Gastroenterology resources

Cancer Care Ontario

  • “Every year, over 9,000 Ontarians (slightly more men than women) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and over 3,000 Ontarians will die from it.”  (Cancer Care Ontario)
  • Colon cancer is preventable.  Get screened.  Screening guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario.

Resources from the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

  • This includes a digital library with videos and webseminars.

Printable resources for common gastrointestinal conditions from Gastrointestinal Society – Canadian Society of Intestinal Research

Canadian Celiac Association

  • This is a great resource for patients with celiac disease.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

  • The only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Patient education brochures are available to help patients understand dietary, medications, surgical and cancer implications of inflammatory bowel disease.

Dieticians of Canada

  • You can search for dieticians in your area.

Probiotics Chart.  This is a clinical guide based on systematic reviews on current evidence for various probiotics and their level of evidence based on indications for us.

Low FODMAP Diet from Monash University.  Resources about the low FODMAP diet.

  • The low FODMAP diet was developed by researchers at Monash University. There is evidence that a low FODMAP diet improves irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
  • FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols) are
    carbohydrates (sugars) found in foods.

These include:

Fructans (fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup)

Lactose (dairy)

Fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, etc)

Galactans (beans, lentils, legumes including soy, etc)

Polyols (sweeteners with sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol; stone fruits such as avocados, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, etc).

  • Symptoms of gas, bloating, distension, flatulence, cramping and/or diarrhea may occur in those who are sensitive to the effects of FODMAPs.