BOOK REVIEW: The Gut Balance Revolution by Gerard Mullin, MD
This is one of the best books on weight loss ever written. Other diet books often recommend a one-size-fits-all diet, without mentioning the scientific basis of different foods or discussing how the gut affects each one of us. A person can try all the diets they want, but as we well know, most work only for a short while because they ignore what medicine calls the microbiome: the 100 trillion microbes that inhabit our gastrointestinal tract and have far-reaching effects on the entire system, including our brain and metabolism.
The author, Gerard Mullin, MD, is a distinguished professor at one of our leading medical institutions, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the introduction, Dr. Mullin spells out his own experiences and struggles with obesity in his youth, as well as the little they teach in medical school on the subjects of food, nutrition, calories, and weight gain. He describes his journey frankly but thoughtfully, and helps us understand why he is writing this book. It is carefully crafted and well-written, taking the complex subject of medicine and easing the reader into it, so that all may understand and benefit. Dr. Mullin—having been there, done that— helps the reader relate to the material on many levels, taking into consideration emotions, past experiences, and current status, and puts it all together in a sensitive and practical manner. Just as important, Dr. Mullin has organized the latest medical and scientific findings regarding gut microbe imbalances, metabolism, and superfoods into an organized and highly practical format.
The Gut Balance Revolution helps us develop our knowledge on obesity, foods, and why are we getting fatter even if we eat less—plus, it addresses simple clichés, such as “eat less and exercise more.” We've all heard that one, but Dr. Mullin explains why it doesn't work for most people. A hot topic in medicine these days is the gut microbiome. This subject is now the focus of discussion in numerous medical journal articles and conferences worldwide. This a complex subject of vital importance for our health, our immune system, and especially our brain—and Dr. Mullin is one of the leading world experts in this field of medicine. The book is replete with interesting subjects, such as “What's the Real Story with Alcohol?” and “Are You An Emotional Eater?”, and many others that help us understand the benefits and risks associated with our habits. Everything in this book is supported by science and medicine, with abundant references throughout. There is no area that is just opinion or assumption.
The Gut Balance Revolution has sections on yoga and meditation as well, with simple exercises anyone can easily do at home. The reader will also find stories of actual people, both male and female of varying ages, who discuss how they accomplished their goals. There are segments that help people through various phases of balancing one's intestinal metabolism and microbiota, with a shopping list for each phase, and recipes for healthy and filling foods. What more could one possibly ask for?
Find your copy of The Gut Balance Revolution, and learn more about Dr. Mullin, at thefoodmd.com.