Tag Archives: IBS

Self-help for irritable bowel syndrome

September 28, 2013

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by Julia Busch —  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also called spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach or irritable colon, is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. It affects approximately 10 to 20 percent of the general population. Considered a “functional” disorder that does not damage the bowel, the condition is caused by […]

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An IBS investigation

August 23, 2013

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by Diana Wiggins and Julie Oppenheimer —  What is it about those detective shows like CSI, 48 Hours or even House that have us tuning in every week for a new episode? For most people, it is the armchair detective work that we can do from our living rooms — participating in thinking through the […]

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Can thoughts cause IBS flare-ups?

June 27, 2013

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by Dr. Jennifer Burns —  The above question can be answered with a big “Yes!” Anxiety is the name of the game for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People with IBS experience anxiety when leaving the house, going out to public functions or just going shopping. They first must locate the bathroom any […]

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The different degrees of irritable bowel syndrome

March 25, 2013

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by Dr. Jennifer Burns —  I  tend to view irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as having different degrees, ranging from simple to complex. Simple: This type of IBS is associated with some gas and bloating, with episodic diarrhea or constipation. Occasional flare-ups occur, but usually over-the-counter medications can take care of those situations. Middle: This condition […]

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Hypnotherapy and irritable bowel syndrome

March 14, 2013

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by Irene Conlan —  Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not a new disease, it is now being seen more and more often in doctors’ and therapists’ offices. IBS is not life-threatening, but it can be debilitating, embarrassing and a nuisance to those who suffer from it. General symptoms of IBS include diarrhea and/or constipation, […]

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Boost the immune system with beta glucan

February 19, 2013

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by Debbie Williams —  Do you ever get the feeling you have been duped by the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and traditional medical industries? You may be a member of the growing group that is questioning and asking, “Do I really need to take that drug or is there something natural that does not have side […]

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I’m sick and tired of hearing about stress

January 11, 2013

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by Irene Conlan —  “I’m sick and tired of hearing about stress,” he said. “I read about it in magazines and the newspaper; they talk about it on the radio and on TV. That’s all they talk about at work. Stress, stress, stress. So what’s the big deal?” He had come for hypnotherapy because he […]

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Follow your gut: it may be celiac

March 5, 2012

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by Heather Demeritte —  You visit the doctor because you are suffering from abdominal bloating, chronic diarrhea and constipation, and extreme fatigue. Your doctor diagnoses you with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — but is it really IBS? If your gut feeling tells you to visit another doctor for a second opinion, follow that internal instinct. […]

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Celiac disease 101

February 24, 2012

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by Heather Demeritte —  “You have celiac disease,” your doctor finally tells you after months, maybe even years of insufferable periods of abdominal pain and embarrassing trips to the bathroom. So what exactly is celiac disease? Is it contagious or life threatening? Who else has it? Many questions may enter your mind, but your doctor […]

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