Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Boise ID

IBS is challenging and painful condition that can last for years and cause a reduced quality of life. The most challenging aspect of IBS is that it can’t be definitively diagnosed using a biological or chemical test. Rather, it is a collection of varying symptoms.

J Chris Kantarian, MD
(208) 336-3070
222 N 2nd St
Boise, ID
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1981

Data Provided by:
Paul H Baehr
(208) 343-1702
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Gastroenterology

Data Provided by:
Bonnie Kim Waite
(208) 343-1702
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Gastroenterology

Data Provided by:
Keith B Taylor, MD
901 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oxford Univ Med Sch, Oxford (917-09 Eff 1/1971)
Graduation Year: 1949

Data Provided by:
Richard F Uhlmann
(208) 343-1702
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Gastroenterology

Data Provided by:
Bonnie Kim Waite, MD
(608) 263-7322
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1996

Data Provided by:
Theodore Weldon Bohlman, MD
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1971

Data Provided by:
Philip D Jensen
(208) 343-1702
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Data Provided by:
Ellen Benwood Hunter, MD
(208) 343-6458
425 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1983

Data Provided by:
Shauna Tseu Williams, MD
(208) 377-2273
901 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1984

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Provided by: 

IBS is challenging and painful condition that can last for years and cause a reduced quality of life. The good news is that relief is possible. Primarily by taking an integrated approach to treatment—focusing on the whole person, not just the symptoms of the disease—individuals can make effective lifestyle, diet, and supplement changes that can have profound effects toward alleviating IBS. What is IBS?

The most challenging aspect of IBS is that it can’t be definitively diagnosed using a biological or chemical test. Rather, it is a collection of varying symptoms. The primary symptoms are abdominal pain and bowel dysfunction, including gas, diarrhea or constipation, discomfort, bloating, and nausea. Most doctors diagnose IBS by ruling out other diseases and confirming symptoms. Diet, infection, and psychological stressors seem to underlie these symptoms for most patients with IBS.

What causes IBS?

Equally mysterious are the origins of IBS. Some research suggests that with IBS, the contractions of the colon that move food and waste through the intestines are abnormal, ranging from spasmodic to completely stopped. In the simplest sense, these abnormal contractions cause diarrhea and/or constipation, as well as poor digestion and malnutrition. Further, they can indirectly lead to bacterial imbalance, compromised immunity, poor metabolism, and changes in mood and hormonal activity.

Physical and mental stresses also are contributing factors, affecting contractions in the colon as well as the absorption of liquids and nutrients. People who have been exposed to psychological, physical, and/or sexual trauma in childhood appear to be at higher risk of developing IBS. Approximately 20 percent of individuals may get IBS as the result of a parasite, infection, or other inflammation of the intestine.

For those affected, the medical solutions can be disheartening. Few prescription drugs exist, and what is available can have serious side effects. For example, alosetron hydrochloride (Lotronex), a prescription medication that has been prescribed to women with IBS, can cause severe constipation and reduced blood flow to the colon. These effects have been associated with ischemic colitis, a critical condition of inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the large intestine.

Commonly used over-the-counter treatments have drawbacks as well. For example, one big mistake people with IBS make is taking too many antacids. Pain in the stomach and intestines doesn’t necessarily equate to too much acid. In fact, the opposite is often true.

A condition called hypochlorhydria, marked by insufficient levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, can cause maldigestion and symptoms of IBS. Additionally, many patients with heartburn take antacids and other medicines, which further decrease acid production and compromise the immune system. In a recent study, users of acid-suppressing medicines doubled their risk of pneumonia.

With acid suppression and chronic antibioti...

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...