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If I Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Nutrition You Can Live with (Tell Me What to Eat) Paperback – August, 2000

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Books in the Tell Me What to Eat series inform readers not only about what foods are good (or bad) for them, but explain what causes the problem, the symptoms, and what they can do about it. In this volume, after those issues are discussed, there is a chapter entitled, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask Your Dietician about IBS,” which includes questions about lactose intolerance and whether IBS can lead to colon cancer. The next chapter offers 10 food-related steps to freedom; readers are advised to keep food diaries and limit high-fat meals. Practical advice, such as suggestions of what to eat at various restaurants, is present throughout, and students will learn more about fiber than most teens could swallow, literally or figuratively. Magee, who writes a column called “The Recipe Doctor,” also suffers from bouts of IBS, and her friendly tone brings readers into the book, despite a somewhat dull format. A list of books and Web sites where students can find more information is appended. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the author of the celebrated syndicated column, "The Recipe Doctor." She is a frequent guest on Portland's morning show, "AM North-west." Elaine is a regular contributor to Parenting magazine and the author of 10 previous books on nutrition and cooking, including the best-selling Fight Fat and Win as well as the three previous books in the Tell Me What to Eat Series: Tell Me What to Eat to Help Prevent Breast Cancer, Tell Me What to Eat As I Approach Menopause, and Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Diabetes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Tell Me What to Eat
  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564144445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564144447
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 that this author recommends.
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By A Customer on July 28, 2001
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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 it.
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I am so tired of reading IBS books that promise to help and don't deliver. The book had the standard "eat bran" and "keep a food diary" advice that my doctor gave. This doesn't help me. I also don't want recipes for hamburgers and alfredo sauce when I KNOW that high fat foods make me sick. The author claims she has IBS but if she eats the way this book suggests I doubt it. I didn't learn anything new or helpful for controlling my symptoms.
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By A Customer on October 5, 2000
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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 more informed and much more in control of my IBS after reading this book.
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On page 40 she states, "55% of patients reported that bran made their IBH worse and yet the 1st recipe in "20 Recipe You Cannot Live Without" is Raisin Bran Muffins! Whereas in the definitive book on IBS "Eating for IBS" says stay away from whole wheat, milk, cheese, and red meat (which I followed and it solved our IBS problem), this book pushes whole wheat, whole milk, eggs, and dairy.

"Eating for IBS" helped. Following the recipes in this book would not.
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I was given this book by a friend who highly recommended it and I was pleasantly surprised. THis book gives you the tools to help manage your personal IBS. It explains clearly how IBS is different in every body. What I appreciated most was the friendly tone. I felt like this author was holding my hand throughout...something you typically don't find in books written by doctors. The lower fat recipes for favorite foods were wonderful. I can actually enjoy fettucine alfredo again! Now I'm going to recommend this book to all the people I know with IBS.
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Very detailed in information on IBS, I don't regret buying it. Very informative and detailed in different ways compared to my other IBS books. It is a question and answer book where it gives answers on questions asked about IBS. It has recipes as well and teaches you about the condition. It tells you what to stay away from and why.
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When no other doctor could figure out my IBS problems Dr. Christine Frissora was the genius who helped me overcome my IBS illness. For about 2 years I was battling GI issues that had me bed ridden for 2 months and out of work for 6 months. You can imagine my struggles throughout the year. To put it modestly, my life was taken away. 2 year prior I was extremely active playing every sport you can imagine 7 days a week. Then at age 26 I was hindered, handicapped and hampered by something over 50 doctors could not figure out. I am now 28. This book helped my way back to normalizing my digestive system. Within 2 weeks you will notice a difference. The right diet is crucial to healing your GI track. Many health professionals generalize on diet, but you truly need to be specific. This book helps differentiate for example fiber foods that would ease your digestive system. Buy this book and you won't regret it. IBS is a disease that is more life altering than heart disease, but because it is not immediately life threatening therefore IBS traditionally was not researched to its full potential. Dr. Frissora and her body of work helps to find new ways of coping with IBS symptoms.
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