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Do you suffer from heartburn? Is an ulcer bothering you? Are the difficult symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome compromising your life? If so, you are not alone. One in three Americans has some sort of digestive problem. After the common cold, gastrointestinal complaints are the biggest cause of employee absenteeism in the United States. And since GI disorders are so often interrelated, many people who have them suffer from two or more at the same time.
Here, in a completely revised and updated edition, is everything you need to know to find fast relief from a wide range of gastrointestinal difficulties. Whether it's constipation, diarrhea, gas, hemorrhoids, ulcers, heartburn, colitis, gallstones, or one of the many other digestive tract problems, Dr. Steven Peikin's self-help nutritional program will help keep you out of the doctor's office--and feeling great.
Based on the latest research and his own clinical experience, Dr. Peikin prescribes a healthy diet high in fiber and low in fat, spices, lactose, and caffeine. He provides a detailed list of "flag foods" to avoid in the case of specific problems and shows you how to use exercise, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and stress management to complement the program. In this new edition, Dr. Peikin offers the latest information on the diagnosis and treatment of H. pylori, the bacterium that causes ulcers and stomach cancer; the newest remedies for severe heartburn; recommendations for avoiding colon cancer through screening and prevention; and a significantly expanded section on Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
If you suffer from digestive problems, you know that gastrointestinal health can make all the difference in living comfortably from day to day. Dr. Peikin's classic book can show you the way.
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Steven R. Peikin, M.D., is professor of medicine and head of gastroenterology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden, Cooper Hospital/ University Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, and trained in gastroenterology at the National Institute of Health and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and children.From Publishers Weekly:
Chronic gastrointestinal problems--heartburn, gas pain, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids--afflict 80 million Americans, who usually resort to the medicine cabinet in times of need. But wouldn't it be more logical to treat these disorders through diet, since eating the wrong foods probably caused the trouble? That's the sensible premise of Peikin ( The Feel Full Diet ), who heads the Digestive Disease Servicesic at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. The author lays out a "self-help nutritional program"--a high-fiber, low-fat, balanced diet that he claims has provided prompt relief to his own patients suffering from a wide variety of GI maladies. Emphasizing that such a diet needn't be monotonous, the book offers 75 pages of recipes. Elsewhere, Peikin describes in detail the many ills remediable from altered diet, and takes the reader on an instructive tour of the GI tract. We learn that both regular and decaffeinated coffees stimulate unwelcome stomach-acid secretion, that fiber is now thought to aid in ulcer healing and that true food allergies are rare in adults. Also discussed are prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the roles they can play in treating certain conditions.
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