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June 18, 2003
Hello to everyone -
Our newsletter today debuts a slightly new design, but as always the focus is on
good digestive health! To begin, we have a fast and easy (just 10 minutes in the
kitchen) seafood dinner that 's perfect for hot summer nights when you
don't much feel like cooking. Chinese Black Bean Steamed Cod is an exceptionally
light and flavorful fish dish very similar to what you'd find in a Chinese
restaurant, but with almost no fat at all. It's delicious served over
fresh white rice, which provides a soluble fiber basis for GI stability. The
fresh gingerroot in the recipe adds a zesty note and also serves as a digestive
As always, the rest of the newsletter is chock full of articles on the latest GI health research, news, events, and questions from the IBS community.
I hope you find this issue both delicious and enlightening!
Heather Van Vorous
Chinese Black Bean Steamed Cod
1 1/2 lb. cod fillets
1 large bunch green onions
Clean the green onions (also called scallions or spring onions), reserve one onion for garnish, and leave the other onions whole. Place fish fillets on top of whole green onions
in a steamer tray and steam, covered, until fish just flakes (about 8 minutes). Transfer fish to serving platter and discard
steamed green onions. Top fish with spoonfuls of black bean sauce. Finely chop reserved green onion and sprinkle on fish. Serve with cooked white rice.
Black Bean Sauce:
1/4 C Chinese black bean garlic sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand is best)
1/4 C water
1 T minced peeled fresh gingerroot
1 t roasted sesame oil
2 T mirin or Sherry
2 T brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
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The Brain, the Gut, the Food, and the Bacteria? Update on Treatment of
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Despite being the most prevalent gastrointestinal disorders seen in
gastroenterology practice, functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs)
continue to be difficult conditions to understand and manage, for both
clinicians and patients. Given these circumstances, it has not been surprising to note the
ongoing increase in interest in FGIDs, as reflected by the number of
high-quality abstracts submitted and presented at this year's Digestive Disease
Week (DDW) meeting, as well as by the number of attendees at sessions focusing
on these disorders.
Presentations during this year's meeting proceedings covered the wide
spectrum of intensive research that is ongoing in the field, and provided
interesting new data about various aspects of these disorders.
This overview focuses on those key presentations that provided updates and
new information about the effect and efficacy of available and commonly used
treatment options for functional GI and motility disorders.
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Influence of Body Posture on Intestinal Transit of Gas
Patients often note that body posture may affect their abdominal
bloating, distension, and flatulence, but whether changes in position
have objectively demonstrable effects, either beneficial or
deleterious, has not been investigated. This study aimed to determine the effect of body posture, upright versus
supine, on intestinal transit of gas loads. It concluded that body posture has a significant influence on intestinal
gas propulsion: transit is faster in the upright position than
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Slow Down, You Eat Too Fast - Slow Eating Cuts Acid Reflux Risks
Fast eating, not just fast food, can increase the risk of acid reflux after
meals, according to a new study. Researchers say people who eat their food
quickly are more likely to suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Click here for more
Constipation, Laxative Use, and Colon Cancer
The aim of this study was to determine whether bowel movement
frequency and laxative use and type were associated with risk of colon cancer in
white and black men and women. It concluded that there is a positive association between constipation and
increased risk for colon cancer. Women, especially black women with
constipation, seem to be at the highest risk. Fiber commercial laxatives appeared to exert a protective effect in a small
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High Prevalence of Bacterial Overgrowth in
Celiac Patients with Persistence of GI Symptoms after Gluten
Celiac disease is a gluten-sensitive enteropathy with a broad
spectrum of clinical manifestation, and most celiac patients respond to a
gluten-free diet (GFD). However, in some rare cases celiacs continue to
experience GI symptoms after GFD, despite optimal adherence to diet. The aim of
our study was to evaluate the causes of persistence of GI symptoms in a series
of consecutive celiac patients fully compliant to GFD. The study showed that
small intestine bacterial overgrowth affects most celiacs with persistence of GI symptoms
after gluten withdrawal. Click here for more
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Yoga for IBS
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"I've heard that yoga can help reduce pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
Is this true?"
Yes, it is!
considered a form of moving meditation, and is actually a term that encompasses over one
hundred different disciplines. Yoga (the Sanskrit word for "union") as it is
commonly understood refers to hatha yoga, a system of physical and mental
exercises. Hatha yoga rests on three foundations - exercise, breathing, and
meditation - with the goal of joining together the body and mind into a state of
balance and harmony. The interplay of these three elements and the studied
repetition of each is considered key to achieving their benefits.
Yoga has been
proven to provide a variety of significant health benefits, both physical and
mental. It can help alleviate or manage many chronic health conditions, including not just
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases, but also: back pain, arthritis,
depression, diabetes, asthma, migraines, and substance abuse. It has been shown
to increase the efficiency of the heart and slow the respiratory rate, lower
blood pressure, and contribute to the reversal of heart disease. In terms of
overall physical fitness yoga improves posture, muscle fitness, circulation,
coordination, range of motion, and flexibility. As a stress management technique
yoga is superb; it promotes relaxation, reduces anxiety, improves sleep
patterns, and helps stabilize digestion, including IBS symptoms such as
constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and pain. Yoga is also beneficial for
preventing or minimizing menstrual cramps, which often exacerbate Irritable
Though yoga produces measurable physiological changes in the body, and an
alteration in brain-wave activity reflecting an induced state of deep
relaxation, science cannot yet explain exactly why this is true. While the
beneficial effects of yoga are undisputed, no one quite knows what produces
them. Practice may promote the release of endorphins, the body's natural
painkillers, or many of the benefits may be the result of physical and mental
stress relief. There are currently several studies in progress by the Office of
Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health that hope to produce
some clear answers on the subject.
For people with
IBS and IBD, yoga is perhaps most beneficial for its ability to reduce the stress,
anxiety, and pain of chronic illness. Regular practice will indisputably improve
your physical and mental fitness, promote relaxation, and give you a sense of
control over your health and well-being. As with other stress management
techniques, the more your practice, the greater your improvement.
Still wondering about yoga for IBS? Come ask questions on the IBS Yoga Board!
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IBS. Our mission is to offer education, services, and products
allow people with IBS to successfully manage their symptoms
through lifestyle modifications. We currently offer the books
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show on the internet and television. We also host the only patient-expert moderated IBS Message Boards on the internet with forums for diet, recipes,
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