Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome Arden NC

Dietary allergies can contribute to IBS symptoms, and eliminating them can lead to dramatic improvement as well. A recent review of dietary allergies in IBS published in Neurogastroenterology and Motility concluded that excluding dietary allergens can lead to an improvement in up to 71 percent of IBS sufferers.

Michael D Bates
(828) 213-1740
11 Vanderbilt Park Dr
Asheville, NC
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Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Ian Grimm, MR
(919) 966-2513
Fairview, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Donald R Varner, MD
(828) 696-3099
1032 Fleming St
Hendersonville, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Michael Kermit Newcomer, MD
(828) 254-0881
72 Edgemont Rd
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1988

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Rodney Alexander Perez, MD
(828) 665-8818
191 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1994

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Sumodh Kalathil, MD
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PO Box 19894
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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William Owen McMillan, MD
(910) 343-0161
PO Box 9025
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
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Kenneth J Clark Jr, MD
(704) 254-0881
191 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Mission St Joseph Health Syste, Asheville, Nc
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Richard Lloyd Smith, MD
(828) 254-0881
191 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1972

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Sumodh Kalathil, MD
(828) 298-7911
1100 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Med Coll, Calicut Univ, Calicut, Kerala, India
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Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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By John Neustadt, ND

I’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. My doctor has prescribed antidepressants, but I would prefer not to take drugs. What holistic treatments do you recommend for IBS?

Many natural treatments can help IBS. Meditating 30 minutes a day for just six weeks significantly decreased diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, and belching in one study. Not surprisingly, the study reported no side effects.

Dietary allergies can contribute to IBS symptoms, and eliminating them can lead to dramatic improvement as well. A recent review of dietary allergies in IBS published in Neurogastroenterology and Motility concluded that excluding dietary allergens can lead to an improvement in up to 71 percent of IBS sufferers.

We can identify food allergens several ways. Blood tests for IgG4 antibodies and the allergy elimination-challenge tests are the most sensitive. In an elimination-challenge test, patients follow a hypoallergenic diet for a prescribed period of time and track their symptoms in a journal. Then they methodically, and with guidance from a clinician, reintroduce foods one at a time. If symptoms return with specific foods, the patient eliminates them from her diet altogether, perhaps not forever, but for a while.

Dietary supplements, including probiotics and peppermint, can also benefit people with IBS. Probiotics, which are beneficial gut bacteria, have been the subject of multiple clinical trials of IBS. In one study, for example, volunteers received 10 billion cfu (colony forming units) of Lactobacillus salivarius or Bifidobacterium infantis, or a placebo, in a malted drink once daily. Those who took the B. infantis probiotic experienced a significant improvement in abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel movement difficulty or urgency.

A clinical trial has also shown that enteric-coated peppermint oil decreases pain in children with IBS. In this particular trial, 42 children received peppermint oil capsules that didn’t dissolve until they were in the lower intestines (enteric coated). After two weeks, 71 percent of the volunteers in the peppermint oil group reported improvement in symptoms compared with 43 percent in the placebo group.

I respect your decision to want to investigate other, nondrug options for IBS. A combination of these therapies may provide the best long-term relief for you.

Author: John Neustadt

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