Type and Risk of Mercury Toxicity: All Fish Are Not the Same

  • Chapter 70: One Must-Have Healthy Spice/Herb in the Kitchen: Turmeric

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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