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Carolina Barbecued Halibut Sandwiches

Oh yes, it's true - you can have a terrific barbecue that is also IBS-friendly! The trick is to substitute seafood or skinless chicken white meat for the typical red meat, and make a low fat sauce (store-bought is just fine if you're in a hurry, but check that fat content and watch out for high fructose corn syrup as well).

Use fresh white bread for a good soluble fiber foundation to your sandwich, and this will let you safely add in a little cooked insoluble fiber from the coleslaw as well.

Serve these sandwiches topped with the slaw, a side of IBS-safe potato salad, and a cool summer spritzer, and you've got the perfect backyard barbecue meal!

Makes 4 Sandwiches

1 1/2 pounds halibut fillets

Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon Acacia Tummy Fiber

Two 12 inch long narrow French bread baguettes, halved horizontally

Rinse and dry the fish fillets and set aside. In a small saucepan whisk together sauce ingredients, and heat to a low simmer for 5 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Coat fish with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Grill over medium coals (or saute in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat), and cook just until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.

Halve baguettes horizontally and grill or toast lightly. Top with fish, remaining barbecue sauce, and wilted slaw to form sandwiches.

Sweet and Sour Wilted Cabbage Slaw
1 1/2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
1 1/2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
1 small carrot, finely shredded
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed, crushed

In a small bowl stir together vinegar, sugar, and celery seed until sugar dissolves. In a large non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking oil saute onion until softened. Add cabbage and carrot and cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until just tender. Add vinegar mixture and salt and pepper to taste.

The perfect side dish with your barbecue? Easy Summer Potato Salad!

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divider How to be Deliciously IBS Symptom-Free!

Dear Heather,

This is a letter of gratitude for your book Eating for IBS.

When I developed and was diagnosed with IBS about 8 years ago, I was given little guidance regarding diet. Desperate to manage the pain, I searched the bookstores in Toronto where I live. All I came across were IBS cookbooks that gave recipes for things I knew from experience would trigger spasms, such as fats and raw vegetables. Then I found your book on the shelf, and even reading bits of it in the store made me realize that at last I had found someone who "got it"!

Since then I have used your recipes and followed your eating guidelines religiously with tremendous results. If I stick to the program - and I haven't found it onerous to do so because the recipes are so delicious - then most of the time I am symptom-free. I have made almost every recipe in the book, most of them many, many times.

My husband loves good food and can eat anything, yet he does not feel he has suffered at all from eating on my diet! Now that he has to cut back on fats himself, he is glad to have this assistance as well.

I really appreciate all the effort and concern for others that you have put into the book. I simply cannot imagine life without it.

It's obvious I need a new copy, but mine is so well marked that I don't think I am ready to replace it!

Linda Pelton

Thank you so much, Linda! One of my favorite things to hear is that people are feeling better, but NOT feeling deprived! ~ Heather

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divider Women with IBS Show Brain Changes

A large study published in a recent issue of Gastroenterology has demonstrated structural changes in specific brain regions in female patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

The findings show that IBS is associated with both decreases and increases in grey matter density in key areas of the brain involved in attention, emotion regulation, pain inhibition and the processing of visceral information

"Discovering structural changes in the brain, whether they are primary or secondary to the gastrointestinal symptoms, demonstrates an organic component to IBS and supports the concept of a brain-gut disorder," said study author Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine, physiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

"Also, the finding removes the idea once and for all that IBS symptoms are not real and are only psychological. The findings will give us more insight into better understanding IBS."

Learn about gut-directed hypnotherapy, the only treatment researchers have called a "cure" for the brain-gut dysfunction that underlies IBS.

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divider Hypnotherapy For IBS - Yes, It Works

While I'm always trying to feature personal feedback from people with IBS who have tried hypnotherapy, it's also nice to see the hard science behind this treatment. Although hypnotherapy sounds a little alternative, New Age, hippie-dippy to some people, it is in fact one of the most thoroughly researched and well-established treatments for all IBS symptoms.

Best of all, gut-directed hypnotherapy is the only treatment so far established to work directly on the brain-gut dysfunction that actually causes IBS symptoms in the first place. This is why some researchers have called hypnotherapy a "cure" for IBS.

So, I've compiled a number of significant research articles and reviews on hypnotherapy for IBS below. These clinical trials are drawn from Gut, Lancet, Gastroenterology, and other internationally respected medical journals. The study results are consistent and overwhelmingly positive. For in-depth information about self-hypnosis for IBS, see the IBS Audio Program. ~ Heather

Gastroenterologists Call for Wide Use of Hypnotherapy in IBS
Leading gastroenterologists are calling for hypnotherapy to be used more widely in treating irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers at King's College London note that in one study at Withington Hospital, 12 weeks of hypnotherapy helped 71 percent of patients ease their IBS symptoms for five years after the treatment.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Audio Program Celebrates Over 10 Years of Success
Called by some "the best kept secret in gastroenterology", the IBS Audio Program 100 developed by Michael Mahoney, Clinical Hypnotherapist at Guardian Medical Centre in Cheshire, England, is now used by IBS sufferers in 41 countries. The IBS Audio Program was developed specifically to manage both the physical and the emotional aspects of IBS. Hypnotherapy has now been listed as a treatment option for IBS in the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Hypnotherapy for IBS - Systematic Review Shows Long-Lasting Symptom Relief
Z Gastroenterol. 2009 Nov;47(11):1153-9.
Data from published hypnotherapeutic interventions with approximately 800 patients show long-lasting symptom relief.

Hypnotherapy Relieves More Than Just IBS Symptoms
Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2009 Jul;57(3):279-92.
This study noted that people with functional gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia suffer from a range of severe symptoms that often substantially erode their quality of life. These conditions are notoriously difficult to treat, with many patients failing to improve despite being prescribed a wide variety of conventional medications.

As a consequence, the potential benefits of hypnotherapy have been explored with evidence that this approach not only relieves symptoms but also appears to restore many of the psychological and physiological abnormalities associated with these conditions.

Hypnotherapy Called a Cure for Pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
2007 Digestive Disease Week Conference, Presentation title: Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Psychosocial and Psychotherapy. Abstract 914.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of adult patients with IBS. This study evaluated the treatment approach in a pediatric population.

53 children between the ages of 8 and 18 years who had been diagnosed with IBS or Functional Abdominal Pain were randomized to standard therapy or to 6 hypnotherapy sessions of 30 minutes over a 3-month period. The endpoints of the study were pain intensity, pain frequency, nausea, headache and appetite. The investigators defined a cure as a greater than 80% improvement in pain.

After 1 year, the cure rate reached 85% for hypnotherapy-treated subjects and 25% for those receiving conventional therapy. The authors concluded, "Gut-directed hypnotherapy is highly superior to conventional therapy in the treatment of children with longstanding FAP or IBS."

Effect of gut-directed hypnotherapy upon quality of life in IBS patients.
J Clin Nurs. 2006 Jun;15(6):678-84.
This study quantified health-related quality of life in a group of 75 irritable bowel syndrome patients and measured changes following a treatment program of nurse-led gut-directed hypnotherapy. It is well recognized that health-related quality of life can be severely impaired in patients suffering from the irritable bowel syndrome. Current conventional treatment for irritable bowel syndrome is often unsatisfactory. This study followed 75 patients and determined that gut-directed hypnotherapy has a very positive impact on health-related quality of life with improvements in psychological well-being and physical symptoms. It appears most effective in patients with abdominal pain and distension.

A 27-Sep-2005 press release featured Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the University's Medical School and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, who has been researching the use of gut-directed hypnosis for over 20 years. Most recently, two hundred and fifty patients who have suffered from IBS for over two years were given twelve one-hour sessions, during which they were given an explanation of how the gut works and what causes their symptoms. "IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body," explained Professor Whorwell. "During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity."

Former patient Sonia Pinnock said, "I suffered from IBS and was on medication for nearly 20 years, but could get little relief from my symptoms. Since visiting the clinic for 12 hypnotherapy sessions last year however they've disappeared completely - the difference it's made to my quality of life is indescribable."

Another happy patient Christine Walsh continued, "After my hysterectomy I suffered from IBS for about five years, and it totally ruined my quality of life. I couldn't plan holidays or leisure activities and at work I was often doubled-up in pain. But since having weekly hypnotherapy sessions for three months I've now been free from IBS for five and a half years - the treatment has totally changed my life."

Hypnotherapy Benefits Last at Least Five Years.
Gut. 2003 Nov;52(11):1623-9.

204 patients prospectively completed questionnaires scoring symptoms, quality of life, anxiety, and depression before, immediately after, and up to six years following hypnotherapy. All subjects also subjectively assessed the effects of hypnotherapy retrospectively. 71% of patients initially responded to therapy. Of these, 81% maintained their improvement over time while the majority of the remaining 19% claimed that deterioration of symptoms had only been slight. With respect to symptom scores, all items at follow up were significantly improved on pre-hypnotherapy levels.

~ Heather

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