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Heather Van Vorous


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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!

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I'm the founder and CEO of, 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.


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M.A. 1996
B.A. 1992

Awards and Honors

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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Sue12/22/14101010Great, thanks!
bud11/24/14101010Thanks heather. Just ordered the tummy tea!
Anne07/09/14101010Very good answer, it fixed doubts nobody .....
embarrassed07/07/14101010gastroenterology .... OK!! thank you!!

Recent Answers from Heather Van Vorous

2015-02-09 Constipation:

Hi Esther - I am so sorry, but I am confused. Immodium is for diarrhea, so it can cause constipation as a side effect. Miralax is a laxative, so it will help constipation but can cause diarrhea.    Metamucil

2014-12-22 Malabsorption:

Merry Christmas Sue!     I'd keep taking enzymes as they're helping you. You could have a GI doc run some tests as well.  IBS is not associated with risks of actual malabsorption disorders but you can

2014-11-23 Two questions!:

Hi Bud - I don't have a ton of info on red meat outside of digestive issues, but there is a wealth of research on this in general that is available. Good studies are at or the book The China Study

2014-08-27 Gluten:

Hi Don - if you have celiac disease you can literally die if continue eat gluten. Just because you are asymptomatic doesn't mean there isn't serious, silent damage being done to organs throughout your

2014-07-08 Coffee and other stimulants:

Hi Anne - with coffee it is both the caffeine and some inherent aspects to coffee beans, which means decaf is still a big trigger. There's actually an IBS quick tip specifically about this here:    http://www


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