If family reunions and lots of outdoor BBQs, picnics, and other food-based outings are on your agenda this summer, you’d definitely want to know about summer food safety – especially protecting yourself from the dangers of IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S. Symptoms may result in changes in normal bowel movement and sensation, which can cause chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both. Long-term symptoms can disrupt personal and professional activities, and limit individual potential. The disorder is more prevalent in women than men, with roughly two out of every three IBS sufferers being female.
One of the factors that can contribute to IBS is food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses that may arise when prepared foods are left outdoors for an extended period of time. Dr. Ali Rezaie of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center talked to me recently about summer food safety, tips for reducing your risk for IBS, and a new test that can detect IBS easier than ever before for faster treatment.
Take a look at the interview below.
For more information about summer food safety and IBS, visit: www.ibscheck.com.
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About our Expert:
Ali Rezaie, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) is a gastroenterologist with the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine and the Cedars-Sinai Digestive Disease Center. He is the assistant director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program. His clinical interests involve irritable bowel syndrome, anorectal dysfunction, esophageal/gastric/small bowel/colonic dysmotility and motility disorders of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Dr. Rezaie is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians, American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society, Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization and Canadian Society for Clinical Investigations.
Dr. Rezaie earned his medical degree from the Shahid Behesti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Further he obtained a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and administrative data analysis at the University of Calgary, Canada. He completed his residency and fellowship in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Alberta and Calgary, respectively. He was awarded a prestigious scholarship from Canadian Institute of Health Research and completed one year of advanced postdoctoral training in inflammatory bowel diseases at the University of Calgary and a year of advanced postdoctoral training in gastrointestinal motility disorders at Cedars-Sinai.
His primary research interests involve irritable bowel syndrome, motility disorders of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and population-based data analysis. He has published over 40 research articles in peer-reviewed journals including Gastroenterology,American Journal of Gastroenterology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences and Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. His works have been cited more than 1,900 times by other scientific journals. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Medical Hypotheses and Ideas and Case Reports in Clinical Medicine. He is an invited reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals including Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and the Archives of Medical Sciences.