To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of irritable bowel syndrome we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow irritable bowel syndrome to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind irritable bowel syndrome consists of three steps:
|Low Digestive Enzymes||70%||Possible|
|Stomach Acid Deficiency||24%||Unlikely|
|Bacterial Dysbiosis||0%||Ruled out|
Have you been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Mild, in the past, now resolved
→ Serious, in the past, now resolved
→ Current minor/moderate problem
→ Current major problem
Some bacterial infections of the small bowel increase passive intestinal permeability. IBS has been studied in patients with diarrhea, cramps and specific food intolerances. Abnormal fecal flora has been a consistent finding, with a decrease in the ratio of anaerobes to aerobes, apparently due to a deficiency of anaerobic flora. Previous exposure to antibiotics – metronidazole in particular – was associated with the development of this disorder.
Hypercoagulation may be a major causative factor for Irritable Bowel Disease because it deprives the bowel of blood.
Research has shown that IBS frequently co-exists with CFS and fibromyalgia. Depending on the study quoted, between 34% and 73% of CFS/FMS sufferers have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.