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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Willem J de Villiers, MD, PhD, MHCM (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This book serves as a dietary resource for persons suffering from a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide sound, nutritional information to persons with gastrointestinal disorders. The book discusses dietary modifications, lifestyle habits and eating survival tips from which patients can develop a specific dietary plan to manage uncomfortable symptoms. These are worthwhile objectives. As a practicing gastroenterologist, I see patients who often have questions regarding diet as it pertains to their specific symptoms or GI disorder. This will be a handy resource to refer them to.
Audience: The book is written for patients with specific GI disorders. It emphasizes a self-management approach, providing the reader with an understanding of the causes and triggers of various GI disorders and how dietary strategies may help to minimize symptoms. The author, a registered dietitian, is a credible authority. She has extensive experience in working with patients with digestive disorders and has the endorsement of several well respected gastroenterologists and the American Dietetic Association.
Features: The book begins with an overview of gastrointestinal physiology and nutrition principles that provides the reader with a basic framework of concepts. Following is a discussion of a number of GI disorders. Each chapter discusses causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and the role of diet for each disorder. Included are sample food diaries as well as personal diaries to aid patients in managing their disease. I found the sections on supplement use and medication and herb interactions to be very informative, especially as patients are turning to alternative therapies to manage or cure disease.
Assessment: This is a well-written, comprehensive, yet user-friendly book that focuses on the role of diet in the management of common gastrointestinal disorders. Unfortunately, "nutrition quackery" is all too commonplace in magazine and television ads. This book provides strategies and recommendations based on sound nutrition principles.