Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome Wilmington DE

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.

Soloman Rohan Singh, MD
(302) 733-2313
Apt 1014 1303 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1996

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J Fernando Del Rosario, MD
(302) 651-5928
PO Box 191
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1986

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Kurt A Brown, MD
(610) 664-3086
PO Box 15437
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1989

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Kedar N Kapoor
(302) 633-5302
1601 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Debra Silberg, MS
(302) 885-1055
1800 Concord Pike # D2C-023
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Tadaie Wakamatsu, MD
(302) 655-9444
2300 Pennsylvania Ave
Wilmington, DE
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Medical School: Nagasaki Univ, Fac Of Med, Nagasaki, Japan
Graduation Year: 1966
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Hospital: St Francis Hosp, Wilmington, De

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Mark Bertram Sostek, MD
(302) 885-0952
PO Box 15437
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1986

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Marta Del Carmen Illueca, MD
(302) 885-1487
PO Box 15437
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ De Panama, Fac De Med, Panama City, Panama
Graduation Year: 1984

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Ira Fred Lobis, MD
(302) 738-5300
Suite 134 4745 Ogletown Stanton Rd
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology
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Male
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Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Christiana Care -Wilmington, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Gastroenterology Associates

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Jaime Hernan Rivera, MD
(302) 478-8332
702 Cardiff Rd
Wilmington, DE
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Gastroenterology, Pediatrics
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Male
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Spanish
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Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: Christiana Hosp, Newark, De; Dupont Hosp For Children, Wilmington, De

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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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