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Good Food for Bad Stomachs [Hardcover]

Henry D. Janowitz
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May 1 1997
Every day, in magazines and books, on TV and the radio, we are flooded with advice on what foods to eat. Some of this advice is nonsense - trendy weight-loss regimes, which can actually be harmful - and some is contradictory, as even scientists will vacillate on such subjects as animal versus nonanimal fat, saturated versus unsaturated fatty acids. There are a few good books that cover nutrition in general and even some that tackle specific health goals, such as eating for a healthy heart.But there's no book available on the area of the body most immediately affected by the food we eat - the gastrointestinal tract. Now, Henry Janowitz, M.D., author of the best-selling Your Gut Feelings and Indigestion, provides a thorough guide to healthful eating, one tailored especially for those who suffer from - or have a family history of - heartburn, peptic ulcers, gallstones, gastritis, colitis, cancer of the colon, or other gastrointestinal disorders. Good Food for Bad Stomachs begins with the elements of a realistic, reasonable diet. Dr. Janowitz suggests that most of us need to increase our intake of fiber dramatically (up to 30 grams or more a day), and this is especially true for people with most gastrointestinal disorders. We should also lower our consumption of fat, avoid obesity at all costs, reduce our reliance on caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, and supplement our daily diet with vitamins. The book then turns to specific gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Janowitz examines the major disorders one by one, covering the full spectrum of gastrointestinal ailments from esophagitis and swallowing disorders to cancer of the colon and rectum, describing symptoms and causes, recommending food we should eat to avoid the disorder, and outlining both dietary and medical approaches to treatment. He talks about inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, peptic ulcers, gastritis, gallstones, pancreatitis and liver diseases; discusses dietary allergies and foodintolerance, and the problems associated with aging; deals with such pedestrian complaints as intestinal gas, travelers diarrhea, and constipation; and gives special attention to the inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, on which he is a renowned expert. Covering everything from low-fat cookbooks to the fiber content of common foods, this information-packed book is filled with easy-to-follow charts and tables to help you plan a healthy diet. Good Food for Bad Stomachs is a dependable guide to healthy eating written by one of the most respected experts in gastroenterology today. Dr. Janowitz explains everything in clear laymen's language spiced with humor, humanity, and the insights of a master clinician with over 50 years of experience.

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Although our digestive systems evolved over tens of millions of years, in the last hundred years our food choices have changed drastically. Something's wrong with that picture, and our intestines are making us pay the price, with gas, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and worse. This book, written by a respected gastroenterologist, presents sample dietary programs for the aforementioned problems and many more. It's all very straightforward and easy to follow and is based on the latest nutritional research.

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Everywhere you look you will find books on the effect of diet on health, yet until now, none has detailed the role of diet in maintaining or achieving a healthy digestive tract. In another essential book for consumer-health collections, Janowitz (Your Gut Feelings, LJ 9/1/87) outlines a reasonable low-fat, high-fiber diet and describes its role in maintaining digestive health. He also explains the mechanisms of digestion and the effect of diet on specific digestive disorders. Janowitz uses easy-to-understand language to sort through the hype and hoopla of the popular press to make explicit recommendations based on the latest medical research. Recommended for all consumer health collections.?KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This new book is long overdue for those of us with digestive problems who never know what to eat and are always trying to maintain good nutrition. The first part the book reviews the elements of a realistic, reasonable diet necessary for overall good health (chapters include "Is There an Ideal Diet?" and "The Do's and Don'ts"). The larger second part of the book, looks at digestive disorders and the role of diet in preventing, causing, or treating them, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and IBD (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). The central question of the book is how to treat digestive diseases, like IBS or IBD, and still eat healthy foods? The section on food and IBD, includes advice about caffeine and alcohol, lactose and dairy products, fiber (when to take it and when to avoid it), vitaman supplements, food supplements, enteral nutrition, kidney stones in IBD, and more. Dr. Janowitz's dietary recommendations are practical and should help those of us with less than stellar digestive tracts to eat better and find improved health. A superb book and sure to be as popular as his previous books, Indigestion and Your Gut Feelings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Good Resource from a Good Writer June 30 2000
While Janowitz covers many digestive problems in this book, I was specifically interested in Chapter 12: What Should We Feed the Inflamed Intestine? Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. He spends a great deal of time outlining a "low-residue" diet as well as a low-oxalate diet, both of which are purported to assist persons suffering from IBD. Since both diets are quite nutritionally sound, they are certainly worth trying and his discussion on lactose sensitivity is one of the most balanced I've read. With only one chapter pertaining to IBD, it might be more practical to request this book interlibrary loan rather than purchase it, but if you have other family members with other digestive problems, the other chapters may have increased relevance and applicability!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Foods for Bad Stomachs by Janowitz April 22 2004
The author discusses the all-important food pyramid consisting
of fats & oils used sparingly, milk, yogurt, cheese (2-3 servings), vegetable soup (2-4 servings) and pastas/breads.
Nuts may be eaten to lower cholesterol. Approximately 70 grams a day of unabsorbed carbohydrates enter the colon absorbed by colonic bacteria. The absorption is into methane, hydrogen and
CO2. Antioxidants fight free radicals. The ideal diet seeks to
have the patient limit coffee and most alcohol drinks except for
an occasional wine.The book has value in the arsenal of weapons
in the health care reference library. I would supplement this work with research applicable to grains for celiacs and persons
who do not process grains efficiently in the body.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Overview - But Just an Overview Jan. 10 1999
By A Customer
This book addresses good nutrition in general, and then offers specifics for a variety of GI diseases. It is well-written and very understandable. But if you are buying this book for the specifics on a certain disease, you will likely be disappointed. There is not a lot of depth in the disease-specific chapters. Disease-specifc chapters range from 5-19 pages, with only one stretching over 20 pages. For example, the IBS chapter is only 7 pages.
If you suffer from many ailments or are simply looking for a general overview, get this book. Otherwise you should probably look for a more detailed, disease-specific book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Dr. Janowitz July 28 2001
By A Customer
Janowitz performs a real service with his books. Good Food is an accurate, detailed discussion of IBS and diet. It covers a lot of ground so it probably cannot be easily read in one sitting. It's the kind of reference book that you'll go back to time and time again. The index is very well done so it's very useful.
Really a well done book on IBS and diet.
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