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Sophie's Story: My 20-Year Battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Sophie Lee, Health Point Press, 2011
ISBN 0982618328
Website: http://www.ibstales.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Sophie's Story leaves the reader knowing that different regiments may help for long periods.

Sophie Lee really tells what suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome is like in her personal memoir entitled Sophie's Story. It's evident that Sophie's 20-year battle with IBS was truly a battle. Sophie has a great skill in story telling, because as you read her tale you feel like Sophie is talking directly to you. At times, it isn't pretty. Soiling oneself or agonizing over how does one make a living with an illness that owns you, is something that likely many severe IBS sufferers can relate to. I applaud Sophie for sharing details that are difficult to talk about, let alone publish in a book for the whole world to read. Sophie's Story leaves the reader knowing that different regiments may help for long periods as is evidenced by the positive ending of the story. As the battle continues for many of us, we are fortunate to have such an articulate, smart and witty author and fellow sufferer that we can relate to while we fight our own battles.
 




An Essential guide to IBS Relief

Written for sufferers by the
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IBS Chat - Publisher's Choice IBS Chat - Reader's Choice
 

IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions
Barbara Bradley Bolen, PhD and Jeffrey D. Roberts, MSEd, iUniverse Inc., 2007
ISBN 0595398278
View: Table of Contents, Introduction, Chapter 1
Also available on-line from: Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - What a lifesaver!
I wish I had found this book 15 years ago. My husband has suffered from IBS and it has had a very negative impact on our social life. He is also the type who would never read a book to get help. IBS Chat has been a lifesaver! The chapters are broken up in such a way that I could easily point to the sections that would be most helpful to him. The easy-to-read style and the fact that these were real people offering advice made him open up to try new ways of dealing with his IBS. He and I have been struggling with this on our own for so long, it is great to feel that we can finally make some progress.

"Jeffrey Roberts and Dr. Barbara Bolen have done a remarkable job of compiling key comments, from all over the world, about IBS and the functional GI disorders. The information is well-organized, readable, and informative. I believe this book also helps to provide emotional support: the reader learns that he or she is "not alone" during those times when the symptoms are distressing or difficult to manage," Dr. Douglas Drossman, Medical Director, UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders.
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Probiotics and Digestive Health: A Gastroenterologist's Perspective
Eamonn M. Quigley, MD, Health Point Press, 2008
ISBN 0977435660
Website: http://www.probioticsanddigestivehealth.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A clear language book which explains how you can naturally rebalance your digestive system with probiotics to help control IBS.
Dr. Quigley, a world-renowned Gastroenterologist, explains in easy-to-read language how probiotics (good bacteria) interacts with our body's immune system through our gut, to help regulate our digestive health. Dr. Quigley explains how his research and studies with a particular strain of bacteria, Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis), have shown strong evidence to ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. This is a unique book which helps to demystify the complex interaction that each of our bodies share with the billions of good and bad bacteria that roam our guts. I highly recommend this book.
 


Why Doesn't My Doctor Know This?: Conquering Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease and Colitis
David Dahlman, Morgan James Publishing, 2008
ISBN 160037316X
Website: http://www.drdahlman.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Good pointers for identifying diet and intolerances which may be bothering you.
I believe David Dahlman has a genuine interest in helping individuals who suffer from digestive illnesses. Dahlman's own clinic and his popular website are frequented by those looking for solutions to their illnesses. Those that he has helped are very supportive of his techniques. His book is a culmination of the material that he shares with his patients. I found his book to be well written and a pretty easy read. Although Dahlman is a chiropractor physician, rather than a medical doctor, he writes about many traditional suggestions in his important Step-by-Step Thought Process chapter which you may in fact also learn from a good traditional physician who cares like Dahlman does. Many of his steps center on diet and intolerances that sufferers may not be aware of and also of bacteria levels in your gut that become out of whack. Bacteria levels are a popular mainstream target of investigation right now. He has good pointers for identifying and avoiding intolerances. One major area that he stays away from, in the traditional sense, is the prescribing of medicines and his apparent negative view of the pharmaceutical industry. He believes that the pharmaceutical industry is guessing at ways to mask the symptoms of IBS, without getting to the cause. A true statement, since right now nobody has identified the cause of IBS; however, the pharmaceutical industry in my opinion is just as interested in helping individuals who suffer from digestive illnesses just like Dahlman. Dahlman writes two very useful chapters, Alternative Medicine Techniques to Avoid and Laboratory Tests, both chapters which many IBS sufferers should read so that they may understand the reasons that these techniques and tests may not have provided the results that they were looking for. In summary, I recommend this book and hope that it provides some relief for your symptoms.
 


Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief
Dr. Jeffrey M. Lackner, STC Healthy Living, 2007
ISBN 1584795751

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The best self managed approach to coping with IBS symptoms that I have ever read.
Written by an expert who has taken 20 years of IBS treatment research and condensed it into a book, Dr. Jeffrey Lackner has written a very different type of book for IBS sufferers. The core of the book is a 10-step plan for symptom relief; however, Dr. Lackner's approach is not ordinary. He combines proven techniques for you to develop an understanding of who you are and how your thoughts and behavior attribute to your well being. This isn't a book about psychology and IBS. Dr. Lackner skillfully takes the reader through an understanding of how the digestive system works, how you may be diagnosed with a digestive disease, and then how the physical torture of daily IBS symptoms can be coped with by changes in how you think and act. For over 25 years I have fostered a self-help/control approach for individuals and this is the first book in a long time that provides the ingredients to do just that. I highly recommend this book for every IBS sufferer.
 


Living with IBD&IBS: A Personal Journey of Success
Elizabeth Roberts, iUniverse Inc., 2006
ISBN 0595402933
Website: http://www.ibdandibs.com


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A gripping emotional roller-coaster ride
Elizabeth Roberts' skill as a journalist and public relations writer are matched perfectly with this personal emotional story of Elizabeth initially being diagnosed with IBD and then IBS followed by her own techniques for coping. I was mesmerized by her story because Elizabeth eloquently describes how a strong healthy career woman suddenly learns and then understands what it is like to have to cope with these troubling chronic conditions. Her style is approachable as if she is talking directly to you. She shares with us her fears and her triumphs. Doing so provides an honest account of how one's quality of life is altered. Elizabeth provides helpful Tips and Information at the end of each chapter which do a nice job at capturing the key messages of each chapter. I highly recommend this book.
 


Conquering Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Guide To Liberating Those Suffering With Chronic Stomach or Bowel Problems
Nicholas J. Talley MD, B.C. Decker, 2005
ISBN 1896998224

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The new gold standard for guiding an IBS sufferer
Dr. Talley, a leader in IBS research, has woven together a reference guide for IBS sufferers that will become the new gold standard for understanding and guiding sufferers. His balance of medical jargon along with passages from actual sufferers neatly addresses all areas of the disorder. Dr. Talley's years of dedication to his research and to the patient shines through in this easy to read and informative book.
 


Romance, Riches and Restrooms
Tim Phelan, iUniverse Inc., 2006
ISBN 0595385443

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - The first memoir to date about IBS that allows a user to see the painful, and at times, embarrassing truth about living with IBS.
Tim's true to life recount of learning what ails his bowel is so easily identifiable for many IBS sufferers; however, Tim didn't write his memoir for just IBS sufferers. His aim was to inform everyone that there are quality of life issues that IBS sufferers face each and everyday. He engagingly plastered his very personal story on the pages of his book to raise awareness about this illness. For this, I am grateful because not many people would have the courage to do this.



A New IBS Solution
Mark Pimentel, MD, Health Point Press, January 2006
ISBN 0977435601
WWW: http://www.anewibssolution.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - This book merits your attention. It could likely explain the cause for your symptoms
Dr. Mark Pimentel is the Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. The purpose for writing this book was to declare a unifying hypothesis for the cause of IBS. Numerous research studies peformed by Dr. Pimentel, and duplicated by many centers world-wide, point to an overgrowth of bacteria as being the missing link which explains the symptoms felt by 10-20% of the population. He does an admirable job at explaining the background for this new theory, along with treatment options. After reading this book you are more than likely going to want to discuss its findings with your own physician.
 


The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Solution
Stephen Wangen, ND, Innate Health Publishing, January 2006
ISBN 0976853787
WWW: http://www.ibstreatmentcenter.com

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - It's a solution for some, but not likely for a real IBS sufferer
Stephen Wangen is a Doctor of Naturopathic medicine who provides an informative book that some will find helpful for understanding their IBS-like symptoms. There is no magic here. A great deal of attention is given to allergies and intolerance which may explain symptoms in a great deal of individuals. In the classic sense they unlikely could be diagnosed as suffering from IBS based on the widely supported Rome II criteria, of which there is no mention in the book. Also left out of discussion is the brain-gut axis which has gained so much attention in recent press. The solution is focused on the solution of the IBS Treatment Center, for which he is the founder.
 



IBS For Dummies
Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler, John Wiley&Sons, 2005
ISBN 0764598147

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A well researched encyclopedia about Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS For Dummies is likely the most complete and current book about IBS that has been written to date for the non-medical reader. It covers pretty well every topic and aspect about the illness and it does it very well. The book reads easily from cover-to-cover or as a reference from chapter to chapter. This book is for sufferers or for anyone who wants to learn more about this chronic illness. Certainly well worth the read and as an addition to your personal IBS book library.
 



IBS - Take Control : Insights into Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Christine Dancey, Claire Rutter, PhD, TFM Publishing Ltd, April 2005
ISBN 190337829X

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Refreshing and empowering
Take Control : Insights into Irritable Bowel Syndrome is written by two well known experts who have been involved with helping IBS sufferers for years. Christine Dancey is the co-founder of the UK-based IBS Network and Dr. Claire Rutter first worked for Dancey as a research assistant for IBS before completing her PhD to further her research about IBS. The book they have written oozes with respect for the IBS sufferer and the determination that any sufferer can help themselves control much of their symptoms by using cognitive behavioral techniques to dismiss much of the negative beliefs and attitudes about themselves suffering from IBS. Both writers are very skilled at teaching you how you can control your own psychological profile. I highly recommend this book as a great start to taking back your life from IBS.
 



Gastrointestinal Health: A Self-Help Nutritional Program to Prevent, Cure, or Alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, Heartburn, Gas, Constipation
Steven Peiken, M.D., Harper Collins Pub., 2005 (3rd edition)
ISBN 0060585323
Digital editions: Available for download now

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Informative; not bogged down with technical language
If you could purchase one book on GI issues, this should be it. My copy is filled with notes and highights and I have recommended it to many of my friends. I found the technical jargon to be quite easy to comprehend (yes, I know I am also a Dr., but trust me -- we appreciate the simplified lanauge as well). The author also integrates a nutritional aspect, although some of the info can be quite contradictory (check out the cooking section...). Overall, I LOVE this book and I have brought it on ... Read More




The Doctor's Guide to Gastrointestinal Health : Preventing and Treating Acid Reflux, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease, ... Pancreatitis, Cirrhosis, Hernias and more
Paul Miskovitz, Marian Betancourt, Wiley, March 2005
ISBN 0471462373

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Gastrointestinal Health by Miskovitz
This is an excellent medicinal reference on the workings of the
gastrointestinal system. The book is written from the perspective
of conventional medicine. It discusses classic gastrointestinal
issues; such as, difficulty in swallowing, gas, non-cardiac
discomfort, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss and constipation. Abdominal pain on the left side is associated with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Pain on the right
side of the abdomen may be ... Read More
 



The Guaifenesin Guide: For Treating Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Gregory K. Penniston, Patrice Press, February 2005
ISBN 1880397552


 



Digestive Wellness
Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, McGraw-Hill, 2004 (3rd edition)
ISBN 0071441964
WWW: http://www.innovativehealing.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A must buy!
Digestive Wellness is a must read for anyone
who has suffered with digestive difficulties --
like I have. Liz explains what's going on inside
our guts so that anyone can understand it.
And her suggestions for change are practical
and effective. Get this book now.
Judith Sherven, Ph.D.
co-author
The Smart Couple's Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams

 



What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) IBS: : Eliminate Your Symptoms and Live a Pain-free, Drug-free Life
Winifred Conkling, Richard N. Ash, Warner Books, June 2004
ISBN 0446690910

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Excellent, highly readable orientation for new patients
This book is excellent for orienting new patients on their way toward empowerment, striking a good balance between clarity and detail. It is down to earth, easily readable, and presents the vital Partin Tables in a sentence format, easy to comprehend for readers who are not used to tables full of numerical research data. The authors convey both realism and optimism - like expert friends talking to you, and Dr. Bubley, as a medical oncologist, gives a balanced view of various therapies. Three ... Read More
 



IBS Learn to Take Charge Of It
Debra Gordon, Barnes&Noble, 2004
ISBN 0760756112

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars - Solid, very easy read with current information.
This was a good find at Barnes&Noble. It is part of their Health Basics Series. The book is well laid out with helpful resources, web links and an Ask the Expert question and answer page for each section. Well worth the purchase.
 



A Victim No More: Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Jonathan M. Berkowitz, M.D., Basic Health Publications, November 2003
ISBN 1591200784

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A great book on IBS!
A very helpful book for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It covers, diet, exercise, supplements, psychological factors, and medications for relief of IBS. Highly recommended.
 



Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Simon Darnley, Barbara Millar, John Wiley&Sons, Ltd, June 2003
ISBN 0470844965

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - CBT doesn't change organic disease
Like many other people, the author is confused about this organic gaestrointestinal disorder.

Although the "psychosocial" idea that the mind and the body cannot be separated is trendy, and accurate in some areas, organic medical diseases for which biomedical research shows why patients have the symptoms they do is completely unrelated. Symptoms aren't medically unexplained just because some psychiatrists and doctors don't like "reductionist" or traditional medicine explanations.
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The Good Gut Guide: Help for Ibs, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis, Food Allergies, Other Gut Problems
Stephanie Zinser, R. John Nicholls, Thorsons Publishing, June 2003
ISBN 0007138059

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - An excellent home resource for digestive disorders
This book clearly lays out disorders of the digestive tract, and even addresses personal issues with embarrassment, intimacy, and other non-medical impacts of these disorders. I liked the anatomy section in the beginning which laid a foundation for understanding and imparted new respect for digestion. I actually found myself wanting to eat better and somewhat dismayed at the stress bad food&drink habits have on my body! I also liked that it offered medical, wholistic, herbal, and even aromatherapy ... Read More
 



Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Douglas A. Drossman, M.D., Anthony J. Lembo, M.D, Handbooks in Health Care Company, May 2003
ISBN 188406597X


 



Stop Belly-aching: Banish Indigestion&Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Peter Mansfield, MD., Souvenir Pr Ltd, April 2002
ISBN 0285636189


 



Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the MindBodySpirit Connection: 7 Steps for Living a Healthy Life With a Functional Bowel Disorder, Crohn's Disease or Colitis
William B. Salt II, MD., Neil F. Neimark, MD., Parkview Publishing, 2002 (2nd edition)
ISBN 0965703851
Website: http://www.parkviewpub.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The Best Available
This is the most comprehensive yet systematic, accessible, and intelligent book I've read on IBS (I had read 7-8 others before finding this one). You can waste much time and money on all sorts of herbal and medicinal products as well as alternative therapies with absolutely no gain--in fact, in many cases you may decide you feel worse.

Salt and Neimark provide a complete analysis of the mind/body/spirit connection, taking you from the causes of your problem to the resolution of it that ... Read More



How to Cope Successfully With The Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Richard Emerson, Alastair Forbes, Wellhouse Publishing Ltd, April 2002
ISBN 1903784069


 



The Sensitive Gut
Michael Lasalandra, Harvard Medical School (Editor), Lawrence Friedman, Simon&Schuster, December 2001
ISBN 0743215044

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Nicely done but not very useful.
This book gives a great overview of the various digestive maladies (and how there is no cure for most of them). But I cannot imagine anyone who has a reason to buy this book not knowing (1) they should avoid coffee&greasy/spicy food, (2) try to relax and (3) get plenty of excercise.

As W.C. Fields opined, "There's only one cure for insomnia; get plenty of sleep!"

 



IBS Breakthrough: Healing Irritable Bowel Syndrome for Good With Chinese Medicine
Leigh Fortson, Bing Lee, Fair Winds Press, December 2001
ISBN 1931412626

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Easy to read and so interesting!
I loved this book. I've been searching for ways to beat the problems I've had with IBS for years. After reading this book, I found a practitioner that has gone beyond the textbook remedies, and together we've found out what causes my symptoms. I've had an irritated bowel for good reason--I'm allergic to my deoderant! This is a MUST READ for anyone who is tired of the same old same old, and is open minded enough to get to the real problem. It's great to feel good!
 



The First Year--IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Heather Van Vorous, Marlowe&Company, October 2001
ISBN 1569245479
Website: http://www.helpforibs.com/

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - BUY THIS BOOK - HELP YOURSELF HANDLE IBS
EASY TO READ, VERY HELPFUL, 10 STARS! I have IBS and this and the author's other book "EATING FOR IBS" has saved my life in more ways than one! GREAT ADVICE from a fellow sufferer! A must-have for the patient(s) and doctors who help them! I believe that Heather Van Vorous has 'walked the walk' and, therefore, can 'talk the talk' about Irritable Bowel Syndrome!
I would like to say 'thank you' to her for writing this new book!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - All Dr's should read this and give one to their IBS patients
For the people downing this book, they obviously don't have IBS.
This works! I hate giving up my dairy and cheese burgers, but since I have started Heather's diet. I have not had to take a rx and been symptom free for 4 days!!!! (I tried her diet when I was on the rx but since i can eat almost anything when I am on it and have very little symptoms, I decided to get off of it to see if her diet really works..) This has been the longest I have ever gone with out an attack! Learning how to eat ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - critics should read this and her other work (including website) more carefully
This book (and Van Vorous' other work) has helped me tremendously. My symptoms were debilitating. When I was diagnosed, I asked my gastrenterologist if there were any diets in particular that might have an impact. He said "It's different for everyone." And while that is true to some extent, he didn't even mention that caffeine and alcohol were triggers, let alone fats and insoluble fibers. When I discovered this book and started following the guidelines, my condition improved dramatically.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - A guide for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
People with IBS will benefit heavily from this book. This could be their bible for IBS. Especially the section where the author tells you what you can eat when you cannot eat anything. If you have severe pain and diarrhea then a diet consisting refined starch and pureed vegetables may work wonders for you. Eating fibre rich food will help you if you have constipation. This book will give a lot of information for the normal person also.

By giving up my coffee habit I realized having ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Highly Informative Work
I truly benefited from this book. I have been having problems digesting since high school probably due in part to the stress of a hard childhood and now young adulthood. Anyway, I bookmarked the pages listing safe foods (soluble fibers) versus the unsafe foods (INsoluble fibers, red/dark meats, fats, dairy, etc). This book has changed my life. I have the knowledge to be able to choose my meals wisely. Amazingly, my acne breakouts have come to a screeching halt with the start of the IBS diet. It turns ... Read More
 



The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sourcebook
Laura O'Hare, McGraw Hill - NTC, August 2001
ISBN 0737305533


 



IBS: A Doctor's Plan for Chronic Digestive Troubles: The Definitive Guide to Prevention and Relief
Gerard Guillory, M.D., O'Neill, Jr. Barrett, Hartley&Marks, May 2001 (3rd edition)
ISBN 0881791792
Website: http://www.ibsinformation.com

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Not enough Facts too many quick qonclusions
When a Dr. writes a book, we all assume that all the conculsion will be based in fact as opposed to annecdotal fiction. While Dr.Gerard provides a good explanation of what IBS is and a high level guide to reducing IBS symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes...he fails to provide enough details on the diet that is needed. Also, he does not do a very through job of analyzing and discussing dietary fiber supplements, such as metamucil which have proven useful for many IBS sufferers. For example, ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - A good starting book on learning about IBS and treatment.
To answer your main questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gerard Guillory's _IBS: A doctor's plan_ is an excellent place to start. It is filled with useful tips and has a reassuring tone. I highly recommend this book, along with Dawn Burstall et al.'s _IBS relief: A Doctor, a Dietitian and a Psychologist Provide a Team Approach to Managing IBS_. Both books complement each other well and provide useful information. (see my review of Burstall et al. at amazon.com)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - What I thought.
I thougth the book was very interesting and helpful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Good one Volume Guide to IBS
Dr. Guillory offers a revised and newly updated edition of his definitive guide for the one in five people suffering from spastic colon, cramping pains or nausea after eating, constipation, gas, and diarrhea--the variety of uncomfortable digestive symptoms known as IBS--Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Revealing questionnaires and special temporary diets are featured, as well as detailed information about testing and medications. Included are special stress reduction techniques along with corrective exercises ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Good one Volume Guide to IBS
Dr. Guillory offers a revised and newly updated edition of his definitive guide for the one in five people suffering from spastic colon, cramping pains or nausea after eating, constipation, gas, and diarrhea--the variety of uncomfortable digestive symptoms known as IBS--Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Revealing questionnaires and special temporary diets are featured, as well as detailed information about testing and medications. Included are special stress reduction techniques along with corrective exercises ... Read More
 



Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health
John E. King (Editor), Mayo Clinic, Kensington Pub Corp, October 2000
ISBN 1893005046

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - VERY USEFLUL
I FIND THIS BOOK USEFUL IN THE SENSE IT ADDRESSES COMMON QUESTIONS MOST OF US TEND TO HAVE ABOUT FOOD, EATING, DIGESTIVE HAZARDS AND RELATED ILLNESS.
 



What You Really Need to Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Robert Buckman, Nigel Howard, John Cleese (Intro), Lebhar-Friedman Books, 2000
ISBN 0867308273 (ISBN 0771576919 - CDG Books, Canada)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - I've never been so excited about iritable bowel syndrome!
Not since the phlegm-horking "Afrikaaner for beginners" audio book have I been so impressed by an author's knowledge of a subject.

The only caveat is that it is not nearly as visual as you may want if you are a fetishist, hence the 4/5 score. Otherwise, spellbinding!
 



25 Natural Ways to Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome : A Mind-Body Approach to Well-Being
James Scala, Keats Publishing, 2000
ISBN 0658007017

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - 25 Natural Ways to Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I would not recommend this book at all. The diet is terrible and if I followed it, it would have caused my husband great pain! James Scala has no idea, as clearly he doesn't suffer from IBS. I would not recommend this at all, it is the worst book I have ever bought! I want my money back and I will be writing to him tell him this aswell.
 



Freedom from Digestive Distress: Medicine-Free Relief from Heartburn, Gas, Bloating, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Karen Cooksey, Gary L. Gitnick, M.D., Three Rivers Press, 2000
ISBN 0812932625

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - information to help you solve your digestive problems
I found the book very helpful. I don't think there are easy answers to digestive problems because there are so many factors affecting each person at once. The author shows you how to keep a food journal (which my doctor has been telling me to do for years) which not only has columns for what you ate or drank, but also what else you were doing, who was with you, where you were and how you were feeling, because your digestive problems can be a combination of what you eat, how stressed out you are, ... Read More

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - A decent self-help book
It is great to find a book by a practicing gastroenterologist who promotes a medicine-free healing plan! Gitnick's book reminds us all of the importance of a complete healing program, including exercise, stress reduction, positive attitude, eating those foods which don't bother us, and seeking support from others. The author discusses scenarios when it may be necessary to combine medicine with these success factors and how they can work together to promote healing. This book contains many case studies ... Read More

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - It's Just a Lot of Hot Air!
Well intentioned but regrettably lacking in any real practical advise for those of us who suffer from this very dibilatating syndrome, "Freedom from Digestive Distress : Medicine-Free Relief from Heartburn, Gas, Bloating, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome" was a disappointing read. There is virtually no information on dealing with the embarrassing and often painful situations that are a part of our daily lives. I was looking for answers and got very few: What is the best approach for avoiding problems ... Read More



Listen To Your Gut
Jini Patel Thompson, Caramal Publishing Inc., May 2000
You can access everything you need to manage and heal your IBD or IBS. This book can show you how. You Will Learn: Which foods are safe for you to eat. Which foods you should avoid and will trigger bloating, bleeding or diarrhea. Which herbal supplements will help you manage your symptoms day-to-day and effect long-term healing. How to manage and treat the cycle of your disease, including flare-ups, using natural methods. How to become and remain drug and surgery-free. How to transform pain and control your bowels - no more embarrassing accidents. How to get in touch with your body's unique needs and take control of your healing process, resulting in greater peace and confidence.
Article from the Author Jini Patel Thompson



Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome : A Psychological Approach to Regaining Control of Your Life
Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D., W. Grant Thompson M.D., New Harbinger Pubns April 2000
ISBN 1572241888
Website: http://www.irritablebowel.net/

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Easy to Understand. Worth Having!
I really enjoyed this book because she makes everything very understandable. She also discusses the possible links between IBS and childhood abuse, stress, foods that irritate, etc. She states that studies have shown a link between depression (or stress related disorders) and IBS. She also gives practical advice on how to cope both mentally and physically. Some suggestions may be things you have heard before, but she puts it in such a way so you can really see the benefit of doing these, that outwieghs ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The Last IBS Book You Need!
After buying, reading and giving away many, many books on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I was blessed to have found this one. No recipes in this one, this book makes clear the powerful correlation between IBS and anxiety, IBS and stress, IBS and depression, IBS and fear. After spending a week of increasingly severe pain accompanied by increased anxiety about the pain (or was it increasing pain about the anxiety?)and winding up in the local ER, I realized that I needed to help myself by calming myself. This ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - A book that helps you regain control
IBS can be a horrible thing to suffer with and unfortunately a lot of books written on the subject can even be worse. In my search for books on IBS I found a lot of them written by doctors to be unsympathetic and confusing. That was until I found Barbara Bradley Bolen's book on IBS. Her book was written in a clear and friendly manner and it was a pleasure to read. Also, Bolen writing was very sympathetic to the disease of IBS.

One of the things I liked so much about this book was the case ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A must for IBS sufferers&those who treat IBS patients.
As a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, I highly recommend Dr. Bolen's book. Dr. Bolen collates a great deal of research and general information about IBS, and then goes on to provide a number of effective, excellent techniques for managing the disorder, explained in a clear and straightforward manner. I am already using this book with several of my IBS patients and have found it to be of immense help.
 



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Michael Mahoney, Time Line Services, 1999
The IBS Audio Program 100 home course in Hypnotherapy is clinically designed to alleviate your Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.



Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Natural Approach
Rosemary Nicol, Ulysses Press, 1999 (2nd edition)
ISBN 1569751889

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Outstanding; the ideal treatment of a sensitive subject
No need to feel embarrassed: everybody suffers from IBS from time to time. I was looking for a book that would offer more than a study guide to the digestive system combined with an encyclopedia on dietary measures, and I wound up more pleased than ever! Author Rosemary Nicol's diverse handling of everything from symptoms (both physical and emotional) of IBS and similar ailments, to stress management, antidotes and diet is absolutely impressive.

I'm not sure what her background is, ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - So thankful for this book
This book has given me hope that there is relief from my IBS. It explains this condition in a way anyone can understand. I discovered things that might be contributing to my symptoms that I had no idea were even remotely related to IBS. It gives a comprehensive overview of the many treatments available, focusing on the natural and homeopathic. I have begun implementing many of the dietary and lifestyle changes covered in this book and look forward to feeling better. I am already feeling better, ... Read More
 



Irritable Bowel Syndrome&Diverticulosis: A Self-Help Plan
Shirley Trickett, Thorsons Publishing, 1999 (Revised)
ISBN 0722538618

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Irritable Bowel Syndrome&Dverticulosis
Got Diverticulosis and want help? Dont buy this book. These are two different ailments and the author treats them as one.

Very dissapointed, save your money.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Misleading Title
Except for the title, you cannot find any reference to Diverticulosis in this book. Otherwise, it is a useful book.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - This information has really helped me.
I have found that the information in this book has helped me more than anything I have tried in the past 12 years... My experience with MD's has been futile. Anyone suffering with IBS or diverticulosis would be well served reading the exceptionally well written book.
 



The Second Brain
Michael D. Gershon, M.D., HarperCollins Publishers, 1999 (reissued)
ISBN 0060930721

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - peristaltic reflex or peristaltic cognition?
This has been a challenging book to read, but well worth the effort. It is a peculiar mix of memoir and introductory textbook on the enteric (gut) system. I found myself woefully unprepared to consume the text. Gershon has tried to write for the lay reader, but that lay reader had better be comfortable with organic chemistry. Despite the jargon, Gershon's enthusiasm is infectious. This would be a great gift for any pre-med student in need of inspiration.

The title is somewhat misleading. ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A thought-provoking book
I thought it was an interesting premise that the gut was a 'second brain gone south'. I would add too that the author responded to a question I emailed him and thanked me for reading his book. A courtesy that you don't always receive these days.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Bowel megalomaniac doesn't help the little people
I bought this book with the hope that it would convey real information about the physiology of the digestive system, so that I could understand my own digestive problems - I didn't want to read just another wacky diet plan. This book is indeed advertised as being somehow helpful to those who suffer bowel problems, but all he ends up saying about those problems is that, if his great discoveries are taken seriously by pharmaceutical companies, us little people will someday be able to buy new drugs for our problems. ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Not just my gut feeling!
A compelling informative guide to the concept of "Big brain and little brain". This book is super And its not just my gut feeling. Readers may also look up "Natural Stomach Care", and "Your Gut Feelings".

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Readable Science, not New Age twaddle!
This is a serious enteric neurology text (the first!) and an entertaining memoir rolled into one. Dr. Gershon is passionate about the brain in the bowel and he (and his editor) have done a superlative job of explaining some very complicated neurochemistry. I haven't even read through to the practical advice section and I think it's superb already! Highly recommended not only for those with unhappy guts, but for anyone who's ever been curious about the digestive system, how it works and how it evolved to have such a ... Read More
 



The Self-Help Way to Treat Colitis and Other IBS Disorders
De LaMar Gibbons, M.D., Lendon H. Smith, Keats Pub., 1991
ISBN 087983546X

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - First Doctor who made sense
My son has suffered with IBS all of his life. This was the first book or doctor who was able to help with his condition. Imagine my suprise to find that not only does Dr. Gibbons have a book but also a web site where you can send Dr. Gibbons questions. What a big help that has been in my sons life...

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Someone finally understood!!
I had been to 3 separate doctors, had numerous tests, and tried a lengthy list of medications. I found out about this book in a chat room and the reviews were so glowing that I thought it must be a marketing scheme. I bought it anyway because I had nothing to lose at that point in my life. As I read the book, I felt vindicated and thought he was describing my life. This book changed my life. For anyone that has ever suffered from fructose intolerance this will make sense to you....my husband ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Change your life overnight!!
For over half of my life (20+ years) I suffered from IBS. I had become almost completely homebound because of this. My life changed overnight when I bought this book. I started following the diet and I noticed a huge difference the first day. With in a few weeks I was a different person. I know this sounds corny but it's true. Dr. Gibbons saved my life. I have been pretty much symptom free now for several years. IBS no longer controls my life and IBS never even crosses my mind unless I'm bragging ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The best help I have ever found
Dr. Gibbons lays out the causes and effects of I.B.S. He gives his own medical history that has effected him and how it lead him to find answer on how to best help himself. I have read the book and now follow his diet that he has explained what one needs to do to get immediate relief. I feel so much better now I can not believe the difference. Anyone who suffers with crohn's disease, celiac sprue, colitis, diverticulosis, galactosemia, infant colic, post-colostomy colitis, ulcerative colitis will benefit ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - If you have bowel problems please read this book
When I first browsed this book I said "Yes I know that", "Yes I know that","Yes I know that". I put the book back on the self. After a couple of weeks I decided maybe their was something in the book I didn't know. I went back and bought it. It was nice to find comformation of what I had found over the years to be helpful. My Doctor always looked at me like I was crazy when I told him these things. This book is a must read for anyone with bowel problems.
 



The Care and Feeding of the Irritable Bowel
De LaMar Gibbons, M.D., 1988
Academy of Health, Box 497, Lava Hot Springs Idaho 83246



IBS Relief: A Doctor, a Dietitian, and a Psychologist Provide a Team Approach
Geoffrey Turnbull, Dawn Burstall, John Wiley&Sons, 1998
ISBN 0471347418

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - SORRY THAT I PURCHASED THIS BOOK
I have bought Heather Van Vorous' books regarding IBS -- They are fantastic and I thought that buying THIS book would give additional help! The book is virtually useless. . . The biggest negative about this book was the advice on loading up on wheat fiber -- which can cause horrible reactions in IBS patients! In addition, this team could not have researched the reaction of people with IBS to dairy products -- including yogurt -- Be smart and buy Heather Van Vorous' books -- they are simply wonderful ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Excellent Guide
This is an excellent guide, giving many details of symptoms, causes, diet change needs,trigger foods, and stress reduction. I refer to it frequently. It has no gender bias that women are the major sufferers of IBS.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - INTERESTING TOPIC
I certainly do agree on some of the topics mentioned in this book. My understanding as reading this book and also attending at the time a Psycologist, is I think it narrows down yes with some foods you eat, I feel everyone is sensitive to certain foods than others, but what I found very interesting and had a hard time dealing with is to accept the fact that I had IBS. That's the first thing you have to accept. The second is STRESS, what major role that plays on the digestive system. You may not agree, ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - INTERESTING TOPIC
I certainly do agree on some of the topics mentioned in this book. My understanding as reading this book and also attending at the time a Psycologist, is I think it narrows down yes with some foods you eat, I feel everyone is sensitive to certain foods than others, but what I found very interesting and had a hard time dealing with is to accept the fact that I had IBS. That's the first thing you have to accept. The second is STRESS, what major role that plays on the digestive system. You may not agree, ... Read More

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - Be careful on published medical advice
This is one of many books being published that explain and propose cures for IBS. All the books I have read prior to this one were heavy on dietary precautions but not as concerned with the so-called psychological aspects of IBS. As a psychologist myself, I have noted the growing tendency, when physicians don't know what causes a disease, to quickly dismiss it as psychological. As a sufferer of IBS (started after I took an antibiotic), I wasn't content with being told that it was entirely or partly in ... Read More
 



The Natural Way - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Nigel Howard, Element Books Ltd., 1998 (reissued)
ISBN 1852305835


 



The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs) and Gastrointestinal Solutions Handbook
Chet Cunningham, United Research Publishing, 1997
ISBN 096149249X

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The Irritable Bowel and Gastrointestinal Solutions Handbook
Hi,
I just read this book and was favorably surprised. The negative reviews in here do not seem to be accurate. For example, one review says that only 15% of the book dealt with IBS. This is NOT true. 2/3 of the book discusses IBS directly and the rest helps distinguish between other diseases and IBS. This is exactly what is in the title.
I called the company with a question. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. Their web site is www.urpublishers.com and the phone number is ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The Irritable Bowel Synfrome Handbook
This book is a life saver if you have IBS. It covers the condition in every way and gives great suggestions about foods and exercise. The author makes it easy to read, just like he is talking to you.
Check out the section on fiber, it will surprise you.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Junk
What a waste of money. This books gives information that is very basic. The book is more basic then any magazine article on the subject of IBS.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - For Nan Curtis - contacting the publisher
Hi Nan - The book publisher has a website where you can email them, though they do not list a phone number. The site is ...unitedresearchpubs.com and there is a "contact us" page.

I am really sorry they took advantage of you that way.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - The Irritable Bowel Syndrome&Gastrointestinal Solutions Ha
I need some help. I ordered the above Handbook out of the February 2002 AARP Bulletin on February 2002. I mailed them a check. I have not received my handbook. There was no telephone number to call to find out the status of the order. The mailing address is United Research Publishers Dept. AAS-7 PMB T; 132 North El Camino Real; Encinitas CA 92024. If anyone knows a telephone number that I could call, please give it to me.
Thanks
Nan Curtis
 



Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Sarah, Dr. Brewer, Thorsons Pub, 1997
ISBN 0722533926

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Wonderful book
Very helpful for those who suffer IBS.
 



Relief from IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Elaine Fantle Shimberg, Ballantine Books, 1988
ISBN 034536712X

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - better help elsewhere
I tried for years to control IBS with diet, exercise, medications, etc. I never got anywhere with that. I recently tried an 'assist' from the 'Assist Processing Handbook' from L Ron Hubbard, and I was feeling much better within a couple of hours. If you have already ruled out food allergies (and any structural problems), and can't seem to control IBS with books such as this one, please do yourself a favor and get the assist book.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Relief from Ibs: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
It has taken the doctors a long time to diagnose me for IBS. The doctors are not much help except for medication. This book gives you details of what a person goes through and ideas on how to control it or relief it. One of the main topics is stress. Stress causes a lot of the problems with IBS. This book gives you ways to cope with the stress and what you need to watch for in foods. I share the information in this book with many people that I meet who have IBS. I bought two books. The other book ... Read More

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - Easy reading with little substance
While this is an easy book to read, understand and even use in your quest to avoid the pain and symptoms of IBS there are several serious shortcomings. First, the author is a layman. She is not a doctor, does not treat IBS or practice any sort of health care. She is a writer. A good writer who draws from a variety of medical sources and credits them diligently, but still not a doctor or academic.

This is also a highly 'womanocentric' book. Of all the examples cited in the text I found ONE ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A Good Overview of an Undercovered Subject
Thank goodness that at last there are many books available about IBS (or whatever name you may have been calling your high-strung digestive system), but this one is a great one to start with. Right on the cover it lists several of the names IBS has been called over the years. It's short, which lets you then move on to books related to the specifics of your own condition, which it emphasizes again and again varies widely from person to person. I especially liked the chapter "Kids with IBS", ... Read More
 



Your Gut Feelings: A complete guide to living better with intestinal problems
Henry D. Janowitz, M.D., Oxford, 1994
ISBN 0195089367

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - An Excellent Resource
Janowitz provides a good resource with this book, which provides an overview of possible conditions that affect the lower intestinal tract. This book is not just for someone with a chronic condition, although irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis are covered. Janowitz also has excellent chapters on coping with the occasional food poisoning episode or traveler's diarrhea. His overview of the functioning of the intestinal tract is one the best I've come across ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Don't know what's wrong? This book helps find answers!
I have been researching for answers to my personal intestinal problems for 4 years. This is one of my best resources. Easily understood. Everytime I go back to it, I learn something new. Helps fill in the blanks that the doctors don't explain aswell as give reasons for questions to ask your Doctor.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Clear and Understandable Guide
I use this book often, since like many Crohn's sufferers, I also deal with a broad spectrum of intestinal problems. In very clear and understandable language, Dr. Janowitz, a GI at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the author of Indigestion and Good Foods for Bad Stomachs provides information on the symptoms and causes of an array of intestinal problems, including IBS, Crohn's&UC, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, colon cancer, food allergies, intestinal gas and more. He describes the ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - IBD Book Store - Review
Review: I use this book often, since like many Crohn's sufferers, I also deal with a broad spectrum of intestinal problems. In very clear and understandable language, Dr. Janowitz, a GI at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the author of Indigestion and Good Foods for Bad Stomachs provides information on the symptoms and causes of an array of intestinal problems, including IBS, Crohn's&UC, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, colon cancer, food allergies, intestinal gas and more. He describes ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - One line is not enough to say how good this book is!
I look forward to reading his new book "Good Food for Bad Stomachs". I wish my GP had read this 10 years ago...(yes, I am bitter!)
 




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Food, Diet&Nutrition




Healthy Cooking for IBS: 100 Delicious Recipes to Keep You Symptom Free
Sophie Braimbridge and Erica Jankovich, Stewart, Tabori and Chang Publishers, April 2006
ISBN 1584794941

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - Beautiful pictures, but little substance about IBS.
This very gorgeous publication has pictures and recipes of scrumptious foods; however, there is little genuine substance about IBS or helpful remedies. Like other food books about IBS, there is little clinical evidence referred to, to support that any of these recipes will keep you symptom-free. This original UK publication is in the dark ages as to the causes of IBS. For example, in the "Who is susceptible?" paragraph it includes such things as "Do you work long hours and at weekends?" or "Do you eat at your desk or in front of the TV?". It is a beautiful coffee table book that if anything may be an opening line for discussing IBS openly with your guests.
 



The IBS Low-Starch Diet
Carol Sinclair, Ninox Publishing; March 2004
ISBN 0958252904



The I.B.S. Diet: A Doctor's Plan to Calm Your Digestive System the Natural Way
Sarah, M.D. Brewer, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, Thorsons Publishers; New Edition, July 2004
ISBN 0007158114


 



Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Food Solutions):: Recipes and Advice to Control Symptoms
Patsy Westcott and Philip Wilson, Sterling Publications, October 2002
ISBN 0600604950

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Inflamatory Bowel Disease-Food Solutions
The book provides classic symptoms for inflammatory bowel
disease; such as, feeling of fullness, irritable bladder,
headache, fatigue and fibromyalgia. The authors distinguish
between mechanical digestion and chemical digestion which
is the enzyme breakdown of food in the body. IBS happens when
the muscular activity or motility is altered. Contraction
either speeds up or slows down food movements through the
digestive tract. John Hopkins University found that 6 ... Read More
 



Eating for IBS - An Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet and Cookbook
Heather Van Vorous, Marlowe Press, October 2000
ISBN 1569246009
Website: http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Top notch
This book has excellent information with a convenient "cheat sheet" of foods that are most digestible for IBS suffering folks to try. There are many good recipes that the entire family can enjoy. Right from the start, a few days of the fennel tea helped my husband during a bad attack...that alone was worth getting the book, we had never heard of that remedy before!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - MEME95
I ACTUALLY PURCHASED THESE BOOKS FOR MY SISTER, DAUGHTER AND NEPHEW WHO SUFFER FROM THIS DISEASE AFTER READING A FRIENDS COPY. MY INPUT FROM THEM IS THE WONDERFUL EXPLANATIONS FOUND IN THE OPENING PAGES ABOUT IBS......MORE AND BETTER INFO THAN THEY HAVE EVER HAD BEFORE AND THEY LOVE THE RECIPES. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED......I HAVE MADE 3 IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN MY LIFE HAPPY AND HEALTHIER......WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WITH THE PROBLEM OR NOT AS I AM GOING TO ORDER ONE NOW FOR MYSELF EVEN THOUGH ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - WONDERFUL BOOK - GREAT ADVICE
This book was well-researched and was extremely helpful to me! I would advise anyone with IBS to buy it! The author, who has IBS and has, therefore, experienced the pain and trauma of this 'syndrome' has taken great care in dispensing her wealth of knowledge! GREAT BOOK - VERY HELPFUL!

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - This book isn't for everyone
As an IBS suffer for many years, the suggestions in this book would have killed me! It contradicts the dietary changes that have been very helpful to me in treating my IBS. While I'm not willing to say that this book doesn't work, I am able to say that for me and my particular symptoms and struggles with IBS, this book would have increased the problems. As many IBS sufferers know, the systems are all over the place and vary from individual to individual so for me, Sorry... I had to just throw the ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great recipes!
Really good recipes, very easy on the stomach. Her website has tons of information as well.
 



Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome : Nutrition You Can Live With (Tell Me What to Eat)
Elaine Magee, Career Press, August 2000
ISBN 1564144445 (paperback)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Very useful guide
I have IBS/D and I found this book to be a very useful guide. It helped me to realize that I had been eating foods that were hurting me. The list of gassy foods is especially on-point and the most comprehensive one that I've seen yet. I've followed the recommendations in this book closely and noticed a marked difference in how I feel. A great guide to keep on hand in your kitchen.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Good book if it's not the only one you read.
This book focuses too much on just fiber and not enough on the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber and even a low-fat meal can be a deadly combination for an IBS sufferer. The recipes that the author considers invaluable for an IBS diet contain fat that is far in excess of what I could tolerate. I have a master's degree in nutrition and have also studied food chemistry and baking properties. There are other alternatives to the relativly high-fat and high insoluble fiber ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The last reviewer obviously didn't read this book!
I am the author of this book and I have the diarrhea type of IBS so I know that I took care to consider this type of IBS while writing this book. I also incorporated the latest information available while researching the book. The way this book series is structured, it answers the most common questions and concerns people have about the disease or syndrome in the first few chapters...and we do it in language that everyone can understand. Writing and researching this book helped me and my IBS tremendously ... Read More

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - same ole, same ole
I read two books on IBS today. One, Good Food for Bad Stomachs by Dr. Henry Janowitz was excellent. Tell Me What To Eat was just another book that tells us to eat more bran -- which is often exactly the wrong thing to do if you have IBS - diarrhea and is often not the right thing to do if you have alternating constipation and diarrhea. And, there is only token coverage of IBS - diarrhea.

There really is a need for accurate information from a registered dietician on IBS. Unfortunately, this isn't ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A "must buy" for IBS sufferers
Anyone who suffers from IBS should read this book. Elaine not only answers every question you could ever have about the syndrome, she also provides chapter after chapter of practical advice that I have actually been able to put into practice. I eat out a lot, and the book even had some great tips on how to make smarter choices at all types of restaurant situations, including fast food. I have also tried some of her recipes and they are quick and delicious (try the microwave lemon rice). Bottom line, I feel ... Read More
 



Healthy Digestion the Natural Way : Preventing and Healing Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gallbladder Diseases, ulcers
D. Lindsey Berkson, John Wiley&Sons, 2000
ISBN 0471349623

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent down-to-earth approach to digestion
Finally a helpful book anyone can understand. Lots of informative sections on everything from gallbladder attachs, IBS, to ulcers.
I often refer to this book whenever I am not feeling well. I have owned it for a year now and will never part with it.

I also recommend NO MORE HEARTBURN, by Sherry Rogers, M.D.

Why don't doctors spend more time educating their patients about healthy digestion and bowel function? If we all understood more, maybe we'd eat better. ... Read More

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Don't bother. Its mostly drivel
Hey. Don't be fooled by all the positive reviews. This isn't really a book about bowel problems. Its about anecdotal, unsupported, stories about some people who might have improved anyway. No science. No pretense of science. Not much information. Just look at how many used copies are for sale. Save your money. Stop going to MacDonalds, go home and cook yourself a good meal. Get a cookbook. Learn to cook. Don't buy this book. Drivel

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great book for patients and doctors
As a naturopathic physician, treating the gut is a core principle. This book was recommended by one of my teachers and now that I am a practicing doctor I often refer back to this book. It offers patients (and doctors) a look at how true healing of the gut is approached. I highly recommend this book to all people.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Very Informative on a Topic We All Need More Info On
Most of us don't have a clue on how digestion really works and how it impacts every aspect of our lives. This book is good without being preachy as some natural healthy books can be. The author knows her stuff and you can tell she is committed to getting the word out on an important topic. I recommend this book if you're concerned about your health and want to understand how it all fits together. Even if you don't have any of the issues listed in the title the book talks about how to eat so that ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Great Reference for Digestive Problems
This book was the answer to all of my stomach problems. Dr. Berkson's book addressed my problem and then offered solutions. I tried the recommendations and within 3 weeks, I was feeling so much better. My particular problem has been ongoing for about 3 or 4 years. After trying over the counter products for years, I did as Dr. Berkson suggested...started drinking a lot more water, eating yogurt, taking glutamine, fiber pills, and Vitamin B1. I added this to my regimen of exercise, multi-vitamins, vitamin ... Read More
 



Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment
Jonathan Brostoff, Linda Gamlin, Inner Traditions Intl Ltd., 2000
ISBN 0892818751

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A comprehensive and responsible discussion
For anyone who suspects they might have food intolerance, this book can help them on the path to wellness. Symptoms, testing and potential avenues of treatment are all discussed. Be forewarned, it can be a complex and daunting task, though worth it.

I was surprised and impressed that the author addressed the concept that some manifestations of food intolerance may be psychosomatic in nature or partially so. Sometimes it's not all in your head, but sometimes it is.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Solid information, very thorough treatment of the subject, great buy
This is the best and most complete consumer book about food intolerances and allergies available. A complete rundown of topics can be found in the table of contents and index. Here are some of the things I appreciate most about this book:

* Nonsensationalist.
* Cites research studies, along with comments on strengths and weaknesses of each study.
* Gives lots of case studies - one is sure to find a case study that resembles one's own experience.

Brostoff provides ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - thorough and clear writing on an important subject
For anyone with difficult, or unexplained illness, this is the book for you. Explains the known correlations between food sensitivity, allergy, and illnesses. This should be of particular interest to those with immune system, or digestive related problems. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A detailed, "reader friendly", in-depth guide.
Food Allergies and Food Intolerance provides a complete guide to identification of food allergies, explaining food sensitivities, providing a process for identifying food allergies, and revealing symptoms and side effects of food related problems. The depth of details in this survey makes for an important guide which should not be missed by any studying allergies or food problems.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - An instructional tool for those who suspects food allergies!
An invaluable reference source that gives a comprehensive discussion of the difference between true food allergies and food intolerance. You will find numerous case histories which help thoroughly explain the ill effects food can have on people. This book explores both sides of controversial issues concerning the symptoms caused by food intolerance, and with scientific data supports the idea that many diseases are related to the ill effects of food. There is an in-depth discussion of Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... Read More
 



Diets to Help Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
John Lay, Thorsons Pub, 1998
ISBN 0722531990

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Diets to Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome
VERY disappointing. The recipes call for things I've never even heard of. No practical, useful information. I returned the book.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - This was a complete waste of time and money.
I cannot believe that I actually paid money for this book. It did not give any useful information about living with Colitis. The author describes breathing techniques, a basic diet, and then the book is over. Again, a complete waste of money.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - diets to help colitis and irritable bowel syndrom
diets to help colitis and irritable bowel syndrom and to avoid gases and chest and back pain with a headache
 



Good Food For Bad Stomachs
Henry D. Janowitz, M.D., Oxford, 1998
ISBN 0195126556
Reviewed in IBS Self Help Group Book Reviews.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Good Foods for Bad Stomachs by Janowitz
The author discusses the all-important food pyramid consisting
of fats&oils used sparingly, milk, yogurt, cheese (2-3 servings), vegetable soup (2-4 servings) and pastas/breads.
Nuts may be eaten to lower cholesterol. Approximately 70 grams a day of unabsorbed carbohydrates enter the colon absorbed by colonic bacteria. The absorption is into methane, hydrogen and
CO2. Antioxidants fight free radicals. The ideal diet seeks to
have the patient limit coffee and most alcohol ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Another excellent book by Dr. Janowitz
Janowitz performs a real service with his books. Good Food is an accurate, detailed discussion of IBS and diet. It covers a lot of ground so it probably cannot be easily read in one sitting. It's the kind of reference book that you'll go back to time and time again. The index is very well done so it's very useful.

Really a well done book on IBS and diet.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - The Usual Good Resource from a Good Writer
While Janowitz covers many digestive problems in this book, I was specifically interested in Chapter 12: What Should We Feed the Inflamed Intestine? Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. He spends a great deal of time outlining a "low-residue" diet as well as a low-oxalate diet, both of which are purported to assist persons suffering from IBD. Since both diets are quite nutritionally sound, they are certainly worth trying and his discussion on lactose sensitivity is one of the most ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Excellent Guide to Eating for Those with GI Problems
This new book is long overdue for those of us with digestive problems who never know what to eat and are always trying to maintain good nutrition. The first part the book reviews the elements of a realistic, reasonable diet necessary for overall good health (chapters include "Is There an Ideal Diet?" and "The Do's and Don'ts"). The larger second part of the book, looks at digestive disorders and the role of diet in ... Read More

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Very Good Overview - But Just an Overview
This book addresses good nutrition in general, and then offers specifics for a variety of GI diseases. It is well-written and very understandable. But if you are buying this book for the specifics on a certain disease, you will likely be disappointed. There is not a lot of depth in the disease-specific chapters. Disease-specifc chapters range from 5-19 pages, with only one stretching over 20 pages. For example, the IBS chapter is only 7 pages.

If you suffer from many ailments or are ... Read More
 



Herbs for Improved Digestion
C. J. Puotinen, Keats Pub, 1996
ISBN 087983742X

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - A Good Little Book
This tiny book has a great deal of good information regarding herbal use for digestive ailments. The majority of recommendations are broad, although some specific recipes for tinctures or teas exist, and the sections on colitis and Crohn's have very gentle herbal recommendations that would definitely not hurt anyone and may provide some useful insight for others regarding a nutritional approach to these diseases. I did try some of the suggestions, but unfortunately for me, being on Prednisone ... Read More
 



Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Special Diet Cookbooks
Ann Page-Wood and Jill Davies, Thorsons, 1995 (reissued)
ISBN 0722531419

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - WORST BOOK FOR IBS
This book was a complete waste of paper. It has no recipes to help with IBS sufferers. There are a lot of dairy recipes and most IBS sufferers are lactose intolerant! How is that supposed to help us. Also the recipes are very DULL!! I sent this book back the day I got it. It was a waste of my time!!

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - No Help At All
This book was completely unhelpful. There were no detailed eating or cooking guidelines, and most of the recipes had large quantities of ingredients that are intolerable for people with ibs (red meat, cheese, egg yolks, etc.). The recipes were also very unappetizing.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Not for the Lactose intolerant
I had high expectations of this book, but found that it didn't take into consideration that most IBS sufferers are lactose intolerant. Almost all of the recipies had cheese or milk products. Even for those who can tolerate dairy products, the recipes are not very appealing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - British food.
This book and the recipes inside are British. I have been to Great Britian and am not a big fan of the local cuisine. If you feel the same you shouldn't buy this book.
 



Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet
Elaine Gottschall B.A., M.Sc., The Kirkton Press, 1994
ISBN 0969276818

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Good info...poor recipes
I purchased this book at the suggestion of our developmental pediatrician for a child on the autism spectrum with gut dysbiosis problems. The concept is very helpful, but the recipes are ridiculous! How is a mother of more than one child, including one on the spectrum, supposed to be able to make all of these pizzas and lollipops when the recipes are not clearly written?!!! On top of this we're supposed to be doing floortime therapy 24/7. This is clearly not written by a professional cookbook ... Read More

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet
About a year ago I was diagnosed with Sclerosing Cholangitis. Sclerosing Cholangitis is a liver disease and is usually connected with Colitis. Sclerosing Cholangitis is discover through standard blood tests. My blood showed high levels of Alkaline Phosphatses, AST and ALT levels. The doctor told me there was no cure for this disease and that a liver transplant was likely in my future. However, since being on this diet my colitis improved and my blood test are normal. It took about 6 months. TRY ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Yeast was making my little boy sick
We have been SCD since 2/05. We say an almost immediate change in my son. We started SCD after a recommendation from a friend whos daughter was also on it. My son's symptoms were severe diarreha, gas, bloting and because of all of this very cranky and irritable. We determined that he had chronic intestinal yeast (from antibiotic use for severe ear infections) that had taken over his intestines. The yeast was preventing his intestines from breaking down food and absorbing the required nutrients to ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Just read the book from vitamin store on sale
I'm a massage therapist who has learned Chinese medicine as well.
I just read this book in only an hour since a good portion is needed recipies. It gets stright to the point with the facts&I could not put it down.
I realized I'd already been eating mostly only foods on this diet for almost a year now. I didn't know it though. I just knew seeds bothered me, but not nuts, dairy & soy made me very congested to the point that had trouble breathing, all grains got me including corn, ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - vicious cycle
this book has helped me in so many ways a person could never know... anyone wit a inflamatory bowel disease HAS to have this book ... no doubt
 



Milk Is Not for Every Body: Living with Lactose Intolerance
Steve Carper, Plume/Penguin, Inc., 1996
ISBN 0452277116 paperback

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - None better
This is the best book on lactose intolerance -- what it is, how and why it exists, how to live with it -- available. Complete and detailed, yet utterly reader-friendly even for non-scientists. I learned more useful information from this book than from months of visits with doctors after I learned I had this condition. Very highly recommended to LI sufferers and those who live with them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great book
I am doing a science Fair project on LI and this book had everthing I needed

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - By Far the Most Complete Book on the Subject
This book explores how lactose can upset the digestive tract and identifies which dairy products that are "safe" to eat. The author identifies brand names of lactose reduced milks and who can drink them, warns of lactose containing non-dairy foods and prescription drugs to avoid, provides suggestions for substitute foods and lactase pills, reviews lactose intolerance in infants and children, and explores how lactose intolerance is diagnosed and how to avoid triggering a reaction. ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Guide to Milk and Digestion
One of the most complete books available on the subject--a must-have reference for those who suffer from lactose intolerance. The text explores how to determine how much lactose can be tolerated, what to eat to stave off symptoms, and how to eat out safel
 



General Fibromyalgia Information





Fibromyalgia & the MindBodySpirit Connection
William B. Salt II, MD. & Edwin H. Season, MD., Parkview Publishing, 2000
ISBN 0965703878
Website: http://www.parkviewpub.com

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Disappointing
I feel I have wasted good money on this one. I am a strong believer in mind-body medicine, but the bits and pieces of boring information in primer form were a real turn off.

The information in this book seems to have been copied almost straight from other sources.

Try Jon Kabat-Zinn, Deepak Chopra, Emmet E. Miller, J. Sarno, Candace Pert, almost anybody else, for more inspiring reading.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - There are many other better choices out there
This book, while telling SOME of the truth about fibromyalgia, was co-written by Edwin Season, who works as an "independent medical examiner" for the Ohio State Teacher Retirement System. That means it is his job to find reasons to deny disability to those who need it, thereby saving the retirement system money. (This retirement system is being investigated for misuse of funds.) I am one of their victims, my illness being labeled as "Somatization Disorder" despite the mounds of ... Read More

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - There are many other better choices out there
This book, while telling some of the truth about fibromyalgia, was co-written by Edwin Season, who works as an "independent medical examiner" for the Ohio State Teacher Retirement System. That means it is his job to find reasons to deny disability to those who need it, thereby saving the retirement system money. (This retirement system is being investigated for misuse of funds.) I am one of their victims, my illness being labeled as "Somatization Disorder" despite the mounds of ... Read More

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars - Save your Money
MindBodySpirit can be written all together like it's one word. Now you know what this book is about.

If you really want to connect your mind, body, and spirit, try a yoga class. If you want to know how your mind (nervous system and emotions) and body are connected, try some other book. I would recommend The Fibromyalgia Help Book (Fransen & Russell) or Inside Fibromyalgia (Pellegrino).

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Outstanding!!!!!
This is an extremely helpful guide for patients living with fibromyalgia. So many fibromyalgia books read like a medical textbook which is frustrating to patients looking for advice. The information in this book is complete, yet easy to comprehend and utilize. The doctors are very positive giving sound medical advice as well as alternative mind body solutions. The "Mind Body" portion gives me another route to recovery, and puts a human touch on this baffling disease. Very optimistic information for ... Read More
 



General Crohn's and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Information




Living with IBD & IBS: A Personal Journey of Success
Elizabeth Roberts, iUniverse Inc., 2006
ISBN 0595402933

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A gripping emotional roller-coaster ride
Elizabeth Roberts' skill as a journalist and public relations writer are matched perfectly with this personal emotional story of Elizabeth initially being diagnosed with IBD and then IBS followed by her own techniques for coping. I was mesmerized by her story because Elizabeth eloquently describes how a strong healthy career woman suddenly learns and then understands what it is like to have to cope with these troubling chronic conditions. Her style is approachable as if she is talking directly to you. She shares with us her fears and her triumphs. Doing so provides an honest account of how one's quality of life is altered. Elizabeth provides helpful Tips and Information at the end of each chapter which do a nice job at capturing the key messages of each chapter. I highly recommend this book.
 




The IBD Remission Diet
Jini Patel Thompson, Caramal Publishing Inc., May 2003

Use the IBD Remission Diet to: Stop bleeding & heal inflammation, Gain solid weight (muscle, not fat) if malnourished, Give fissures, fistulas and ulcers time and space to heal, Heal the mucosal lining of the intestine with targeted amino acids and herbs, Rejuvenate the Immune System, Repopulate Gut Bacteria, Provide Ongoing Whole-Body Health, and more...



Straight from the Gut: Living With Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis (Patient-Centered Guides)
Cliff Kalibjian, O'Reilly & Associates, May 2003
ISBN 059650005X

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - The book is an introduction with missing content
First, I wish nobody to need the information about IBD. But, for one who needs it, the current book is not a best place to look for.
Obviously, the author's attempts to explain little bit of everything worked, and almost every reader would find in the book something related to his or her case. The problem is that it is so little of information in each topic, that almost nobody would find it really helpful.
The author did a pretty good job by collecting people's letters, which could ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A Comprehensive Guide to IBD
This is a great overview of the current management and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. It covers medication, surgery, diet, insurance, and more. All in all, a great starting point for the newly diagnosed and their friends and family. I've bought a number of books on Crohn's disease, and this is by far the best general overview I've found.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The second book you should buy if you have IBD
When you're diagnosed with IBD, you have no idea what's ahead. You've been having problems and now you finally have a cause... but no cure. It's a sobering moment.

I went to the major websites and found a book at the library (Jill Skylar's First Year book -- a great starter). I was beginning to learn what life with this disease was going to mean, but I still felt lost. I saw this book online and ordered it. I honestly wasn't expecting much as I've spent the last year reading books on ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Straight from the Gut: Living with Crohn's Disease and Ulcer
This book was the best one I have read on the subject of UC & Crohn's Disease. I have done lots of research, on the Internet, the Library, talking to Doctors, and this one book answered all my questions. Whether you are looking for advice about drugs, surgery, food, working, insurance, or much more, this book has it all!!! I would strongly recommend adding it to your library.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - If you're living with Crohn's or colitis, get this book!
An excellent resource for people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and their loved ones. It's like your own personal support group. The facts given about the diseases, including what to expect with various treatments and procedures, plus the personal insights offered by the many people quoted in the book are extremely useful. I highly receommend this book for anyone directly or indirectly affected by Crohn's and colitis.
 



The First Year---Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Jill Sklar, Manuel Sklar, Marlowe & Company, June 2002
ISBN 1569245320

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - What happens when you are told you have Crohn's
Doctors cannot tell it all in a few meetings, there is just too much to take in with this very sad disorder which has no cure. This book will make sense, well organized, a day and month at a time. What treatment modalities are available, included are the side effects of treatment. This book also give you hope, but there is no cure.

Excellent book.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The most informative Crohn's resource
I searched for simple information on Crohn's disease for months before coming upon this book and finally ordering it. I wish someone had handed it to me as I left my colonoscopy. This book is informative, specific and empowering, not to mention being an interesting read. Nothing is dumbed down or too medical-jargony. It goes beyond what your doctor thinks you need to know, and satisfies your curiosity about what's happening in your own body. I highly recommend this book to anyone with Crohn's.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Excellent for newly diagnosed
Being myself diagnosed with UC, I found myself reading everything I could get my hands on relating to the subject. After reading many medical books on the subject, I turned to this book written by a patient herself. I found this book to be the best so far for the newly diagnosed. It really explains everything in laymans terms. Highly recommend

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Easy to read, easy to understand
Award winning author of various health topics, Jill Sklar has come out with a super- winner. It truly lives up to its sub-title as an essential guide for newly diagnosed patients with IBD (Crohn's or ulcerative colitis). The author discusses what IBD is and stresses that it is NOT your fault if you have it. Not only she talks about how to interpret results but also how to manage life both at work and home. Even legal issues as they relate to patients are discussed.
An important part of the ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - I was newly diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis
In January 2003, at age 40, after years of living with what I thought were my severe food allergies reactions, I was diagnosed with accute, universal, UC. I did not know where to turn for accurate, complete and honest information. I felt my doctor could only offer an overview of the disease. This was one of the first books that I read and I would strongly recommend it. Until I met fellow suffers through CCFA, I felt very alone with this disease. This book gave me a clear indication of what I ... Read More
 




Listen To Your Gut
Jini Patel Thompson, Caramal Publishing Inc., May 2000

You can access everything you need to manage and heal your IBD or IBS. This book can show you how. You Will Learn: Which foods are safe for you to eat. Which foods you should avoid and will trigger bloating, bleeding or diarrhea. Which herbal supplements will help you manage your symptoms day-to-day and effect long-term healing. How to manage and treat the cycle of your disease, including flare-ups, using natural methods. How to become and remain drug and surgery-free. How to transform pain and control your bowels - no more embarrassing accidents. How to get in touch with your body's unique needs and take control of your healing process, resulting in greater peace and confidence.



The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut : The Complete Nutritional Guide to Ileitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
James Scala, PhD, Plume, 2000
ISBN 0452279763

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Crohn's a must to prevent flares.
If you have just been told you have Crohn's, or a loved one has it, this is a must book. Well written, easy to follow.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - A step in the right direction
It is great that the author recognizes the importance of diet for IBD and IBS. The best book for a gut healing diet is Elaine Gottschall's Breaking the Vicious Cycle!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Should be on the bookshelf of every IBD patient
This should be the second book you buy after you get a good overview book on IBD (I recommend Cliff Kalibjian's). Once you know the details of your disease, you want to know what you should and shouldn't eat, which supplements you should take, etc. and this book addresses those questions. It discusses why you should still be eating vegetables (just make sure they're well-cooked!), avoiding red meat, and eating plenty of fish. Also make sure you are getting your soluble fiber.

I like ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The best help an IBD patient can get
When I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease I wanted to know exactly what I was facing. Initially I met with frustration, as my doctor could not give me straight answers about the disease itself or the medications that might help me.

Purchasing this book was an integral step in my self-education about this disease. This book gave me the answers I was looking for. In layman's terms it details the mechanics of the digestive system. It suggests what to eat and what not to eat, yet it reminds ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Look no further this is the answer to your gut problem!
Just click on Buy Now. AS a life long IBD patient I was doing really well until this past winter when a major setback hit me. As those who suffer from IBD know, sometimes desparation sets in and one looks for new advice. This is the BEST collection of advice I have ever read! The advice here is right on and it pointed out some mistakes I had made with my diet. I followed the diet and increased my vitamin and mineral regimen per his directions. Follow this advice, try one new thing at a time, even the ... Read More
 



Understanding Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (Understanding Health and Sickness)
Jon Zonderman with Ronald S. Vender, M. D.,Univ Press of Mississippi, June 2000
ISBN 1578062020 (hardcover)
ISBN 1578062039 (paperback)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - A good IBD overview for the newly diagnosed
This is a short yet informative overview of inflammatory bowel disease. The possible causes, research developments, available treatments and surgical options are discussed. It is by no means a definitive text. However, it is a good place to start if you or a loved one have just been diagnosed with IBD. It explains IBD's vocabulary in easy-to-understand terms. It discusses the different forms of IBD and the various courses these diseases can take. I definitely needed this book to supplement ... Read More

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Good Thing in a Small Package
This slim volume by co-authors Zonderman (a writer with Crohns Disease) and his gastroenterologist Vender packs a lot of punch in a brief amount of time. Very up to date in terms of medication information and surgery, the authors also do an excellent job of describing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and WHY you are feeling this way (something I've yet to come across in any other book on IBD). I was disappointed in the primitive line drawings used to illustrate the book and in the ... Read More
 



The Angry Gut: Coping With Colitis and Crohn's Disease
W. Grant Thompson, Perseus Pr, 1993
ISBN 0306444704

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Sensationalist Title but a Good Resource
Despite the title (which I think is unduly sensationalist), The Angry Gut is a well-written, clear reference for colitis and Crohn's sufferers. Grant is a straightforward, clinical writer and some readers might be put off by his use of widespread, medical terminology. Like any IBD books, the drug sections become quickly dated, but Grant supplies good information on existing drugs and surgeries. He falls into the common pitfall of many M.D.-authored books of completely ignoring the emotional ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Honest and forthright portrayal of IBD-great guide.
If you or a loved one has the disease-this is a must read. It "decodes" a lot of what the gastroenterology and colo-rectal surgery community gives to patients. This is a nice technical(but not too technical) discussion of IBD in all variations and your choices in terms of drug therapy or surgery. It also is very honest about research and likelihood of medical innovations or breakthroughs. It allows IBD patients to ask great questions and challenge medical practitioners. It's a great ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Technical but informative.
This book is technical, but a good resource for individuals who know nothing about Chron's Disease. The author explains in exacting detail how Chron's disease affects people. Most Doctors do not get technical with their patients, and I feel that this book helped me to understand how and why this disease affects me. I now feel very comfortable talking with my Doctor regarding treatment

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Good guide for IBD
Overview of the symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and treatment of IBD. Dr. Thompson discusses how Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affect the gut and also explores patients' social and sexual concerns, plus treatments and recent research. Worth a look. If you liked this book, you might want to look at another book by Dr. Thompson entitled Gut Reactions

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Good Info on IBD, but overly technical
This is a technical overview of IBD covering anatomy, how the gut works, history andepidemiology, possible causes, treatments and complications and medications (not entirely up to date as the book was published in 1989). The book claims in it's foreword to be written for the layman, but be forewarned the anatomy chapter is quite detailed with lots of medical terminology. Let's put it this way, after reading this chapter you will be able to understand the research reports in the national newsletter! ... Read More
 




When Mommy Is Sick
Ferne Sherkin-Langer, Albert Whitman & Company, 1995
ISBN 0807588946

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Colorful Picture Book for Children
A colorfully attractive picture book for children to help them cope with a mother's illness and hospitalization. It's written by a pediatric nurse and mother who has Crohn's disease. On CCFA's book list.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Book by Mother with Crohn's disease
A colorfully attractive picture book for children to help them cope with a mother's illness and hospitalization. It's written by a pediatric nurse and mother who has Crohn's disease. On the CCFA's book list
 



If This Is a Test Have I Passed Yet?: Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Ferne Sherkin-Langer R.N, BScN, Macmillan Canada, 1994
ISBN 0-97715-9046-6

 



Coping and Self Help




Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief
Dr. Jeffrey M. Lackner, STC Healthy Living, 2007
ISBN 1584795751

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The best self managed approach to coping with IBS symptoms that I have ever read.
Written by an expert who has taken 20 years of IBS treatment research and condensed it into a book, Dr. Jeffrey Lackner has written a very different type of book for IBS sufferers. The core of the book is a 10-step plan for symptom relief; however, Dr. Lackner's approach is not ordinary. He combines proven techniques for you to develop an understanding of who you are and how your thoughts and behavior attribute to your well being. This isn't a book about psychology and IBS. Dr. Lackner skillfully takes the reader through an understanding of how the digestive system works, how you may be diagnosed with a digestive disease, and then how the physical torture of daily IBS symptoms can be coped with by changes in how you think and act. For over 25 years I have fostered a self-help/control approach for individuals and this is the first book in a long time that provides the ingredients to do just that. I highly recommend this book for every IBS sufferer.
 



The Bible Cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Don Colbert, M.D., Siloam Press, July 2002
ISBN 0884198278

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Thank GOD, literally.
My God, Dr. Colbert just keeps getting better and better with this series. First it was yeasty problems in females, then it was curing autoimmune problems (go figure), and now we suspect we'll get a Biblical cure of herpes out next. When I found this IBS book, I knew I had come across a true gem. Presumably this for those people who have NOT yet found Dr. Colbert's other books about what Jesus would eat and how he would cook it. Because, surely, if you are eating what Jesus would eat and cooking ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Fantastic
For many years I suffered the agonizing pain that accompanies IBS. Little did I know that the answers to all my problems could be found within the "Good Book" that had been on my bookshelf since I was a child. Although I had read the Bible from cover to cover, it wasn't until I picked up Dr. Colbert's miriculous journal that I realized Jesus wasn't too busy healing cripples and raising from the dead to concern himself with curing explosive diarrhea as well. Taken directly from the pages ... Read More
 



Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: living with invisible chronic illness
Paul J. Donoghue Ph.D. & Mary E. Siegel Ph.D., Norton, 2000
ISBN 0393320650
Website: http://hometown.aol.com/oceandr8/index.html

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - First class in a mostly invisible and sometimes "Lost" class
This is one of a handful of books that give insight and help to a problem that is killing people, if not eating them up alive.
The handbooks that are available for this topic are few, but those that are there are brilliant.
The exposition and the methods made available by this book is truly a life saver. In many respects though, we still have a long way to go. Progress will not be made unless the surgeons who treat the sufferers of this disorder/disease are made to understand what is ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - I No Longer Feel Alone
I still don't have a name for my almost constant pain and exhaustion, but I have learned so much from this book. I discovered that I am not the only one who was told by their doctor that my pain is due to stress or depression. I struggle daily with questions raised in the book such as , "Is it just all in my head ?", "will I always be sick ?", and "Am I just weak or overly-sensitive?". The authors do a wonderful job of explaining why we ask these questions and doubt ourselves. I highly suggest buying ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Wonderful book for those struggling with an ICI!
I have 2 ICI's and I have struggled with a large amount of self doubt and sadness, because of other people's inability to understand what I am dealing with. This book explains the feelings of people with ICI, but the book does not stop there! It also tells you why the feelings come about and how to deal with those feeling. You can tell the book was written by people who understand the feelings of ICI sufferers, because they too are ICI sufferers.
I loved this book!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Validation for what you probably already know
Unlike a lot of books with this theme, this one seems to do a good job of ferreting out the different ways that people deal with chronic illness. It is appropriate for most people with chronic illness, although it does focus on "invisible chronic illness". I was impressed that there were few places that made me want to roll my eyes and toss the book across the room. Usually books like this are filled with cheesy advice, such as "take time out for yourself" and "a good bubble ... Read More

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Even my Dr. wants to read it!
Hello, I have been diagnosed with several "invisible" chronic illnesses, meaning the symptoms are subjective for the most part and hard for others to "see" my pain and illness, therefore it is hard to get the support I need.

This book totally understands my experience, it validates every thing that has happened since I was diagnosed, and it helps me get the support I need. It is also excellent to give to others who you want to understand what you're going through. After ... Read More
 



Keeping Control : Understanding and Overcoming Fecal Incontinence
Marvin M. Schuster M.D., Jacqueline Wehmueller, Johns Hopkins Univ Print, 1994
ISBN 0801849160

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Very helpful and informative; clearly understood
I read this book at suggestion of my therapist. I later purchased this book to be able to refer to it. I am a nurse and am having difficulty understanding what is happening to my body. I found this book basic enough for the lay person and still not insulting to my intelligence. I would recommend this book to anyone who is having problems with anal incontinence.
 



The Chronic Pain Control Workbook,
A Step-By-Step Guide for Coping With And Overcoming Pain
Ellen Mohr Catalano, M.A. & Kimeron N. Hardin, Ph.D.
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 1996
ISBN 1572240504 paperback

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - The best of its kind, but do not pay exorbitant prices!
The Chronic Pain Control Workbook is by far the best of its kind. It truly will walk a chronic pain sufferer through a step-by-step program that, if followed consistently, WILL improve the quality of the chronic sufferer's life. I have used it successfully with thousands of patients. HOWEVER, the book is now out-of-print (for some unfathomable reason that nether the publisher nor the authors care to explain) and I am seeing extreme price gouging! Don't fall for it and do not pay exorbitant prices ... Read More
 



Clinical Information




Rome II: Diagnostic Criteria for The Gastrointestinal Disorders
Michael Camilleri, M.D., Robin C. Spiller, M.D., W.B. Saunders Company, 2002
ISBN 0702026557 (hardcopy)
A Clinician's Guide provides a very up-to-date overview of this controversial disease, focusing in particular on diagnosis, management and treatment, but also The book clearly explains the role of diet in treatment of IBS, the use of antidepressants, bulking agents and antispasmodics, and includes a thorough review of serotinergic drugs, emerging treatments and pharmacotherapies. The book is edited and written by a team of internationally renowned contributors from around the globe, who represent some of the leading names in IBS treatment and research The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with full color artworks, tables and graphs, especially created for this title, which help understanding and clarify difficult concepts. Irritable Bowel Syndrome will be an invaluable resource to all gastroenterologists, and will be an indispensable guide to internists, family care and general practitioners.



 



Rome II: Diagnostic Criteria for The Gastrointestinal Disorders
Douglas A. Drossman, M.D., Degnon Associates, 2000
ISBN 0965683710 (hardcopy)
ISBN 0965683729 (paperback)
Website: http://www.romecriteria.org
Intended to be used as both a textbook and an up-to-date reference source for anyone interested in clinical care or a comprehensive review of the field. A questionnaire is included in ROME II that can be used for surveys and clinical trials which contains all of the Rome Criteria in questionnaire form. ROME II includes criteria for symptom based diagnosis of functional GI disorders. Offers latest information on the pathophysiology , diagnostic approach and treatment of 24 functional disorders plus an additional new chapter on pediatric disorders.



 



Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment
Edward B. Blanchard, American Psychological Assoc, 2000
ISBN 1557987300

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A scientific approach to IBS
As a clinical psychologist, I am very impressed by the scientist-practitioner approach adopted by the author in making research and evaluating the outcome of CBT and biofeedback treatment for IBS. It provides a broader perspective for us to understand this complicated disorder.
 




Fast Facts - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Kenneth W Heaton and W Grant Thompson, Health Press, 1999
ISBN 1899541977
Website: http://www.healthpress.co.uk

Many doctors are confused about how best to handle patients with IBS. Yet confidence is the crucial ingredient of successful management. Fast Facts - Irritable Bowel Syndrome provides the basis for such confidence. It has been written by two international experts (and friends) who are noted not only for their major contributions to our current understanding of functional bowel disorders, but also for their attractive and clear writing styles. The book is targeted for health care professionals but all will benefit from it.


 



Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome : The Brain-Gut Connection (Treatment Manuals for Practitioners)
Brenda B. Toner (Editor), Zindel V. Segal, David Myrana, Guilford Press, 1999
ISBN 157230135X

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Effective, user-friendly program for IBS
While this book is written for practitioners, it provides information and insight which can be useful for the sufferer of irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) as well. This may be especially true for many of the over 20 million individuals in the US alone who suffer from social anxiety disorder - a fear of being negatively evaluated and humiliated in social situations - who suffer from this painful and embarrassing disorder as well.

Given that the diseased-based biomedical model can't adequately ... Read More

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Written by Brenda Toner and her colleagues, who have worked extensively on psychosocial aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), this manual provides a thorough, yet accessible, introduction to the current understanding of IBS and cognitive behavioural approaches to its treatment.

One of the particularly interesting aspects of the book is the attention paid to gender socialisation and social stigma as factors which may help to explain both the high proportion of female IBS outpatients ... Read More
 



The Gastrointestinal Sourcebook
M. Sara Rosenthal, Lowell House, 1999
ISBN 0737300817
Website: http://www.sarahealth.com


 



Functional Dyspepsia & Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Concepts and Controversies H. Goebell, G. Holtmann, N. J. Talley, Kluwer Boston, Inc., 1998
ISBN 079238735X


 



The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment - A Multinational Consensus Douglas A. Drossman, M.D., Degnon Associates, 1997
ISBN 0965683702

This is a medical book primarily intended for medical professionals but can be read by the public. It is the most complete information about gastrointestinal disorders.


 



Handbook of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Kevin W. Olden, Marcel Dekker, Publishing, 1996
ISBN 0824794095


 



Gut Reactions: understanding symptoms of the digestive tract
W. Grant Thompson, Plenum Publishing, 1989
ISBN 0306433036

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - A Gastroenterologist's Review
I am a board certified gastroenterologist and internist. I purchased this book 9 years ago to help me with the first of many lectures I have given on irritable bowel syndrome. Unlike many other books and articles I obtained for the same lecture, I have retained, re-read and recommended this book above all others. Thinking it was out of print, I recently loaned it to a patient who found it a wonderful, thoughtful, straightforward reference that explained a lot of her symptoms and really made a ... Read More
 


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