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The Doctor's Guide to Gastrointestinal Health: Preventing and Treating Acid Reflux, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease, Colon Cancer, Pancreatitis, Cirrhosis, Hernias and more Paperback – Mar 3 2005

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"This is the reference guide you dream about--answers to all your important questions, written in a language you can understand. For everyone who wants better health and peace of mind." --Diane Sawyer, Co-anchor of ABCNews’ Good Morning America and Primetime Thursday

"An important, practical, easy-to-read and understand source of information for anyone with a chronic gastrointestinal problem." --Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center and bestselling author

"As a long time patient of Dr. Miskovitz, I highly recommend The Doctor's Guide to Gastrointestinal Health for anyone wanting to know the vital importance of preventative procedures--before it's too late." --Warner Wolf, TV and radio sportscaster and author of Let's Go to the Videotape '

"This book will provide for patients and their relatives authoritative, up-to-date information about most diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The disorders are clearly explained and available treatments are outlined in clear language. Of special importance is the description of various diagnostic procedures used in gastroenterology, together with important information about what patients can expect before, during and after these treatments. This should go a long way toward relieving the anxiety that accompanies diagnostic procedures." Jeremiah A. Barondess, M.D., President of The New York Academy of Medicine

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"This is the reference guide you dream about—answers to all your important questions written in a language you can understand. For everyone who wants better health and peace of mind."
—Diane Sawyer, Co-anchor of ABC News' Good Morning America and PrimeTime Thursday

"An important, practical, easy-to-read, and easy-to-understand source of information for anyone with a chronic gastrointestinal problem."
—Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and bestselling author

Digestive ailments, whether mild or life-threatening, are a major concern for millions of people—and they can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Now, in this essential reference book, Dr. Paul Miskovitz, a physician at one of the world's top medical institutions, helps you understand the causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and medical treatments for a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders—everything from heartburn to IBS to hepatitis C.

This comprehensive, user-friendly guide begins with an overview of how your gastrointestinal system works and how it is affected by lifestyle, age, and emotions. Dr. Miskovitz then explains the disorders that can affect your esophagus, stomach, intestine, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, colon, and abdominal cavity—revealing how to identify and treat problems and, in most cases, prevent them. You'll also learn how to:

  • Maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system through diet, exercise, checkups, and screenings
  • Find the right gastroenterologist for you
  • Identify symptoms and get an accurate diagnosis
  • Prevent gastrointestinal problems when you travel

Complete with a list of organizations that provide information and support, The Doctor's Guide to Gastrointestinal Health is the ultimate resource for you and your family.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Gastrointestinal Health by Miskovitz April 2 2005
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent medicinal reference on the workings of the
gastrointestinal system. The book is written from the perspective
of conventional medicine. It discusses classic gastrointestinal
issues; such as, difficulty in swallowing, gas, non-cardiac
discomfort, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain, unexplained weight
loss and constipation. Abdominal pain on the left side may be
associated with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Pain on the right
side of the abdomen may be Crohns related. Colitis has a considerable
symptomatology which can be found on the Mayo Clinic website.

"Ulcerative proctitis. In this form of ulcerative colitis,
inflammation is confined to the rectum and for some people,
rectal bleeding may be the only sign of the disease.
Others may have rectal pain, a feeling of urgency or an
nability to move the bowels in spite of the urge to
do so (tenesmus). This form of ulcerative colitis tends
to be the mildest.

* Proctosigmoiditis. This form involves the rectum and the
lower end of the colon, known as the sigmoid colon.
Bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain and
tenesmus are common problems associated with this form
of the disease.

* Left-sided colitis. As the name suggests, inflammation
extends from the rectum up the left side through the
sigmoid and descending colon. Signs and symptoms
include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain on the
left side, and unintended weight loss.

* Pancolitis. Affecting the entire colon, pancolitis
causes bouts of bloody diarrhea that may be severe,
abdominal cramps and pain, fatigue, and significant weight loss.

* Fulminant colitis. This rare, life-threatening form of colitis
affects the entire colon and causes severe pain, profuse
diarrhea and, sometimes, dehydration and shock.
People with fulminant colitis are at risk of serious
complications, including colon rupture and toxic megacolon,
which occurs when the colon becomes severely distended. "

Diarrhea and rectal bleeding are the classic symptoms
of Crohns disease. The CT scan,
MRI, endoscopy and colorectal examinations are the classic
invasive techniques for detection. Non-invasive tests involve
analysis of the breath, blood tests, stool and fecal occult exams.
Duodenal ulcers are caused by H-pylori. Standard treatments
are H2 blockers, pepcid AC and proton pump inhibitors.
Prilosec is a classic proton inhibitor.

The work is a must for any health enthusiast. The problems
described are classic middle-age conditions encountered by
large portions of the population for a variety of reasons
ranging from genetics to junk food consumption. The work is
a solid investment for the price charged. Acquiring this volume
will help you to discuss any of the symptomatology intelligently
with your primary care physician or medical specialist.

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Just the book I needed. May 13 2007
By Aejlsas - Published on
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Answers key questions about preventing and treating Acid Reflus and other gastrointestional problems.

My only complaint about the book is it should show some diagrams of the organs involved explanations.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book June 13 2007
By Michelle Berens - Published on
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book to book to EVERYONE!!! Very much information.. I am still reading it.. Although I am ill... the book is fantastic.. Any questions or concerns, this book has answers.. You will love the book as well.. I enjoyed this very much.
So so. Sept. 28 2014
By Lincoln County MT - Published on
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Lacks some info...but it's ok...I'm more interested in a medical guide not so much aimed at the consumer..this tends towards the consumer. Thus if falls short in a few areas.
Five Stars Sept. 14 2014
By Beverly Pearce - Published on
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