This collection of resources covers many aspects of IBS in terms of diagnosis and treatment as well as coping strategies and lifestyle changes such as meditation, guided imagery, diet and nutrition and more.
- Berkson, Lindsey. Healthy Digestion the Natural Way. Wiley, 2000.
Explains normal digestive processes and what can happen to interfere with them. Provides programs for correcting problems without drugs, specific treatments for
specific problems, natural remedies, and guidelines on how to design a naturally
health diet to fit unique needs.
- Victor Sierpina, Steven Pratt, David S. Jones. The Healthy Gut Workbook: Whole-Body Healing for Heartburn, Ulcers, Constipation, IBS, Diverticulosis, and More (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series). New Harbinger Publication, 2010
An accurate and clear guidebook to the integrative, evidence-based approach to GI health.
- Bolen, Barbara and Grant Thompson. Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Psychological Approach to Regaining Control of Your Life. New Harbinger Publications, 2000.
Coping with the stress that triggers IBS is a major challenge of living with the disorder. This book focuses on learning to manage symptoms, developing strategies to handle flare-ups, and dealing with the anxiety and depression that often accompany this
- Carper Steve. Milk is Not for Every Body. Plume/Penguin, 1966.
A thorough and detailed book on lactose intolerance providing useful information
on what it is, how and why it exists and how to live with it.
- Darnley, Simon and Barbara Millar. Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome. John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
Written by a cognitive behavioral therapist and researcher, this book provides an
overview of the current thinking on the causes of IBS and the various treatment approaches available, from special diets and eliminating certain foods, to drugs and
- Gaeddert, Andrew. Digestive Health Now. Redwing Book Co, 2002.
This practical four-week approach written by a Chinese herbalist provides diet and exercise guidelines, stress reduction techniques, illustrations, charts, meal plans,
and recipes. It helps the reader understand natural healing techniques based on
Chinese Medicine, rotation diets, and anti-candida strategies.
- Gershon, Michael D. The Second Brain: the Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine. Perennial, 1999.
Dr. Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, has spent thirty years researching
the human bowel. This research has led to a significant rediscovery: nerve cells in
the gut that act as a brain and control the gut all by themselves (the second brain).
The book describes radical new insights into a wide range of gastrointestinal
problems including irritable bowel syndrome.
- Gottschall, Elaine. Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health through Diet. Kirkton Press, 1994.
This definitive guide to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet explains the history of the diet
and the theory behind it. It contains practical information including lists of food to
avoid, those that can be eaten, and 97 recipes based on the scientific principles underlying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
- Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Delta, 1990.
Written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, this book is a good introduction to "mindfulness meditation," a concept that involves living in the moment, paying attention, and "being" rather than "doing." These meditations can help people deal with stress and gain a calmer outlook on life.
- Lasalandra, Michael (Harvard Medical School, editor). The Sensitive Gut. Free Press, 2001.
In addition to suggesting food plans to soothe and reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, The Sensitive Gut evaluates alternative approaches to minimizing symptoms such as relaxation response training, hypnosis, and biofeedback.
- Naparstek, Belleruth. Staying Well with Guided Imagery. Warner Books, 1995.
This classic book on guided imagery by the well-known psychotherapist, Belleruth Naparstek, provides a clear and supportive guide for using the mind for self-healing and wellness.
- O’Hare Laura. The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sourcebook. McGraw Hill, 2001.
A guide to taking control of IBS, including reducing stress, creating a journal, tracking IBS triggers (food, drink, and stress), finding the right diet and exercise to counteract the condition, and alternative/complementary therapies that may be especially helpful.
- Salt William B, et al. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: 7 steps for living a health life. Parkview Publishing, 2002.
Provides a holistic approach to controlling or eliminating gastrointestinal distress. The seven-step plan includes learning about the different types of disorders and their causes, family history, self-tests, dietary factors, and establishing a personalized healing plan.
- Van Vorous, Heather. Eating for IBS: 175 Delicious, Nutritious, Low-Fat, Low-Residue Recipes to Stabilize the Touchiest Tummy. Marlowe Press, 2000.
A finalist for the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Health and Special Diet Award for 2000, this book provides a comprehensive overview of IBS, clear and detailed eating and cooking strategies, travel and restaurant advice, daily menus, supermarket ideas, and 175 gourmet recipes.
- Van Vorous, Heather and David B. Posner. The First Year - IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. Marlowe & Company, 2001.
Van Vorous draws on medical research, her own experience with IBS, and other patient anecdotes to support her suggestions for living with IBS. These include maintaining proper eating habits, learning to manage stress, using prescription medication and dietary supplements when necessary, and using alternative therapies such as acupuncture. The book also contains recipes for colon-kind foods and advice for parents who have children with IBS.
- Westcott, P and Philip Wilson. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Food Solutions): Recipes and Advice to Control Symptoms. Sterling Publications, October 2002.
Provides over 60 special recipes for preparing meals and snacks that help to alleviate the symptoms of IBS before they start. Accompanying charts explain foods to eat and those to avoid.
Audiotapes and CD’s
- Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, DN-C, RH, AHG. "Fire in the Belly: From GERD to Ulcerative Colitis." (2 Audio-CD discs). American Herbalists Guild 2003 Symposium. AHG, 2003
- Stansbury, Jill E. "Western Herbal Approaches to Irritable Bowel Disease, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease". American Herbalists Guild 2002 Symposium, AHH, 2002.
- Kabat-Zinn, Jon. "Mindfulness Meditation: cultivate mindfulness, enrich you life." (6-CD set). Sample audio clips and purchase
- Naparstek, Belleruth. “Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Health Journeys.” (Audio CD). Healthjourneys.com.
- Weinstock, Leonard and Lipsitz, Thomas. "A Guide to Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Audio CD’s.