External Links

The GI Society does not necessarily endorse the information provided by the following organizations or individuals. This list is intended to give you a well-rounded view of some of the options available. Always consult your physician or health care provider before implementing any major lifestyle or treatment changes. 

More information on the GI Tract

Best Medicines Coalition, The www.bestmedicines.ca

Better Pharmacare Coalition www.betterpharmacare.com/ The Better Pharmacare Coalition was formed in 1997, in response to a new British Columbian government policy called “Reference Based-Pricing” (RBP). Health organizations, patient advocacy groups, and consumers were frustrated by the policy, viewing it as direct interference in the vital doctor/patient relationship and a dangerous impediment to patients’ ability to access 5 separate classes of medication. Since then, the government implemented a more sinister form of RBP called Therapeutic Substitution in another class of medication and the coalition is determined to stop these unsafe policies.

BodyWorks Games at Science World British Columbia www.scienceworld.ca/teachers_outreach/play_online/bw_games.htm Science World has a few online games, such as Nutrient Roundup where you can “master the ins and outs of nutrition”. Learn a bit about the digestive system while having some fun!

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy, The www.caet.ca C.A.E.T. is a specialty area of nursing that provides preventive, acute, and rehabilitative care for people with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integumentary systems.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders www.iffgd.org IFFGD is a USA-based non-profit education and research organization. Mission is to inform, assist, and support people affected by functional gastrointestinal disorders or bowel incontinence.

Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gastroenterology_hepatology/ The Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center provides in-depth information on the GI tract.

Journal Watch Gastroenterology gastroenterology.jwatch.org Edited and reviewed by more than 80 physicians, Journal Watch regularly combs 180 medical journals for important findings in gastroenterology.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) www.niddk.nih.gov Look for information under: Health Information – Digestive.

Quackwatch www.quackwatch.com A guide to health fraud, quackery, and intelligent decisions, operated by Stephen Barrett, MD.

Remicade Information www.remicade-crohns.com Information relating to infliximab (Remicade) as used for treatment of Crohn’s disease provided by Schering-Plough.

Swimming Briefs for Bowel Incontinence www.discoverytrekking.ca Unique adjustable swim briefs, for men or women, worn under a regular swim suit. Very effective and comfortable. Simply the best design available anywhere, this was designed by the mother of a teen that suffered from incontinence, and is now being sold worldwide. These are washable and reusable. Two styles to choose from. Retailed individually, but bulk wholesale inquiries are welcome. When visiting the website, click on the Special Needs page to view swimming briefs.

Trusted Therapies www.trustedtherapies.com Learn more about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through information presented in articles, videos, and questions and answers with doctors.


Diet & Nutrition Information

Dietitians of Canada www.dietitians.ca Dietitians of Canada is the nation-wide voice of dietitians and a trusted source of information on food and nutrition for Canadians. If you are looking to find a dietitian in your area, then this website can help! Access to information is via internet only.

SOSCuisine www.soscuisine.com SOSCuisine.com generates personalized meal plans based on your needs and preferences, with grocery lists that take advantage of flyer specials from local supermarkets. At last, a smart solution to the age-old question: “What are we eating tonight?”! SOSCuisine also provides specialized meal plans for specific health conditions.

Health Castle www.healthcastle.com Health Castle is an online-only nutrition community run by registered dietitians. Here you will find helpful, wide-ranging nutrition articles.

HealthLink BC Dietitian Service (Formally Dial-a-Dietitian) www.HealthLinkBC.ca This is a great resource for food and nutrition issues, just dial 8-1-1 from anywhere in BC.

EatRight Ontario www.eatrightontario.ca EatRight Ontario, a provincially funded service designed to help Ontarians improve their health and quality of life through healthy, nutritious eating. Toll Free in Ontario only 1-877-510-5102

Food composition and analysis information.

Food Vancouver www.foodvancouver.com We realize that many people have special dietary needs, so our mission is to provide information on special dietary concerns, as well as showcase some of the many fine restaurants and food establishments that Vancouver has to offer.


Celiac Disease

Canadian Celiac Association www.celiac.ca Toll Free Phone: 1-800-363-7296

Fondation Québécoise de la Maladie Coeliaque www.fqmc.org Téléphone: 514-529-8806

Tax concessions for Canadians using Gluten free products that have been diagnosed with Celiac disease will find this government page helpful. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/allerg/cel-coe/gluten-position-eng.php


Ostomy Resources

Living with an ostomy has a variety of challenges and the best way to  meet these is with the guidance of healthcare professionals. It helps to have accurate and up-to-date health information. Whether you are facing a decision to undergo ostomy surgery and are seeking assistance, or  have lived with an ostomy for a long time, you will likely find the  information offered by the organizations we’ve linked to here helpful.  Many of these other groups will mail you free patient information on  request and their websites include valuable links to additional  resources.

Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy www.caet.ca National organization representing nurses who care for individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence issues. Free educational material on ostomies available for download. Toll-Free: 1-888-739-5072

Ostomy Software www.ostomysoftware.com Offers a broad range of information, including a free downloadable “decision-tree” to aid in pouch selection.

Friends of Ostomates Worldwide www.fowusa.org Organization devoted to providing education and supplies to those in need around the world.

International Ostomy Association www.ostomyinternational.org General information on ostomies. Includes a link to Fatwa that allows Muslims with ostomies to enter a mosque.

Ostomy Canada Society www.ostomycanada.ca Toll-Free: 1-888-969-9698

Johns Hopkins University www.hopkins-gi.org

Cleveland Clinic www.clevelandclinic.org/colorectal

If you do not have access to an Enterostomal Therapy Nurse and need assistance with your pouching system, the following ostomy supply companies in Canada have toll free Customer Service Representatives that may be able to provide assistance. Product samples, educational material, and general assistance are also available through each of the following companies:

Coloplast www.coloplast.ca Toll-Free: 1-866-293-6349

ConvaTec www.convatec.com Toll-Free: 1-800-465-6302 Toll-Free Emergency: 1-888-235-7918

Hollister www.hollister.com Toll-Free: 1-800-263-7400


How to Find a Doctor/Gastroenterologist

You might want to help your general practitioner find a specialist that is right for you. The following websites allow you to search for a doctor by specialty and the location where they practise. Nation-wide information is available through The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website (www.rcpsc.medical.org). Search their physician database to find a gastroenterologist in your area. You will still have to be referred to a specialist by your family physician.

Alberta www.cpsa.ca

British Columbia www.cpsbc.ca

Manitoba www.cpsm.mb.ca

New Brunswick www.cpsnb.org

Newfoundland & Labrador www.cpsnl.ca

Northwest Territories www.royalcollege.ca

Nova Scotia www.cpsns.ns.ca

Nunavut www.royalcollege.ca

Ontario www.cpso.on.ca

Prince Edward Island www.cpspei.ca

Quebec www.cmq.org

Saskatchewan www.cps.sk.ca/imis/

Yukon www.royalcollege.ca



Canadian Pharmacists Association www.pharmacists.ca 613-523-7877 Toll Free 1-800-917-9489

Alberta College of Pharmacists www.pharmacists.ab.ca 780-990-0321 Toll Free 1-877-227-3838

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia www.bcpharmacists.org 604-733-2440

Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association www.napra.ca 204-233-1411

New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society www.nbpharmacists.ca 506-857-8957

Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board www.nlpb.ca 709-753-5877

Northwest Territories Regulatory Authority napra.ca/pages/NWT/ 867-920-8058

Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists www.nspharmacists.ca 902-422-8528

Ontario College of Pharmacists www.ocpinfo.com 416-962-4861

Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec www.opq.org 514-284-9588; Toll Free 1-800-363-0324

Prince Edward Island Pharmacy Board www.napra.ca 902-658-2780

Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists www.saskpharm.ca 306-584-2292

Yukon Regulatory Authority consumer@gov.yk.ca 867-667-5111


Government Health Information

Health Canada www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Alberta www.healthlinkalberta.ca Toll-free in AB: 1-866-408-5465

British Columbia www.bchealthguide.org Toll-free in BC: 1-866-215-4700

Manitoba www.gov.mb.ca/health Toll-free in MB: 1-888-315-9257

New Brunswick www.gnb.ca/0217/Tele-care-e.asp Toll-free in NB: 1-800-244-8353

Newfoundland & Labrador www.yourhealthline.ca/en Toll-free in NL: 1-888-709-2929

Northwest Territories www.hss.gov.nt.ca/health-landing Toll free in NWT: 1-888-255-1010

Ontario www.healthyontario.com Toll-free in ON: 1-866-797-0000

Quebec www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/en/ Call Services Quebec at 418-266-8900 for the phone number of your local Info Santé.

Saskatchewan www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health Toll-free in SK: 1-877-800-0002

Yukon www.hss.gov.yk.ca/

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