… a refreshingly helpful approach

If you have had gut discomfort for too long and had a colonoscopy that shows normal results (and maybe a normal endoscopy as well), chances are you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Not a fabulous diagnosis, but actually you have known your gut has been irritable for a long time anyway. An IBS diagnosis really means that you don’t have anything more serious and there really isn’t a precise treatment for you. You get by with dietary changes, probiotics, laxatives, stress management and if needed, pain relief.

Of course there is a reason behind your symptoms, but you don’t know what that reason is, because there are a number of causes of IBS. A single condition can have many causes; a headache can be caused by dehydration, a neck problem, stress, needing glasses, and so on. In the same way, IBS, which is becoming much more prevalent, usually has a number of causes. It doesn’t help when you also have allergies, fatigue, reflux, restless legs, or insomnia – which could be connected.

Often IBS is put down to stress. While it is true that stress can be a factor, it is surprisingly uncommon as a true causative factor. Having IBS in the first place is stressful!

Over the years, we have developed a list of causes and listed them in a pocket book  Treat Your IBS Yourself – Your IBS Toolkit Here, you can read about the range of causes of IBS, from a bout of gastro, too many antibiotics, medications like the Oral Contraceptive Pill and food sensitivities – and what you what you can do about them.

One of the most common causes of IBS, which includes children, is gut parasites. Other causes of IBS are liver congestion, or ‘sluggish liver’ and poor diet. The book is arranged with a list of causes, followed by a treatment section. Using lists of symptoms, readers can identify which type (or types) of IBS that they have and then apply the recommendations.

This is a refreshing look at IBS, which departs from the strong emphasis on diet and stress management, often seen in medical literature. While attention to diet and stress levels can be helpful, finding the underlying cause can lead to recovery from IBS.

The author, Jon Gamble has been treating IBS for over 30 years, and the concentrated information in this booklet is a distillation of much of his clinical experience.