Here is a list of books, authored or edited by knowledgable healthcare professionals, which provide trustworthy information about a variety of topics relating to gastrointestinal disorders and digestive health.
- The Mind-Gut Connection
- IBS-Free Recipes for the Whole Family
- Multi-Dimensional Clinical Profile (MDCP) for the Functional GI Disorders
- Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines, Tips & Recipes
- The Gut Solution
- Managing Life with Incontinence
- The Ins and Outs of Poop (A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation)
- IBS — Free at Last, 2nd Edition (FODMAPS diet)
- The Tunnel at the End of the Light: My Endoscopic Journey in Six Decades
- Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis
- IBS: What is it and how is it treated?
- Nausea: Mechanisms and Treatment
- Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines Tips & Recipes
- Functional Pain Syndromes: Presentation and Pathophysiology
- Understanding the Irritable Gut: The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Noncardiac Chest Pain: A Growing Medical Problem
- Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief
- Understanding Your Bowels
- Rome III: The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Conquering Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- The Placebo Effect and Health: Combining Science and Compassionate Care
- My Tummy Hurts: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Treating Your Child's Stomachaches
- American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion
Other Books of Note
- IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions
- Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
The Mind-Gut Connection
How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health
Author: Emeran Mayer, MD
Publisher: Harper Wave (2016)
Pages: 320 (hardcover)
We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut – the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract – communicate with one another.
In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies. Available for purchase online at Amazon.com.
Authors: Patsy Catsos, Lisa Rothstein, & Karen Warman
Publisher: Pond Cove Press (2015)
Pages: 172 (paperback)
If you are using the FODMAP approach to manage your IBS symptoms (or your child's), learning a few new tricks in the kitchen can make all the difference. Step-by-step recipes, tips, time-savers, and substitutions plus clinical and nutrition insight with information you need about FODMAPs and nutrition, when a low-FODMAP diet is appropriate, and how to avoid common pitfalls of eating for IBS. Available for purchase online at Amazon.com.
Check out this article by Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN on our IFFGD website at aboutIBS.org, "Five Low FODMAP Diet Pifalls (and What You Can Do to Avoid Them)."
Editor: Douglas A. Drossman, MD
Publisher: Rome Foundation (2015)
Pages: 214 (paperback)
Written to help optimize outcomes for patients, this guide for clinicians helps integrate the variety
of factors that create patients' unique clinical profiles. The book provides a unique and practical approach to the treatment of functional GI disorders (FGIDs). Over 30 clinical cases are profiled to walk anyone who treats patients with FGIDs through the full spectrum of FGIDs, from mild to severe. Available online at Rome Foundation.
Author:Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli, CHC
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014)
Pages: 178 (paperback)
Certified Health Coach (CHC) and long-time advocate with the Digestive Health Alliance (DHA), Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli recently released the new edition of her book Eating for Gastroparesis: Guidelines, Tips & Recipes. Based on her experiences as a Health Coach and her own journey with gastroparesis, Zaborowski Saltrelli guides the reader through the process of making dietary changes to help manage the symptoms of gastroparesis. In the book you'll find answers to common questions, grocery lists, and over 75 nutrient-rich, gastroparesis-friendly recipes. Available for purchase online at Amazon.com
The Gut Solution: For Parents with Children Who Have Recurrent Abdominal Pain & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Authors: Michael Lawson, MD & Jessica Del Pozo, PhD
Publisher: Lemke Health Partners (2013)
Pages: 144 (paperback)
Children suffer and parents worry when gastrointestinal problems like tummy pain, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion and bloating become chronic. Managing these problems can be disruptive to the whole family.
In The Gut Solution, Dr. Lawson and Dr. Del Pozo reveal their approach to treating functional gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and recurrent abdominal pain (RAP). Their program, SEEDS (which stands for Stress Management, Education, Exercise, Diet & Sleep), guides the child patients and their families on how to manage these common and often difficult digestive problems.
The book explains not only the underlying physiological and biological issues at play, but the neurological, behavioral and emotional factors in irritable bowel syndrome and abdominal pain and most importantly, what can be done about it.
The case example of a child named Sara is followed through the book, to illustrate how the SEEDS program helps her and her parents identify and modify her thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around her symptoms. The child is treated as an active partner in her own healthcare, and the authors stress the importance of hearing and validating the child’s perspective.
The Gut Solution includes an easy-to-follow guide to the SEEDS Program, offering family discussion topics as well as specific tips and strategies that both parent and child can practice. The program has been taught to over 400 children since 2006 with sustained and positive results. Available online at Amazon.com.
Editors: Cheryle B. Gartley, Mary Radtke Klein, Christine Norton, and Anita Saltmarche
Publisher: The Simon Foundation (2012)
Leakage, overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, stress incontinence… whatever you choose to call it, the fact is that life with incontinence can be challenging. This book provides guidance from leading experts about how to take control of daily life, even when living with incontinence. Chapters include information on treatments, communicating with friends, family, and health professionals, helpful resources, and overcoming stigma. Courageous stories from people who live, and thrive, with incontinence provide encouragement and inspiration. Written specifically for individuals who live day to day with bladder and/or bowel incontinence, the book also provides information useful for physicians and nurses who understand their patients’ frustrations and wish to more fully comprehend the quality of life issues facing people with intractable incontinence. Available online at: www.simonfoundation.org.
Author: Thomas R. Duhamel, PhD
Publisher: Maret Publishing (2012)
Pages: 171 (paperback)
Functional constipation can persist for months or years. Treatment can be stressful for everyone involved, including healthcare providers. It is the most common problem seen in pediatric GI clinics. It can cause young children to soil their underwear (encopresis) without awareness that they have to use the toilet. It can cause discomfort and pain, and a deep sense of embarrassment in a child. But functional constipation goes away when treated correctly. This book provides a step by step guide to understanding, recognizing, and treating functional constipation, and a plan for parents and providers to work together as a treatment team. Each step is explained in detail along with the tools needed for successful implementation. There are many stories written by parents describing specific aspects of their child's treatment. The illustrated book is written in a light-hearted fashion that emphasizes the good news that with comprehensive care, functional constipation can be dramatically improved.
The author is a clinical child psychologist who has collaborated with parents and pediatric care providers about functional constipation for over 30 years. Available online at Amazon.com.
Author: Patsy Catsos, M.S., R.D.
Publisher: Pond Cove Press (2012)
Pages: 171 (paperback)
This book describes an easy, step-by-step method for controlling IBS symptoms that may be caused by intolerance to certain carbohydrates (FODMAPS) in your diet. FODMAPs are problematic for those with IBS; they are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gut. The book includes information to help you understand the link between certain foods and IBS symptoms. It includes menus, tips on shopping and reading labels, and strategies for including your favorite foods in your diet. The second edition offers new recipes and gives answers to the questions frequently asked by readers. Available online at Amazon.com.
Author: Peter B. Cotton, MD
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing (2011)
Pages: 272 (Paperback)
Dr. Cotton has a long and distinguished career in gastroenterology, including pioneering the development of ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and other diagnostic procedures. In this memoir, Dr. Cotton offers insights into his life as a gastroenterologist and a teacher of physicians during the times when the practice of medicine was being revolutionized. He shares many of the anecdotes garnered from a lifetime of clinical practice and research, and recounts both humorous and thought provoking recollections from this unique field of medicine. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a fund designed to support training in Advanced Endoscopy.
Dr. Cotton is currently Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, where he founded the Digestive Disease Center in 1994. Of interest primarily to professionals. Available online at www.peterbcotton.com/my-memoirs/
Author: Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli, C.H.C.
Publisher: Sea Salt Publishing (2011)
Pages: 245 (paperback)
This book is a comprehensive and easy to follow guide to navigating life after a gastroparesis diagnosis. Certified Health Counselor and gastroparesis patient-advocate Crystal Saltrelli guides you through all aspects of managing gastroparesis, including self advocacy, appropriate medical treatment, complementary therapies, dietary modifications, nutrition and supplementation, supportive lifestyle practices, stress management, and coping skills. You'll also find practical tips and advice for socializing, travel, career, and relationships. The book concludes with 75 brand new GP-friendly recipes.
The author is a Certified Health Counselor specializing in gastroparesis management. Diagnosed in 2004 with gastroparesis, she provides a unique and useful perspective as someone with both personal and professional experience with the condition. Available online at Amazon.com.
Some Take Things To Heart, Others To Their Belly – Irritable Bowel Syndrome: What is it and how is it treated?
Author: Ami D. Sperber, MD
Publisher: IFFGD (2011)
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 228 KB
If you, a friend, or a family member is suffering from IBS, this book is for you. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is the most common of the functional disorders of the digestive tract. The condition is complex, chronic, and unpredictable. It is characterized by multiple, often painful, symptoms. The cause of the symptoms is not found on routine testing like an x-ray, or blood test. In other words nothing appears wrong in the tests. But physical examinations and routine tests all assess structure – not function – and IBS involves a problem with the way nerves and muscles function. This has led to a great deal of misunderstanding about IBS, and to needless suffering.
In this book Ami Sperber, MD provides a fresh and clear guide to help people understand the condition and the diagnostic process. Individuals with IBS will find useful ways to self-manage and gain a greater sense of confidence. The approach is empowering, helping people improve chances for treatment success.
The book contains clear and detailed explanations of treatment approaches. These range from diet to complementary and alternative medicine to medications and to combinations of therapies.
Each chapter begins with quotes and personal anecdotes to help others recognize they are not alone in their journey of self-discovery and personal care, and ends with summaries of vital information. For quick references or detailed explanations, this book provides it all.
Dr. Sperber is an internationally recognized physician and researcher. He has a long history of contributing to the understanding of living with and treating IBS and related conditions. Available online as an eBook at Amazon.com.
Authors: Robert M. Stern, PhD; Kenneth L. Koch, MD; Paul L.R. Andrews, PhD
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2011)
Pages: 462 (hardcover)
Nausea is a complex sensation that results from the interaction of different factors. It is associated with a number of gastrointestinal disorders. This is the first book to provide a complete, in-depth explanation of what is known about nausea, along with the latest research results on its causes and treatment.
The book addresses the mechanisms, management, and prevalence of nausea in different conditions. It explores the roles of the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, and gastric dysrhythmias. Treatment of nausea in several areas is described, including chronic nausea, diabetes, pregnancy, post-operative, cancer and its treatment, and provocative motion. A final chapter discusses future research, including three preliminary studies of novel treatment approaches involving the use of biofeedback, nutraceuticals, and adaptation.
The book is written in collaboration by scientists from the three main approaches to studying and treating nausea – psychology, gastroenterology, and physiology. It is aimed primarily at professionals. Available online at Amazon.com.
Author: Crystal Zaborowski Saltrelli, C.H.C.
Publisher: CreateSpace (2011)
Pages: 90 (paperback)
This user-friendly, easy to follow guide answers the most frequently asked questions about eating for gastroparesis, addresses common misconceptions, offers tips for symptom management and provides 50 simple gastroparesis-friendly recipes. Following accepted dietary guidelines it offers detailed lists of 'friendly' foods, tips for enhancing nutrition and minimizing symptoms, and answers to common questions. The author is a Certified Health Counselor. Available online at Amazon.com.
Editors: Emeran A. Mayer, M.D. and M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.
Publisher: IASP Press (2009)
Pages: 580 (paperback)
Few such widely expressed clinical problems are as poorly understood as those defined in this book. In our current medical system, when a patient complains of physical pain or discomfort, and no physiological or “organic” cause for that pain can be identified, the patient receives the diagnosis of a “functional” pain syndrome. There is now a wealth of evidence that these disorders are associated with substantial neurobiological, physiological, and sometimes anatomical changes in the central nervous system. Drs. Mayer and Bushnell have brought together an outstanding group of experts in various fields to provide a view of the current understanding and treatment strategies of some of the most prevalent types of chronic pain conditions, such as IBS, fibromyalgia, TMJD, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis and others. This book is aimed primarily at professionals. Available through booksellers.
Author: W. Grant Thompson, M.D.
Publisher: Degnon Associates (2008)
Pages: 240 (paperback)
The functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders can perplex doctors and patients alike. This book seeks to demystify these disorders. Dr. Thompson explains with ease and clarity the nature, prevalence, and putative causes of these disorders. The information developed and assembled by the Rome Foundation to identify, classify, and treat these disorders is presented in an easy-to-read, nontechnical format.
Dr. Thompson is Professor Emeritus (Medicine), University of Ottawa. He has authored 7 books in the field of functional GI disorders in addition to 280 scientific and lay articles (including many written for IFFGD) dealing mainly with GI illnesses. In this book he blends his professional experiences and writing talent with the information from Rome III creating a resource for health care professions, educated patients, and the general public. Available online at: www.theromefoundation.org
Editors: Ronnie Fass, M.D., Guy D. Eslick, Ph.D.
Publisher: Plural Publishing, Inc. (2007)
Pages: 188 (hardback)
Noncardiac chest pain is a poorly understood and challenging heterogeneous condition. It is common, debilitating, and can impact greatly on people’s lives. The most complex and difficult aspects of the condition remain its diagnosis and management. Despite a lack of good quality research, limited progress has been made in recent years. This book provides a comprehensive review of noncardiac chest pain provided by the current world authorities in the field. They provide their insights and expertise on a variety of topics including epidemiology, cardiologist’s perspective, pathophysiology, non-esophageal causes, sensory testing, psychological disorders, diagnosis, use of proton pump inhibitors, brain imaging, economics, treatment, quality of life, prognosis and future developments. This book is aimed primarily at clinicians and researchers. Available through booksellers.
Author: Jeffrey M. Lackner, Psy.D.
Publisher: STC Healthy Living (2007)
Pages: 256 (paperback)
For more than 10 years, Dr. Jeffrey M. Lackner has been helping patients gain control of their symptoms. In this book, Dr. Lackner offers IBS sufferers the same tools that have helped many patients control their bowel problems. Research shows that the techniques featured in this book can improve IBS patients’ conditions and help them reclaim lives lost to this common gastrointestinal problem. The book offers a step-by-step approach to reduce symptoms without drugs or professional help. User-friendly worksheets, interactive exercises, self-assessment checklists, and diaries for tracking symptoms and trigger foods are included to help readers master each skill. Also included are up-to-date overviews of medications and dietary strategies.
Jeffrey Lackner is director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. Available through booksellers.
Authors: George F. Longstreth, M.D. and Ken W. Heaton, M.D.
Publisher: Family Doctor Publications (2006)
Pages: 140 (paperback)
Here is a concise, easy to read book designed to help any reader understand how their bowels work, what can go wrong, and what can be done to fix the problems. Topics range from chronic symptoms such constipation, diarrhea, or bloating to disorders such as IBS or diverticulosis. An explanation of the physician visit and tests will help patients get the most out of their doctor visit. Originally published in Great Britain, the book has recently been re-published for U.S. readers.
Dr. Heaton and Dr. Longstreth are prolific writers and dedicated clinicians with many years of experience in the field of digestive health and illness. Dr. Longstreth is Chief of Gastroenterology with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Plan and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Heaton was until recently Reader in Medicine at the University of Bristol, U.K. and Honorary Consultant Physician to the United Bristol Hospitals Trust. Together they have written this user-friendly volume. The book contains colorful and understandable illustrations, a list of useful resources, and a helpful glossary of terms. Recommended for anyone seeking to understand a bowel disorder and how to find help. Available through booksellers.
Senior Editor: Douglas A. Drossman, MD
Publisher: Degnon Associates (2006)
Pages: 1,048 pages (paperback)
ISBN: 096568376 (hardback); 0965683753 (paperback)
Five years in the making, Rome III is designed for “one stop” learning for health professionals. It serves is as a valuable resource to general and specialist physicians, mental health professionals, and basic and clinical investigators involved in the study and care of patients with functional GI disorders. The Rome teams of internationally recognized investigators and clinicians have again come together to produce a new standard for the evaluation and care of patients having these complex and prevalent disorders. Rome III provides the most up-to-date information on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and over 20 more functional GI disorders commonly seen in clinical practice. This third edition is expanded with 17 chapters to address the needs of both investigators and clinicians. New chapters include pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, sociocultural influences relating to gender, age, and cultural influences, functional abdominal pain, and two chapters on pediatrics for the neonate/toddler and child/adolescent.
Includes “red flag” questions to aid the clinician in identifying symptoms and signs that would suggest further evaluation (to exclude other diagnoses) or when needed to make a referral. A table is included that compares the Rome II and new Rome III diagnostic criteria. Available online at www.romecriteria.org.
Author: Nicholas J. Talley, M.D.
Publisher: BC Decker Inc. (2005)
Pages: 198 (paperback)
In this book, Dr. Talley, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, tells readers how to use evidence-based medicine to evaluate the options and find relief for IBS. In addition he includes information that explains symptoms and why they occur; how to work with a doctor to develop an effective treatment plan; alternative therapies; new medicines; research … and the hope it offers for the future. The book will help you understand and examine the validity and merits of treatment options and various management strategies ranging from diet to drugs. High-quality, easy-to-understand illustrations help clarify key concepts. Available through booksellers and online at Amazon.com.
Author: W. Grant Thompson, MD
Publisher: Prometheus Books (2005)
Pages: 350 (paperback)
The doctor-patient relationship has become increasingly impersonal and superficial. As medical technology and treatment have improved, and time constraints have become more demanding, the beneficial effects of meaningful doctor-patient interactions have too often been overlooked. Nonetheless, objective clinical trials have repeatedly shown that real, measurable benefits to the patient occur through the placebo effect, the positive effects of the doctor's presence and personality plus the patient's belief in the efficacy of the treatment. Dr. Thompson argues that understanding the placebo effect is important for the care of the ill, the design of clinical trials, and for healthcare policy planning. He contends that we should be using judiciously the best medical evidence, but even that can be undermined by insensitive delivery.
Dr. Thompson is professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Ottawa where he served as Chief of Gastroenterology for 17 years. He has written an important, accessible, and interesting work that deepens our understanding of both the tangible and intangible factors that affect health. He convincingly demonstrates that patients need the best that science has to offer combined with kind and compassionate care giving by doctors in order for a treatment to be its most effective. Available through booksellers.
Author: Joseph Levy, M.D.
Publisher: Fireside (2004)
Pages: 288 (paperback)
From a baby's colic to an older child's complaint of "my tummy hurts," abdominal distress is painful for kids and worrisome to parents, ranking second only to upper respiratory tract infections as the most common reason for non-routine visits to the pediatrician. In many cases, the discomfort is easily remedied and even prevented, but some kinds of pain indicate a more serious affliction. How can parents make the distinction?Dr. Levy offers a guide, drawing from more than two decades of experience as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He is professor of clinical pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and director of the Children's Digestive Health Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. My Tummy Hurts is organized for easy reference, providing a handbook for parents and caregivers. Available through booksellers.
Author: Leslie Bonci, R.D., M.P.H.
Publisher: Wiley (2003)
256 pages (paperback)
Leslie Bonci is the director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Backed by the American Dietetic Association, this user-friendly guide shows you how to analyze your eating habits so that you can map out a dietary plan to manage and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of digestive disorders.
You’ll find practical recommendations for implementing changes in your lifestyle and advice on steering clear of common dietary mistakes. Your meals will be pleasurable and nourishing experiences – not painful ones – when you discover how to make the best and most comfortable food choices so you can embark on the road to digestive health. Available through booksellers.
Other Books of Note
Editors: Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.; and Jeffrey D. Roberts, M.S.Ed.
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (2007)
Pages: 546 pages (paperback)
A compilation of bulletin board postings from the Internet-based Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group (www.ibsgroup.org). The book offers shared experiences and emotional support from hundreds of IBS sufferers. Dr. Bolen is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. Mr. Roberts is the founder of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group. Available through booksellers.
Medical Editors-in-Chief: Barbara Bruce, Ph.D., and W. Michael Hooten, M.D.
Publisher: Mayo Clinic Health Solutions (2008)
Pages: 256 (hardback)
A comprehensive, easy to read guide from health professionals at Mayo Clinic that emphasizes a take-charge approach to successfully managing chronic pain by providing detailed information on how pain develops, why each person’s pain experience is unique, and what can be done to reduce or eliminate pain. While not specific to digestive disorders, the book provides much information of interest to those with these disorders. Available from the Mayo Clinic Book Store online at: http://bookstore.mayoclinic.com/products/bookDetails.cfm?mpid=17.