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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drugs for IBS: Treating a Symptom, Not the Cause

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At least 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with IBS. 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, or […]

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.  […]

A Deeper Understanding of Probiotics (Part II)

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When we are born, there are no bacteria in our digestive tract. But as soon as we are born, bacteria begin to populate the gastrointestinal system. This is not only normal, but it’s imperative to life. Studies have shown that without bacteria animals do not develop properly and cannot live very long. Some of the […]

Getting Off of Those Medications

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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 […]