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Patient Finds IBS Relief After 50 Years of Suffering!

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We receive a lot of great letters and emails from our patients. Here’s a sweet one from Susan Weir. In the third grade I remember complaining constantly about having stomach aches and was actually put on anti-anxiety medication. I have struggled with this throughout my 52 years. Things really got bad about 6 years ago […]

What Makes the IBS Treatment Center Different?

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The IBS Treatment Center is the world leader in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. At the IBS Treatment Center, we don’t just diagnose digestive problems: we solve them. These include irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and other related disorders. Since 2005 the IBS Treatment Center has successfully treated thousands of […]

Who We Are: The Innate Health Group

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The Innate Health Group was designed and created to reintroduce something that has been missing in medicine, a belief that you are capable of being healthier if given a better understanding of your body. We subscribe to the scientific method and the theory of evolution. We know that in most cases health is something that […]

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 […]

Migraines Solved with Dietary Change

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We received the following letter from a recent patient. It is truly amazing that with all the research on this subject, (including double-blind & placebo controlled studies), that widespread testing for food allergies is still not done. Dr. Wangen, When I came to see you for migranes I felt as though I was making a […]

What is IBS? Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a bowel disorder characterized by diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and chronic abdominal pain. It is fairly common and makes up 20-50% of visits to gastroenterologists. Although formal diagnosis depends on a very specific set of symptoms, the range of symptoms that occur in patients diagnosed with IBS […]

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 […]

Understanding Bacteria & Your Body

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Inside of your body, primarily in your digestive tract, live an enormous number of bacteria.  These single-celled organisms have colonized areas of your body and exist happily there. This may alarm you, as we have been trained to view bacteria as the enemy. However, we are not sterile beings. Our internal bacteria are actually critical […]

Report Shows Hospital Prices are Soaring

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A recent article from the NY Times highlights the incredible cost of hospital care in the United States. Hospitals and clinics have very complicated pricing and different patients pay different fees for the same exact services.  What you end up paying is often much more than you would expect.  You won’t know what you finally […]

The Top 3 Myths About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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#1: THE CAUSE OF IBS IS UNKNOWN IBS only tells you what you already know, that your bowel irritates you. There are hundreds of reasons that this can happen. There is no one cause, and there never will be. Once you break out of that type of thinking you will see many causes for IBS. #2: […]

IBS Treatment Center Now Offers Pre-Appointment Phone Consultations

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The IBS Treatment Center regularly sees patients from around the United States and from around the world. With two clinics (one in Seattle and one in Santa Monica), the clinic recognizes the need to make it easier for potential patients to reach out and speak with a doctor. The Center now offers 10-minute pre-consultation appointments […]

Frequently Asked Questions at the IBS Treatment Center

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We’re starting a new segment with our blog where we address frequently asked questions we hear from patients and potential patients alike. Let’s start today with the basics. What does it cost to visit the IBS Treatment Center?

 The Center offers a 10-minute pre-consultation over the phone or Skype for just $65.

 Your first in-office […]

IBS Treatment Center Opens Santa Monica Clinic

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The IBS Treatment Center, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is excited to announce the opening of an office in Santa Monica, California. Our new clinic, located one block off Santa Monica Boulevard (next to the UCLA Medical Center), affords easy access for Californians and travelers alike. The Santa Monica clinic will provide the southern California region […]

Medications for IBS? Get off them!

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The typical medical approach for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) involves either doing nothing, or guessing at the problem and trying different medications. Many of the patients that come to the IBS Treatment Center have been on numerous medications. None of which has solved their problem (or they wouldn’t be in our clinic in the […]

Drugs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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At least 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with IBS. The drug companies are beginning to tap into this hefty target market by offering medicines aimed at relieving the symptoms of IBS. These drugs alter the physiology and ultimately the action of the digestive tract, but they do not address the underlying causes of IBS, […]

Food Allergy Testing: Muscle Testing aka Muscle Energy Testing (or Applied Kinesiology)

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Muscle testing is the act of holding a substance (a food) and then having a practitioner pull down on your outstretched arm to determine your ability to resist their pressure. The theory is that your strength will weaken if the substance does not mesh with your energy field. This technique was developed by practitioners who […]

Letter from a Patient at the IBS Treatment Center

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Dr. Wangen’s June, 2013 newsletter article “Be One of Those People” reminded me of my visit with him more than 2 years ago.  The article dealt with how we don’t want to appear different from others and spoke of how we should not be afraid to speak up and tell others: “That is something I […]

Hospital Costs for IBS Rise, While Number of New Patients Remains Stable

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This recent piece from Healio shows the admission rates to hospitals for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to be nearly 13,000 per year. Now that is not to be confused with the number of people going to the hospital for IBS or for any of the various symptoms of IBS, such as abdominal pain. This is […]

How Do You Treat Abdominal Pain?

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People often think that IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) has to involve diarrhea or constipation, but often it does not. For many people the only obvious symptom is abdominal pain. And the pain can vary from a mild discomfort to incredibly debilitating. Chronic abdominal pain is one of the top 5 reasons that people to go […]

Elimination Diet for Food Allergies

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Ideally, to create an optimal Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) diet, all you’d have to do is avoid a certain food or food group to discover whether it was triggering your IBS. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. It takes a great deal of time, persistence, and education to properly construct a diet that will […]

Get Off Those Medications for IBS!

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The typical medical approach for treating IBS involves either doing nothing, or guessing at the problem and trying different medications. Many of the patients that come to the IBS Treatment Center have been on numerous medications. None of which has solved their problem (or they wouldn’t be in our clinic in the first place!), and […]

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 […]

Another Study Explores Symptoms, Not Causes of IBS

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This article is titled “Brain imaging to identify physical reasons why IBS symptoms improve with drug-free treatments.” No doubt that they’ll find that people who feel better have measurable changes in their brain activity.  That would be true for any issue. But to imply that it is identifying the cause of the problem is misleading. […]

“Experts” Gather to Investigate the Causes of IBS

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This came up in the news recently and is worth noting. From MedicalNewsToday.com: “GENIEUR, which stands for Genes in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Europe, was funded by the European Science Foundation. Its main aim is to identify the genes and DNA variants which might be linked to a higher risk of developing IBS symptoms.” “According to […]

Treating Abdominal Pain

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People often think that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has to involve diarrhea or constipation, but often it does not. For many people the only obvious symptom is abdominal pain. And the pain can vary from a mild discomfort to incredibly debilitating. Chronic abdominal pain is one of the top 5 reasons that people to go […]

Reuters: Mind-body Education Could Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS is a set of symptoms that can be caused by many different problems.  As with many aspects of health, drugs and psychological approaches can enable a person to limit the symptoms and improve their situation.  Psychological approaches may have an advantage over drugs in that they are less likely to have significant side effects.  […]

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 […]

What is IBS?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a bowel disorder characterized by diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and chronic abdominal pain. It is fairly common and makes up 20-50% of visits to gastroenterologists. Although formal diagnosis depends on a very specific set of symptoms, the range of symptoms that occur in patients diagnosed with IBS […]