An Irritable Bowel Syndrome Digest

Are you afraid to go out to dinner with friends? Afraid to take a long trip in the car? Always scoping out the nearest bathroom? You’re not alone. Unfortunately millions of Americans are in the same situation as you. Most have been to their primary care physicians with the same complaints of digestive upset, alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, inability to eat certain foods, and abdominal cramping or pain. The problem lies in the fact that traditional health care providers are mainly concerned with putting a name (diagnosis) on your problems. All the diagnosis does is put a name on your collection of symptoms. It does not explain how you developed these problems or more importantly how you are going to correct these problems.

I have seen countless numbers of patients that have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). While many have similar symptoms, the causes and cures are widely varied. The most common causes of IBS are leaky gut syndrome, food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis, impaired digestion, chronic infection, inflammation, decreased liver function, autoimmune disorders, and even neurological disorders. Truth is, most patients have a few different problems going on at the same time. That is why you need to see someone who will step back and ask the question, “WHY”. That is what makes us different. We run all the appropriate tests to determine the exact cause of YOUR symptoms. Common medical treatments are antispasmodics, antidiarrheals, and antidepressants. Some drugs that were used to cover up symptoms of IBS have been removed from the market due to increased risk of heart attack and death. How about fixing the cause rather than covering up the symptoms?

Our approach is multifaceted. First we test for leaky gut syndrome. If you have a leaky gut, literally holes in your intestines, that needs to be repaired first or you can never recover. Over 90% of our IBS patients have a leaky gut.

We do extensive testing for food sensitivities. If you are eating foods that your body negatively reacts to you will perpetuate your leaky gut. All foods you test positively to must be removed from your diet.

You need to have an intestinal microbial profile run to find out the numbers of all the microbes in your intestines, the good guys and the bad guys. You should have billions of microbes living in your gut. If you have too many bad guys and not enough good guys it creates a situation called dysbiosis. This must be remedied in order to restore normal intestinal function.

The most common cause of impaired digestion we see is due to an H.Pylori infection. It is a bacterial infection of the stomach or intestines that causes a decrease in hydrochloric acid. When you do not produce enough hydrochloric acid you cannot digest your food properly and it sets the state for many different illnesses. Actually, most digestive disorders are due to decreased stomach acid, NOT too much stomach acid. That is a common fallacy we have been led to believe by the makers of anti-acid medications. Again, the infection must be eliminated in order to restore gut health.

Infections of the digestive tract are very common. Different bacteria, viruses, and parasites or worms can create a chronic infection scenario. If you do not get the proper testing you will never know if this is a contributing factor or not.

Other issues we look for are chronic inflammation, liver and gall bladder problems, Autoimmune conditions, and proper neurological integrity.

The causes of IBS vary widely and most often have multiple layers of problems. If you want true relief and a life free of the horrible symptoms of IBS, you must have a thorough evaluation and the proper testing. Then, and only then, can the proper treatment plan be executed.