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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (March 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452279763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452279766
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

James Scala, Ph.D., is a certified nutritional specialist who has a B.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Cornell, and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University. His professional accomplishments include research, teaching, corporate management, lecturing, and writing. He has been the nutritionist for the U.S. Olympic ski team, the Voyager flight, and three Mt. Everest expeditions. He lives in Lafayette, California.

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By A Customer on Feb. 17 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr. Scala's book opens with the quote, "Let thy food be thy medicine", and suggests diet and lifestyle habits that are least likely to cause flare-ups.
For me, some of the things I liked most about Scala's book included: Discussion of the nutritional challenges for people with IBD (vitamins, minerals..); Listings of foods that typically cause problems (including processed foods, sugar, corn, whole nuts, many dairy products...); A lot of information about dark skinned cold-water fish (like salmon) and the therapeutic benefits of their essential oils; The suggestion to keep a food diary to help one confirm what is/is not working, but also to document more than just food (emotions, stress, etc.), serving sizes, environmental factors; "End Of Day" self evaluation - How well did I do today? (a self-critique of food and lifestyle choices).
As someone who follows the SCDiet, many of the foods Scala suggests are contrary to what I follow (i.e., he suggests oatmeal, cornflakes, branflakes as foods that don't cause flare-ups; he suggests these for their low-residue/irritation characteristics but I would not eat them because of the complex carbs they contain and the flare-ups that might result from digesting them) but I choose to recognize this book as very useful nonetheless. One can certainly make one's own adjustments to Scala's suggestions, taking a patient-centric approach to healing. We're all different, and what works for one patient may require modification in another.
I especially agree with Scala's insights into whole-body aspects of IBD, and the way outlook, exercise, stress, love, etc. can play a role in one's condition.
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Some of the questions that IBD patients have are "What can I eat? Which foods will promote intestinal healing? Are there any supplements or vitamins that I should be taking?" Dr Scala answers these questions and more. He says that many doctors dispense pills to get you through the current "flare-up," but are not personally well informed on good nutrition, fitness, and preventative care. He even says that many medical schools simply do not teach about diet, nutrition and fitness.
While he resists the notion that good eating habits and nutrition alone will cure Colitis and Crohn's disease (he reminds readers that these diseases are chronic illnesses), he does suggest that 70% of the time, it can get you through a flare up without having to resort to taking steroids. That should perk up the ears of those who are sick and tired of all the nasty side effects associated with steroid use.
Dr. Scala strongly encourages the IBD patient to stay away from foods high in saturated fats and to eat lots of rice, potatoes, fish (for the omega 3 fatty acids that the IBD patient needs to promote healing in the colon), chicken, turkey, vegetables, and fruit without the skin on it. During the initial stages of a flareup, he recommends a liquid supplement to solid food, such as Encare.
The book is handy, helpful, and practical. I especially recommend it for the IBD patient, but it is also a good book for those who are simply interested in good nutrition.
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When I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease I became very upset. I didn't know if there was anything I could do to help take care of the situation. Right away after the initial dianosis I ordered several books. This book just happened to be one of them. When I got this book in the mail I was amazed with all the information it offered. My favorite thing it had was a diet plan and helpful nutritional information. With this information I re-learned how to eat. I feel that the dietary advice that Scala gives in this book is one of the main reasons why I am now doing so much better. This book breaks all the important aspects of nutrition down in an easy to read book. I learned how to eat, what to eat, and why it is ok to eat certain foods and not others--and when I followed Scala's plan I immediately began to feel better.
Also, this book has information on both stomach and intestinal problems. This book was one of the few books that taught me more about my Crohn's Disease in a very easy to read and understandable approach. Also, the book greatly helped me open up communication with my doctor by helping me better understand my disease. This book was without a doubt the book that I found most helpful in all of the books that I read on the subject. I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering because it will help you.
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A comprehensive book with a well thought out strategy for those who suffer with this chronic disease. Depending on drugs is necessary for periods of flare ups, however because we live contiually with this disease we need to have a lifelong strategy and Dr. Scala is a knowledgeable source. I read his original and this updated version is better than the original. People who do not have this disease do not realize how hard it is facing every day without knowing what may and may not cause discomfort or flare ups. Unfortuneately society has made eating more than the necessary maintenance of life. If you think of any milestone of life, there is an emphasis on food consumption somewhere. In today's day and age there are more choices than ever of what we consume into our systems. Some foods are deceiving choices. We who have this disease can benefit on the proven knowledge of Dr. James Scala's advice not for a meal at a time but for a lifetime. This book is recommended for those who have one of these diseases or are supporting someone who does.
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