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While the foundational role of a healthy gastrointestinal tract is undisputed, there is often a fundamental gap between therapies that are commonly used to treat GI dysfunctions and the underlying root causes of those dysfunctions. The unfortunate result is an ever-increasing burden of chronic gastrointestinal complaints, for which a growing list of approved pharmaceuticals are struggling to alleviate. Thankfully, new approaches to chronic gastrointestinal health and disease management have emerged; approaches specifically designed to assess and support the core functions of the GI tract, rather than mask the symptoms of dysfunction. At the same time, scientific research into the role of nutrition, nutrigenomics, the gut microbiome, gut barrier functions and so-called “gut/brain” interactions has confirmed the importance of supporting core GI functions in the management of complex GI disorders.
Functional Strategies for the Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders is designed to help clinicians and other healthcare professionals understand the important relationships between core GI functions and common GI disorders. In addition, this Road Map provides an updated summary of the best-researched lifestyle and nutrient approaches for supporting these core GI functions, allowing the clinician to form effective, evidence-based strategies to prevent and treat chronic gastrointestinal disorders.
This Road map is twice the size of our previous two Road maps at 245 pages with more than 65 figures and tables and nearly 1,500 important references. This excerpt allows you to see the complete Table of Contents and a few selected pages to show the scope of this project and the detail in which we present it. We believe this represents the most up-to-date, balanced and evidence-based approach for the functional approach to GI disorders.