Irritable Bowel Syndrome Butte MT

Peppermint oil may offer additional relief by relaxing intestinal muscles and soothing spasms. In one double-blind trial, four out of five IBS patients reduced their symptoms with enteric-coated peppermint oil. One to two capsules with each meal should do the trick.

Florian M Cortese
(406) 723-1300
300 W Mercury St
Butte, MT
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Gastroenterology

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Florian Mose Cortese, MD
(406) 782-1261
300 W Mercury St
Butte, MT
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1973

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Gerald Dean Spencer, MD
(406) 761-1800
1300 28th St S Ste 3
Great Falls, MT
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1979

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Thomas Korb
(406) 238-6380
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
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Gastroenterology

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Richard G Murney
(406) 327-0913
2687 Palmer St
Missoula, MT
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Gastroenterology

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John Raymond Jacobson, MD
(406) 782-9132
1101 S Montana St
Butte, MT
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1966

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Jonathan Lee Riegler, MD
(406) 457-4360
2525 E Broadway St Ste 200
Helena, MT
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dr.Mark Rumans
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Avenue North
Billings, MT
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
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Gastroenterologist
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Michael C Fischer
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
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Gastroenterology

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James Alvin Cain, MD
(406) 728-4160
601 W Spruce St
Missoula, MT
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1970

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Rx: Pacify Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

In March, the FDA pulled Zelnorm, a popular drug for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation, from the market. The withdrawal came after a Swiss government review of 29 Zelnorm studies revealed that patients who used the drug had a tenfold increase in the chance of heart attack, stroke, or severe heart-related chest pain.
The revelation that Zelnorm’s side effects are far from the “norm” creates even more impetus for a natural solution to IBS. About one million Americans have this intestinal disorder, which causes constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. The symptoms, though notoriously sporadic, provoke a striking amount of discomfort and stress. While doctors don’t know for sure what causes IBS, people with stress, fibromyalgia, and sicca complex (dry eyes and mouth) and women having their periods are more likely to suffer IBS symptoms.

Irritable bowel syndrome has numerous other monikers, such as colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, and spastic bowel, but none of these terms accurately describe it—IBS doesn’t involve inflammation and should not be confused with ulcerative colitis. Doctors consider IBS a functional disorder because the colon and intestines, upon examination, show no sign of disease, injury, or bleeding. Nonetheless, as IBS sufferers know, the condition is far from phantom. Still, you don’t have to risk a Zelnorm-induced heart attack to find relief; alternative medicine has a long history of treating the condition. First, identify and remove the IBS food triggers from your diet. Although trouble can erupt at any time, the common triggers include gaseous foods, large meals, chocolate, dairy, alcohol, fatty foods, and caffeine.

Next, give your intestines some help with probiotics—friendly bacteria that aid digestion and reduce the population of pathological bugs by competing with them for space. During a four-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 IBS patients, treatment with Lactobacillus plantarum probiotics significantly reduced painful gas—and the benefits continued a year after treatment. Shoot for 3 to 5 billion live organisms daily from live yogurt or probiotic supplements.

Peppermint oil may offer additional relief by relaxing intestinal muscles and soothing spasms. In one double-blind trial, four out of five IBS patients reduced their symptoms with enteric-coated peppermint oil. One to two capsules with each meal should do the trick.

Psyllium seed, another heavy hitter against IBS, mitigates diarrhea and pain. As this bulk fiber travels through the gut, it absorbs excess fluids, normalizing stool texture and calming cramps. One study revealed that 82 percent of people relieved their constipation with psyllium. Take 6 to 7 grams with each meal in capsules, chewable wafers, or drinks for a total of about 20 grams daily.

Author: Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

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