"To 'Air' is Human, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Intestinal Gas" is a uniquely informative entertaining and well-illustrated volume. Extensive knowledge about the physiology and science of the digestive process and intestinal gas is clearly explained. It covers everything you ever wanted to know about the fart, burp, and bloat, but were too embarrassed to ask. Intestinal gas has been produced and released by virtually every human who has ever lived, yet very few people have been provided with the knowledge that can offer comfort and relief. This volume is overflowing with practical information, fascinating facts, surprising trivia, and tasteful humorous insight about this universal phenomenon. A companion volume "Artsy Fartsy, Cultural History of the Fart", is a fascinating overview of the fart through the art, history, and literature of human society from antiquity to the present day. This is a seldom told but remarkable tale that informs, enlightens, and entertains. The last volume of the scatological trilogy is "The Scoop on Poop! Flush With Knowledge" This comprehensive and knowledgeable overview of the remains of the digestive process offers information that ranges from the potentially life-saving to the sidesplitting eccentricities and peculiarities of human nature. The wealth of valuable information and trivia in these volumes can sustain a long social conversation, or cut it short abruptly! Joseph Weiss, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF is Clinical Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of numerous books including "Artsy Fartsy, Cultural History of the Fart", "The Scoop on Poop! Flush With Knowledge" also published under the alternative title "You Don't Know Sh*t! Until You Read This Book", and the comprehensive resource volumes "Digestive Health & Disease, An Illustrated Encyclopedia on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Digestion and Nutrition". He is an award-winning international public speaker recognized for unique and engaging presentations that exemplify 'edutainment'.
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About the Author
Dr. Weiss is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, and a Senior Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. Double board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. Weiss has over thirty years of clinical, administrative, and research experience. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Clinical Board of Governors of the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and Chancellor's Associates of the University of California, San Diego
He is the author of more than ten books on health (www.smartaskbooks.com), and has had numerous papers published in prestigious national and international medical journals, as well as in the lay press. Dr. Weiss is also an accomplished humorist and professional speaker member of the National Speakers Association, having given over two thousand presentations nationally and internationally. He has presented at universities, medical schools, hospitals and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, YPO/WPO, Aspen Institute, Bohemian Grove, Esalen Institute, Renaissance Weekend, International Destination Spas & Resorts (Golden Door, Canyon Ranch, Rancho La Puerta), corporate events, etc. Co-hosting a popular health care radio program on a major network affiliate in Southern California showcased his skills as a communicator.
Combining a razor sharp intellect within a compassionate humanist, he is as comfortable with heads of state, celebrities, Nobel laureates, and CEO's as he is with the most menial of laborers and the unemployed. With a winsome and personable disposition, he can easily assume a contrarian viewpoint in order to engage and encourage discussion and exploration. Having experienced more than his fair share of both tragedy and the heights of success, his life view philosophy is well earned, knowledgeable, and insightful. A naturally gifted communicator, teacher, and student, sharing and expanding knowledge are an overarching passion. With a great sense of humor, he shares the deprecating story that he used to consider himself conceited, but with the development of an extraordinary degree of modesty, he is now absolutely perfect. Continuing as an inquisitive life-long student of everything, volunteer philanthropic and community activities, and world travel are just a few of the avocations he enjoyably pursues.
Table of Contents
Activated Charcoal 8-10 Aerogel 10-14 Aerophagia (Air Swallowing) 14-26 Aerospace 26-32, 43-44 Air Enema 32-33 Air Fart 33-34 Air, Gas Composition 34-35 Air, Iatrogenic 35-36 Alpha Galactosidase 36-40 Atmospheric Pressure 41-53 Belch 58-59 (see Eructation) Bismuth 54-56 Brain Fart 56-57 Bubbles 57-58 (see Surface Tension, Simethicone) Butt Breathe 59-61 Carbonation 61-67 (see Carbon Dioxide) Carbon Dioxide 68-70 Carminative 70-73 Chili Con Carne 73-74 Crepitation Contest 74 Diet 75-79 Digestion 80-86 Distension (Bloat) 86-89 Elevator 44-45, 89 (see Atmospheric Pressure) Eructation (Burp, Belch) 90-95 Fart (Flatus) 95-100 Fart, Art 100-103 Fart, Diffusion 103-105 Fart, Etymology 105-109 Fart, Flammable 109-116 Fart, Frequency 116-118 Fart, Global Warming 118-121 Fart, History & Culture (Art, Music, Literature) 121-122 Fart, Non-Human 123-130 Fart, Smell (Aroma, Olfaction) 131-139 Fart, Social Standards 139-140 (see Fart, Survey) Fart, Sound (Acoustics, Auditory) 140-146 Fart, Speed (Velocity) 146-147 Fart, Survey 148-150 Fart, Therapeutic Options 150-157 Fart, Underwater 157-159 Fart, Vagina 159-160 Fart, Visual 160-161 Fart, Volume (Quantity) 161-163 Fart, Weight (Mass) 163 Fiber 163-167 Flatology 167 Flatulence 167 (see Fart) FODMAP Diet 167-168 Food Intolerance 169-172 Franklin, Benjamin 172-173 Fructose 173-176 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) 176-178 Gastrointestinal Motility 178-186 Gastrointestinal Tract 187-194 Global Warming 195-196 Gluten 197 Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy 197-200 Gut Brain Microbiome Food Axis 200-203 Gut Fermentation Syndrome 203-204 Hiccup (Singultus) 280-281 High Altitude Living 45-47, 204-205 (see Atmospheric Pressure) Hydrogen 205-208 Hydrogen Sulfide 208-211 Ideal Gas Law 212-213 Intestinal Gas (see Distension, Eructation, & Fart) Intestinal Gas, Therapy 213-217 Irritable Bowel Syndrome 217-218 Lactase 219 Lactobacillus 219-220 Lactose 220-221 Lactose Intolerance 221-224 Le Pétomane 224-226 (see Air Enema) Methane 226-233 Microbiology 233-236 Microbiome 236-269 Mountain Climbing 48, 269-270 (see Atmospheric Pressure, Ideal Gas Laws) Nitrogen 270-271 Olestra 271-272 Orlistat 272-273 Oxygen 273-274 Personalized Medicine 274-275 Physics 275 Rumination Syndrome 276-277 Scuba Diving 48-52, 277-280 (see Atmospheric Pressure, Ideal Gas Laws) Simethicone 280-281 (see Bubbles, Surface Tension) Singultus (Hiccup, Hiccough) 281-283 Spelunking 52, 283-284 (see Atmospheric Pressure) Surface Tension 284-286 (see Bubbles, Simethicone) Underground Mines 52-53, 286 (see Atmospheric Pressure, Ideal Gas Laws) Whoopee Cushion 286-287 Yoga 287-292 Afterword 292-294 Appendix A: Colloquialism, Idiom, & Synonym of Fart 295-306 Appendix B: Fart in Foreign Languages 307-308