Join Now!      Login

Whole Person Wellness Program
 
healthy.net Wellness Model
Skip Navigation Links
 
 
FREE NEWSLETTER
   
   
   
 
Health Centers
Key Services
 
Breast Cancer?
More than three-quarters of women who get breast cancer are over whtat age?
over 40 years
over 45 years
over 50 years
over 55 years

 
 
 What Doctors Don't Tell You: QUESTION FROM READER 
 
What Doctors Don't Tell You © (Volume 3, Issue 5)
Q:For some time now I have suffered from digestive problems. The doctors tell me I have "irritable bowel" and have prescribed imodium. My condition is getting worse and I am now seriously underweight. I feel there has to be a cause of my problem and that taking medication is no answer in the long term. I am writing to you to ask your help on a number of points.

Could your medical team please tell me something about imodium? Is it a drug which should be prescribed long term?In Vol 2 No 9 of WDDTY you had an article, "Gut Reactions", in which reference was made to research being done in Cambridge on the relationship between food intolerance and bowel flora. Has this research been written up anywhere and if so, could you give me the reference?

Could you recommend any other reading which might help me throw some light on my condition? J. W., Bradford........

A:"Irritable bowel syndrome" is a catch all phrase used by most doctors when they basically don't know what the problem is. Also referred to as "spastic colon" , it's mainly characterized by aches or pains, gas,

flatulence, distension and general disquiet in the abdomen, as well as a disturbance of bowel habits, with diarrhoea or constipation. In other words, things just aren't right down there.

But each condition could result from one or more of a number of causes. Top of the list is food allergy or intolerance; the work we cited from Cambridge, performed by Dr. John Hunter, has shown allergies to a number of foods as responsible. The biggest offender was wheat, followed by corn, dairy products, coffee, tea and citrus fruits, in that order.

But food allergy is by no means the entire story. You could have a candida overgrowth, which would be causing your body not to tolerate certain foods, as could an overgrowth of other bacteria in the bowels. Extra tea, coffee or alcohol could upset your gut, or you could be allergic to milk and milk products. Finally, we're also finding that parasites like giardia lamblia or worms produce symptoms that mirror those of IBS a very common occurrence in the US and the UK.

Dr Stephen Davies has also seen increasing numbers of cases of IBS caused by the recent bran craze in people who could be marginally wheat intolerant. He's also discovered a high incidence of people with hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid). When food is not properly broken down in the stomach, the bowel cannot digest it. Treatment is by a short course of pancreatic enzymes.

Finally, repeated courses of antibiotics can disturb the millions of bacteria and other organisms that perform all manner of functions in the bowel, causing symptoms of IBS.

We spoke to Dr Keith Mumby about your letter, and he said the following:

"Imodium, while not as dangerous as many other drugs, simply covers up the real problem, which in most cases is a biochemical one. In some cases, it is psychological, the result of anxiety, obsession or tension. But in my experience, that occurs in a very small percentage of IBS cases, and not 95 per cent, as many doctors believe.

If you would like to embark on a self help programme, I suggest that you do the following, in this order:

1)Begin a sensible exclusion diet to isolate a possible food allergy.

2)If that doesn't cure the problem, consider candida overgrowth as a possible source of your problem (See WDDTY Vol 2 Nos 6 and 11).

3)Consider whether parasites are the cause (which we will be covering in a forthcoming issue of WDDTY). If so, find an enlightened doctor who will put you on a therapeutic trial of Flagyl(metronidazole) which kills a wide range of intestinal parasites like giardia. If you feel spectacularly better after the trial, it's very likely that a parasite is behind your difficulties.

4) If you're still not better, find a clinical ecologist with experience in this area who may be able to find the root cause and treat it."

 Comments Add your comment 

 About The Author
What Doctors Don't Tell You What Doctors Don’t Tell You is one of the few publications in the world that can justifiably claim to solve people's health problems - and even save lives. Our monthly newsletter gives you the facts you won't......more
 
 From Our Friends
 
 
 
Popular & Related Products
 
Popular & Featured Events
Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2015
     February 19-21, 2015
     New York, NY USA
 
Wellness Inventory Certification Training (Level I)
     February 24-May 26, 2015
     Teleclass, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Stevia Products & Info
 
Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, Finding Meaning, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us
Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Learn More/Subscribe
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Learn More
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Learn More
Free Webinar