Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help Group adds Topic of the Month forum moderated by Mind-Body Digestive Center

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(PRWEB) July 19, 2001

Mind-Body Digestive Center to refer visitors to IBS Bulletin Board at IBS Self Help Group

TORONTO, Ontario, July 16 - The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help Group. (http://www.ibsgroup.org), with the premier internet self help health site about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with more than 335,000 Bulletin Board member postings about the functional gastrointestinal disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome and largest provider of health related information for sufferers of IBS, today announced it will grow its IBS Bulletin Board by adding the Mind-Body Digestive Center's (http://www.mindbodydigestive.com) IBS Discussion forum. The forum will become a monthly area for discussion which will be moderated by the Center's co-directors. Additionally, Mind-Body Digestive Center will become a sponsor of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help Group.

The Mind-Body Center, is co-directed by Charles D. Gerson, M.D.,a gastroenterologist and Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, both affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. They have developed the Center to help patients with functional bowel disorders. The Center's main focus is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The MBDC provides treatment for IBS patients and conducts research into various mind-body aspects of IBS. Their treatment protocol looks at the experience and meaning of having IBS in a person's life. The Mind-Body Center's concern is how the mind and the body are linked, including symptomatology, current relationships, family background, and ongoing sources of life stress. Current research includes an international comparative study of IBS in different cultures as well as various treatment approaches.

Dr. Charles D. Gerson and Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson, co-directors of The Mind-Body Digestive Center, remarked "We are pleased to have our Discussion Board hosted by the IBS Self-Help Group so we will have an opportunity to interact with a wider population of IBS patients."

The Mind-Body Digestive Center was established in 1997 with a unique gastroenterologist-psychologist collaboration. Its holistic approach weds traditional gastroenterological evaluation and treatment with a sensitivity to emotional issues. In addition to treatment, the Center is dedicated to ongoing research and to education. The MBDC web-site, http://www.mindbodydigestive.com, includes information about basic medical and psychological aspects of IBS, research article reviews, aspects of IBS that are particularly relevant to women and complementary therapies.

"The Mind-Body Digestive Center's research is well established in the IBS community. The Center's interest in how patients think about physical and emotional aspects of IBS is an area that is very relevant to the IBS Self Help Group Community," commented Jeffrey Roberts, President and Founder of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Self Help Group.

The IBS Self Help Group and Mind-Body Digestive Center had exchanged website links prior to this announcement. Each has provided a trusted health community for enabling and promoting interaction between IBS sufferers and physicians.

About the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Self Help Group:

The IBS Self Help Group is the premier internet self help health site about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with more than 335,000 Bulletin Board member postings about the functional gastrointestinal disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome and largest provider of health related information for sufferers of IBS.

The IBS Self Help Group (ibsgroup.org), formed in 1987, is in support of those who suffer from IBS, those who are looking for support for someone who has IBS, and medical professionals who want to learn more about IBS. The IBS website was launched in May 1995. The IBS Self Help Group website provides access to bulletin and chatboards, book list and store, medication listing, clinical study listings and helpful information. All revenues from sponsorship, affiliation and donations go directly to funding the activities of the IBS Self Help Group. The IBS Group has several sponsors which assist in supporting the group's activities. Sponsorship information is available at http://www.ibsgroup.org/main/sponsor.htm

About Mind-Body Digestive Center:

The Mind-Body Digestive Center is located at 80 Central Park West (68th Street), New York City, telephone 212 712 0494 where Dr. Charles and Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson have their gastroenterology and psychology offices and coordinate the services of the Center. Gastroenterology services include endoscopy, colonoscopy and testing for lactose intolerance. Psychological consultation is available for individuals, couples and families.

In the fall, there are plans to initiate a group counseling program. In the future, it is expected that nutritional counselling, acupuncture and massage therapy will be added in an effort to provide full services for the IBS population.

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Contact:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Self Help Group

Jeffrey Roberts, President and Founder

416.932.3311, fax, 416.932.8909

jeffrey-roberts@ibsgroup.org

http://www.ibsgroup.org

Mind-Body Digestive Center

Charles D. Gerson, M.D., Co-Director

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D., Co-Director

80 Central Park West New York, N.Y. 10023

212.712.0494, fax, 212.787.0983

info@mindbodydigestive.com

http://mindbodydigestive.com


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