A Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

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Anil Minocha, MD
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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.

Readers will find more than 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, 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, University College Cork, Ireland , Former President of the American College of Gastroenterology

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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.

About the Author 

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