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“I Was Poisoning My Body Every Day Without Realizing It!

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From a recent patient at the IBS Treatment Center. I am a 43 year old female and I have been having stomach/digestive trouble since I was a baby. My mother used to say I had a “nervous stomach.” Well, things reached a peak when I was 39. I got to the point where I couldn’t […]

What Causes IBS?

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The cause of IBS varies from person to person, which is what makes irritable bowel syndrome and the symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and chronic abdominal pain so difficult for most doctors to treat. However, through proper testing you will be able to identify the exact cause or causes of your symptoms and live […]

Symptoms of Food Allergies (Part 2)

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As discussed in part one, food allergies can cause many more problems than you or your doctor probably realize. After having worked with thousands of patients with food allergies, we know this to be true. Symptoms list continued from Part 1: Acne Yes, acne really does have a lot do with your diet. If you […]

Symptoms of Food Allergies (Part 1)

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Food allergies can cause a lot more problems than you or your doctor probably realize. After having worked with thousands of patients with food allergies, we know this to be true. Although there is plenty of published research on the symptoms of food allergies, there is also a lot of misunderstanding due to conflicting definitions […]

IBS and Gall Bladder Issues

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Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea or abdominal pain often wonder if they have a problem with their gallbladder. Problems with the gallbladder can indeed cause IBS symptoms. However, many people find that having their gallbladder removed did little or nothing to help their IBS, or even […]

Patient Success Story: Food Reaction Not Always a Food Allergy

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Laura is a 35-year-old mother of two who had been experiencing fatigue, headaches, bouts of constipation and diarrhea, and obnoxious bloating. At times she looked and felt six months pregnant due to the bloating. When Laura first came to see us, she was certain she must have a food allergy or intolerance. She knew she […]

Causes of IBS Include Intestinal Microorganisms and Parasites

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Our intestines are a rich and thriving ecosystem…when we are healthy. The massive surface of our intestines (about the same as a tennis court) provides everything needed for life – space, moisture, and nutrients. Given the ubiquity of anti-bacterial products in our society, many people are surprised to learn that they have about 10 trillion […]

9 Common Causes of Heartburn

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In order to cure acid reflux disease, you must remove the cause of the problem and promote the healing process. The following are the most common causes: 

 Food allergies: In my practice I have found that a majority of cases of heartburn are caused by food allergies. Food allergies often cause a host of other […]

Food Allergy Symptoms

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Food allergies can cause many more problems than you (or your doctor) probably realize. After having worked with thousands of patients with food allergies, we know this to be true. Although there is plenty of published research on the symptoms of food allergies, there is also a lot of misunderstanding due to conflicting definitions of […]

Causes of IBS: Intestinal Microorganisms and Parasites

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Our intestines are a rich and thriving ecosystem, when we are healthy. The massive surface of our intestines (about the same as a tennis court) provides everything needed for life – space, moisture, and nutrients. Given the ubiquity of anti-bacterial products in our society, many people are surprised to learn that they have about 10 […]

Scientific American: Do Air Pollutants Play a Role in Bowel Disease?

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It’s nice to see that some researchers are noticing the connection between the air we breath and our digestive health. This recent article from the Scientific American indicates that air pollution may play a role in digestive health and the immune system.  Yes. That seems obvious. Of course it effects our entire health, not just […]

What are the Symptoms of Food Allergies?

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Food allergies can cause a lot more problems than you (or your doctor) probably realize. Having worked with thousands of patients with food allergies, we at the IBS Treatment Center know this to be true. Although there is plenty of published research on the symptoms of food allergies, there is also a lot of misunderstanding […]

Understanding IBS: Good Bacteria Deficiencies

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Healthy people live in harmony with their “good” bacteria, or normal intestinal flora. This is called symbiosis. We provide the bacteria with a home and food, and in return they do some great things for us. These bacteria are called “probiotics.” Although there are thousands of different bacteria, the best-known friendly bacteria are Lactobacillus acidophilus […]

Gluten Intolerance and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Like many people who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you may have discovered that you are gluten intolerant. Or maybe you have IBS symptoms and are wondering if you are gluten intolerant. The diagnosis of IBS of course is (or was) of no real help to you, and it really is of […]

Your Medications May Be Causing Your Diarrhea

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“Nearly all medications may cause diarrhea as a side effect.” This is a direct quote from the National Institute of Health’s MedlinePlus website. “Nearly all medications.” That may be difficult to believe, but the point is clear: Do not underestimate the side effects of your medications. Even if your doctor tells you otherwise, check for […]

Study Explores Connection Between Reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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This 10 year study found a strong correlation between reflux and IBS. We are not surprised. Many of our IBS patients experience reflux, and often both the reflux and the IBS is gone once they receive treatment here. But you don’t have to have IBS to be successfully treated for reflux. Excerpt from the study […]

Causes of IBS: Parasites

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Parasites are another common cause of IBS symptoms and should be discussed. These symptoms can include diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, cramps, nausea, poor digestion, fatigue, muscle aches, bleeding, rectal itching, and abdominal pain. Parasites cannot live without you. You provide them living space and food, but unlike friendly bacteria, parasites do nothing for you in […]

Does Stress Cause IBS?

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Most physicians are trained to think of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as stress induced or as a type of psychosomatic disorder. There has not been an easy medication cure for IBS, therefore it has been framed in a way that suggests that it is more your problem than the physicians. Although some cases of IBS […]

Study: Probiotics Reduce Stress-Induced Intestinal Flare-Ups

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To summarize: Probiotics can be good for you. Stress always exacerbates underlying illness and weakness. Probiotics do not cancel out stress, but they do help to regulate the immune system and therefore may help to mitigate some of the effects of stress on your IBS.  What they didn’t mention was that probiotics may help your […]

Does Stress Cause IBS?

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Most physicians are trained to think of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as stress induced or as a type of psychosomatic disorder. This is because there has not been an easy medication cure for IBS, therefore it has been framed in a way that suggests that it is more your problem than the physicians. If you […]

Study Explores Gut Microbiota and Healthy Living

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For this study, you should understand that Gut microbiota is an assortment of microorganisms inhabiting the length and width of the mammalian gastrointestinal tract, including humans. From the study itself: “It is well established that diet influences the health of an individual and that a diet rich in plant-based foods has many advantages in relation […]

How IBS Can Cause Iron Deficiency and Anemia?

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Many patients who have digestive problems are also anemic due to low iron or low vitamin B12 levels. This problem causes fatigue, so it should be of interest to many people. Being anemic and having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not unusual and there is a logical reason for it. First we’ll discuss anemia and […]

Report Overstates Claim That IBS No Longer Only Functional Disorder

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A recent article from Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News touts major changes in the way that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is viewed. But there’s more to it than that. “For the first time, investigators have documented structural abnormalities in the small bowel of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These findings “will fundamentally change our thinking on […]

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

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The cause of IBS varies from person to person, which is what makes irritable bowel syndrome and the symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and chronic abdominal pain so difficult for most doctors to treat. However, through proper testing you will be able to identify the exact cause or causes of your symptoms and live […]

Are Your Medications Causing Your IBS? (part two)

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Doctors tend to believe that side-effects from medications are rare. Therefore they assume that your symptoms are not related to our medications. Many times my patients have said, “I asked my doctor if my symptoms could be caused by my medication and he said no.”These patients asked us for a second opinion and we simply […]

Intestinal Bacteria, Yeast / Candida, and Parasites

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Your body is not yours alone. You are sharing it with over 100 trillion bacteria. This fact makes many people uncomfortable.
“I have germs living inside me?” you may ask, aghast. Yes, inside the orifices of your body, and primarily in your digestive tract, live an enormous number of bacteria – single-celled organisms that have colonized […]

Study Explores Bacterial proteases in IBD and IBS

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This is a nice article out of Germany on the relationship between the digestive problems in IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) and the bacteria present in the digestive tract. However, this article is about the enzymes produced by those bacteria, not just about the bacteria. These enzymes do much more than […]

The Connection Between the Gall Bladder and IBS

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Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea or abdominal pain often wonder if they have a problem with their gallbladder. Problems with the gallbladder can indeed cause these symptoms. However, many people find that having their gallbladder removed did little or nothing to help their IBS, or even […]

Causes of IBS: Intestinal Microorganisms and Parasites

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Our intestines are a rich and thriving ecosystem, when we are healthy. The massive surface of our intestines (about the same as a tennis court) provides everything needed for life – space, moisture, and nutrients. Given the ubiquity of anti-bacterial products in our society, many people are surprised to learn that they have about 10 […]