For those of you on-the-go, podcasts may be a new and unique way for you to gain more insight about IBD, while you walk, drive, or wait for soccer practice to be over.
Crohn's Casts are just one example of a series of "podcasts," which are becoming available on the internet. Podcasts are audio files which are "broadcast" on the internet. You might think of them as radio-on-demand. The exciting aspect of podcasts for this mother-of-two, is that they can be downloaded to a computer, and then transferred to an iPod to listen to while exercising, or can they can be burned to a CD to listen to while driving.
Crohn's Casts are sponsored by Abbott, a global, broad-based health care company, and can be found at www.crohnscasts.com. So far, Abbott has made three episodes available: Food - Friend or Foe; Enjoying Eating; and Understanding the Mind-Gut Connection. Coming soon are: Coping with Crohn's; Dating Dilemmas; and For Better or For Worse.
Each Crohn's Cast is narrated by individuals who are either living with Crohn's Disease, or working professionally with those who have the disease. Guest lecturers so far include a registered dietitian, a gastroenterologist, a psychologist, and a professional chef.
If you find podcasts helpful, there are several podcast directories available on the internet, such as podfeed.net, where you can put in the topic you are searching for, and see what is available in a podcast format. If the site you find does not have a feature to "download" the podcast to your computer, there are several sites available to help you learn how you may be able to download the podcast. If you are a PC user, check out www.ehow.com, or if you are a MacIntosh user, try www.apple.com for more help in downloading.
Published On: August 27, 2008