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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 […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is Not in Your Head

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a diagnosis given to patients when the doctor can’t find anything wrong. It implies that the problem isn’t all that severe and is likely mostly in the patient’s head. Yet people who suffer from IBS know all too well that IBS can be not only disruptive to their life, but […]

Celeste Cooper’s Interview with Dr. Wangen, IBS Specialist

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This is an excerpt from a recent interview by Celeste Cooper, RN, with the IBS Treatment Center’s Dr. Stephen Wangen.  It is the opinion of this interviewer, Celeste Cooper, RN, that irritable bowel syndrome is a comorbid condition to many immune disorders. In my interview with Dr. Wangen, I found what he had to say […]

Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has been conventionally defined not by what it is, but by what it is not, therefore successfully discovering its cause has been impossible, because the cause was thought to be unknown. It’s really been nothing more than a guessing game, and you get to be the guinea pig. Fortunately that has […]

New Form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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We recently came across an article from medicalxpress.com titled, “Researchers describe new form of irritable bowel syndrome.” The latest in the world of more useless medical information has now given us a new form of IBS. This form is called Post-Diverticulitis IBS. Like all forms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), this new IBS diagnosis offers […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study Highlights the True Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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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 […]

Understanding Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a symptom set that can be caused by celiac disease.  The take away for those with IBS – get tested for celiac disease and other forms of gluten intolerance as part of your diagnosis process.  Testing can help you identify what you need to do to address the cause of […]

Review: IBS and Gluten Intolerance

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Like many people who have been who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you may have discovered that you are gluten intolerant.  Or perhaps 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 […]

Common Misconceptions About IBS

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The biggest misconception about IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is that it defines a specific medical condition. IBS is, by definition, just a group of symptoms affecting the digestive tract that haven’t been explained. Unlike cancer, a stroke, or the flu, IBS is more of a starting point than a diagnosis, because it doesn’t provide any […]

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.  […]

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 […]

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (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 […]

8 Facts About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is defined by a set of symptoms affecting a patient’s gastrointestinal system. These symptoms, or immune system reactions, can be produced by a wide range of different medical conditions. Most often, IBS symptoms are caused by one or more of the following: chemical mechanisms resulting from reactions to certain foods; microorganisms […]

What Exactly is 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 Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Food Allergies

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Most people with IBS are suffering at least in part because of an allergic reaction to one or more foods. This often surprises people, who don’t believe that they have allergies. This is because they have friends whose allergy symptoms are different, or they think that food allergies result in hives, a rash, or some […]

Gastroenterologists and IBS Experts: Two Different Specialties

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  Gastroenterology People often make assumptions about medical specialists and their areas of expertise. This is certainly true with gastroenterology, where many people assume that gastroenterologists are experts in all things related to the digestive tract. Gastroenterologists are experts in diseases of the digestive tract, not syndromes or symptoms. While Gastroenterologists do primarily pay attention […]