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Eating for IBS and The First Year: IBS are the best-selling, best-reviewed IBS books in America. They have received glowing notices by critics, and inspired thousands of thank-you letters from readers.

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Eating for IBS

Library Journal
"Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) afflicts as many as one person in five, most of them women. It is difficult to diagnose, as it can be confused with several other intestinal disorders, and many doctors do not know how to treat it with diet. Van Vorous, a food writer specializing in recipes for people with bowel disorders and lactose intolerance, teaches continuing education classes on eating for IBS. She herself has been a sufferer since the age of nine and has learned how to control her symptoms by choosing foods that prevent attacks and by avoiding trigger foods. In addition to the recipes, she gives travel and restaurant advice, daily menus, and shopping ideas. Although she recommends avoiding meat entirely, several of the recipes include chicken or fish. No dairy products or egg yolks are used, however, so these recipes will be of interest to vegetarians and those with lactose intolerance. Recommended for health collections." Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Internet Book Watch
"Heather Van Vorous draws upon her experience as one suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for more than 20 years and who has gradually learned to control her symptoms through dietary modifications in Eating For IBS. Heather showcases 175 delicious, nutritious, low-fat, low-residue recipes that combine the taste and satisfaction of homestyle cooking with the dietary necessities imposed by this discomforting condition. From Fresh Mint-Leaf Lemonade, Brown Sugar Banana Bread, and Chinese Sweet Corn and Crab Velvet Soup, to Tandoori Spiced Mango Shrimp, Garden Veggie Lo Mein, and Brer Rabbit Carrot Cake, Eating For IBS is a "must" for all IBS sufferers, and offer mealtime dining that will please even the most dedicated gourmet palate."

The First Year: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Publishers Weekly
"Statistics show that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the second leading cause of worker absenteeism in the U.S., according to Van Vorous (Eating for IBS), who has lived with the condition since she was nine, but because her severe abdominal pain was dismissed by her pediatrician, was not diagnosed until seven years later. And although IBS studies are currently underway, sufferers in the past found themselves either ignored or stigmatized. Because she had to work out her own strategy for dealing with IBS, Van Vorous is a "patient-expert" in other words, she's well qualified to write this informative and reassuring guide. She advises those suffering from IBS symptoms abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, for example to first obtain an accurate diagnosis. Once other illnesses are ruled out and the syndrome has been properly diagnosed, a patient with IBS can lead a normal life by maintaining proper eating habits, learning to manage stress, using prescription medication and dietary supplements when necessary, and even utilizing alternative therapies such as acupuncture. Van Vorous draws on medical research, her own experience with IBS, and other patient anecdotes to support her suggestions. Accessible and clearly written, with recipes for colon-kind foods and advice for parents who have children with IBS, this is an excellent resource for people learning how to live with the syndrome." (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Library Journal
"The second installment of the publisher's new "The First Year" series, this text on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) walks the reader through the first year of diagnosis. As with the authors of other titles in the series, Van Vorous is a "patient-expert"; she is also the author of Eating for IBS and founder of In a conversational style, she explains how to manage symptoms by breaking the year into manageable steps. She includes diet guidelines that feature some appetizing recipes and suggestions for eating out. She also discusses relaxation techniques and some alternative therapies. Personal stories from other IBS sufferers are sprinkled throughout, as are tips for children with IBS. An especially useful chart on medications is also provided. This book differs from William Salt's Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the Mind-Body Brain-Gut Connection (LJ 10/15/97) and other guides to IBS by prescribing a first-year-only timetable of steps, focused mainly on diet. Salt's book focuses more on lifestyle and stress management issues. Recommended for any health collection." KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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