Irritable bowel syndrome accounts for up to 70 percent of gastrointestinal complaints seen in general medical practice. IBS is a digestive disorder that manifests with cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and alternating between constipation and diarrhea. It occurs more often in women than in men, and typically starts before the age of 35 in 50 percent of the population. It is estimated that one in five Americans have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders.
Most times, IBS sufferers frequently have cramping, straining, and are only able to eliminate a small amount when having a bowel movement. Once able to have a bowel movement, it might have mucus in it. With IBS and diarrhea, there is an urgent uncontrollable feeling to have a bowel movement. Also, the bowel movement is frequent, loose, typically diarrhea, and consists of watery stools.
Others with IBS alternate between constipation and diarrhea. Sometimes those with IBS find that their symptoms subside for a few months and then return in a never-ending cycle, while others have a constant worsening of symptoms over time. In addition, some with IBS feel the need to have a bowel movement after they have already had one.
IBS will heal naturally when using a holistic approach. Medication and surgery are not required when one treats the body as a whole instead of focusing on the individual parts like the bowel.
To get to the cause of IBS you must think of all the systems in the body working together producing a symphony of total health of body and mind. In the order of importance, these systems must be balanced so to heal the source or cause of irritable bowel syndrome instead of treating the effects with medication that never heals the condition, only temporarily patches it up. Remember medications have between 7-500 side effects. This means they can negatively affect this many systems, organs, gland and tissues. Why would you do something that can potentially do so much harm? To heal IBS, we must heal the systems of the body and state of mind.
Once you balance these systems, the body (and bowel) will do what God intended it to do, they will heal naturally. There are seven different core systems in the body that must have the proper attention to create this balance. Each one of these systems has its role in effectively treating the cause of all irritable bowel syndrome.
Dr. Keith Nemec