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I can address questions regarding diet, cooking, recipes, and non-pharmaceutical supplements (soluble fiber, herbal, probiotics, etc.) for IBS. I can supply information sources about diagnostic guidelines, symptoms, and the medical pathology of IBS, but I cannot give a diagnosis or analyze test results a patient has obtained. I would prefer not to answer questions about prescription drugs and diagnostic tests. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME YOUR SYMPTOMS AND THEN ASK ME TO DIAGNOSE YOU!
I'm the founder and CEO of HelpForIBS.com, an organization dedicated to serving people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My goal is to offer education, support, and help that allows people with IBS to successfully manage their symptoms through lifestyle modifications.
I'm the author of Eating for IBS, the only explicit dietary guide and cookbook for people with bowel disorders. Eating for IBS then led to my second book, The First Year: IBS, a comprehensive view of the disorder and every way to successfully manage it. Together, these works have become the two best-selling, best-reviewed IBS books in America.
My writing has led to an ongoing Canadian clinical research study of the groundbreaking dietary guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Eating for IBS; this work also led to my inclusion in the 4th edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Today's Dietitian has featured my IBS dietary guidelines, and my work has reached gastroenterologists and internists. I'm the author of "Heather's IBS Newsletter", which is free to subscribers and is published twice monthly. As a result, I've become recognized as the foremost patient-expert on IBS in America. I've personally had IBS since age 9.
I now teach classes on managing IBS through lifestyle modifications, I developed the Heather's Tummy Care line of organic medical foods for the dietary management of IBS, and I'm planning to work with corporate HR departments to offer employee IBS education programs. I host Heather Cooks!, the Seattle television cooking show for good digestive health, which is now available on DVD and also on the HelpForIBS YouTube Channel.
Health Grades IBS Interview
Canadian Living Magazine
Digestive Health & Nutrition Magazine
American Airlines In-Flight Magazine
Eating for IBS excerpts and recipes licensed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
Eating for IBS Finalist for an IACP Julia Child Cookbook Award 2001
Eating for IBS #17 on the Library Journal's Cookbook Bestseller list for 2000
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Hi Cierra! Whey protein powder is definitely not a good choice for IBS. It's a dairy protein, and any form of dairy is a likely IBS trigger. Try a vegan protein powder from soy, rice, pea, oat, or corn
Hi Jason. I'm not familiar with gastroparesis but with IBS intense exercise can trigger symptoms. It's the adrenaline causing the muscle spasms. How do you do with swimming, walking, or yoga? Often these
Hello Laura- I don't have a ton of specific brands I recommend for probiotics as I've heard of good results for so many of them. In general, the higher the bacteria count the better, and you do want something
Hi Andrea - definitely check in with your doc about all this. Viral gastroenteritis can cause IBS in the first place (it's an insult to the gut), so it can certainly drastically affect existing IBS.
Hi Russ - I'm so sorry, I can't answer this question as it depends on pharmaceutical knowledge of your prescriptions. I would ask your doctor and your pharmacist about taking your supplements with the