Women’s Health ©2002 Dr. Alva Irish
95% of all Women and the same percentage
of men are complaining about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. WHY?
Well, that is why I am writing this
First let’s see what it is:
Many people have irritable bowel syndrome,
or IBS. IBS is called a functional disorder. That means doctors
cannot see anything wrong with the colon during an exam. The exam
cannot explain why a person is having symptoms, such as pain, bloating,
and diarrhea. People who have IBS get symptoms over and over again
for a long time. No one knows what causes it, but there are ways
to treat it.
If you can say the following statements,
you have IBS.
Over Ten Different
- Severe bloating
- every time I eat food my stomach doubles in size
- Severe stomach cramps/abdominal
pain - I have constant aches and pains after eating
- Constipation -
I notice I suffer from this after eating processed foods
- Lower back pain
- I have constant aches in the lower part of my back
- Diarrhea - this
alternates with constipation
- Groin pain - a
constant ache around my groin area
- Shooting pains in my legs
- sometimes severe, and sometimes in the lower back
- Chronic fatigue
- I constantly feel like I had no energy
- Panic attacks and heart
palpitations - the most scariest of all symptoms
- Light headiness after eating
- a strange feeling after eating?
- Heartburn and acid stomach
- I've suffered from these for over 10 years
“I had frequent urination, pain
and general discomfort [diarrhea, abdominal pain]. Eventually, ...my
digestive system suffered complete collapse and so began my IBS.
I underwent blood tests and my GP eventually confirmed IBS as nothing
else could be found. The whole experience was very traumatic for
me as my family has a history of cancer and I obviously assumed
the worst.” Maureen
“Over a period of several years,
my symptoms got worse and worse. I think the final straw was taking
several courses of antibiotics for a suspected urine infection.
After taking the antibiotics, all my symptoms got worse - the diarrhoea
became chronic, the stomach and back pain increased dramatically,
the groin pain was nearly constant, and I had shooting pains in
my arms and lower back now!” Pauline
“At this stage I seriously thought
I had something very serious - possibly cancer. So I had to do something
about it. Eventually I saw four doctors, had numerous blood tests
and physical examinations, and was even admitted to the local hospital.
After more tests I was eventually diagnosed with irritable bowel
syndrome and depression. “ Janice
Most of the books and articles you
read repeat the same old stuff: "IBS is a dysfunctional
bowel, with no known cause or cure."
Irritable bowel syndrome is a
disorder; it's not a disease like Crohn's Disease where
the small intestine is inflamed. IBS sufferers do not suffer
from inflamed intestines, although the symptoms of IBS
and Crohn's (and other digestive disorders) can be very similar.
IBS can only be described by its symptoms:
persistent abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, bloating,
and possibly other symptoms but these are the main ones. A person
is usually diagnosed with IBS if they have the above symptoms and
no disease or other reason has been found for the disorder.
It's important to realize that irritable
bowel syndrome is only diagnosed after other disorders and
diseases have been eliminated. So put simply, IBS is recurrent
symptoms of diarrhea/constipation, abdominal pain, bloating where
no ‘real disease' has been found. Thus, IBS is a catch-all
term for a number of possible digestive disorders.
What are the
Typical Symptoms of IBS Sufferers?
Typical symptoms of IBS sufferers can
be divided into two groups - primary and secondary.
- Primary symptoms include:
- Stomach/abdominal pain
- Diarrhea and/or Constipation
- Excessive gas
- Secondary symptoms include:
- Lower back pain
- Shooting pains
- Acid stomach
- Groin pain
I've found via research and personal experience that there are two
main sources of stomach/abdominal pain. The two sources are bowel
spasm and increased digestive tract sensitivity or hypersensitivity.
Diarrhea: The diarrhea
is caused by uncontrolled bowel spasm. When the bowel goes into
spasm, stools are not properly formed and excess fluid is not absorbed
leading to watery stools - diarrhea.
are number of possible causes of constipation including: altered
digestive chemistry and intestinal flora, low fluid and fiber intake,
loss of body salts, etc.
can be caused by trapped gas in the stomach or bowels. The gas is
caused by undigested or partly digested food being fermented by
bacteria or fungal overgrowth. Another cause of bloating is bowel
distention. If the bowel goes into spasm, it can ‘stick out’
giving the appearance or feeling of bloating.
Excessive gas: Excessive
gas is caused by undigested or partly digested food being fermented
in the large intestines.
find the CAUSE!
GM crop DNA found in human
ANDY COGHLAN / New Scientist 18jul02
For the first time, it has been proved
that bacteria in the human gut can take up DNA from genetically
Opponents of GM foods say the results vindicate their warnings that
this might happen, and that the risk of gut bacteria scavenging
antibiotic resistance genes from GM food is no longer theoretical.
"This is a first," says Adrian Bebb of the Friends of
the Earth. "We've said time and time again there's a risk of
this happening. Now, they've looked just once and they've found
Burger and shake
Harry Gilbert and colleagues at the
University of Newcastle upon Tyne made the discovery, after feeding
volunteers with a burger and a milk shake containing GM Soya products.
To see how the GM food was dealt with by different parts of the
digestive system, he gave the food to 12 healthy volunteers and
to seven volunteers who had previously had their colons surgically
removed. When he examined stools from the healthy volunteers, he
found traces of DNA from the GM food. He also found evidence that
gut bacteria had taken up the DNA. When he examined waste products
collected from the seven ileostomy bags, he found that up to 3.7
per cent of the GM DNA survived. Crucially, in three of the seven,
he found that bacteria had taken up GM DNA from the Soya.He
concludes that the DNA must have been taken up only by large proportions
of gut bacteria.
To account for the differences between
the "ileostomists" and volunteers with intact digestive
systems, Gilbert's team speculates that DNA survives the small bowel
but gets completely destroyed in the large bowel. They say in a
draft manuscript that people with ileostomies might produce less
of the enzyme that degrades DNA.
In a separate experiment on colonies
of intestinal cells, Gilbert's team showed that raw loops of GM
DNA called plasmids can be taken up directly. Bacteria
containing the same plasmids proved totally capable of transferring
their genetic cargo into the gut cells. "These data support
the view that GM Soya represents a significant risk to human health
through gene transfer," says the Gilbert team.
Frightening? You BET!
So what can
we do about this problem?
First of all, you have to clean out
your bowels. It may be too late to keep Genetic damage from being
done, as we cannot go back in retrospect and undo all that. BUT,
cells in the intestine have an average life span of 120 days. New
cells then replace the ones that have reached the end of their lifespan.
SO… If these cells have genetic
damage, and you have changed things around to correct the problem
that caused your IBS in the first place, it theoretically will only
take 120 days to do it!
Here are the steps to permanently remove
IBS from your life:
- Do the Bowel
Cleanse (to view the article on Bowel Cleansing, click
- Eat ONLY Organically grown foods
- Eat plenty of intestine active
rich foods such as Acidophilus capsules, of course, Yoghurt, Acidophilus
milk, kefir, koumiss, beverages based on bulgaricus or bifidus
strains, labneh, and sour cream.
- Drink Cultured buttermilk every
day, at least 3 glasses, one at each meal
- Do food combining to eat, at every