Many Americans have chronic gastrointestinal complaints that are not medically significant. The evidence to support the efficacy of advice from health care providers, Web sites, family, and friends is limited. The efficacy of nonpharmacological approaches to preventing and/or treating chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastroesophageal reflux disease is presented
When it comes to gastrointestinal disorders, diet therapy often involves a lot of experimentation
Qing Cao, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, where she teaches medical students, residents, geriatric fellows, and practicing physicians. She completed her geriatric fellowship at University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and the Brody School of Medicine. She has earned a Geriatric Academic Career Award.
Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, is a professor emeritus in the Departments of Family Medicine and of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine, where she teaches medical students, primary care residents, and practicing physicians. She maintains an active outpatient nutrition practice.
Disclosure: The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.
Correspondence: Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, Mailstop 626, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834 (firstname.lastname@example.org).