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While advances in modern science have nearly doubled our lifespans in only four generations, our quality of life has not reached its full potential. Outlining the reasons why we suffer from chronic diseases from asthma and diabetes to obesity, arthritis and cancer to a host of other ailments, The Disease Delusion by Dr. Bland explains what functional medicine is and what it can do for you. It offers achievable, science-based solutions that can alleviate these common conditions and provides a roadmap for a lifetime of wellness.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic disease is not genetically predetermined but results from a mismatch between our genes and environment and lifestyle. What we call a "disease" is the outcome of an imbalance in one or more of the seven core physiological processes. Leveraging a lifetime on the cutting edge of research and practice, Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland lays out a road map for good health by helping us understand these processes and the root causes of chronic illness.
As Bland teaches us, no two people have the identical form of any disease, so with the right personalized program, we can safely and effectively manage and ultimately cure what ails us. In the 21st century, medicine is undergoing a paradigm shift comparable to the advances in infectious disease in the late 19th century. While these strides have nearly doubled life expectancies in only four generations, quality of life has yet to rise to its full potential.
Treatment of chronic diseases—diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, and many others—is responsible for 78 percent of total health care costs in the United States, yet we're managing the symptoms of these illnesses with pills and temporary remedies instead of identifying, preventing, and addressing their underlying causes. In The Disease Delusion, we learn how we may fundamentally change our perceptions of illness and approach a cure. It is complete with self-evaluation questionnaires and sample meal plans, supported by the most recent advances in health science, and includes 8 interactive health assessments you can complete on your phone.
Meet the Author
Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland is known as the "father of functional medicine," a medical approach that focuses on the personalized prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Bland has traveled more than six million miles, teaching more than 100,000 healthcare practitioners in the United States, Canada, and more than forty other countries about functional medicine. He has been a university biochemistry professor, a research director at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, the cofounder of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, and the founder/president of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications and ten books for health professionals and consumers. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Susan, and near his three sons and their families while pursuing his hobbies of boating, surfing, and scuba diving, as well as a lifelong passion for learning.