What is irritable bowel syndrome?  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, also known as a spastic colon) is a frequent problem in adults, and a not infrequent one, in school children.  The widely accepted criteria established by a group of international physicians meeting together in Rome (and thus called the Rome criteria) helps to define the condition.

Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort at least 3 days/month in the last 3 months with two or more of the following:

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)--in short, when the intestine becomes sore or swollen. Ulcers form and destroy the surface of the intestine. Ulcerative colitis was thought to be limited to the large intestine, or colon (remembering that -itis at the end of a word means that organ or tissue has become inflamed--appendicitis, arthritis, bronchitis, and so on). However, our group has recently published evidence that similar sores can show up in the small intestine occasionally.

The difference between milk allergy and lactose intolerance, is that milk allergy is a reaction to a milk protein (most likely the casein but it could be one of the whey proteins), while lactose intolerance is a usually milder reaction to the sugar in milk.

As a result, with milk allergy, you have to read labels and see whether they list anything that could contain milk protein.  These include:

by Jourdan Kluger

We are fortunate to have Jourdan Kluger, a speech-language pathologist and feeding therapist at A to Z Pediatric Therapy address sensory and behavioral feeding difficulties. She presents a comprehensive, family-centered approach to developing oral-motor and other skills that help difficult feeders build positive interactions with food -- Dr. Stan

The online publication of our study1 has just occurred, so now I can share these exciting results with everyone. Please remember though that this was a pilot (or preliminary) study with just a few patients and with very strict guidelines, so we have to be careful about how we interpret the results. But nonetheless, the results were beyond our expectations.

Shara Wagowski (formerly Greenspan), RD, CDN, CNSC, dietitian at the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health has kindly written an informative post on the FODMAP diet which has been widely used after initial research in Australia showed its usefulness in Irritable Bowel Syndrome -- Dr Stan

It's hard, very hard to get past an eating disorder like anorexia or bulemia, and many don't. Dr. Bonney Reed-Knight has already written an article about the early signs, because it's critical to recognize it as soon as possible. Here one of my patients who wants to remain anonymous, provides her story about how she got past the problem and on with her life.

Dr. Luqman Seidu, adjunct professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Director of Allergy for the SouthEast Eosinophilic Disease Center in Atlanta here explains the complex topic of how classic food allergies develop -- Dr. Stan

I must admit, I am one of those nutritionists who has always recommended WATER as my favorite diet drink to help people lose weight. Drink a glass or more 20 minutes before meals -- and keep drinking during the meal to fill you up and lessen what you eat. Good, logical advice along with the rest of what I suggest as part of A Healthy Lifestyle for a Lifetime <> and our other recommendations when you are out to eat, or when your child is at school.