What's the best time of day to take your asthma medicine ? Why can' t teenagers get up in the morning? Does an athlete perform better in the morning or the afternoon? Are Pap smears and mammograms more effective at different times during a woman's cycle? Do couples have a better chance of conceiving during the day than at night? How does the body adjust to working the night shift? Why do we tend to gain weight in winter?
All these patterns and mechanisms are governed by the body's internal clock, a clock to which more and more doctors and medical researchers are paying close attention. Chronomedicine -- diagnosis and treatment based on body time -- is at the cutting edge of mainstream medical practice. Surveys show that most doctors know little about this rapidly evolving field. And since the average visit to a doctor today lasts less than fifteen minutes, you need all the information you can get in order to take charge of your own care and treatment. Just as important, an understanding of the body's internal timing can lead to better overall health and fitness, whatever your age or physical condition.
Michael Smolensky, one of the nation's leading authorities in the field, and Lynne Lamberg, a veteran medical journalist, have distilled mountains of medical research into a highly readable book that combines an exploration of this break-through medical science with a wealth of specific, practical health information. Detailed discussions of major health issues such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, medications, sexuality, and fertility set the stage for a first-of-its-kind A-to-Z reference to specific health disorders. Whether it's arthritis or asthma, diabetes or depression, heart disease or ulcers, breakthroughs in chronomedicine can revolutionize your care. To help you assess your own chronobiological status, the book provides many fill-in diaries that let you track when symptoms worsen or diminish, how medication affects them, how long relief lasts, and whether and when side effects occur.
Filled with up-to-the-minute information and authoritative practical health tips on everything from seasonal affective disorder to jet lag, The Body Clock Guide to Better Health represents the next great leap forward in health and wellness....Continua