Book Review: Dr. M’s Seven-X Plan for Digestive Health, Anil Minocha (2014)

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

An IBS Sufferer’s Perspective

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Member Giveaway program.)

As a longtime sufferer of IBS (or at least I think so; diagnosis is mostly by process of elimination), I eagerly snatched up a copy of Anil Minocha’s Dr. M’s Seven-X Plan for Digestive Health when it was offered for review through Library Thing. Initially, I expected to jump straight to the chapter on IBS and skim through a few of the other sections at best. Instead, I found myself reading it nearly cover to cover (minus the chapters on problems and diseases not specific to me, of course).

The book – which weighs in at an impressive 506 pages (estimated) and 56 chapters – begins with a lengthy discussion of the digestive system, as well as various factors that affect its performance: diet, stress, bacterial imbalance, inflammation, porousness (i.e., “leaky” gut), etc., before even getting to various problems and disorders: belching, bloating and indigestion, morning sickness and nausea, intestinal gas, hemorrhoids and anal fissures, gastroparesis, ulcers, IBS, constipation, ulcerative colitis, and Chrohn’s disease. The result is a rather comprehensive introduction to the gut, and the many troubles that can plague it.

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