Book Review: IBD Self-Management by Sunanda Kane
I recently purchased and read the book IBD Self-Management: The AGA Guide to Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis by Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH. The book was endorsed by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation as an comprehensive, well written and compassionate so it caught my attention immediately.
The book clearly defines all forms of IBD and the treatments available. It was refreshing to see that no "one size fits all" plan was laid out but instead several tools were discussed as well as ways to develop your own "action plan" of sorts. The emotional and social aspects of the disease, so often ignored, were addressed with compassion.
Obviously my main interest was in seeing how clearly the nutritional aspects of IBD would be covered in Dr Kane's book. I was not disappointed! There are over 30 pages of nutritional information from the most basic descriptions of nutritional requirements to a more in depth discussion of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
All of the nutritional information was very clearly written and easy to understand. Dr Kane lays out the basics as well as addressing some of the "fad diets" that purport to "cure" IBD. The presence of menu planning ideas to deal with everything from flares to normal meals was also impressive.
If you are looking for one book that will provide you with the bulk of the information you need on IBD this is the book I would recommend. IBD has a huge learning curve and accurate information that addresses the whole problem can be hard to come by. Dr Kane defines the problem and provides easy to understand and realistic steps to take to live well with IBD.