BOOK RE­VIEW: The Gut Bal­ance Rev­o­lu­tion by Ger­ard Mullin, MD

Alternative Medicine - - Condition Spotlight - BY AN­DREW CAMP­BELL, 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.

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