18 May 2009

Library Thing & "Beat Crohn's"

I can't now recall how I was introduced to Library Thing, but I cannot recommend it more for bibliophiles.  It's an online resource that permits to you electronically catalog your library, adding things like ratings (up to 5 stars, and in half-star increments) and personalized tags.  The free version lets you add up to 200 books; beyond that, you must pay to upgrade.

Anyway, I was browsing just now and discovered a section of books set aside for early reviews.  Essentially, the publishers provide X number of copies of select books per month, and Library Thing in turn sends them to members to review prior to the release of the book.  I was rummaging through the list of books on this list for May when I discovered Beat Crohn's! Getting to Remission with Eternal Nutrition by Margaret A. Oppenheimer.  Rather than generate a synposis of my own, I will simply copy and paste the one provided to/by Library Thing:

Description: Learn about an effective dietary treatment for Crohn's disease that has been nearly forgotten in the United States. The treatment involves using special liquid formulas (referred to as "enteral nutrition") instead of, or in addition to, regular food and beverages in order to induce and maintain remission.

Enteral nutrition has been used by people with Crohn's since 1969 and has been tested in numerous clinical studies. Beat Crohn's describes who can benefit from enteral nutrition, why patients might want to use it, what symptoms respond best, and how it compares with medications. Readers will also find practical tips on using enteral nutrition and stories of kids and adults who have tried it.

Special features include a chapter on enteral nutrition in children, and another for people with ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome who have questions about enteral nutrition. The last chapter describes the latest research on supplements and special diets for people with Crohn's (fish oil, probiotics, and more!).

The author of this easy-to-read but comprehensive guide has worked as a medical writer for more than 10 years. She has personal experience with enteral nutrition.

Now, I do not claim to know a thing about "eternal nutrition," but then, that's the point of a book about the subject, isn't it?  Will this bring victory to my fellow Crohnies struggling to find a semblance of normality?  I don't know, but when you're desperate for anything you haven't already tried, it's certainly bound to be worth the time it will take to read the book.  Amazon.com has it listed for a 15 June 2009 release date, and can be preordered here for $16.95.

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