A Victim No More: Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Basic Health Publications, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 156 pages
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a mysterious illness in which the large intestine fails to function normally. Its causes are not fully understood and treatments have often been ineffective. Now, Jonathan M. Berkowitz, M.D., uses cutting-edge research to provide a compelling and effective approach to treat this complex illness.Using the best of conventional and natural therapies, Dr. Berkowitz shows how an individualized program, one that treats all of the underlying causes, is the best way to heal IBS. Among the many helpful issues discussed are:Food allergies and intolerances can aggravate IBS symptoms; changing your diet and including more fiber can bring relief.The severity of IBS is greatly affected by the emotions; psychological interventions, including stress reduction, may provide a great deal of relief for those with IBS.A number of vitamins, minerals, and herbs have proven remarkably effective in relieving the discomfort of IBS.There are safe alternatives to drugs. Alternative therapies, including acupuncture, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy, provide an effective natural approach to IBS.Research reveals that an exercise program can benefit those with IBS.Conventional drugs may be necessary for symptom relief; learn the pros and cons of a wide array of pharmaceuticals.More than 30 million people in the United States suffer from irritable bowel. A Victim No More: Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome enables those with IBS to regain their health and vitality.

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Jonathan Berkowitz, M.D., is the author of Asthma: Relax-You’re Not Going to Die. A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he completed his residency at Mount Sinai and Montefiore Medical Centers in New York City. He is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a frequent contributor to numerous consumer and academic publications.

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