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Controlling IBS the Drug-free Way: A 10-step Plan for Symptom Relief [Paperback]

Jeffrey M. Lackner

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15 Nov 2007
A psychologist has discovered what thousands of doctors have tried but failed to do: an effective way to eliminate the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) without the use of drugs. Each year 3.5 million people end up in the doctor's office looking for relief from the painful and uncomfortable symptoms of IBS - a condition so named when every possible digestive disorder has been ruled out as the cause. Approximately one in five people in the United States suffer in silence from the condition, seeing doctor after doctor, and trying one medicine or remedy after another, looking for a cure. It turns out they've been looking for a solution from the wrong kind of doctor.Nearly two decades ago, Jeffrey M. Lackner, Psy.D., started counselling patients trying to cope with the stress of living with IBS. An unexpected thing happened: His patients reported that they were having more success quelling their symptoms through his stress-reduction programme than they were through drugs or other medical methods they tried. This led Dr. Lackner and his colleagues to years of study looking for a link between the bowel and the brain.Five years ago Dr. Lackner was one of only a handful of scientists given a grant by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research seeking a cure for IBS. The results of his research, scheduled to be released prior to the book's publication, have far exceeded his most optimistic projections. The book offers everyone with IBS the same step-by-step programme that Dr. Lackner continues to use every day to help patients reduce or even eliminate their symptoms.

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Jeffrey Lackner is director of the Behavioural Medicine Clinic and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, a nationally known research centre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best self managed approach to coping with IBS symptoms that I have ever read 27 Jan 2008
By Jeffrey D. Roberts - Published on
Written by an expert who has taken 20 years of IBS treatment research and condensed it into a book, Dr. Jeffrey Lackner has written a very different type of book for IBS sufferers. The core of the book is a 10-step plan for symptom relief; however, Dr. Lackner's approach is not ordinary. He combines proven techniques for you to develop an understanding of who you are and how your thoughts and behavior attribute to your well being. This isn't a book about psychology and IBS. Dr. Lackner skillfully takes the reader through an understanding of how the digestive system works, how you may be diagnosed with a digestive disease, and then how the physical torture of daily IBS symptoms can be coped with by changes in how you think and act. For over 25 years I have fostered a self-help/control approach for individuals and this is the first book in a long time that provides the ingredients to do just that. I highly recommend this book for every IBS sufferer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful! 16 Aug 2009
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I really loved this book. It taught me how my thinking and reactions to situations can really affect my IBS. After trying the suggestions in this book for a few weeks I was amazed to actually see results. I feel I now have a completely new and effective approach to dealing with the symptoms of IBS. - Granted, I still need to avoid the foods that exacerbate the problem, but stress induced episodes are now practically nil. I recommend this book to anyone who suffers with this painful and frustrating condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works! 20 Mar 2013
By Pedro N. Oliveira Vieira - Published on
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I used it for a client of mine and she found it really useful and so did I. It's easy to read and applies Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques to treat IBS. Monitoring stress, relaxation techniques, and cognitive restructuring are the main techniques. There is also a chapter food. Lackner has been doing research on IBS for most of his career, he knows what he's talking about. I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 3 Feb 2011
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This book was recommended to me by my doctor, at the UCLA Medical Center. I have found it to be easily understandable, informative and very helpful in trying to control my severe IBS with Crohn's-like symptoms. I am unable to take many of the prescribe drugs, due to my body's severe reaction to them; by following the 10 steps, this book has helped me to reduce many of my symptoms, without the side effects of drugs!
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