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WHY A BOOK ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS?
There have been many new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other functional GI disorders. Furthermore, there is an increasing awareness of our abilities to heal by leading a healthy lifestyle and utilizing newer understanding of the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection. As an MD and board-certified gastroenterologist with more than 20 years of experience caring for people with irritable bowel syndrome and other functional GI disorders, I will provide you with the information you need.
Trends toward "managed care" will make it harder for your doctor to spend time with you. In fact, most doctor visits are now limited to 12 minutes or less! This isn't much time for a patient to understand diagnosis and treatment. Also, it is becoming more difficult to gain access to a medical specialist because managed care expects that your primary care physician (family doctor) will be able to handle most problems. The model of interaction between the patient and the primary care physician is shifting so that you, the patient, are given more responsibility in the management of your health care. You will need accurate and reliable information in order to fulfill this responsibility and opportunity. That's where this book will help.
You can learn to be healthy. Accurate information leads to healing and is often more important than medication. You can explore your diagnosis and treatment options in the privacy of your home and on your own time. Then, armed with information and knowledge about your problem, you will be better able to partner with your doctor to heal.
The focused information here on irritable bowel syndrome and other functional GI disorders is integrated with holistic Mind -Body concepts and the latest information on living a healthy lifestyle. The logical 8-step approach can be completed over a 12-week period.