irritable bowel syndrome study

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This is a wonderful new research article by Dr. El-Salhy out of Norway about IBS. It makes 2 very important points. They are somewhat complicated points, so I’ll try to break them down into simpler language.

First, the study notes that alterations in the gut-brain connection (neuroendocrine system) are a symptom of something else. The something else that they’re referring to can be diet, intestinal bacteria (probiotics), and/or inflammation. We’ve been saying this for many years and this is exactly the kind of thing that we address at the IBS Treatment Center. It’s also why we’re so successful at helping people with IBS. We find the causes of inflammation, the bacterial imbalances, and the individual dietary triggers for the symptoms of IBS and go from there.

Second, the research article points out that there is a connection between IBS and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).  This again is a point that we’ve been making for several years. They are not completely separate problems that have nothing in common. They are linked, and a significant number of people suffer from both.

Keep up the great work Dr. El-Salhy. We’re listening!


Another clinical research study, this one a clinical trial “for patients attempting to follow a gluten-free diet who are still experiencing symptoms when exposed to gluten.”

We want to put it out there that people should NOT do this study. We do not need a treatment for symptoms when we already have the cure. This is the drug industry’s way of trying to profit from this condition and to distract people from the real issue at hand, which is that gluten is poison for these people. The same thing happens with other chronic health problems. 

Drugs always have side effects. Always.

Excerpt from[update 2013: That site has disappeared.]

  • There are many symptoms associated with celiac disease and some people may experience symptoms when exposed to gluten. 
  • Currently, there are NO pharmaceutical treatments for celiac disease and clinical research is needed to bring new medicines to market for the millions of people living with celiac disease. 
  • Today, we are pleased to bring you an invitation to consider participating in a clinical research study aimed at reducing the symptoms of celiac disease.  If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease and are interested in joining this clinical trial to test a new investigational medication, please check to see if you meet the initial criteria.

Please don’t participate in studies like these.