The IBS Healing Plan: Natural Ways to Beat Your Symptoms (Positive Options) by Theresa Cheung

The IBS Healing Plan: Natural Ways to Beat Your Symptoms (Positive Options)
Theresa Cheung
Hunter House (2008)
ISBN 9780897935074
Reviewed by Danelle Drake for Reader Views (9/08)


For many, many years from an early age children have been taught that anything relating to “#2” is something that you deal with but it’s just not talked about.  Individuals have been suffering in silence of a condition that is just not being discussed or resolution attempted.  “The IBS Healing Plan: Natural Ways to Beat Your Symptoms” by Theresa Cheung begins with an orientation of what exactly IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is and its symptoms, then leads the reader thru possible resolution.

Individual sufferers make this book very personable with first-person accounts from pre-diagnosis thru continual maintenance.  If you are one of the 15-20% of people who suffer with this affliction you will benefit from the information about supplements, herb, and the vast array of complementary therapies that could improve your condition.  Many different types of exercise and meditation are introduced as ways to improve your overall well-being which can decrease some of the symptoms.  The Seven Golden Rules of the IBS Diet along with tips for eating out are easy to follow and would be a great start for those just diagnosed.  As well as providing information for sufferers, I have gained knowledge that will help me understand how members of my family see a condition they have suffered silently for many years.  I hope to use the knowledge I have learned to help ease the symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Every day is a challenge for those who have been long suffering or recently diagnosed regardless of the severity of your symptoms. As stated in the book, “Like an unannounced visitor who drops in when you’re just about to go out, or the annoying caller who won’t let you off the phone, IBS comes calling whenever and wherever it likes.”  Equipped with the information provided by “The IBS Healing Plan: Natural Ways to Beat Your Symptoms” by Theresa Cheung, you will have knowledge gained to help combat your condition.

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