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Functional Medicine for Inflammatory Disorders and the Foundational Diet-Nutrition

Description: This ebook excerpt provides an introduction --via text, illustrations, and video presentations-- to the structured and integrated "intellectual structure" of functional medicine, which allows for a complete comprehension of disease, thereby facilitating better patient care. This version of the ebook (previously published* as ASIN B01BA0PVIE) includes hyperlinks to the full-text of Dr Vasquez's publication on mitochondrial nutrition ("Mitochondrial Medicine Arrives to Prime Time in Clinical Care: Nutritional Biochemistry and Mitochondrial Hyperpermeability 'Leaky Mitochondria' Meet Disease Pathogenesis and Clinical Interventions") published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2014 Jan and reprinted by the publisher in Integrative Medicine 2014 Aug. *This second version of the previous "Foundational Diet and Nutrition Protocol" is virtually identical, provided here at a slight discount. Update May 28, 2016: Cosmetic changes were made to the cover image, and a few minor edits and clarifications were made; previous customers of this book can receive the updated version from Amazon/Kindle.

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Contents: 212 pages

1) Orientation to Excerpts from Inflammation Mastery: Introduction to DrV's Functional Inflammology Protocol: The Seven Major Modifiable Factors in Systemic Inflammation, Allergy, and Autoimmunity

Reviews and Reprints: 2) Dr Vasquez’s Functional Inflammology Protocol—Part 1 of 7 (Food): Diet and Basic Nutritional Supplementation 3) A Five-Part Nutritional Wellness Protocol That Produces Consistently Positive Results 4) Implementing the Five-Part Nutritional Wellness Protocol for the Treatment of Various Health Problems 5) Common Oversights and Shortcomings in the Study and Implementation of Nutritional Supplementation 6) Revisiting the Five-Part Nutritional Wellness Protocol: The Supplemented Paleo-Mediterranean Diet 7) Reply to “Role of Western Diet in Inflammatory Autoimmune Diseases” by Manzel et al. in Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, 2014 January

Dietary Details: 8) Protein 9) Carbohydrates, Fats, Fiber, pH (acid-base) 10) Micronutrients and nutritional supplementation with vitamins, minerals, combination fatty acids, and probiotics 11) Genetically manipulated organisms and related toxins 12) Grains with "toxic gluten"—barley, wheat, rye 13) Political and social contributions to metabolic stress and obesity 14) Additional details about food and lifestyle—excerpts from Chapter 2 on “Wellness Promotion and Re-Establishing the Foundation for Health” 15) Additional reading, followed by citations

Additional features: Numerous hyperlinks to full-text articles and educational videos, at least 2.5 hours


Dr Vasquez: "Headlines and soundbites allow us to select and reinforce the ideas we want to see and hear. Articles provide information; essays provide perspectives and ideas. Textbooks can simply provide organized information, as an assemblage of articles, or --if structured-- can provide complete systems of thought, allowing not simply for the transmission of information but for the transferal of intellectual structure, an integrated system of thought."

Emerson: "It is remarkable, the character of the pleasure we derive from the best books. They impress us with the conviction, that one nature wrote and the same reads. We read the verses of one of the great English poets, of Chaucer, of Marvell, of Dryden, with the most modern joy, — with a pleasure, I mean, which is in great part caused by the abstraction of all time from their verses. There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says that which lies close to my own soul, that which I also had well-nigh thought and said. But for the evidence thence afforded to the philosophical doctrine of the identity of all minds, we should suppose some preestablished harmony, some foresight of souls that were to be, and some preparation of stores for their future wants, like the fact observed in insects, who lay up food before death for the young grub they shall never see."

Nietzsche: ""If this book is incomprehensible to anyone and jars on his ears, the fault, it seems to me, is not necessarily mine. It is clear enough, assuming, as I do assume, that one has first read my earlier writings and has not spared some trouble in doing so: for they are, indeed, not easy to penetrate. Regarding my Zarathustra, for example, I do not allow that anyone knows the book who has not at some time been profoundly wounded and at some time profoundly delighted by every word in it; for only then may he enjoy the privilege of reverentially sharing in the halcyon element out of which that book was born and in its sunlight clarity, remoteness, breadth, and certainty. In other cases, people find difficulty with the aphoristic form: this arises from the fact that today this form is not taken seriously enough. An aphorism, properly stamped and molded, has not been "deciphered" when it has simply been read; rather, one has then to begin its exegesis—its explanation, its extraction, for which is required an art of deciphering. To be sure, one thing is necessary above all if one is to practice reading as an art in this way, something that has been unlearned most thoroughly nowadays—something for which one has almost to be a cow and in any case not a "modern man": rumination—taking time to pause, to reflect, to consider...”


Conferences: The most expensive and least efficient way to access new information

Summary: Most of the time and effort and money invested in traveling to a conference has nothing to do with learning; we should consider the lack of learning efficiency, or learning inefficiency, and the massive costs in transportation, plus the residual carbon footprint

Air-travel leaves a huge carbon footprint

What time-money costs are involved in "going to a conference"?

  1. Trip planning: flight, hotel, car.

  2. Flight costs $750, car/taxi/shuttle $100,

  3. hotel at $150 per night for 3 nights

  4. Travel: packing clothes/computer/toiletries (.5-1),

  5. to airport parking (.5-1),

  6. check-in and waiting (.5-1),

  7. time spent passing security (.5-1),

  8. flight, (2-4 hours),

  9. finding/using taxi/shuttle/rental to hotel (.5-1)

  10. Care/sitting/supervision children/pets—$200 is common; not included in tabulation

  11. Searching for and buying food at new location: hassle, more expensive: estimated here at 1 hour per 2 days X2 (add $50 for travel/lost food)

  12. Not included here is social time and time spent at vendor’s tables where you may/not pickup glossy catalogs (mostly never read)

  13. Actual attendance at presentation = real value = this is the learning process and experience: how much are you paying per hour for CME—$100 per hour? Let’s assume $100 per hour for 16 hours. Of course, not all presentations are good, so some of the time is wasted.

  14. finding/using taxi/shuttle/rental to airport (.5-1)

  15. Return flight and security....

  16. to airport parking (.5-1),

  17. check-in and waiting (.5-1), security (.5-1),

  18. flight, (2-4 hours),

  19. UNpacking clothes/computer/toiletries (.5-1)

Conferences are good for meeting people, if that is the goal. If the goal is learning and mastering material, then books and especially video-supported books such as Inflammation Mastery or the two-volume version as Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine are clearly the better use of time, energy and funds for learning.


VIDEO 1 hour: Introduction to the "Functional Inflammology Protocol" presented at the 2013 International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. This foundational protocol underlies all treatments and protocols detailed in Inflammation Mastery, 4th Edition.

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