Find out what physicians are saying about IBS—balancing gut ecology is the key to your recovery!
IBS may be the result of a gut infection.
Since the 1970s, physicians have labeled IBS as a psychological disorder. This is because IBS symptoms are frequently made worse by stressful life events. And a physical exam shows no damage to the gut.
Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut and the immune system.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:
Although IBS can be aggravated by stress, it is much more than a psychological disorder. Theories behind the cause of IBS include bacterial overgrowth, gut infection, serotonin imbalance, or even depression and anxiety. (more…)
The Gut Microbiota
The human intestinal tract is home to approximately 100 trillion microorganisms.1 With 100 billion to 1 trillion microorganisms per gram, the human colon is the most densely populated and complex microecosystem known. This enormous biomass has been thought to harbor 500 to 1000 known diverse bacterial species, but recent work using molecular phylogenetic sequencing of genes for 16S ribosomal RNA reveals staggering diversity. The human gut appears to host more than 1800 genera and between 16,000 and 36,000 bacterial species about most of which we know next to nothing.2(more…)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders that physicians treat. Patients with this non life-threatening condition may present with a broad range of symptoms which typically include abdominal pain associated with altered bowel habits, including constipation, diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea, and a less common presentation of painless diarrhea. Although the symptoms are typically intermittent, they may be continuous and should be present for at least three months before the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome is considered. (more…)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders that physicians treat. Patients with this non life-threatening condition may present with a broad range of symptoms which typically include abdominal pain associated with altered bowel habits, including constipation, diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea, and a less common presentation of painless diarrhea. Although the symptoms are typically intermittent, they may be continuous and should be present for at least three months before the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome is considered. People with IBS are more likely to have other discomforts such as heartburn, pain when swallowing, fatigue, chest pain (not involving the heart), and urinary-gynecological problems. IBS can mimic more serious diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, endometriosis, and psychiatric disorders. (more…)
If you’ve ever experienced digestive difficulties then you know how they dramatically impact your quality of life.
But most embarrassing gas, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, acid reflux and other digestive problems can be quickly addressed—and perhaps even eliminated—if you can simply get to the root of the problem.You can then apply all-natural methods to counteract the cause of your digestive woes.
If you’re experiencing digestive problems, look for these hidden causes… (more…)
Postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) refers the presence of symptoms after cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder). These symptoms can represent either the continuation of symptoms thought to be caused by the gallbladder or the development of new symptoms normally attributed to the gallbladder. Postcholecystectomy syndrome also includes the development of symptoms caused by removal of the gallbladder. Postcholecystectomy syndrome reportedly affects about 10% to 15% of patients who have had this surgery. This condition is caused by alterations in bile flow due to the loss of the reservoir function of the gallbladder. Due to this, two main groups may arise. On the one hand, because of continuously increased bile flow into the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, esophagitis and gastritis may result in nausea and indigestion. On the other hand, in the lower GI tract, there may be distention, flatulence, diarrhea, and colicky lower-abdominal pain. Generalized symptoms may also include fever and jaundice. (more…)
In the US, 75 cents out of every health-care dollar is spent on chronic disease.1 However, few would argue against the fact that our medical system is failing to sufficiently address the chronic disease epidemic. A paradigm shift in health care is needed. The shift is found in integrative, individualized medicine, which marries state-of-the art laboratory analysis with a treatment approach that emphasizes dietary and nutritional interventions.
The case of ulcerative colitis below is from the soon-to-be released Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, published by Metametrix Institute. DNA analysis of the individual’s gastrointestinal microbiota along with food allergy testing provided individualized guidance for interventions. It is highly unlikely that all cases of ulcerative colitis will present with the identical mix of contributing factors. Thus, specialized laboratory analysis is required to take us away from “one-size-fits-all” population-based medicine to a truly individualized approach that addresses the underlying causes of illness. (more…)
On October 1 and 2, 2010, Health Education and WorldLink Medical, in partnership with Klaire Labs, a division of ProThera Inc., sponsored the Fourth Annual Probiotic Symposium on Immune Function: Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Enzymes, held in New Orleans. An acclaimed international faculty reviewed the vital role of the gastrointestinal microflora in the normal development and continued modulation of the immune system. The multifaceted role of gastrointestinal dysbiosis in the development of allergic and autoimmune diseases was reviewed and the most recent research on the use of probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes to prevent or treat immune-mediated disorders was presented. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Stephen Bajo, medical director of Renown Health, a nationally recognized and respected integrated health system. (more…)