This past week, on August 5, the American College of Gastroenterology Task Force on Functional Bowel Disorders, publicly released the 2014 ACG evidence-based systematic review on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), also known as functional constipation. The last such review was in 2009. The updated review was issued as a monograph supplement to the August 2014 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The full 25 page text in PDF format is accessible at the above link.

The task force  included eight leading expert clinicians and researchers of functional gastrointestinal disorders from various academic research centers in the United States and Canada. The chair was Eamonn Quigley MD, FRCP, FACG of Houston, Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. Other members were Brian Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Anthony Lembo, MD of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess…



Lee is a UK Registered Dietitian who worked as a researcher at King’s College London University researching the low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Previously Lee worked for the NHS with many years’ experience of treating IBS. Lee has run a popular blog on the low FODMAP diet since 2013 where you can learn all about his experiences of following the low FODMAP diet, find information on the research behind the diet, the practicalities of implementing the diet along with low FODMAP meal and baking recipes. This year Lee has published the first ever book dedicated to the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet. More information on the book entitled ‘Re-challenging and Reintroducing FODMAPS: A self-help guide to the entire reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet’ can be found on the website

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