Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome Columbus OH

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.

Lincoln Charles Conaway, DO
(614) 299-3333
94 W 3rd Ave
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1968

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Glen G Borchers
(614) 257-5686
543 Taylor Ave
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology

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Jane Penelope Balint
(614) 722-3457
555 S 18th St
Columbus, OH
Specialty
Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Michael Dale Brogan, MD
(614) 486-5207
1211 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1978
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Hospital: Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Oh
Group Practice: Columbus Medical Ctr

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G Nicholas Verne
(614) 293-8518
456 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology

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David Neil Quinn, MD
(614) 293-8992
1320 Hunter Ave
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1996

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Glen Gerard Borchers, MD
(614) 257-5686
543 Taylor Ave
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Mt Carmel Med Ctr, Columbus, Oh; Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Oh; Mt Carmel East Hosp, Columbus, Oh
Group Practice: Columbus Medical Ctr

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Hayat Mousa, MD
(614) 722-3456
Gastroenterology ED426 700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1982

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Robert David Murray, MD
(614) 722-4958
700 Childrens Dr
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1979

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Sheryl Ann Pfeil, MD
(614) 293-4262
410 W 10th Avenue N213 Doan Hall
Columbus, OH
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Gastroenterology
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Female
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Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
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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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