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Jessica Black, N.D. graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine where she obtained her medical training. Dr. Black specializes in women's medicine including natural hormone balancing for menopause, childhood illnesses, and chronic asthma. She continues to study and research vaccinations, hormones, new treatment ideas, and cutting edge techniques used to improve health. Dede Cummings has personal experience with Crohn's disease. After her most recent hospital stay and surgery for Crohn's disease in 2006, she began to hike Vermont's 273-mile Long Trail in one week sections, beginning to realize a long-term goal that had been put off due to illness.
"This book is an essential resource for anyone diagnosed with Crohn's or colitis. The authors do an excellent job of explaining what we currently understand about the complex interactions between the gut, our immune and nervous systems, and the microbial environment. The whole body approach to achieving wellness and the personal experiences of Dede Cummings make this book uniquely positive and offer the newly diagnosed patient the tools to help themselves on the path to balance and health." --Kimberly Allison, M.D., author of the forthcoming book, Red Sunshine, and director of Breast Pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle "This book provides a comprehensive approach to helping individuals who have inflammatory-based GI disease. It takes an approach that is based on helping you get healthy, not just treat the symptoms. It is a must read for anyone who desires to improve their GI and overall health, and will help you create an underlying structure to support reaching your highest potential." --Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, Medical Director of Medifast, Inc. and author of Dr. A's Habits of Health: The Path to Permanent Weight Control and Optimal Health "Living with Crohn's and Colitis is wonderfully written and rich with natural healing solutions for these all-too-common illnesses." --Peter D'Adamo, N.D., author of Eat Right for Your Type "I believe Dede's success rests on the fact that she incorporated such a comprehensive approach to managing her health. Dede remained fully committed to her plan throughout the ups and downs of her disease. She never gave up. Her positive attitude and tenacity helped her stick to the plan even when it was difficult. When an individual carries a chronic disease diagnosis, they must make themselves and their health the highest priority. Her journey with Crohn's will hopefully inspire others to make the difficult but rewarding choices to achieve health." --Renee Lang, N.D., Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Eastern Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "Dede is an amazing woman! In this book you will find not only helpful advice but real inspiration." --Julie Silver, M.D., assistant professor, Harvard Medical School, author of What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope "As a naturopathic physician, I recognize the myriad reasons patients seek integrative care. Patients who chose complementary medicine as a first line approach to their health issues have decided to follow a direction they believe is appropriate for their situation . . . despite outside influences . . . which pressure them to remain only in the mainstream. Many individuals come to "alternative" medicine because conventional medical treatments are no longer working. They often arrive at the practitioner's office in a depleted, exhausted and desperate state after many failed medical regimens and procedures. They may appear disempowered and hopeless, a state of mind extremely detrimental to their health. In addition, there is the patient group who feels that they can chose from the best of both worlds-- traditional treatments if necessary and the wide range of proven and effective non-conventional models of care that are accessible. It would be ideal if this choice were available at the beginning of their healthcare journey. . . . This book is a great resource." --Samantha K. Eagle, N.D., Medical Director, Biologic Integrative Healthcare, Brattleboro, Vermont "This insightful and practical book is a must read for anyone suffering with these conditions as it will guide you toward healing and health." --Laura Alden Kamm, author of Intuitive Wellness: Using Your Body's Inner Wisdom to Heal