If you are struggling to manage your work life due to your IBS, it is essential that you are informed of your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Less drastic than other disability options, FMLA might be a good fit for you if your IBS symptoms cause you to take off more time than your allotted sick leave benefits. To learn more about using FMLA, see:
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If you read this blog regularly, you may know that I have recently graduated from Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). As a psychologist, I already had good insight into the role that psychosocial issues play in gut functioning, while writing here on About.com has kept me up-to-date with medical research. However, I felt that I lacked a deeper understanding of the ways in which food contributes to digestive problems. As a recent graduate, I feel that IIN definitely gave me what I was looking for and that my new knowledge will certainly benefit all of you.
Thanks to IIN, I had the privilege of attending the school's "IIN Live" conference last weekend and was exposed to some extraordinary speakers. I got to see Deepak Chopra, who was rocking it in red sneakers and who led a five minute meditation that was immediately transformative. Arianna Huffington was worldly, hilarious, down to earth, and gracious all at the same time. Dr. Christianne Northrup displayed both impressive medical knowledge and a bawdy sense of humor, if you can believe it. These inspirational individuals, as well as all of the other presenters, expressed a common theme as to how to be well:
All simple, common sense wisdom that, of course, can be easier said than done. This is where a dietitian or health coach can be of help. As I told you last week, I have added two health coach directories to the following article:
Are you interested in learning more about how nutrition can contribute to, or be used to heal, chronic illness, including IBS? Click here to learn more about IIN.
Mail Online.com reported that a star on the British show "Dancing on Ice" was able to compete in spite of suffering from IBS. This story is so timely for me as I had been thinking about all of those Olympians and wondered if any of them had IBS, or more tragically, how many athletes did not make it to the Olympics because of having IBS.
According to the report, Suzanne Shaw skated on, even when experiencing strong abdominal pains. Like many of you, it appears that she found that eating foods that were troublesome for her in the past gave her problems, specifically, eating pasta for energy but then paying for it later. Reportedly, she also acknowledged that the stress of being on the show might have also contributed to the severity of her symptoms.
I have to give this woman a great deal of credit. To deal with the pain and uncertainty of IBS while putting herself out in the public eye takes a great deal of fortitude. It is also impressive that she has chosen to discuss her IBS with the press. Suzanne Shaw has earned herself a spot in my IBS Hall of Fame!
To learn more about the show Dancing on Ice, visit Figure Skating at About.com:
"Health Notes: Dancing on Ice Suzanne in stomach pain agony" Mail Online.com March 1, 2014.
Is your IBS the alternating type? IBS-A presents some unique challenges because symptoms vary widely from diarrhea to constipation. As you try to figure it all out, it would help if you had some education as to how the digestive system is supposed to work, as well as some practical ideas for helping to nudge the intestines into a more stable rhythm. You will find both in my article:Self-Care Treatment for IBS-A