Good Food for Bad Stomachs

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Oxford University Press, May 8, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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Every day, in magazines and books, on TV and the radio, we are flooded with advice on what foods to eat. Some of this advice is nonsense--trendy weight-loss regimes, which can actually be harmful--and some is contradictory, as even scientists will vacillate on such subjects as animal versus nonanimal fat, saturated versus unsaturated fatty acids. There are a few good books that cover nutrition in general and even some that tackle specific health goals, such as eating for a healthy heart. But there's no book available on the area of the body most immediately affected by the food we eat--the gastrointestinal tract. Now, Henry Janowitz, M.D., author of the best-selling Your Gut Feelings and Indigestion, provides a thorough guide to healthful eating, one tailored especially for those who suffer from--or have a family history of--heartburn, peptic ulcers, gallstones, gastritis, colitis, cancer of the colon, or other gastrointestinal disorders. Good Food for Bad Stomachs begins with the elements of a realistic, reasonable diet. Dr. Janowitz suggests that most of us need to increase our intake of fiber dramatically (up to 30 grams or more a day), and this is especially true for people with most gastrointestinal disorders. We should also lower our consumption of fat, avoid obesity at all costs, reduce our reliance on caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, and supplement our daily diet with vitamins. The book then turns to specific gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Janowitz examines the major disorders one by one, covering the full spectrum of gastrointestinal ailments from esophagitis and swallowing disorders to cancer of the colon and rectum, describing symptoms and causes, recommending food we should eat to avoid the disorder, and outlining both dietary and medical approaches to treatment. He talks about inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, peptic ulcers, gastritis, gallstones, pancreatitis and liver diseases; discusses dietary allergies and food intolerance, and the problems associated with aging; deals with such pedestrian complaints as intestinal gas, travelers diarrhea, and constipation; and gives special attention to the inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, on which he is a renowned expert. Covering everything from low-fat cookbooks to the fiber content of common foods, this information-packed book is filled with easy-to-follow charts and tables to help you plan a healthy diet. Good Food for Bad Stomachs is a dependable guide to healthy eating written by one of the most respected experts in gastroenterology today. Dr. Janowitz explains everything in clear laymen's language spiced with humor, humanity, and the insights of a master clinician with over 50 years of experience.
 

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Contents

Is There an Ideal Diet?
7
TABLES
8
Suggested Weights for Adults
9
Suggested Dos and Donts for Food Choices
13
The Dos and Donts
20
Fiber Content of Common Foods
28
4A Dietary Sources of Folate
35
4B Dietary Sources of Vitamin B12
36
Diarrhea and Constipation
110
Common FoodBorne Illnesses
113
Areas of Risk for Travelers Diarrhea
115
Diverticula Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
128
What Should We Feed the Inflamed Intestine? Ulcerative Colitis and Crohns Disease
135
Low Residue Diet
143
Oxalate Diets
150
Cancer of the Colon and Rectum
162

Iron Content of Foods
38
CalciumRich Foods
41
Good Food for Bad Stomachs
47
Caffeine Content of Several Common Sources
64
The Gallbladder in the Modern Age
70
Starvation in the Midst of Plenty
80
Diet for Celiac Sprue
83
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
93
Food Intolerances and Food Allergies
100
Intestinal Gas
170
Diet and the Aging Gut
175
Can Diet Make a Difference?
181
Drugs and Nutrition
187
Influence of Food on Drug Absorption
189
Drugs That Can Influence the Absorption of Other Med icines Vitamins and Nutrients
190
LowFat Cookbooks
191
Index
193
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Henry D. Janowitz, M.D., formerly Head of the Division of Gastroenterology, is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His books include Your Gut Feelings and Indigestion. As a tribute to Dr. Janowitz, Mount Sinai Hospital named the division of gastroenterology, which he founded in 1958, in his honor.

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