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Diet, Nutrition and Digestive Health: Finding the Balance in Food for Life


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Live Event Stream from October 11, 2020

Watch the entire live stream from the University of Michigan’s Food for Life Kitchen. This video includes viewer questions and answers with Shanti Eswaran, MD and Ceciel Rooker, president of IFFGD, and all of our speakers presentations.


Live Event Q&A

View the transcript of the question and answer portion of the live event that took place on October 11, 2020.




Education Program Videos


S Eswaran

 Gut Matters 101: How the gut works; From top to bottom

Shanti Eswaran, MD

An overview of the parts and functions of the digestive system.  Learn about the location and function of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine (small bowel), pancreas, liver, gallbladder, colon, and rectum, and the common disorders associated with each.

Read her biography here.

View presentation slides here.




A Lynett

 Gut Matters 102: How the gut works in relation to food, nutrition basics

Amanda Lynett, RDN

An overview of the importance of nutrition to the human body and the impact on gastrointestinal disorders.  Learn about the nutritional components and value of food and the advantages to making knowledgeable food choices.

Read her biography here.

View presentation slides here.




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Kitchen Demonstration

Emily Haller, MS, RDN with Chef Sheree Thibault

Watch Chef Thibault and registered dietitian, Emily Haller, demonstrate three gut friendly recipes. You can find all three recipes in the event’s program book.







E Haller

 Sugar: Friend or Foe?

Emily Haller, MS, RDN

An overview of the different sugars and their impact on the human body.  Learn about the different types of sugar, how much we should consume, how the body processes them, and how they could impact gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

Read her biography here.

View presentation slides here.





J Chen

 Burning Questions on Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Symptoms

Joan Chen MD,MS

An overview of symptoms associated with upper gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.  Learn about different GI disorders impacting the GI system, their symptoms including alarm symptoms, and dietary and lifestyle changes that can help.

Read her biography here.

View presentation slides here.





J Brandler

 Living your BEST IBS Life: Practical Tools to Beat the Battle with your Bowels

Justin Brandler, MD

An overview of tools and information to help empower irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients.  Learn ways to partner with your healthcare provider and make the most of your GI visits.  In addition, receive information on treatment options including diet, medication, supplements, and more.

Read his biography here.

View presentation slides here.




K Harer

 Constipation: symptoms, evaluation, causes, and treatment

Kimberley Harer MD ScM

An overview of constipation from onset to treatment.  Learn about constipation including who is most likely to experience it, why, talking to your healthcare provider and options for treatment and lifestyle changes.

Read her biography here.

View presentation slides here.





E Slater

 My Patient Story

Erin Slater, RDN

An illness experience story from IFFGD advocate and registered dietitian, Erin Slater.  Learn about Erin’s journey from symptom onset, to diagnosis, and finally treatment.

Read her biography here.

View presentation slides here.










The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders gratefully acknowledges Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and Abbvie Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of the Nancy and Bill Norton Patient Education Series.


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