Books of Interest

Here is a list of books, authored or edited by knowledgable healthcare professionals, which provide information about a variety of topics relating to gastrointestinal disorders and digestive health. We do not endorse any of the books below and do not agree with all the information they include.

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Author: Douglas A. Drossman, MD and Johannah Ruddy M.ED
Publisher: Drossman Care (December 2020)
Pages: 232 paperback, also available on Kindle

A book co-written by a gastroenterologist and a patient on the science, diagnosis, and treatment of the Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction and the importance of effective communication skills for patients and their doctors. This book is broken down into four easy-to-read sections: 1) A Conceptual Understanding of the History, Philosophy, and Scientific Basis for the Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction; 2) The Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction; 3) Maximizing the Patient-Doctor Relationship; and 4) Information for the Doctor. The scientific explanations are presented in simple-to-understand terms, and many of the vital educational elements include the patient’s perspective. There are also case histories and videos to bring to life the learning experience. Special features include a glossary to aid patients in understanding technical terms, beautiful illustrations, cartoons, and a resource page to find top-tier clinical programs that see patients with DGBIs.

Available online at here.

Author: Carmen Bundy
Publish Date: May 22, 2020
Pages: 207 (paperback)

Eden is a seventeen-year-old girl that is enjoying her last summer before senior year, but an unexpected curveball gets thrown at her with a life-changing disease. Her twin brother, Bennett, and best friend, Carter, stay by her side, but once a tragedy happens, she begins to feel the pain that she never imagined having. One letter ends up being the mystery that she wishes she never opened up. Will she be able to find closure, or will she give up on everything that she’s ever worked for?

Available online at Amazon.com.

Author: Kate Scarlata, RDN, LDN and Dédé Wilson
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (December 19, 2017)
Pages: 378 (paperback)

A cookbook dedicated to easy, delicious, everyday recipes for the many sufferers of IBS and other digestive disorders, by a New York Times bestselling author and former Bon Appétit contributing editor. Do you suffer from IBS or a chronically sensitive stomach? The culprit may be your diet: many everyday foods contain FODMAPs–a group of carbohydrates that can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Digestive health specialist Kate Scarlata and expert recipe developer Dédé Wilson share their clear, accessible, three-step low-FODMAP diet. Backed by the most up-to-date, sound medical advice, The Low-FODMAP Diet Step by Step walks you through:

  • Identifying FODMAPs and what foods contain them
  • Customizing your own gut-friendly plan to alleviate painful symptoms
  • Using an elimination diet to help determine your food triggers
  • Stocking your low-FODMAP pantry, with food lists and more
  • Easy, delicious recipes for every meal, with specific food reintegration tips

Available online at Amazon.com.

Author: Thomas R. Duhamel, PhD
Publisher: Maret Publishing 2 edition (February 17, 2018)
Pages: 206 (paperback)

This book is the revised and expanded 2nd edition of The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation. It is a how-to book for parents and a treatment guide for pediatric healthcare specialists. This edition contains all of the information contained in the first edition plus new and updated information on important topics related to prevention, early diagnosis and the treatment of functional constipation. These topics include: functional constipation in the first 24 months of life, how toilet training can cause encopresis, how to manage encopresis in the classroom and how temperament-related behavior problems can cause functional constipation. It also includes a self-study Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT) course which teaches parents how to “treat” such behavioral problems.There are six steps required to effectively treat functional constipation: 1. Educate the family 2. Empty the rectum 3. End withholding 4. Shrink the rectum 5. Withdraw laxatives 6. Remain vigilant. Each step is explained in detail along with the tools needed for successful implementation, such as forms for data collection and instruction in the use of laxatives and incentives. There are many stories written by parents describing specific aspects of their child’s treatment. The book is written in a light-hearted fashion and uses cartoon-like illustrations to highlight key points. It emphasizes the very 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.

Editor: Peter Whorwell, MD
Publisher: Vermillion (2017)
Pages: 150 (paperback)

IBS is common and while there is no definitive cure, there are ways to take control of the condition and minimize symptoms so you can get on with your life. Unravelling misconceptions, this book recognises that a one-size-fits-all treatment doesn’t exist. Dr. Whorwell distils over 30 years of experience and research around IBS and gastrointestinal disorders int a practical and straightforward guide for sufferers. Available on Amazon.

Author: Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD
Publisher: Harmony Publishers (2017)
Pages: 304 (Paperback)

From Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, author of IBS — Free At Last! and IBS-Free Recipes for the Whole Family, comes a complete guide and cookbook to help overcome symptoms of IBS by discovering your dietary triggers and building a personalized, doable, and fulfilling diet around nutritious foods using the FODMAP diet approach.

While this approach does not help everyone, working with your healthcare provider this edition offers the theory along with a program that walks you through eliminating FODMAPs (difficult to digest carbohydrates found in a variety of otherwise healthy food) and adding them back one by one. The book contains 56 delicious recipes, 24 full-color photos, and comprehensive guides to high- and low-FODMAP foods. Available for purchase online at Amazon.com.

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).”

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

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.

Editors: Cheryle B. Gartley, Mary Radtke Klein, Christine Norton, and Anita Saltmarche
Publisher: The Simon Foundation (2012)
Pages: 232 (paperback)

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, such as Amazon.

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