Synopses & Reviews
A staggering one in four women suffers some kind of gastrointestinal disorder. Some conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, afflict more than twice as many women as men. Yet all too often, women suffer in silence—or fail to benefit when they receive the same treatment as men.
Now, in this accessible, comprehensive guide, one of the countrys leading
gastroenterologists, Dr. Cynthia Yoshida, provides the answers every woman needs, starting with a tour of the female GI system and the profound role sex hormones play. Brought to you by the American Gastroenterological Association, the book features the newest breakthrough medical treatments, plus advice on diet and gentle natural therapies that really work. No More Digestive Problems includes:
• Handling the effects of PMS, pregnancy, and menopause
• The surprising influence of weight on digestion—with vital information
on eating disorders
• Combating common ills from bloating, belching, and heartburn
to the runs and constipation
• Meeting the challenges of reflux (GERD), food intolerances, irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
• The crucial facts about women and colon cancer—and how to reduce your risk
Filled with revealing patient anecdotes, self-help tips, information on standard tests, and important questions you may want to ask your physician, here is an invaluable—and potentially lifesaving—resource for women of all ages.
"Yoshida, a gastroenterologist, points out that 'a decade ago women weren't included in clinical trials.' It was assumed that diseases in women were the same as in men and that their reactions to medications would be the same. Once in private practice, Yoshida recognized the fallacies of those assumptions and established a Women's GI Clinic. The first portion of this extensive book explains women's GI problems and the role of sex hormones in digestive health, discusses current medical remedies and offers a slew of treatments readers can implement for problems associated with PMS, pregnancy and menopause. Linking America's obesity epidemic to the GI tract, Yoshida lays out sensible diets that will improve digestion and assist in weight loss. The book's second part matter-of-factly presents strategies to combat the various ills that can afflict women daily, from heartburn and constipation to irritable bowel syndrome and gas. And all readers, regardless of gender, will learn something from the information provided in the book's third section, on dealing with doctors. Yoshida offers detailed planning suggestions so that readers may obtain maximum benefit from a doctor visit, including questions to ask and information to provide. A 'Know your belly pain' chart and diagram provides instructions on how to explain symptoms to health care providers. For Yoshida, 'celebrating yourself as a woman is a vital part of staying healthy,' and in this astonishingly comprehensive and well-written work, she offers many ways to do that. (Apr.) Forecast: Patients and doctors alike will be drawn to Yoshida's book. Given that one in four women suffers some kind of gastrointestinal disorder, its potential market is huge." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Cynthia Yoshida, M.D., is associate professor at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville and the director of the university's all-women's GI clinic. In addition to her numerous research publications, she is a frequent speaker at national and international medical conferences, and a recognized media spokesperson on women's digestive health.
Deborah Kotz is a health journalist who regularly works with bestselling authors as well as publishing articles in the Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, McCalls, Parents, and other magazines.?