What's your favorite book on GI health?

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CathyA
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   Posted 7/5/2007 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
    I was wondering what book you found most useful in trying to optimize your GI health?  I know some of you mentioned a couple of books to me in the past, and I forgot to write them down.  I'm sorry!    Please remind me what they are.  Thanks!

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   Posted 7/5/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
 

Freedom from Digestive Distress

The First Year - IBS

Breaking the Bonds of IBS

Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health

 

I only have #1 and #3 - - Both great books!


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CathyA
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   Posted 7/5/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lil! I'll give a look at all of them.

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   Posted 7/7/2007 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't say enough good things about "Digestive Wellness" by Elizabeth Lipski--so thorough, comprehensive and helpful.  Nothing else I have read even comes close.

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   Posted 7/7/2007 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I am reading a revolutionary new book entitled "The Second Brain = Your Gut Has a Mind of It's Own" by Dr. Gershon.  He asserts (and has studied for 20 years) that the gut, with it's incredibly complex system of nerves, actually operates independently of the brain.  By starting with the principal example of someone who is considered "brain dead", or folks who have spinal chord injuries, he states that the gut continues to function despite the disconnection from the brain.  By proving his case, he is debunking the common myth of the medical professionals that IBS is "all in our heads" or that "emotional and psychological" stress are the only componenets to this disorder.  I am finding the book edifying after 20 years of hearing doctors tell me if I could just "relax, calm down, and not stress so much" that my gut would function fine. 

CathyA
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   Posted 7/8/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks xyz and gutastrophe. Looks like there are some pretty good selections out there!
Gutastrophe........I'm hearing more and more about the gut being our second brain. Very interesting. The complexity of our bodies just blows my mind sometimes! So often, when I think about how our bodies work, I start feeling that "we" are just along for the ride! "We" (our consciousness......our will) seem to be here just to get our bodies food, protection, etc., and our bodies know exactly what they need to do, without much help from us!
For me, its hard to know if I'm living in a way that is upsetting the balance, or if I just have some sort of defect which causes my IBS symptoms.
I can't wait to read some of these books. Thanks everyone!

gutastrophe
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   Posted 7/8/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Cathy,

What I found so revolutionary about the book "The Second Brain" is the concept that our guts, which are perfectly capable of operating independently of the brain, are also perfectly wonderful at causing immense suffering and stress TO our brain.  Rather than the usual pablum we hear from our GI's and internists about how it's all coming from "stress" and if we would just calm down, "relax", take some anxiety pills or anti-depressants, our guts will behave.  Dr. Gershon makes the point that when the bowel works fine, the brain can do what it needs to without ever having to expend any energy on thinking about digestive functions.  However, when the bowel misbehaves, suddenly the brain has to spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what might happen next.  As the good doctor said in a TV interview, if you are chained to a toilet with bloody diarrhea, it's pretty hard to think about anything else.  Now who here can't relate to that? yeah


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   Posted 7/9/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 7/9/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of the books that I read from a conventional point of view were worthless and did nothing but maybe give me some comfort while I was sick. I also promote "Digestive Wellness" by Liz Lipski. She is an unconventional nutritionist but her ideas seem to have a lot more truth to them than MD style books.

Following her ideas and treatment with a naturopath has brought about the near eradication of my IBS symptoms.
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