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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Health Point Press; First Printing edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977435601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977435609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Mark Pimentel was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba as well. He is now assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and is the Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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This book is a must for anyone suffering from IBS.
B. Chizek
According to the author this protocol works for a very high percentage of people who suffer from IBS/SIBO.
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I hope this book helps you as much as it has helped me.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on December 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book may help answer many of your IBS problems. Easy read for millions of individuals suffering from gas, bloating, and additional disruptive IBS symptoms. The book provides excellent information for patients and doctors alike. Dr. Pimentel, Director of the GI Motility Program at well respected Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, discusses a new approach to treating IBS patients, with 10 day course of the non-systemic antibiotic XIFAXAN. He uses this new antibiotic in combination with low dose zelnorm maintenance therapy, dietary modifications, etc.

XIFAXAN has helped give myself and some of my family members who also suffer from IBS, hope that there is an answer to our suffering. This might be the best Christmas present of all! :^)

After reading Dr. Pimentel's book I actually researched to see what else was out on this subject and found this July article from the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

Controversial Theory Links Bacterial Overgrowth to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Kay Quinn

Healthbeat Reporter

It causes everything from pneumonia and infections, to certain stomach ulcers. Now, bacteria could be to blame for triggering a common intestinal ailment.

This new theory has led to a new treatment for irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

For years, doctors chalked up the alternating symptoms of constipation and diarrhea to stress. But a developing theory links bacteria that causes food poisoning, including salmonella, to IBS.

37 year old Jennifer Freese has been battling the pain and discomfort of IBS since she was 19. "Things you want to do you don't always do because you don't know when it will flare up.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By B. Ahlen on February 22, 2007
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I had a severe, disabling intestinal pain that went on day in and day out for many months, while I was going through all kinds of tests at a major hospital. The only thing they found was a bunch of diverticuli ("bubbles") on the wall of my small intestine and jujenum, but the specialist I was referred to said that "this couldn't possibly cause the pain."

After exhausting all other possibilities I confronted him with Dr. Pimentel's research results as described in this book (and published more widely in the fall of 2006), but this was promptly described as very unlikely to be valid. Out of options and in a lot of pain, I somehow managed to convince him that it would make sense to at least try it anyway.

Five days later I celebrated the end of my five months of continuous 24/7 suffering!

Two pills morning and evening, a new unique antibiotic that did all the work, and it took two months before the problem came back.

Then it was time for realization #2 from Dr. Pimentel's work as described in the book. I was lactose intolerant, eliminated this from my diet, and haven't had a recurrence since.

Amazingly, it seems very few specialists even know about Dr. Pimentel's research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital on this. Arm yourself with this book, and don't give up until you get good answers from your doctor!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Roberts on February 11, 2006
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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.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful By K. Barnes on February 8, 2007
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I was diagnosed with IBS about a year ago. I am not a doctor, but I have an extensive biology background and my husband is an RN. I tried this book's recomendation of antibiotics, but they helped only for a little while. I was depressed to say the least.

With my husbands urging I had been keeping track of what I ate and what increased my symptoms, and noticed that corn was a trigger for me. Now I am not saying that corn would cause it for everyone, what I am saying is that there may be a food trigger association with IBS. When I stopped eating anything that had corn or corn derivatives in it I felt better. When I ate things with corn I felt sick within a few hours or less. I have talked with my GI doc and he has said that there can be a food relationship to IBS. If this book does not work for you, try another avenue, don't give up. IBS is a terrible disease, but I am symptom free for two months by staying off my trigger food.

I gave this book only three stars since there are other alternatives that this book does not go into. I have talked with other IBS patients that are sensitive to wheat and avoid it like the plague to feal better. This book may have a newer solution to IBS, but not the only one.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By In a Huff Post on January 22, 2009
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In this book, the author says he doubts whether there is really "good" or "bad" bacterica, and discourages the use of probiotics. I developed IBS 2 years ago after repeated courses of antibiotics wiped out the good bacteria in my system. The lack of good bacteria allowed Candida fungus to grow, and I developed gatrointestinal candidiasis, which caused all of the symptoms of IBS until I started taking the antifungal Nystatin. This book may apply to people who developed IBS after food poisoning, but it definitely has a myopic approach. I would recommend the book by Stephen Wangen instead.
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