Choosing the right book for IBS


Over the coming weeks we shall be recommending some of our  favorite IBS books.  Before we do so, we felt it wise to qualify our choices with an explanation of the factors leading to the choice of each text.  

We have previously written on the nature of belief in regards to the success of a treatment, thus if we were to suggest a book which recommended a holistic approach to someone with a belief in hard science we are aware that it would undermine your faith our judgement, the reverse being equally true.

We are not here to judge anyone’s choices, our own belief has always been that we respect others opinions and if any treatment works for you, and it alleviates the misery IBS can bring then that treatment is valid.  There is at present no singular successful treatment for IBS, thus it is fair to say, that despite some claims no one has yet found the answer to all IBS.  Until such a day arrives, there are simply a plethora of answers from which you must choose the one which makes the most sense to you and your condition.

Another key factor in our recommendations, is that our own view must be consolidated by online reviews. With the individual nature of IBS, it would be churlish of us to recommend books based of the opinion of our team alone.  Thus any book we have put forward has been measured against the online reviews, which generally reinforced our our view.

Finally we will be looking at texts based upon different areas each week, so for the week we will look at books which deal with the basics of IBS sufferers, ideal for the newly diagnosed.

Good Books for IBS

Basic books for IBS - Ideal for the newly diagnosed*

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IBS The First Year - Heather Van Vorous

Like the other titles in the “First Year” series, The First Year—IBS offers two distinct advantages. First, it is written by a patient-expert, Heather Van Vorous, who has managed her IBS for more than fifteen years and knows firsthand what’s required to manage her condition.

Second, it guides readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of the first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year, offering answers and advice to guide those with IBS into their new lifestyle.

Starting with the day of diagnosis, Van Vorous provides detailed information about trigger foods, safe foods, soluble versus insoluble fiber, tips for eating and cooking, traveling, eating out, exercise, and much more. The First Year—IBS will inspire and educate those with IBS as no other guide does.

Managing IBS - Janet Lanham

Like the other titles in the “First Year” series, The First Year—IBS offers two distinct advantages. First, it is written by a patient-expert, Heather Van Vorous, who has managed her IBS for more than fifteen years and knows firsthand what’s required to manage her condition.

Second, it guides readers through their first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of the first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year, offering answers and advice to guide those with IBS into their new lifestyle.

Starting with the day of diagnosis, Van Vorous provides detailed information about trigger foods, safe foods, soluble versus insoluble fiber, tips for eating and cooking, traveling, eating out, exercise, and much more. The First Year—IBS will inspire and educate those with IBS as no other guide does.

A New IBS Solution - Mark Pimental

A New IBS Solution offers a revolutionary look at the way Irritable Bowel Syndrome is currently being treated. Today, over 60 million people of all ages across the country are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrom(IBS), which is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel habits. But because patients may find it difficult to discuss their bowel problems with their physicians, they often suffer in silence or even worse, "learn to live it". According to Dr. Mark Pimentel, Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the majority of IBS cases can be treated successfully. Dr. Pimentel believes that the "missing link" or root cause of most IBS symtoms can be attributed to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. A New IBS Solution takes you through the historical evolution of conventional medicine's view on IBS in a way that can be easily understood.

Making Sense of IBS - Brian E Lacy Ph.D

In Making Sense of IBS, Dr. Lacy addresses the questions people most frequently ask, including how IBS develops, how it is diagnosed, how to distinguish symptoms of IBS from symptoms of other medical disorders, how the symptoms are affected by stress, the effectiveness of alternative and complementary therapies, available prescription medications, and whether IBS is hereditary.

He provides tips on preparing for an office visit with a health care provider, a list of patient-based resources, a glossary of medical terms, and profiles of patients seeking—and finding—solutions.

A complete guide for people with IBS and their families, this is an essential tool for understanding and living with this common and sometimes debilitating disorder.

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* Written introductions taken from Amazon.