IBS: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Intestinal Bull Shit?”
I’d like to make a fairly controversial comment at the outset, which is:
“Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn’t really exist!”
In fact, I prefer to call IBS “Intestinal Bull Shit”
Let me explain what I mean:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a ‘catchall’ term that is used to describe a bunch of symptoms that can’t really be explained by the medical system.
But in nearly all the cases of so-called IBS that I have helped clients with over the years, I’ve never seen one that hasn’t responded favourably to changes in diet, removal of bacteria such as H pylori, parasites and yeast/fungal overgrowth, detoxification and the replenishment of good bacteria, vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes.
In other words, IBS usually is the result of something being in your body that shouldn’t be, which makes the bowel ‘irritable’.
Wikipedia defines IBS as the follows:
“It is a functional bowel disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved by bowel movements. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate (classified as IBS-D, IBS-C or IBS-A, respectively). IBS may begin after an infection (post-infectious, IBS-PI), a stressful life event, or onset of maturity without any other medical indicators.”
The biggest problem with IBS is that doctors use it too often. It’s a get-out clause, which roughly translates as:
“We know there’s something wrong with you, but we don’t know why”
Here are 10 possible causes of IBS:
- H pylori
- Hookworm infection
- Blastocystis hominis infection
- Liver and gallbladder dysfunction
- Gluten intolerance (wheat, rye, barley)
- Lactose intolerance (cow’s milk)
- Low digestive enzymes
- Candida overgrowth
- Mercury toxicity
- Stress, causing hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances
The symptoms of IBS are so common that they are often considered to be ‘normal’. But it is NOT normal to have:
- Loose stools
- Abdominal pain
If these symptoms are present, all is NOT well with your digestive system. Sure, your doctor may tell you that you have IBS, but really that’s not an accurate enough description.
It’s also not a good idea to assume that the symptoms of IBS are harmless.
IBS or Helicobacter Pylori?
If the only symptoms of H pylori infection are those that mimic IBS, you may never be offered a test for H pylori.
If you’ve read many of the articles on this site, you’ll know that in some people, H pylori infection is a ticking time bomb that may lead to extreme complications such as stomach cancer.
IBS or Mercury Toxicity?
What if your IBS is actually being caused by mercury toxins that have accumulated from your mercury dental amalgams or eating lots of fish? In this case, the mercury could also be wreaking havoc elsewhere in your body.
IBS or Parasite Infection?
What is your IBS is being caused by a hookworm infection? In this case, you may also become anemic if you don’t uncover why you have symptoms. The anemia could leave you feeling weak and tired, while looking pale.
IBS or Gluten Intolerance?
Finally, what if your IBS is being caused by a reaction in your intestines to eating gluten? In this case, your intestines could literally be in the process of being burned away and destroyed.
IBS or Candida Overgrowth?
Candida is one of many species of yeast and fungal organisms that can overgrow in your digestive tract. If your IBS is being caused by Candida, you risk developing literally tens of different symptoms in the future, including skin problems, memory problems, depression and anxiety.
What To Do If You Have IBS?
I could write an entire book on IBS (and will do soon). The symptoms of IBS are so badly dealt with in the medical system that I simply have to get the message out there.
But to get you started, here’s what I’d like you to consider as action points:
- Remove troublesome foods from your diet. We can help you with this and I recommend that you begin by following the nutrition programme in or Health Freedom Secrets online member’s programme.
- Run a GI Effects Stool Test to identify the ‘bugs’ living in your system that should not be there. Once we know what’s there, we can help you remove the offenders, often with the help of your doctor.
- Consider the amount of stress you’re under. Stress can cause imbalances in your nervous system that affect proper digestive function.