Life Extension Magazine June 2011
Brenda Watson, C.N.C., is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Fiber35 Diet. She has written six books, although her newest publication, The Road to Perfect Health: Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body, is more similar to a gut-brain connection bible than a book.
Watson, one of the leading digestive care experts in the United States, has compiled a book that addresses 50 common health conditions. In addition, she discusses how digestive imbalances can lead to a host of serious illnesses outside of your digestive system, and she also offers natural options that can help realign the body’s digestive and overall balance.
The subtitle of the book is “A modern guide to curing chronic disease,” and at first glance, it seems as though that’s a lot of ground to cover in one book. Once you open the first few pages however, you see that the book is organized in such an efficient way that tackling the many issues that can be caused by poor gut function is not going to be a problem.
In fact, in the preface, Watson answers the first question that many people may be thinking when they encounter this publication: What does gut health have to do with overall sickness?
“Gut health is the core of our health. It is where we extract the nutrients from our food that feeds the cells and tissues and organs of our body. Think about it. Every bite of food we eat, every sip of liquid we drink goes to the gut first.”
Using this explanation as a jumping off point, Watson leads readers into her book with the first chapter, titled: “Basics of Digestion.” This is an excellent primer that explains everything from peristalsis to beneficial bacteria and gut immunity. Following this foundation of knowledge, the chapters cover nearly every system of the body, including the brain and nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the endocrine system, the genitourinary system, the immune system and infections, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory system, skin conditions, environmental conditions, and cancer.
Each chapter is then broken up into conditions that may be caused or exacerbated by poor digestive health. The conditions are explained simply, as are the signs and symptoms that go along with them. Special highlighted sections allow expert medical professionals in that particular field to discuss their experiences with a certain condition and in some cases go over a few case studies to give the reader a better idea of what they may be dealing with.
At the culmination of each section discussing a certain condition, Watson gives her bottom line assessment of the condition, as well as how to cope with it. She writes about what other illnesses you should rule out, what tests you should order to confirm this illness, and how diet and lifestyle can affect it. Following that is a table that lists the supplements to take to combat the condition, including the dosage, the benefit, and her additional comments.
For instance, if a reader has diarrhea, she recommends 10 grams of L-glutamine powder with gamma- oryzanol split into two doses on an empty stomach with water for two weeks. She writes that it helps repair and keep digestive lining healthy and that it is best taken in loose powder form for optimum contact with the esophageal lining.
This attention to detail is evident in section after section of the book, making it a must-buy for those who seek to improve their health, cure a chronic infection, or prevent one from ever manifesting.
—Brenda Watson, C.N.C. with Leonard Smith, M.D., Rick Sponaugle, M.D., and Jamey Jones, B. Sc.