Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lebanon MO

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.

Brian K Dieckgraefe
(314) 454-8200
4921 Parkview Pl
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Phil Weems Harrison, MD
(417) 623-5250
1001 Mc Intosh Cir Ste B
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1977

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Marin I Marcu
(636) 669-2332
400 1st Capitol Dr
Saint Charles, MO
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Gregory M Vardakis, DO
(816) 836-2200
206 NW Mock Ave
Blue Springs, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1990

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Richard David Lozoff, MD
(816) 554-3838
Suite 330 320 NE Saint Luke's Blvd
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1978

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Jose Alfredo Ramirez, MD
(314) 698-2400
505 Couch Ave Ste 160
Kirkwood, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De San Carlos, Fac De Cien Med, Guatemala
Graduation Year: 1981

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James William Dimitroff, MD
(314) 543-5200
10012 Kennerly Rd Ste 101
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ivan Elias, MR
(816) 333-5424
6420 Prospect Suite #T-407
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Hershel Alpers, MD
(314) 362-8943
660 S Euclid Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1960

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Ruben Ricardo Aymerich, MD
621 S New Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1996

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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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