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.

John Anthony Thesing, MD
(816) 943-2006
930 Carondelet Dr Ste 103
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hospital, Kansas City, Mo; St Joseph Health Center, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Gastrointestinal Associates Pa; Olathe Medical Services/Gastro Intestinal Associates Kansas

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Charles Phillip Pattison
(816) 221-9898
6080 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Christian C Mc Elhinney, MD
(913) 236-5259
930 Carondelet Dr Ste 103
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1995

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Donald J Denby
(573) 635-5264
1241 W Stadium Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Timothy J Edwards
(573) 334-8870
1429 N Mount Auburn Rd
Cape Girardeau, MO
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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George Lee Kistler, MD
(573) 634-2620
1505 Southwest Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1981

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Chaudhary Ma Khan, MD
(314) 569-6166
suite 1001 Tower B 621 S New Ballas Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1988

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Michael Ryan, MR
(314) 577-8764
7235 El Moro Ave
Richmond Heights, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Burton Albert Shatz, MD
(314) 997-0554
11525 Olde Cabin Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1943

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Brent A Tetri
(314) 577-8764
3660 Vista
St Louis, MO
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Gastroenterology

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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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