Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What is irritable bowel syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common of the functional somatic syndromes. Twenty per cent of the population suffers from this to some degree at some point in their lives. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is characterised by unpredictable and erratic disruption of the digestive system. Symptoms can range from mild to completely debilitating. The majority of sufferers will experience one or more of these symptoms:
- abdominal pain or discomfort
Because the condition is not life threatening the impact on sufferer’s lives is too frequently under estimated. Every part of a person’s life is affected in an attempt to avoid, manage, and deal with symptoms. Everyday situations become difficult to contend with; holidays and socialising can be almost impossible for many, whilst simply getting through the maintenance tasks of life can prove a major hurdle.
What causes irritable bowel syndrome?
IBS occurs when the nerves and muscles of the lower bowel are not working the way they should. The bowel can become extra sensitive to pain and easily or frequently upset.
The general view within the medical field is that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is caused by ‘stress’. Other health practitioners contend that medical tests fail to identify the presence of parasites and bacteria within the gut, which they contend are the primary cause.
I believe that the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are caused by dysfunction within the autonomic nervous system. This dysfunction leads to an acid/alkaline imbalance which proves to be a fertile ground for yeast infections, bacteria and parasites. The dysfunction within the autonomic nervous system is caused by irregularities within the mid brain structures which, in turn, are caused by blockages or imbalances within the body’s energy fields.
It is frequently the case that sufferers believe their symptoms are caused by food intolerances. However, our experience suggests that this is not entirely the case. While it is common to experience food intolerances or food allergies – the most common being dairy, wheat, potatoes, tomatoes and nuts – symptoms for the majority of people are relatively mild. It is when irregularities are evident within the autonomic nervous system and the gut becomes dysfunctional, that the symptoms arising from the ingestion of food are amplified enormously.
How Can I Recover from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
The first thing that sufferers need to know is that recovery is possible without having to lead a very restricted diet for the rest of your life.
Being cognizant of how your body responds to different foods is of great value; however, ideally this can best be gauged when a complete cessation of symptoms is experienced.
In order to obtain a long-term symptom-free result for irritable bowel syndrome, it is vital that the cause of symptoms is treated rather than an approach which simply avoids or manages the symptoms.
Blockages and imbalances in the body’s energy fields are the underlying cause and the first stage of the chain reaction that culminates in the devastating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
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