What is IBS? and do I have IBS?
What is IBS, Irritable bowel syndrome is the medical label given to reoccurring or long term intestinal symptoms of unknown origin. Do I have IBS? – It is very likely that you have IBS if you are suffering with bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhea, hard lumpy stools, gas pain, mucous in stools, heartburn, painful sexual intercourse, headaches, unpleasant taste in mouth, frequent urination, anxiety/depression, insomnia, painful periods, nausea, flatulence, abdominal rumblings, fatigue, and intolerance to certain foods.
Medical Approach to Irritable Bowl Syndrome & its symptoms
From a medical viewpoint, the cause is essentially unknown and the treatment is, at best, palliative in nature. Once a relatively rare disorder, IBS now affects an estimated 20-30% of the U.S. population; it is thought that it affects men and women in equal numbers, but more women seek treatment for it.
How I Approach Irritable Bowel Syndrome Holistically
Our clinical experience in resolving Irritable bowel syndrome has been extraordinary. However, before holistic treatment begins, it is mandatory to rule out common illnesses that mimic the symptoms of IBS. These include celiac disease, pancreatic insufficiency and other malabsorption conditions, diverticular disease, laxative abuse, lactose intolerance, biliary tract disease, “leaky gut” syndrome, ulcerative colitis, dysbiosis, parasitic diseases such as amebiasis, giardiasis and campylobacter, cancer of the colon or rectum and duodenal ulcer. Some of the root causes of IBS that we have found are:
What causes IBS
- Food allergies and sensitivities.
- Candida overgrowth, parasite infections and dysbiosis.
- Poor stress coping mechanisms.
- A diet that is high in refined man made foods and sugars and low in fiber.
- Genetic pre-disposition.
- Bowel inflammation.
- Various hormonal imbalances and/or deficiencies.
The aim of natural/holistic care is:
- To reduce pain and spasm with proven herbal antispasmodics, demulcents, analgesics and anti-inflammatories.
- Support the nervous system with herbal tonics or nutraceuticals.
- Alleviate constipation and/or diarrhea and balance the bowel flora.
- To use EFT to handle hidden emotional drivers.
What foods are usually a trigger for IBS
It is absolutely imperative in all Irritable bowel syndrome cases to avoid, or get desensitized to, all food allergens, to drink plenty of clean filtered water, avoid hard to digest foods as well as mucous forming foods, and to eat a high fiber diet. Wheat, dairy, sugar, and soy should always be carefully evaluated for tolerance. Do not use wheat bran for fiber. Avoid ice cold drinks as well as alcohol, caffeine, spicy and deep fried foods and tobacco.
What testing is recommended
Since many Irritable bowel syndrome sufferers have multiple hidden food and food additive hypersensitivities, it is most helpful to assess comprehensively for food intolerances including the lectins and salicylates, phenolics and amines in foods. Since most labs don’t or can’t do this, we use the proven “AllerCease™” technique to rapidly and non-invasively clarify these very important issues. It is an in office, non-lab procedure. In patients with multiple food and food chemical intolerances, it can also be important to evaluate the gut lining for intestinal permeability and low immunity. We use a simple, safe, accurate and relatively inexpensive.
Finally, we are unique in being able to quickly evaluate in-office whether the bio-magnetic polarity of the abdomen and its contents, and all the digestive organs have a normal north (negative) pole charge.
Any tissue under protracted stress can lose its normal organizing North Pole field and become South Pole. When that happens, that tissue of organ then takes on the following characteristics.
- Lowered immunity.
- Acid Ph.
- Lowered 02 levels.
- Lowered critical oxidoreductase enzyme levels.
- Chronic inflammation.
This will considerably delay the healing of the tissues and the effectiveness of any remedy. I consider this a mandatory screening for all my Irritable bowel syndrome patients. When the tissues and/or organs are bio-magnetically stressed and reversed, we instruct the patient on how to restore them to normal polarity at home.
Are Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms reversible?
In summary, I consider Irritable bowel syndrome completely reversible in most cases, when a comprehensive holistic approach is used to evaluate and treat it.
Dr. Arthur I Cushing D.C.,DCh.,C.N.C.,FSAC.
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