The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life

About the Disease Delusion

Dr Jeffrey Bland PhD Headshot

For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for ¾ of our total healthcare costs, because we’re masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing their underlying causes. Worse, only treating symptoms leads us down the path of further illness.

In The Disease Delusion, Dr. Bland explains what Functional Medicine is and what it can do for you. While advances in modern science have nearly doubled our lifespans in only four generations, our quality of life has not reached its full potential. Outlining the reasons why we suffer chronic diseases from asthma and diabetes to obesity, arthritis and cancer to a host of other ailments, Dr. Bland offers achievable, science-based solutions that can alleviate these common conditions and offers a roadmap for a lifetime of wellness.

Praise for Dr. Jeffrey Bland and The Disease Delusion!

“The godfather of functional medicine elegantly explains the core tools to overcome the chronic ailments of modern society.”

- Mehmet Oz, MD, Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show
Read more about The Disease Delusion on Dr. Oz's Book Corner.

“There is a reason that Jeff Bland is loved and respected by those of us who have been touched by his genius. Jeff is the scout who has been out in front of the 21st century pioneers in medicine and health innovation pointing the behemoth carriage of contemporary medicine towards a more compassionate and comprehensive healthcare destination. His new book, The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Cause of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life, in true Jeff Bland fashion commingles the science behind the innovative movement of functional medicine with an illustrative description of the intellectual history and personal odyssey of his four decade journey of inquiry. His book is a rich stew of all that is needed to both understand and apply what he has learned in his journey. Finally, please pull your chair up to the table with an anticipation of a toothsome and health promoting meal.”

-David Jones, MD
President, Institute for Functional Medicine

“What the personal computer revolution did for old-fashioned mainframe computing--empowering us all--is what functional medicine is doing for healthcare; and if there is a Steve Jobs of functional medicine, it is Jeffrey Bland--visionary, innovative, and perennially two steps ahead.”

-Dale E. Bredesen, MD
Augustus Rose Professor of Neurology
Director, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Program, Neurodegenerative Disease Research David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

The First (and Most Personal) Case Story: Meet Justin Bland

Dr Jeffrey Bland and son, Justin Bland
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Justin Bland, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

If you have already read The Disease Delusion, you’ll recognize Justin’s story from the opening pages. Born prematurely in 1982, Justin—Dr. Bland’s youngest son—was half the birth weight of his two older brothers and needed special care in the neonatal intensive care unit before being allowed to come home. At three months of age, he developed hydrocephalus, a very serious condition involving swelling of the brain that required surgery to reduce the pressure. As Justin grew up he received the best of traditional medical care from very skilled and compassionate professionals, but there were continued signs of perceptual and learning challenges.

Today, as you will see in this video, Justin is not only healthy, well, and thriving, he is also gifted with the power to tell his story to others—his early developmental challenges, his lifelong regimen of personalized health management, and his successes (so many!).

More Praise For The Disease Delusion!

“Dr. Bland’s book should be a textbook in medical schools all over the world. It can change your life.”

- Alejandro Junger, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Clean and Clean Gut

No one has done more to advance nutritional medicine throughout the world than Dr. Jeff Bland. He has served not only as a teacher but also as an inspiration to so many doctors who realized the old disease diagnosis and treatment model failed most of their patients. Readers will find wisdom and hope in this excellent book

—Joseph Pizzorno, ND
Founder, Bastyr University
Co-author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Editor in Chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal
Dr Jeffrey Bland and son, Justin Bland

“We are on the precipice of a revolution in diagnosis and treatment of individuals based on their unique biochemistry, physiology, systems biology, and all of the dynamic interactions within their metabolic system. This is a functional medicine approach, not our present dysfunctional medicine approach. Dr. Bland has forged from iron a masterpiece of gold with his years of experience, research, and teaching that will be destined to enlighten the medical field to those are will listen and change. The actual will prove the possible.”

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical School
Author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease

“Dr. Jeffrey Bland is singular in his influence on my approach to medicine. In his new book, The Disease Delusion, he provides the most cogent synthesis of the greatest health challenge you face: the confusing and slippery problem of chronic disease. Chances are you have a chronic disease - such as pre-diabetes or gut problems - and don't know it. Fortunately for us, Dr. Bland lays out the brilliant prescription we most need, which is to leverage our lifestyle in the service of upgrading how our genes are expressed. This is the book of the decade on how to create robust health, and my advice is to step into the grace of Dr. Bland's wisdom today, without delay.”

—Sara Gottfried, MD
Integrative Physician
New York Times Best Selling Author of The Hormone Cure

A Multi-Generational Focus on Health

The Disease Delusion Book Cover

You’ve met Justin, and now meet Marjorie, 88-years-young.

• Making your own baby food?
• Bag lunches full of vegetables?
• No cookies? (Well, except for the occasional cheat…)

Today, yes—all of these practices are common, encouraged, and celebrated. But in post-WWII America, Marjorie Bland was a suburban rebel mom in her own right. Hear more about how a history of family health challenges, combined with self-education and observation, created the foundation for Dr. Bland’s lifelong focus and advocacy on nutrition and healthy choices.

“Genomics begot systems biology and then systems medicine. But the true value of genomics will be in "systems wellness" and Jeff Bland is its most prominent creator. Read this book to see how medicine will finally enter the 21st Century.”

—Wayne B. Jonas, MD,
Samueli Institute President & CEO

“Dr.Bland offers us amazing insight into the health care challenges facing the world today, Recognizing the limits of reductionist thinking he calls for a revolution in how we approach health and chronic disease. By breaking out of the silo of disease naming and focusing on health from a systems medicine approach Dr. Bland offers solutions for individual and global health challenges that will not only sustain the individual but the planet.”

—Mimi Guarneri MD, FACC
President American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine

“We live in the best of times, we live in the worst of times - we are living longer, but we are not living healthier. Dr. Bland presents us with a unique and much needed new lens for viewing the rising tide of chronic disease that is flummoxing our current healthcare system. But more than this, his book presents us with an elegant system for stemming this flood of disease and enabling us to live lives that are vital and healthy.”

—Brian Berman, MD
The Institute for Integrative Health

“The Disease Delusion provides critical insight into how environmental exposures to physical, chemical, and behavioral factors are linked to disease susceptibility through alterations in the epigenome, not simply in the genome. This revolutionary expansion in our understanding of the genesis of diseases promises to provide us with completely new approaches for preventing and treating human pathological conditions in the 21st century.”

—Randy Jirtle, PhD
Professor of Epigenetics at the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK, and a Senior Scientist at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin

“Dr. Jeff Bland is the father of Functional Medicine and has been teaching a better way of delivering health care to Doctors for the last 30 years. In the Disease Delusion, he now shares his brilliance and wisdom with the general public. Essential reading for anyone interested in their health"

—Frank Lipman, MD
Founder & Director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center New York

“The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Cause of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life” is a powerful book that can save your life. Filled with solid science, fascinating medical detective stories and practical tips this book can help you live longer and feel happier and sharper. You are not a victim of your genes, but rather your poor choices. And the good news, you can change your choices and even how your genes express themselves. I am a fan of Jeff Bland and will recommend his book to the physicians and patients at the Amen Clinics.”

—Daniel G. Amen, MD
Founder, Amen Clinics and multiple NY Times bestselling author