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Nested Ecologies: A Multilayered Ethnography of Functional Medicine
University of Texas Press, 2023
Cloth: 978-1-4773-2685-5 | Paper: 978-1-4773-2686-2 | eISBN: 978-1-4773-2687-9
Library of Congress Classification R733.V44 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 610
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
How functional medicine leverages systems biology and epigenetic science to treat the microbiome and reverse chronic disease.
Further, Rosalynn Vega argues that health practices focused on patients’ unique biology inadvertently reiterate systemic inequities. In particular, functional medicine—which attempts to heal chronic disease by leveraging epigenetic science and treating individual microbiomes—reduces illness to problems of “lifestyle,” principally diet, while neglecting the inability of poor people to access nutrition. Functional medicine thus undermines its own critique of the economics of health care. Drawing on novel digital ethnographies and reflecting on her own experience of chronic illness, Vega challenges us to rethink not only the determinants of well-being but also what it is to be human.
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