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*It's hard to believe that it's been close to a year since I traveled to Seattle to meet you. Nearly a year later, I AM DOING SO GOOD!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Susan Saint Vincent ~ Elizabeth, Colorado

Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself that this is just another success story – but, trust me this success is HUGE.

My friends, family and local docs are all amazed and somewhat in awe of how much I’ve changed over the past year. Everyone says that I just LOOK heathier these days.

When I think back to how miserable my life was before seeing you and how limited I was in considering future plans, I get a bit emotional just thinking about it all. It’s truly been a transformation.  ….

My weight is been consistently stable … over the past year. I’m really looking forward to the warmth of spring/summer so that I can get outside and get more exercise….

Well, I’ll quit rambling for now – just wanted to check in and provide an update. I hope that everything is going well for you and your family.

Take care,
Susan Saint Vincent ~ Elizabeth, Colorado

*I have been able to discontinue use of omeprazole and ranitidine entirely.

Fred Clark ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico

The good news is that I have been able to discontinue use of omeprazole and ranitidine entirely.

No more refluxing into my throat during the night. This is wonderful, since I hate taking drugs, unless there’s no alternative.

You showed me an alternative.

Yours in gratitude,
Fred Clark ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico

*WOW! I am absolutely amazed! For the first time in 30 + years, I have been virtually symptom-free for four weeks! It was worth every penny to finally find out what has caused decades of discomfort.

Melanie ~ Seattle, Washington

WOW! I am absolutely amazed! For the first time in 30 + years, I have been virtually symptom-free for four weeks!

As an added plus, I have lost ten pounds, and now weigh what I did in the 70’s! I guess I can see what was keeping me from my optimum body weight. I love the lean feeling.

The most important thing is that I feel great! It was worth every penny to finally find out what has caused decades of discomfort.

I still find myself half expecting to have problems again; it just seems incredible that it could all be that simple!

I can’t thank you enough, and I’ve told everyone I know what a great discovery I made while surfing the Internet!

Melanie ~ Seattle, Washington

*I always had a nervous stomach my whole life. I had already spent so much money on health care trying to figure out my problem (on a tight budget nonetheless), so I was wary of spending more money on yet another treatment that may not work. Within a month or 2 ... the nausea, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, anxiety, were pretty much gone.

Amanda McLean ~ Edmonds, Washington

I always had a nervous stomach my whole life, but it was nothing serious until part-way through college. In college I went through some major life transitions and was experiencing some significant depression and anxiety.

Around this time and during the couple years following, I started having some major digestive problems. I started feeling nauseated almost all the time (to the point where I was throwing up every month or 2),

I was constantly bloated, I had very foul gas that seemed to be coming from deep in my intestines accompanied by abdominal cramping, and I was swinging back and forth between loose stools and constipation.

Other symptoms started showing up as well like the feeling of a constant, mild urinary tract infection, and a constant scratchy throat (like the beginning of a cold that never became a cold).

I also started having skin and nail problems (like some sort of eczema or psoriasis). I was beginning to feel like I was falling apart, and my anxiety worsened as my symptoms worsened.

But most of the time I thought the anxiety was causing the symptoms and I was just trying to live with it. My solution was to start carrying Zantac with me everywhere I went so I could take it whenever the nausea set it; and I always had an escape route to the nearest bathroom scouted out.

I saw several doctors who told me to just continue taking Zantac for the nausea, and reduce my stress. I did a lot of research online on digestive disorders and finally found that my symptoms matched the description for IBS.

So I decided to see a gastroenterologist. He told me that 90% of his patients come in for IBS and that there’s not much that can be done about it. He gave me a drug that was supposed to normalize intestinal contractions (that I was too afraid to take), told me to reduce my stress, and gave me a list of foods to eat that are rich in fiber. I tried these things, but it hardly made any difference. So I turned to alternative medicine and tried homeopathy, supplements, acupuncture, and an elimination diet…but none of those worked either.

So in my desperation, I did some more research and found the IBS Treatment Center online. I read the philosophy behind it, as well as the testimonials and was very interested in checking it out.

The only thing holding me back for a few months was the cost. I had already spent so much money on health care trying to figure out my problem (on a tight budget nonetheless), so I was wary of spending more money on yet another treatment that may not work.

But I decided to take the chance, and I am so glad I did. I’ve been telling people that it was the best $ I’ve ever spent! I was so impressed with the whole operation.

They spent a long time with me discussing my symptoms, and a long time discussing [my treatment], and I got a whole binder of information on how to adapt to my new diet.

Within a month or 2 … the nausea, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, anxiety, urinary tract problems, and scratchy throat were pretty much gone.

I even stopped getting canker sores, which I didn’t even know was related. Overall, I feel so much better. I am finally feeling like me again, it’s wonderful.

Amanda McLean ~ Edmonds, Washington

*I have been so impressed that I have recommended them to several of my friends, who have all had good things to say. One of my friends called me after leaving their office and she was crying because someone actually believed her.

Sarah ~ Seattle, Washington

After years of illness, I was diagnosed in late 2004 with Celiac Disease (along with Thyroid disease, B-12 deficiency, and peripheral neuropathy) by a gastroenterologist.

After treating all of those diseases, I felt much better (don’t get me wrong – I felt a hundred times better), but I was still not “normal”.

My doctor basically implied that I should be thankful for how much better I was (which I was – I was finally able to function as a human being) and that the rest of my symptoms were just stress.

I met Dr. Wangen at a Celiac Support Group meeting. I went to [the IBS Treatment Center] and … I am finally feeling like I thought I should. My acne even cleared up!

Even more than the treatment, I was glad that I saw them simply because this was the first doctor to really listen to me and treat me like I was telling the truth.

In getting my Celiac Disease diagnosis, I felt like I was constantly having to convince my doctors that I was really sick. It wasn’t until they finally found evidence of all of my problems that they realized that I was telling the truth!

My gastroenterologist actually apologized to me after he got all my results back because he hadn’t taken me seriously.

The IBS Treatment Center, on the other hand, was very supportive and seemed to really care if I got better. When I had an appointment, they were not trying to rush me in and out, and were willing to listen to my symptoms and look for a cause rather than handing me a prescription to get me out.

I have been so impressed that I have recommended them to several of my friends, who have all had good things to say.

One of my friends called me after leaving their office and she was crying because someone actually believed her.

Before seeing them, she had been told by her doctor that her symptoms were “all in her head” and had actually been referred to a psychiatrist! Now … her symptoms have improved tremendously.

I would recommend them to anyone who feels sick and doesn’t know why. They are great listeners and will really work to find the problem!

Thanks,
Sarah ~ Seattle, Washington

*Don’t you want to be as healthy as possible? Goodness, people run miles, work out for hours; but, you are truly what you eat, so why not find out what works for your body.

Sharon L. Wilford ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington

After having children that have constant tummy aches and below average growth rates, I figured it was the least I could do as a parent to invest in some medical testing.

… my 12 year old daughter … has immediately reaped the rewards of health, energy, and growth. She literally glows now, with no more dark circles under her eyes. She also seems to be leaner, not as puffy or irritable.

Next plan of action was to have my 14 year old son treated. …. he said, “No way.” Isn’t it always the case to have children that are so polar in their behaviors?

Well, it hasn’t been easy with him, but as of late, he spent a morning in the nurse’s office at high school and decided it just wasn’t “cool” to miss class because he became ill.) It will be a gradual process with him, but ideally well worth the battle.

Of late, I myself underwent treatment. [And] so yes, you guessed it – after me, my husband will be the next to visit the IBS Treatment Center.

In this day in age…, I truly don’t understand why everyone doesn’t… Don’t you want to be as healthy as possible?

Goodness, people run miles, work out for hours; but, you are truly what you eat, so why not find out what works for your body.

Sharon L. Wilford ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington

*Three years ago I was experiencing a lot of discomfort. They included mostly constipation, rectal cramps and bloating which would get worse especially at night. I feel great now. I am very excited with the fact that in spite of all I heard from other doctors, IBS is treatable.

Janeth Melin ~ Bellevue, Washington

Three years ago I was experiencing a lot of discomfort. They included mostly constipation, rectal cramps and bloating which would get worse especially at night. I took lots of fiber supplements to help relieve

I took lots of fiber supplements to help relieve the constipation. This caused the bloating to increase. My once flat abdomen now looked like I was 6 months pregnant.

The rectal cramps were so strong that I would almost faint every time I had them. The frequency and duration of these rectal cramps started increasing to a point that I was having these cramps 3-4 times a month and they would last up to an hour.

The fear of having these cramps paralyzed me. I was afraid to workout as often the exercises would trigger them. All these symptoms were interfering with the quality of my life.

I visited my physician who diagnosed me with IBS, prescribed me Zelnorm® and referred me to a specialist. I started taking Zelnorm® and felt a little relief on the symptoms, but not much.

The specialist changed the fiber I was using, asked me to keep a log when the cramps were happening to see if they were stress related and kept me on Zelnorm®. However, I did not improve.

One evening at home I was very desperate. I had just had a horrible cramp that had lasted for 50 min and I was tired of all these symptoms so I went to the internet and did a search on IBS treatment.

That is when I found out about the IBS Treatment Center. I called first thing next morning and took the first available appointment.

I take my symptoms very seriously as the price to not do so is very high. I feel great now. I am regular, no more bloating and I had not have any rectal cramps… I am very excited with the fact that in spite of all I heard from other doctors, IBS is treatable and Dr. Wangen is helping us get our lives back.

Thanks for changing my life, Dr. Wangen and team.
Janeth Melin ~ Bellevue, Washington

*My doctor sent me (finally) to a regular allergist who discovered many allergies and some symptoms got better. They didn't get enough better. I found the IBS Treatment Center on the internet.... [and] I feel much better.

Kelly Lauer ~ Mountlake Terrace, Washington

I’m 37 years old. I have complained of feeling tired and a little sick for 10 years. I’ve had increasing swelling in my face at night for the last 5-7 years.

My doctor sent me (finally) to a regular allergist who discovered many allergies and some symptoms got better. They didn’t get enough better and I was beginning to be afraid something more serious was wrong.

I found the IBS Treatment Center on the internet…. [and] I feel much better.

Kelly Lauer ~ Mountlake Terrace, Washington

*I've had stomach discomfort for over 30 years. I heard about the IBS Treatment Center and decided to give it a try even though it was expensive. Now I'm glad I did and I feel well most of the time. Good health is worth it!

Anonymous

I’ve had stomach discomfort for over 30 years and it has gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. I’ve had all sorts of tests but nothing physical ever showed up.

I knew it wasn’t in my mind, but it was frustrating not finding out what the problem was.

Eventually I heard about the IBS Treatment Center and decided to give it a try even though it was expensive. Now I’m glad I did and I feel well most of the time.

Good health is worth it!

Thanks, Dr. Wangen!
Anonymous

*I lived with it for 15 years. I tried everything to find a solution including visits to about 10 doctors. Because of the tests and knowledge gained from being a patient here, I have felt better in the last 2 months than I have in 15 years!

Mimi ~ Redmond, Oregon

I first experienced IBS symptoms in 1992, at the age of 21 and I lived with it for 15 years.

I tried everything to find a solution including visits to about 10 doctors (G.I. specialists, OB/GYN, Internal Med., allergist, kinesiologist and chiropractors).

I read several books on IBS and tried elimination diets. I was tested for gluten and dairy allergies and the tests came back negative.

I tried at least 6 different prescription medications, every over-the-counter treatment available for digestive problems and also tried many “natural remedies” from the health food store.

It was frustrating and exhausting and some days were better than others but that was always unpredictable. IBS was draining me and making me feel awful.

In January, 2007 I came across the IBS Treatment Center’s web site. I immediately made an appointment and visited on Feb. 7th.

Because of the tests and knowledge gained from being a patient here, I have felt better in the last 2 months than I have in 15 years!

Seeing [the IBS Treatment Center] is a must for IBS sufferers.

Mimi ~ Redmond, Oregon

*My IBS Symptoms were just awful! I activated with the US Air Force Reserve for operation Iraqi Freedom. On my deployments, my symptoms became severe. After going to the IBS Treatment Center ... I feel so much better - my symptoms are gone and my energy level is up.

Anonymous

My IBS Symptoms were just awful! I activated with the US Air Force Reserve for operation Iraqi Freedom.

On my deployments, my symptoms became severe. I experienced gas, bloating, fatigue and diarrhea.

The symptoms interfered with my daily duties and exercise. I was in a lot of discomfort and gained quite a bit of weight.

After going to the IBS Treatment Center … I feel so much better – my symptoms are gone and my energy level is up.

Thanks IBS Treatment Center!

Anonymous

 

*Some were embarrassing moments when running for a restroom while at Target, and not making it, to always passing gas and spending a lot of time in bathrooms. I would try to laugh it off, but it really affects everything you do. It took about 2 weeks and I started to feel I was having normal bowel movements!

Nancy Akada ~ Clinton, Washington

I was diagnosed with IBS when I was in my late twenties. I have had bouts with diarrhea and constipation for 30 years!

Some were embarrassing moments when running for a restroom while at Target, and not making it, to always passing gas and spending a lot of time in bathrooms.

I would try to laugh it off, but it really affects everything you do and you start to wonder why you aren’t normal, like everyone else.

I didn’t want to take drugs to treat my symptoms. I wanted to find out what was making my bowel and colon irritable.

It took about 2 weeks and I started to feel I was having normal bowel movements! I tested the theory and [broke treatment] and suffered with cramping, diarrhea and gas for 2 days.

Thanks Dr. Wangen and staff, for your help and for making me feel comfortable when I come in!

Nancy Akada ~ Clinton, Washington

*I've been doing quite well. I now require no extra fiber either. So you can count me as a great success, thanks. I'm delighted with the outcome.

Brian Milnes ~ Mercer Island, Washington

I’ve been doing quite well. I now require no extra fiber either. So you can count me as a great success, thanks.

I’m delighted with the outcome.

Brian Milnes ~ Mercer Island, Washington

*I began having bloating (severe) in my late teens. I was extremely tired all the time and did not have enough energy to work all day.

Jill Ochs ~ Wichita, Kansas

I began having bloating (severe) in my late teens. For many months I just brushed it aside not really thinking I actually had a medical problem.

As time went on, the bloating became more intense and for longer periods of time. I also began having chronic ear infections.

My family practitioner would prescribe me an antibiotic and while on it, and several weeks after, I would have extreme diarrhea.

While all of this was happening, my family doctor did blood work finding I was becoming more and more anemic and having low protein and calcium in my blood.

Finally after having various tests and sonograms, I was diagnosed with IBS. However, I just kept getting worse and worse. I was extremely tired all the time and did not have enough energy to work all day.

Finally after trying to do some research on our own, my parents and I found the IBS Treatment Center. We decided to make an appointment and flight reservations.

Within two weeks, we traveled across the country to talk with him. Three weeks later I was diagnosed with celiac disease along with many other food allergies.

Now, only a few months later, my energy is much, much better and I don’t feel sick all of the time.

Jill Ochs ~ Wichita, Kansas

*Completely frustrated as a mother it wasn't until we were treated by the IBS Treatment Center that we actually made progress, which cured and changed my son's complete immune system. He is a happy, active and symptom free 8 year old.

Denise M. Hermans-Smith,L.M.P. ~ Bothell, Washington

Having suffered with my child from the first time he drank from a bottle, never being able to keep his formula down –

My sons symptoms only increasingly got worse from severe rashes, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain,and chronic coughing on a daily basis and then being diagnosed with everything from Asthma to Encopresis.

Completely frustrated as a mother it wasn’t until we were treated by the IBS Treatment Center that we actually made progress, which cured and changed my son’s complete immune system.

He is a happy, active and symptom free 8 year old.

It was 6 years of trying to get the right answers for my son. Somehow I ended up in your office with the answer right in front of me.

Thank you so much. We are so grateful for your expertise and helping us to get healthy!

Denise M. Hermans-Smith,L.M.P. ~ Bothell, Washington

*Results may vary with individual cases.

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