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Heart solution for women : a proven program to prevent and reverse heart disease
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Heart disease remains the number one killer of women, outpacing breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke, with one in four women receiving a diagnosis in her lifetime. And the problem is only getting worse.

Dr. Mark Menolascino has been on the front lines of cardiac research for most of his life, running a highly successful clinic where he takes a holistic, personalized approach to reversing disease and jump-starting health. Most of his patients are women struggling with symptoms and illnesses that stem from the most important, life-giving organ in the body: the heart. In Heart Solution for Women, Dr. Menolascino explores the many ways our hearts are the pathway to overall health. While the classic risk factors for heart disease--obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, and poor diet--are critical components, symptoms of the disease manifest differently in women's bodies and can go misdiagnosed for years. They include depression, anxiety and panic attacks, poor sleep, and widespread pain, and can be masked during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and menopause only to appear with great force later in life.

Featuring the latest research on gut, brain, and hormone health and including answers to the most common heart-health misunderstandings, Heart Solution for Women finally gives women the tools to succeed, feel great in their bodies, and add years to their lives.

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The essence of holistic, integrative, or functional medicine is to treat and heal the whole body. That's crucial when it comes to heart disease, the number-one killer of women, argues Menolascino, medical director of the Meno Clinic Center for Functional Medicine in Wyoming. Rather than just practice what he calls pill-for-the-ill medicine, physicians need to evaluate each individual. Doctors must become purveyors of health rather than purveyors of drugs, he says. Just treating symptoms can be a recipe for disaster. One woman almost had her gallbladder removed for abdominal pain when she was actually experiencing a heart attack. Menolascino asks patients to take charge of their heart health by following his seven steps, which include sleeping enough, drinking clean water, having a daily bowel movement, controlling emotions, breathing fresh air, and eating proper foods. By contrast, he explains, drugs and surgeries are not very effective at healing chronic issues, including heart disease. With a little cheerleading from Menolascino, women can feel empowered to take their health into their own hands.--Karen Springen Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Author's Notep. ix
Part IThe Truth About Women's Hearts
1Unfair to the Fairer Sexp. 3
2Cholesterol, Statins, Surgery, and Other Myths About Heart Diseasep. 27
Part IIYour Body and Disease
3Inflammationp. 57
The Root Cause of Disease
4The Functional Medicine Quartetp. 85
Heart, Genes, Brain, and Gut
5Healing Your Hormonesp. 117
Precision, Personalized Assessmentp. 145
Part IIIThe Precision, Personalized Solution
6Eat Proper Foodsp. 191
7The Other Six Lawsp. 229
8Targeted Supplementsp. 257
9Working with Your Doctor to Get Off Pharmaceuticalsp. 295
Conclusion: The Challenge and the Promisep. 327
Appendix: 7-Day Food Logp. 333
Acknowledgmentsp. 341
Selected Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 361
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