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IBS Relief: A Doctor, a Dietitian, and a Psychologist Provide a Team Approach to Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome Paperback – May 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronimed Pub; First Printing edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565611454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565611450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,979,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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177 of 185 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
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 my head, and I got relief from most symptoms by visiting a nutritional doctor (not a nutritionist) who tested me for food allergies using an IGG blood test. Once eliminating the foods I was sensitive to, my IBS improved dramatically to the point where I do not need medication. Nor am I affected by stressful situations as I was prior to watching what I ate. My biggest concern with this book was the advice on loading up on wheat fiber. If you research gastric diseases, IBS is very similar to celiac sprue, which is caused by extreme allergy to wheat. I found this misguided, because I don't doubt that some cases of IBS are celiac sprue -- just not diagnosed because traditional physicians believe it only occurs in infants. Our digestion is being assaulted by processed foods, junk food, pollutants in our drinking water, disease spread by unsanitary food services, and even plastic and styrofoam chemicals leeching into the liquids we drink. Like me, if you are a sufferer from IBS or any "new" disease, you may be getting frustrated by publications that claim cures, including psychoanalytic cures, rather than revealing the reasons or sources of disease. This book just doesn't cut it if you are a person interested in answers, and I do worry about the cure proposed here.Read more ›
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Gardiner, RD on March 21, 2000
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IBS Relief is a practical and effective guide for people trying to manage irritable bowel. I use it in my practice as a nutritionist and recommend it to all of my patients with irritable bowel. It is particularly useful because it offers a team approach to the condition. A medical doctor, a nutritionist and a psychologist teamed up to write this book based on the understanding that effective management requires a multidisciplinary approach, not just advice from one health professional.
The review from the East coast (July, 1999) is misleading for people considering buying this book. IBS Relief does not recommend that people load up on insoluble fibers, it provides advice on the gradual introduction of wheat based (primarily insoluble) fiber to a level that provides a regular bowel habit for each individual. Oatmeal (primarily soluble fiber) is a food that is well tolerated by people with irritable bowel but is not very effective in regulating bowel habit. The book recommends a very gradual introduction of insoluble fibre to manage diarrhea prone irritable bowel which, from my experience, is more effective.
I recommend this book to any person with irritable vowel who wants to manage their condition.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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Although this book explains the difference between soluble/insoluble fiber, it recommends people with IBS load up on the insoluble type through All-Bran or whole wheat. This is dangerous advice! The nutritionist also dismisses soluble fiber sources like oatmeal as being unable to help regulate IBS, which is completely backwards. In the end this book was not worth buying.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
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Having struggled with Irritable Bowel Syndrome since I was in high school and having just recently been officially diagnosed with IBS, I have done some research on the topic and have read 3 books on how to manage IBS. The team approach to this particular book is very effective and I especially appreciated its attention on stress management and cognitive restructuring in dealing with emotional triggers to IBS symptoms. While other books on IBS, such as Gerard Guillory's _IBS: A Doctor's Plan_ (which I also highly recommend and review on amazon.com), tend to give a more medical overview, _IBS Relief_ gives additional information which helps to "flesh out" treatment strategies. I learned many useful tips about diet and emotional triggers from Burstall, Vallis, and Turnbull. I highly recommend this book for its useful information, as well as for its reassuring tone.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
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I found this book very helpful. Well-orginized, clear and practical. One of the readers hit it right on the nail: the book emphasizes that there are different kinds of fiber. For years, my doctor has been telling me to increase it in my diet: fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads. He never really cared to explain that there are different kinds of fiber. Some food with high fiber content actually cause painful simptoms (ex.broccoli). Metamucil, on the other hand, actually is priceless. In my opinion, that is the greatest achievement of the book. This difference for spells long-sought relief. Thank you!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
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The book covers many of the lower gastrointestinal symptoms that go with IBS, however, it does not cover the upper gastrointestinal symptoms like dyspepsia. The bowel includes everything from the esophogas down to the colon but this book seems to cover symptoms only around the belly button. It is easy to read, lightweight, and comfortable, and it is written by people with different backgrounds. I wish they had gone a little further "north" into the stomach to explain symptoms and to make suggestions.
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