Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health (Hauser)

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Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health: What to do for heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and other common conditions, 3rd edition

Stephen Crane Hauser, M.D.

Mayo Clinic

 

If you’re curious about the “why” of digestive problems and you don’t have a degree in biological sciences, this is a good basic education in one volume…if you can find it. Solid information and plenty of illustrations cover the topic in satisfying breadth. I found the depth slightly shallow, but my first degree was in microbiology and I’ve been researching gut issues for the last several years—so I speak “gut geek” pretty well.

MConDH opens with a general section on common-sense health practices, then symptoms of and suggested tests for a variety of intestinal issues. The second section covers those issues in greater depth: GERD, ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticular disease, gallstones, pancreatitis, liver disease, and cancer.

FODMAPers will want to know that this 2011 edition includes a short section on food intolerances, including lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, and artificial sweeteners (huzzah!). It’s covered on a single page, but that’s a good start, considering the wide range of digestive issues addressed in this book.

I subscribe to Mayo Clinic’s health newsletter, so I was able to order the book directly from the publisher. However, in May 2013 it comes up on amazon.com as “currently unavailable.” I hope it’s being updated with additional FODMAP information for rerelease.

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