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Authors: James B. Lavalle, Stacy Lundin Yale
ISBN-13: 9781591200116, ISBN-10: 1591200113
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Basic Health Publications
Date Published: November 2003
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: James B. Lavalle

Book Synopsis

Doctors traditionally prescribe a pill for every ill. But for most people, these single solutions don't work. The truth is, most chronic health problems, including stubborn weight gain, unbeatable fatigue, intestinal distress, high blood pressure, creeping cholesterol, and high blood sugar, are not found in simply one organ, but in several parts of the body (oftentimes in twos and threes). This is the result of years of slow, subtle challenges to your metabolism, which is as unique as you are. Your diet, lifestyle habits, stress level, prescription drug use, and relationships, as well as the genes you inherit and the environment in which you live -- in effect, the sum total of your life experience up to this day -- determine your personal metabolism and, in turn, your current state of health. Using a step-by-step, easy-to-implement system of diet, lifestyle strategies, and state-of-the-art nutrients and supplements, Dr. James LaValle will help you create an individualized program for reclaiming your metabolism and health. At long last, this book provides readers with the information and tools that have been used successfully by thousands of Dr. LaValle's patients over the last twenty years to help them take charge of their diets, their health, and their lives.

Table of Contents

Section 1Why Do I Feel So Unhealthy?
1.Losing Your Balance: How the Downward Spiral of an Unhealthy Metabolism Begins9
Section 2Hormonal Balance: The Keys to Reclaiming Your Metabolism
2.The Masters of Metabolism: Why You Need to Balance Your Hormones21
3.Key One: Balancing Your Blood Sugar--Fighting Insulin Resistance, Cardiovascular Disease, and Belly Fat25
4.Key Two: Balancing Your Thyroid--Overcoming Fatigue and Burning Fat53
5.Key Three: Balancing Your Adrenals--Relieving Symptoms of Chronic Stress (Cravings, Low Energy, Memory Loss, and Insomnia)75
6.Key Supplements and Strategies for Balancing Your Metabolism103
Section 3Detoxification: The Keys to Rejuvenating Your Body
7.The Organs of Detoxification: Why You Need to Cleanse Your Body135
8.Key Four: Detoxifying Your Liver--The Body's Garbage Collector and Recycler141
9.Key Five: Detoxifying Your Intestines--From Managing Toxins to Improving Immunity157
10.Key Six: Detoxifying Your Environment--The Effects of Environmental Toxins on Your Health205
11.Key Supplements and Strategies for Detoxification and Rejuvenation245
Section 4Nutrition: The Keys to Maintaining Peak Metabolism and Optimal Health
12.Nutrition Basics: Why You Need to Nourish Yourself273
13.Key Seven: Understanding Diet and How to Get the Most from What You Eat309
14.Key Eight: Understanding the Need for Water--The Body's Most Essential Nutrient351
15.Key Nine: Understanding the Two Sides of Oxygen--Breath of Life or Harbinger of Aging, Inflammation, and Disease?373
16.Key Foods and Supplements to Power Your Health401
Section 5Time to Get Cracking
17.The System Discovery Questionnaire: A Map to Follow in Your Personal Journey to Optimal Health433
1.Nutrient Reference Guide481
2.Herbal Reference Guide498
3.Prescription and Nonprescription Nutrient Depletions512
4.Supplement Protocols for Other Common Conditions518
Recommended Reading535
About the Author607