Links & Other Resources

Links & Other Resources 2018-05-16T09:27:15+00:00

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

Better Pharmacare Coalition 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 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 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 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 The Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center provides in-depth information on the GI tract.

Journal Watch Gastroenterology 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) Look for information under: Health Information – Digestive.

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



Diet & Nutrition Information

Dietitians of Canada 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 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 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) This is a great resource for food and nutrition issues, just dial 8-1-1 from anywhere in BC.

EatRight Ontario 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.


Celiac Disease

Canadian Celiac Association Toll Free Phone: 1-800-363-7296

Fondation Québécoise de la Maladie Coeliaque 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.


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

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

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

Ostomy Canada Society Toll-Free: 1-888-969-9698

Johns Hopkins University

Cleveland Clinic


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 ( 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.


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland & Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island






Canadian Pharmacists Association 613-523-7877 Toll Free 1-800-917-9489

Alberta College of Pharmacists 780-990-0321 Toll Free 1-877-227-3838

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia 604-733-2440

Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association 204-233-1411

New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society 506-857-8957

Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board 709-753-5877

Northwest Territories Regulatory Authority 867-920-8058

Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists 902-422-8528

Ontario College of Pharmacists 416-962-4861

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

Prince Edward Island Pharmacy Board 902-658-2780

Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists 306-584-2292

Yukon Pharmacists Association


Government Health Information

Health Canada

Alberta Toll-free in AB: 1-866-408-5465

British Columbia Toll-free in BC: 1-866-215-4700

Manitoba Toll-free in MB: 1-888-315-9257

New Brunswick Toll-free in NB: 1-800-244-8353

Newfoundland & Labrador Toll-free in NL: 1-888-709-2929

Northwest Territories Toll free in NWT: 1-888-255-1010

Ontario Toll-free in ON: 1-866-797-0000

Quebec Call Services Quebec at 418-266-8900 for the phone number of your local Info Santé.

Saskatchewan Toll-free in SK: 1-877-800-0002


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