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Crohn's and Colitis for Dummies
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The ultimate reference for those with Crohn's and colitis and their family and friends Crohn's disease and colitis are frustrating, often debilitating gastrointestinal diseases that can have a severe impact on the overall health of those who suffer from them. According to the latest estimates, more than 600,000 patients in North America have Crohn's disease. Written by a physician specialising in the treatment of IBDs, Crohn's and Colitis For Dummies is a complete plain-English guide to understanding, treating, and living well with these diseases. Helps readers actively recognize symptoms of Crohn's and colitis and explains the diagnostic procedures doctors use to identify these diseases Outlines how the whole body is affected by Crohn's and colitis, and the potential hazards of letting the disease go untreated Offers expert advice and guidance on controlling Crohn's and colitis with diet and outlines the treatment options of medicines and surgery, including the various risks and benefits of each Provides practical advice for parents of children with Crohn's and colitis with insights into how children's treatment options can differ from those of adults
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Forword xxi Introduction 1 Part I: The Who, What, and Why of Crohn?s and Colitis 7 Chapter 1: Crohn?s and Colitis One Step at a Time 9 Chapter 2: Defi ning Crohn?s and Colitis 13 Chapter 3: How the Digestive System Works 41 Chapter 4: Who Gets Crohn?s and Colitis and Why 53 Part II: Getting Medical Help 67 Chapter 5: Assembling Your Healthcare Team 69 Chapter 6: Getting a Diagnosis 77 Chapter 7: Taking Medications for Crohn?s and Colitis 93 Chapter 8: Considering Surgery 117 Part III: Healing and Dealing with the Disease 141 Chapter 9: Paying Attention to What You Eat 143 Chapter 10: Preventing Health Problems 165 Chapter 11: Alternative and Complementary Therapies 181 Part IV: Living and Coping with Crohn?s and Colitis 195 Chapter 12:Living with Crohn?s and Colitis 197 Chapter 13:Avoiding Triggers 211 Chapter 14:Working and Traveling with Crohn?s and Colitis 225 Part V: Considering Special Populations with Crohn?s and Colitis 237 Chapter 15: Kids with Crohn?s and Colitis239 Chapter 16: Having Sex and Getting Pregnant with Crohn?s and Colitis 255 Part VI: The Part of Tens 269 Chapter 17: Ten Myths about Infl ammatory Bowel Disease 271 Chapter 18: Ten Reliable Resources 279 Glossary 287 Index 297

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Tauseef Ali, MD, is an expert in the field of inflammatory bowel disease. Currently, he serves as a faculty member in the Section of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is also the director of the OU Physicians Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Dr. Ali has served as an academic editor-in-chief of the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

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