The First Year: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, by Heather Van Vorous, HelpForIBS.com Founder

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Heather Van Vorous - Author of First Year: IBS
By an author with IBS,
for everyone with IBS!


5 Key Treatment Categories For Adults & Children
Everything You Need To Know Right Now
Addresses Multiple IBS Symptoms
Comprehensive Diagnostic Information
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Strategies to Stop IBS
Author of Eating For IBS & Heather Cooks! DVD
For The Newly Diagnosed and Lifelong Sufferers

Paperback: 242 pages
Great critic reviews:
Library Journal & Publishers Weekly

* Excerpted by physicians & dietitians worldwide
* Endorsed by UK Register of IBS Hypnotherapists
* Recommended by UNC Center for GI Motility Disorders


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The First Year: IBS offers a comprehensive and sympathetic approach to managing irritable bowel syndrome (whether you're newly diagnosed or have been struggling for years), by an author who has dealt with the disorder since childhood and prevailed. Whether you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, alternating bowel dysfunction, pain, bloating, gas, or nausea, this essential guide gives you the information you need to take control of your symptoms today.

An easy-to-follow daily/weekly/monthly calendar structure teaches you about the physical pathology behind IBS while giving a multitude of ways to successfully live with it, with a constant focus on symptom prevention.

The research for The First Year: IBS incorporates suggestions, concerns, and personal stories from many Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, and offers:

* in-depth diagnostic and medical information for IBS treatments, drugs, and research
* extensive suggestions for using supplements and herbs to prevent symptoms
* innovative and successful IBS stress management techniques
* suggestions for dealing with friends and family members
* concise and accurate IBS diet guidelines with sample recipes
* effective alternative therapies for a spastic colon, including acupuncture
* detailed information about yoga and hypnotherapy for IBS
* IBS support group resources
* traveling and socializing suggestions

There are also special sections throughout the book just for children with IBS and their parents. These chapters draw extensively from the author's own perspectives, experiences, and memories from childhood, and address the unique concerns that children with IBS often face.

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**Critic Reviews**
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 eatingforibs.com. 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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