Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

About 16 percent of adults suffer from the abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My friend Dr. Jan Mensink MD, the senior physician at The Practice in Bakersfield, was recently on the Jaz McKay radio show in Bakersfield sharing the warning signs and red flags, but also some great foods to eat and other important tips to help control and relieve your Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been called a variety of names since the 1950s, including Spastic Colitis, Spastic Colon, Functional Bowel Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Medical science now understands that there are both physical and emotional dimensions to the syndrome, and that the problem itself often begins with a viral infection in the gut that results in eventual toxicity in the gut. This toxicity with then impact receptor sites around the colon in the gut resulting in the syndrome known as IBS.

One of the treatment elements that Dr. Mensink recommends is counseling to learn to reduce stress, or learn how to express stress in healthy ways. Stress can be a trigger for IBS, as can depression and anxiety. Here is a link to the web page with the radio interview. This video and the mp3 recording are from an interview of Dr. Mensink on the Jaz McKay radio program that aired on February 1, 2016.

5:00 Physical and Emotional components introduced;
6:00 The role of bacterial overgrowth, toxins, and their impact on receptor sites in the gut;
7:00 There is now a blood test available to help in making a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and ruling out other possible problems;
8:30 Most common symptoms discussed: abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, mucus in stool;
9:00 Red flags. If these symptoms occur you must see your doctor right away: rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, bowel pain in the night that wakes you up;
12:00 Triggers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms: spicy foods, milk, chocolate, chocolate milk, sodas, cabbage, and alcohol. These may not cause problems immediately, but the problems usually occur in 48-72 hours;
15:00 Risk Factors of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include onset before age 45, females suffer twice as often as males, females menstrual cycle may be a factor, stress, anxiety, depression, a history of past abuse, grief or loss, and discouragement or feeling hopeless about the future;
20:15 Helpful Tips and Foods that Help:
1. Get an accurate diagnosis;
2. Take Pro-Biotics daily for the next several weeks;
3. Use Immodium or other remedies or medications as needed for diarrhea;
4. Avoid Milk or Milk products for 3 to 6 months – a lactose free diet may help;
5. Go to counseling to learn how to manage and reduce stress levels in your life;
6. Peppermint Oil may help relieve the symptoms;
7. Taking Fish Oils and Primrose Oils may help;
8. Acupuncture from a skilled provider may also help;
9. These foods can also provide help and relief: Ginger, Licorice, Rhubarb, Barley, and Tangerine Peels.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., M.S. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Tehachapi, CA who has been a counselor to children, teens, and adults helping them to overcome ADHD, find relief for depression or anxiety, and solve other problems in life since 1989. He served on the medical advisory board to the company that makes Attend and Extress from 1997 through 2011, and he is the Editor of the ADHD Information Library online resource. His ADHD Newsletter goes out to 9,500 families. He can be reached at (661) 972-5953.

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