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Beat Crohn's! Getting to Remission with Enteral Nutrition Perfect Paperback – June 15, 2009
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The book is easy to read and is detailed, accurate and well researched....It is a must read for all professionals involved in treating Crohn's disease. Hazel Duncan, Paediatric Dietitian, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital --Dietetics Today
Beat Crohn's! Getting to Remission with Enteral Nutrition is skillfully written by Margaret A. Oppenheimer, an expert in enteral nutrition. For anybody who may be considering this treatment option, it will be an invaluable guide to implementing the diet and comparing it to other treatment options. --Take Charge (Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America)
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I had searched the internet for medical publications, and even met with a specialist who is considered one of the top rated in the US for pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease for a second opinion on treatment. The enteral nutrition was recommended but not exactly embraced.
When I quite literally stumbled upon this book, it was much needed affirmation and refreshing validation that we were making the right choice for my son. It blessed the treatment by compiling years of published research and international data in an easy to read, layperson friendly format.
The question becomes, why would you choose a 'big-gun' treatment or surgery before trying a much safer method, that allows children to grow and mature normally?
My son began this treatment on April 8, 2010 and is now in remission from Crohn's Disease. I brought this book to the hospital with us to share with medical students and residents since no one had any experience with this treatment. Ben is now gaining weight and off all medications (after only 4 weeks). The treatment is easy and well tolerated by my son. Every parent with a child with Crohn's Disease should be given this book at the time of diagnosis. Some day, this treatment will be the first line choice for Pediatric Crohn's Disease in the US as it is in Europe, Japan and Canada.
Also, we went to one of the top childrens hospitals(Philadelphia) in the country and I will say they are efficient at diagnosing thier patients, but they have no idea at how to treat their patients. They wanted to put my daughter on Remicade as a first treatment option for the rest of her life without trying anything else. They said diet and nutrition are irrelevent (which is B.S.). They always want to just treat the symptoms, not the cause (you CAN heal your intestines!).
Bottom line: DON'T ASSUME YOUR GASTROENTEROLOGIST (or the author of this book) IS ALWAYS RIGHT. DO YOUR RESEARCH AND THINK FOR YOURSELF!
Oppenheimer describes the method from a theoretical perspective, she herself suffers from some form of IBD, but she says this method did not work for her, obviating that small (big) detail she ventures to recommend this to other IBD patients without mentioning why this method did not work for her.
I am supposing that the method, as she describes it, would probably fail as it is based on food replacement formulas that in my experience perform very poorly, all the supplements she mentions in her Appendix B provoke bloating, nausea and early drop from the treatments.
On top of this there is no mention on how to address the recovery of the bacterial repopulation of the gut, probably the most important issue described by most medical researchers.
Another important point that is not mentioned is how to start, maintain and finish the Enteral Nutrition.
How does a bleeding, diarrheal, in pain person knows if he can use this method, how would it modify his symptoms and when should he/she should switch to solid food.
How and when should solid food be reintroduced?
What to do if the patient has persistent bleeding and anemia?
What about Vitamins, Oils, Calcium, Hormones, etc?
How should a medicated patient act? Is it safe to be on medicines (inmmunesupressives for example) and at the same time start with this Enteral diet?
How to adjust dosages or be aware of interactions?
How to deal with potential infections?Read more ›
The book gives a strong argument for why someone should consider Enteral nutrition and there is a good comparison of it with other commonly prescribed drugs. The book does a good job of separately discussing the needs of children and adults and has a separate section for people with more complicated IBD conditions. I was a bit disappointed with the overall discussion on the drawbacks of the Enteral nutrition though. As someone who has been on it, I feel that there was not enough discussed on the drawbacks of the treatment, especially the isolation that comes from not being able to participate in the act of eating with other people. There is also the embarrassment of having to explain to people why you are not eating and why you are using this treatment. To the book's credit this and other issues are mentioned briefly, however I wish there was more written on it.
Many potential worries or questions that people considering this treatment option are answered. I would have liked to see a bit more detail on how to convince a medical practitioner that this treatment option is right for you.
Overall I feel this is an excellent book for people with IBD who are interested in a different treatment option besides surgery or the more common drugs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book on enteral nutrition that is written in layman's terms. I'm thankful for this book, since there isn't a lot of information about enteral nutrition treatment... Read morePublished 11 months ago by OctoberOrchid
Lot's of great information for newly diagnosed Crohn's patients and family.A must read. I am convinced that enteral nutrition works and can delay pharmacological treatment in some... Read morePublished 18 months ago by lourdes
For those who are newly diagnosed, drinking formula is the best approach. This is especially true for children who have the additional requirements of growth and a lifetime ahead... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gd
I purchased this book because I've lately been having intestinal problems and wanted to read more about the enteral liquid diet, thinking it might be something I could... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by V. Wiedemann
The book has a great deal of information however, it required a bit more than what we anticipated. We have gone gluten free completely and are getting great results. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Michelle
It is extremely hard to find resources on Enteral Nutrition as a treatment for Crohn's in the U.S. In other parts of the world this is more frequently used as a treatment to bring... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Claire Wadlington
Chapter 9, "Beyond Enteral Nutrition", is one place where this book goes outside of its scope.
This book's title is "Beat Crohn's: Getting to Remission with Enteral... Read more
In my practice as a clinical nutritionist I use enteral nutrition(liquid supplementation or liquid diet) with great success for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative... Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by Galina Kotlyar
I've lived with Crohn's for 10 years and I am glad to have this information. I think that if someone is in a full blown flareup and isn't responding to medication, it might be... Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by waitingtoderail