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August 13, 2003
Hello to everyone -
This newsletter goes out with a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has
voluntarily subscribed. Your support is overwhelming and your letters of
personal encouragement are so touching. I can't even begin to show my
appreciation, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. (Subscribers will
have an extra special thank you sent their way next week!)
recipe features the glory of ripe summer
fruit, with a delicious (and beautiful!) Ginger Nectarine Cheesecake.
While traditional cheesecakes are tremendously high in fat and dairy triggers,
our version eliminates these digestive risks - but keeps every bit of their luscious
creaminess. If you've never cooked with silken tofu before, you won't believe
how easily it's transformed into a rich, smooth cheesecake with a delectably
light texture. Freshly grated gingerroot (and a surprise gingersnap crust) add
an unexpected flavor twist, and sliced fresh nectarines lend the sweetness of
summer. The combination of flavors is positively electric!
given up cheesecakes for desserts, be prepared for a delightful
surprise. With a very low fat content and the added bonus of ginger (a terrific digestive aid),
plus heart-healthy soy, this recipe is
not only safe for IBS, it's downright healthy. Most importantly, it's absolutely
As always, the IBS newsletter is also chock full of articles on the latest GI health research, news, events, and
help for the IBS community.
I hope you find this issue both delicious and enlightening!
Heather Van Vorous
Makes one 10" cake, 14-16 Servings
Ginger Nectarine Cheesecake
1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 t molasses
1 T dark corn syrup
1/2 t ground ginger
Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly spray 10" non-stick heavy-gauge springform pan with cooking oil. Mix all crust ingredients together thoroughly and press firmly into pan. Bake 5-7 minutes. Cool on rack.
25 ounces silken firm tofu (a few ounces over or under is fine)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
grated zest from 2 lemons
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 T finely diced crystallized ginger
1 T freshly grated gingerroot with juice, strings and peel removed (takes about a 3" piece of fresh ginger)
2/3 - 3/4 cup granulated sugar, to taste
4 organic egg whites
1/8 t salt
2 large ripe nectarines, unpeeled, thinly sliced
apricot or peach jelly, for brushing
Blend all filling ingredients except egg whites and salt until smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl beat egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.
Gradually fold tofu mixture into egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. Pour into baked crust and bake for 17-20 minutes, until just barely set (filling will still be jiggly and not set at the very center).
Cool on rack, then carefully top with fanned-out nectarine slices in concentric circles. In a microwave heat a few spoonfuls of the jelly in a small bowl, checking and stirring every 20 seconds or so, until it's a thin and spreadable consistency. With a pastry brush, brush melted jelly over nectarine slices (or, with a teaspoon carefully spoon and spread melted jelly over slices). Chill cake until topping is set. Run a long thin knife around edge of pan, and carefully remove sides. Serve chilled.
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New IBS Support Group in Payson, Arizona!
I'm thrilled to announce the debut of a brand-new IBS support group in Payson, AZ!
This group is led by Michaela and David
Leonard; David is an IBS patient. Meetings are scheduled for the last Friday of
each month at 5:30 p.m., at the Payson Public Library. The group will emphasize
how to prevent symptoms with the IBS diet.
This new group is supported
by two local physicians, Dr. Cynthia Booth (ob/gyn) and Dr. James W. Schouten
(family practice). The doctors will address the medical issues of IBS.
Michaela and David are very excited to be able to help other people get
their lives back, and I would like to thank them for their terrific efforts!
Their new group has its very own message forum on the
IBS Support Boards, so if you're in the
Payson area and would like to join the group, please come post.
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let us know and we'll provide
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Bacteria in Milk Linked to Crohn's Disease and Possibly IBS
Researchers have found a "highly significant" link between
Crohn's disease and a mycobacterium that can be passed to humans in milk. St. George's Hospital
Medical School in London said they had detected Mycobacterium avium
paratuberculosis (MAP) bacteria in 92% of ileocolonic biopsy specimens from
patients with Crohn's disease but in only 26% of patients in a control
group. An unexpected finding of the research showed that patients with irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS) were also infected with the MAP bug. Recent work from
Sweden shows that people with IBS have inflamed gut nerves. There is a real
chance that the MAP bug may be inflaming people's gut nerves and causing IBS.
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Against the Grain: The Growing Awareness of Celiac
Dr. Alessio Fasano, co-director of the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research,
focuses on spreading a truth among primary care physicians. Celiac
disease actually is one of the most common lifelong disorders in the United
States -- American doctors just have not been trained to look for it. This task -- making physicians more aware about celiac disease -- runs
counter to much of American conventional wisdom about the disorder's incidence. After screening more than 13,000 people in 32 states,
Dr. Fasano found that one in 133 Americans is at risk for celiac
disease. Those figures demonstrate a tremendous increase from the one in 4,700 Americans who had been
diagnosed. Estimates of the prevalence of celiac disease,
also called celiac sprue, now range from one in 100 to one in 300.
Celiac disease can be suspected if a patient complains of chronic diarrhea
that's been going on for several weeks; has other autoimmune diseases such as
type 1 diabetes, thyroid disorders, some types of arthritis or lupus, or if they
have a family history of those disorders; or is anemic and the condition cannot
be easily explained. But celiac can be defined even more broadly, with vomiting,
bloating or constipation, or symptoms that have nothing to do with
the gastrointestinal system, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, joint pain,
osteoporosis, depression or miscarriage. Many people with the disorder go undiagnosed for years. The typical time
between the onset and diagnosis in the United States is 11 to 13 years.
Sometimes the disease is triggered by severe emotional stress, surgery,
pregnancy or viral infections.
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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Versus Education for IBS
Studies of psychological treatments and antidepressants in functional bowel
disorders (FBD) are methodologically limited. The aim of this study was to
assess the clinical efficacy and safety of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
against education (EDU), and desipramine (DES), an antidepressant, against placebo (PLA) in female
patients with moderate to severe FBD (irritable bowel syndrome, functional
abdominal pain, painful constipation, and unspecified FBD). Clinically meaningful subgroups to these treatments were also evaluated.
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Gut Feelings: The Surprising Link Between Mood and Digestion
In the past -- back when scientists believed the mind and the body operated as
separate entities -- some physicians wrote off digestive distress with no sign
of organic disease as being "all in the head." But in recent years, that wall
has crumbled. Doctors now see intricate links between the nervous system and the
digestive system. The two realms constantly exchange streams of chemical and
electrical messages, and anything that affects one is likely to affect the
other. The connections between the two systems are so tight that scientists
often refer to them as one entity: the brain-gut axis. For people suffering from persistent digestive troubles
unconnected to disease, such as IBS, research suggests that reducing stress, depression,
and anxiety may go a long way toward calming the gut.
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Milk Consumption in Constipation and Young
A recent study concluded that the mean daily consumption of cows milk was significantly higher
in infants and young children with chronic constipation and anal
fissures. Additionally, shorter duration of breastfeeding and early bottle
feeding with cows milk may play a role in the development of constipation and
anal fissure in infants and young children.
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tangible sources of help for IBS symptoms.
The library is updated regularly and organized by relevant categories, including:
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and typically report findings from double-blind studies published in peer-reviewed journals.
If you are interested in a specific area of digestive health research, please
let me know and I'll try to add relevant articles to the library.
If you have a specific article you'd like to see included in the library, please
forward the information to me and I'll post the research.
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