I had the pleasure today of conversing again with Kathy Steinemann, the author of the IBS-IBD Fiber Charts reference guide. This is the book for which I wrote a foreword and which includes my humorous short story, “How Not to Prepare for a Colonoscopy.” Kathy gave me the good news that the guide found success at Amazon, who “pegged the print book as a #1 New Release when it first came out.” Very good news indeed!
Her guide is a remarkable piece of research. If you’re not familiar with the subject, the guide is intended for anyone suffering with irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, as well as for friends and family of people with these conditions. Kathy says, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone suffer and not knowing how to help.” Her book provides that help in the form of charts of the amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber for over 450 different foods, and specifically mentions the benefits of soluble fiber in the diet of anyone suffering from IBS or IBD. She also lists internet links for sufferers and their families. As a victim of IBS myself, I am very glad that she took the time and put in the effort to provide such a valuable resource.
The book is available from a number of sources, linked on the right side of this blog. If you are a sufferer or know someone who is, please consider getting a copy. My thanks go out to Kathy for her work, as well as for the chance she gave me to provide a bit of levity for those who suffer from this “often-debilitating condition,” as her guide very accurately calls it.
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