Welcome to the monthly eNewsletter of the
International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)
Digestive Health Monthly - December 2018

With social obligations quickly filling up the calendar, juggling family dynamics, and the rush and hubbub of preparing for the festivities, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year for anyone. But, for someone with a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, the added challenges posed by a chronic condition can make this magical time of year a little less bright.

This month, we're looking at strategies for navigating the holiday season with a GI disorder. From travel tips, to stress management, to overcoming the food focus, we're unpacking our best articles on how to have a GI-friendly holiday season.

Happy Holidays!
December is Constipation Awareness Month
IFFGD asks #WhyConstipation
Most people experience bouts of constipation from time to time. But, for millions of Americans, constipation isn't something that just goes away.

December is Constipation Awareness Month. To encourage awareness and improve understanding about this common but often misunderstood condition, IFFGD will be addressing common constipation questions this month on social media using the hashtag #WhyConstipation.

Read our press release to learn more!
Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Care This Holiday
Banish stress to keep your IBS in check
For those with a chronic GI condition like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), even everyday life can be a challenge. Add to that the obligations, deadlines, travel, food focus, and family dynamics of the holidays, and it can be easy to feel anxious and overwhelmed.

But, you can help lessen the impact of the hustle and bustle of the holidays by practicing active self-care.

Learn how you can practice active self-care to reduce your stress this holiday season.
Avoiding Holiday Heartburn
Tips for taking the heartburn out of your holiday
Extra helpings of rich foods and beverages during the holidays often mean heartburn and can cause those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to experience increased symptoms.

But, avoiding heartburn doesn't have to mean giving up your holiday favorites.

Find tips on small changes you can make to your holiday routine to avoid symptoms.
Common Constipation Questions & Mistaken Beliefs
Get the answers to your constipation questions
Myths and misconceptions about the causes and treatments of constipation are widespread, which may cause those affected to self-treat and prolong their symptoms.

  • Is constipation caused by low intake of fiber or water?
  • Is long-term use of stimulant laxatives unhealthy or unsafe?
  • How long can a person go without having a bowel movement?

Get the answers to these questions and more!
When You're Not Home for the Holidays
Tips for travelling with gastroparesis
Many people travel over the holidays - to visit family or friends, to head back home, or just to get away. For someone with a chronic digestive disorder like gastroparesis, the unpredictability of a new environment and the uncertainty of when and where symptoms may occur can turn the prospect of a fun-filled trip into a nightmare.

But, with the right preparation, it can be possible to enjoy your holiday travels without compromising your health.

Find travel tips to help you along your journey.
IBS Lecture in Memory of Charles D. Gerson, MD
Upcoming lecture to be held at Mount Sinai Medical Center

Charles D. Gerson, MD, Memorial Lecture

February 01, 2019
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM EST

Guest Speaker:
Ami Sperber, MD, MSPH
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City
Jerome D. Waye, MD, Educational Center
1184 5th Avenue
7th Floor, Room 7-12
Give the Gift of Digestive Health
As we make our way into the holiday season, we are especially mindful of what it means to receive a gift. Not only does your donation make our efforts to assist and support individuals and families affected by a chronic GI illness possible, it demonstrates the continued need for these efforts.

This holiday season, please consider making a gift as a testament to the needs of all those still struggling and the resolve of the digestive health community to meet those needs.

Clinical trials and research studies are important to improving our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of diseases and developing new and better treatments. By participating in a study, you can help advance research and learn more about your condition.

Here are 3 studies currently recruiting participants:
Eligible male and female individuals ages 18 and older with a diagnosis of IBS with diarrhea or diarrhea with constipation (IBS-D or IBS-M) who have not tried the low FODMAP diet are being sought for a study on the effectiveness of nutrition counselling.

Healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 80 years are being recruited for a study on anal and rectal pressures in the general population. Information from the study will be used to distinguish normal from abnormal results.

Adult individuals ages 18 and older with a diagnosis of GERD and reporting persistent GERD symptoms (heartburn or regurgitation) while taking standard proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy are being recruited for a study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IW-3718.

IFFGD is a nonprofit organization. We rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by chronic gastrointestinal disorders.
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