There are hundreds of books about metabolism that define metabolism and describe the scientific processes that make it happen. Many of these texts only scratch the surface of the metabolism’s central role in human health. The books might only discuss metabolism in terms of weight loss and dieting. Or, they don’t delve into the science to uncover connections between metabolic rates and the body’s microbiota and other functions. 

Dr. Brian Fertig, an expert in endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism, and human health, is the author of “Metabolism & Medicine,” a two-volume set. Dr. Fertig is also an Associate Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Chairman of the Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology at Hackensack Meridian Health – JFK University Medical Center. His books are an essential resource for endocrinologists, dieticians, and other health practitioners who want to fully understand the body’s metabolic processes and how it relates to health.  

Highlights of Volume 1 of Metabolism & Medicine 

Volume 1 of “Metabolism & Medicine” provides the reader with a range of insights into the interrelations of energy with various natural processes, both within the human body and out in the broader world. This information about metabolism encourages practitioners in clinical patient care settings to apply scientific insights that are found in the book. These insights challenge established thinking and give the reader a new way to think about energy, thermodynamic relationships, physiological fitness, and dozens of other topics that all connect together.  

  • Details the different types of energy, the laws of thermodynamics, and how those relate to metabolic processes, including the biological application of relating Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity to aging.  
  • An explanation of living systems as machines, and the connections of electricity, magnetism, quantum mechanics, and other forces within living cells. 
  • The role of various stressors and the physiological health landscape. 
  • How chaos theory, and complexity theory, relates to human biology.  


Highlights of Volume 2 

Volume two continues the points of the first book, while moving into the interplay of the laws of physics and biological chemistry with health and disease. It examines how and why physiological and metabolic processes go astray, through unhealthy human behaviors or through natural aging. It gives readers thoughts to improve patient care and problem solving, while encouraging an “art and science” approach.  

  • An introduction to metabolism and why it provides a basis for human health discussions and outcomes. 
  • How the passage of time impacts molecular structures, including phase shifts, hypoxia, stress, and other causes of disease and bodily processes. 
  • The metabolic and health impacts of intermittent fasting, ketogenic diets, time restricted dieting and other calorie restriction strategies, calorie restriction, and related efforts. 
  • Exploring how chronic diseases of aging such as cancer, vascular and heart disease, accelerated cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease are metabolic disorders. The book also examines the relationship between metabolism and the stress response, circadian biology, the gut microbiota as well as conditions including obesity and insulin resistance. 

Buy “Metabolism & Medicine” by Dr. Fertig to understand the metabolism and health connection. The two-volume set provides the reader with a complete picture of human metabolism, and the relation between metabolism and disease. The books revitalize health practitioners’ understanding of metabolism and gives them invaluable context to make new and exciting recommendations to improve their patients’ health. 

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