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The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life

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For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for three quarters of our total healthcare costs, because we're masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing their underlying c ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Harper Wave (first published April 22nd 2014)
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Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I was touring healthcareland, I came across several doctors who couldn’t explain themselves in a way that I understood. Sometimes, I thought they didn’t fully understand themselves. Or that they didn't care enough or think I was smart enough to help me understand. Always, I thought that is definitely not going to be my doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, however, could be my doctor. Considered the godfather of functional medicine, he understands the complexity of the human condition and doesn't feel
Am Y
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Essentially a book on functional medicine, which means seeing symptoms as a sign of a deeper problem that something else is wrong with the body. (This is the exact view that Traditional Chinese Medicine holds by the way.)

The difference between this title and other books on the same topic, is that this one offers a "test" you can do at the start of each chapter, to determine if that particular area is problematic for you. For instance, at the start of the chapter called "Defense", there is a que
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Posted First on Blog Critics as Book Review: 'The Disease Delusion' by Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland.

With incidents of diseases escalating and chronic illnesses careening out of control, it is time we took back the charge of our own health and lives. Yet with so much at stake and numerous information overloads where can we look for answers?

The Disease Delusion by Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland, is a treasure trove of information in looking for the root cause of so many plaguing issues. With precise information on
Nov 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pseudo-scientific quackery.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
I opened up this book at random to a devastating passage that the authors says pretty much sums up his theory about functional (rather than standard Western allopathic) medicine - i.e., taking a more complex and interactive approach to a patient's health and what makes him or her unique.

The passage is about the Pima Indians and why they have such a high rate of diabetes. He writes: "The reason has long been ascribed to ethnicity, it being assumed that . . . Pima babies are dealt a bad genetic h
Alex Linschoten
Ok as a general introduction to some of the basic principles of functional medicine, though a bit one-size-fits-all in some respects, esp w/r/t nutrition. Overall a bit bland/unfocused, but if you've read nothing else in the area I suppose it's relatively harmless.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Genetics made. . . not easy. . . but hopeful. Current research helps with understanding how lifestyle choices trump the cards we were born with. Great book for 2 a.m. epiphanies. . .
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was informative and provided good resources about personalized medicine. Since the mapping of our genome, there have been many discoveries of how changes in diet and environment affect overall health. Knowing that we can reverse chronic conditions with simple lifestyle changes in exciting. I've been following functional medicine for nearly 9 years, and this book is a culmination of where we are today. I appreciated Dr. Bland's review seven core physiological processes that mu ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scary read, we are what we eat and will become what our choices dictate. There are some very interesting NEW ideas (new to me) and all the old things you know to be true, but just can't care about as you're eating your tootsie roll are presented in a new way, supported by well tested research. I would recommend reading this if you have any chronic issues. I would also recommend it to everyone that doesn't want to get a chronic issue!
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because I have always thought as the author did. It's more likely to have 1 problem causing several symptoms than to have 3 or more separate disease states going on. He goes back to the gene level and helps you determine what environmental or dietary factors you need to alter to "get back to normal". He believes this were "cure" most chronic diseases since we only treat the symptoms in modern medicine.
Paula Luna
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is very interesting and has lots of scientific explanations (much of which went over my head) that reinforce the theories. That encourages me to change my eating and exercise more often to try to overcome the dermatomyositis. It contains a health assessment which leads to dietary suggestions for improving symptoms which I found helpful and am hopeful that will make a difference.
Monica Willyard Moen
I read this book to help me form an action plan to improve my diabetes management. I found a lot of practical, immediately usable ideas in this book. The nice part about this book is that the ideas improve health across the board, not just with diabetes. My blood pressure is lower, and I've lost some weight too.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is paradigm-shifting (if you haven't already been exposed to the ideas of functional medicine). I appreciated that with everything he asserts, he also backs up with research. The ideas in this book have the potential to transform our health and well-being.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Of course we should be treating the whole individual. Of course it makes sense that our medical model is based mainly on acute care. Lifestyle, diet, and environment play such a huge role in the expression of our genes and manifestation of chronic disease. This book was enlightening.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Western medicine getting in line with Oriental Medicine and Aurvedic (sp) Medicine. Good reminder or great introduction to looking at whole body/life, not symptoms.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book covered very important information about health. It was not an easy read due to scientific notes. The recipes look very good.
Jason Howes
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great book and eye opener. A must read by anyone interested in optimizing their health the new economy going forward and a great perspective on health.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted this book to be more than it was, since it was written by the creator of functional medicine himself. I answered all of the questions and took copious notes, only to get to the end and find out that the recommended protocol for my situation is to keep doing exactly what I'm already doing. Fortunately, I've been working with a functional medicine practitioner since 2017, so I'm already taking all of the recommended supplements. Prior to that time, I worked in the fitness industry, ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book really highlighting the importance of an functional and holistic approach to gaining good health and fighting disease / ailments.

Really highlighted many things that impact our health, and how they can all be interlinked or related - this book helps one see the big overall picture to ones health versus naive thinking that isolates diseases to exclusive single causes and seeing the whole forest / jungle from the individual trees so to speak as a metaphor to seeing the wh
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book for me was quite the avenue to a great deal of different perspectives on different diseases. As an aspiring biomedical researcher, I found this book really informative in a great way. The structure to the book is completely logical and helps guide the reader through the seven main areas of health and where problems may arise.

All in all, it was entertaining enough to keep me interested, partly because of the novelty of such information; what is more is that this book, for anyone suffer
Olga Krik
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lifestyle , environment, diet . Those three major factors needs to be address and self managed in order to stay well and stay off the chronic illnesses . You think you are doomed to have all the sicknesses your parents and grandparents had ? Now they proof it wrong , only 30 percent of your heritage can effect your current health not 70 ! As it used to be thought,highly scientific , very anal and detailed book. If you ever thought to be a doctor this book is for you . After reading this book you ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have started pursuing functional medicine as my last option for improvement of multiple chronic conditions related to mitochondrial myopathy. I feel like Bland had my medical records right in front of him. So much information ang great resources on how we can take control of certain health issues that traditional medicine may actually be making worse, as I've felt for many years. This book is eye opening, and even though I was aware of a lot of the info and ways to better manage mito, the thor ...more
Tasha Nichole
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What is Functional Medicine?

FM helps create a specialized plan for the individual by looking at all factors that may be influencing chronic illness or disease. This book doesn't suggest ditching your doctor or getting off your prescriptions without consulting with them first. It does however help you take control of your own life. Doctors are smart, knowledgeable people. But sadly, they get maybe 2 hours of nutrition education while in med school and what they spend most of their time learning
Micah Grant
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Such great information! There was a lot of science, in fact most of the book is the science and the studies, behind the chronic ills and why treating the symptoms just isn't working. I really wish there would have been more time spent on the recommendations and more details about the solutions, and not just the results of the surveys. But I've got some changes to make.
Daniel Souza
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Some great insights. It certainly affected my outlook on the links between disease, nutrition and environment. But there are so many complex nutritional ideas that it makes it seem a little unrealistic to attain in real life.
Brittany Ann
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great information on how genetics is just part of the equation on how disease can effect your life, and how lifestyle choices can alter a person’s future physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. A solid book on functional medicine, with scientific articles to back it up.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, audio, library
No really new information, but it was interesting. Eliminate processed foods, exercise more, etc.
N.A. Fedorak
Sep 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a helpful book written in easy to digest language for those who suffer from chronic disease.
Wan Shoo
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read to completely understand functional medicine !highly recommend to read, for your health and well-being !
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