Digestive Health Associates

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Books of Interest

A Journey to Health:  Overcoming Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Kindle Edition)
Larry K. Hartsfield, PhD

It is a privilege to note that Professor Hartsfield, of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, is a patient of Dr. Gerstenberger at Digestive Health Associates, PC.

"This book describes the process of healing from an auto-immune illness, specifically Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The author discusses both traditional and alternative treatments. The book details extensive research into illness and healing and reviews what worked and didn't work for the author in his quest to heal from what are traditionally viewed as chronic, incurable, lifelong diseases. The suggestions here are targeted for Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and other auto-immune diseases but should also be helpful to those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or digestive problems. Using an ecological viewpoint that explores an individual's health as the center of larger food, drug, and medical systems, the author focuses on the role that food choices, additives, and the modern western diet play in health as well as noting specific foods and food additives that contribute to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other auto-immune diseases."
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Celiac Disease For Dummies (Paperback and Kindle Editions)
Ian Blumer MD, Sheila Crowe MD

"Celiac Disease For Dummies is the ultimate reference for people with the disease and their family members. The book helps readers identify symptoms of the disease, and explains how doctors definitively diagnose celiac disease. It outlines how celiac disease affects the body, and what its consequences could be if untreated. The authors explain how celiac disease is treated, not only through the elimination of gluten from the diet, but with additional nutritional measures and alternative and complementary therapies. Written by two practicing physicians, the book also offers practical, helpful guidance for parents of children with celiac disease, whose treatment may be a particular challenge."
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IBS-Free at Last (Paperback)
Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD

"Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Does a healthy diet make you feel worse, instead of better? Is it difficult to pin down which foods trigger your IBS symptoms? FEEL BETTER FAST WITH THIS SAFE, NATURAL AND NUTRITIOUS DIET. This book describes an easy, step-by-step way to find out if your symptoms are caused by intolerance to certain carbohydrates (known as FODMAPS) in your diet. It is packed with helpful tools, including: menus and a matching shopping list; label reading tips; lists of allowed foods; tips for including all of your favorite foods in your diet. Based on the latest research emerging from Australia, this diet plan is the first of its kind, written for U.S. consumers with IBS or fructose intolerance. Be one of the first to be free from IBS at last! Visit the author online at
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