If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or one of the other functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders - or suspect that you might - then this information can help you. Many people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease - the two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - and many with diverticulosis also have irritable bowel syndrome. If you have one of these conditions, then this information is for you as well.
** WHAT ARE FUNCTIONAL GI DISORDERS?
** WHAT IS IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME?
** MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED
** WORLDWIDE PROBLEM
** A COST OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS
** WHAT CAUSES THESE DISORDERS? ... 1.) Disturbances of the normal activity and function of the digestive tract ... 2.) Increased sensitivity to what is happening in the gut and abdomen ... 3.) Gut reaction to "triggers" ... 4.) Problems related to the Brain-Gut Connection)
THE BRAIN-GUT CONNECTION (Stress ... Psychological Consequences of Having a Functional GI Disorder) ** THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION: THE "IRRITABLE BODY" AND SOMATIZATION
** BODILY SYMPTOMS: SOMATIZATION AND THE "IRRITABLE BODY"
** THE MIND-BODY/BRAIN-GUT CONNECTION: THE VICIOUS CIRCLE OF STRESS, PSYCHOLOGY, AND SYMPTOMS
** HEALING THROUGH THE CONNECTION
** IBS VERSUS COLITIS AND INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)
** WHAT ABOUT DIVERTICULOSIS?
** WHY A BOOK ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS? ** CHANGE: WHY 12 WEEKS?
** AN 8-STEP PLAN FOR LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE WITH A FUNCTIONAL BOWEL DISORDER OR COLITIS