#IBS Not ‘All In Your Head’

Tell us something we don’t know, although it is nice to see research catching us up! Nice also to see an admission that it is related to diet (for ‘irritating foods’, read mostly ‘intolerance foods’) and imbalances in the gut flora.

IBS is a real disease, and it’s not ‘all in the head’

Irritable bowel disease (IBS) is a real disease, and it’s not “all in the head” as many doctors believe, new research has concluded.
IBS affects up to 20 per cent of people, who complain of symptoms ranging from bloating, cramping, abdominal pain and constipation, and yet they are rarely taken seriously by doctors.
This is often because IBS doesn’t follow the classic pattern of a disease with a definite cause—but that’s because it isn’t a disease, but a term for a group of problems, say researchers from the Mayo Clinic.
IBS is the result of several disturbed motor and sensory processes, which have been affected by irritants, such as certain foods, poor gut flora, and over-production of bile and fatty acids.

(Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2012; 367: 1626-35). WDDTY enews November 12

3 Replies to “#IBS Not ‘All In Your Head’”

  1. Here here! That word ‘individual’ so important. Too often ‘we’ want a ‘one pill to cure all’ approach when getting in tune with our own individual body & its needs is actually the answer!

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