Awful as those sound, about 60 million people— 20% of Americans—deal with them daily in the form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). They struggle with miserable, often disabling symptoms that result in debilitating physical and psychological effects and, in the end, a poor quality of life (1).
Take it from me, because not long ago I was one of those victims.
Good news: IBS is treatable – curable, even – and you’re about to get the simple secret to a happier, healthier gut. With diet. With discipline. And without invasive surgery or an over-crowded pillbox.
IBS is not a diagnosis at all, but rather an accumulation of symptoms. It’s an “irritable bowel.” But when your doctors examine your colon during a colonoscopy, they don’t necessarily see a problem. Everything looks normal. There are no structural issues, no tumors and, in turn, no obvious cause. This is usually when most doctors will slap you with a label of “IBS”, tell you to add more fiber and send you on your (supposedly) merry way.
For those of you familiar with my story, this is exactly what happened to me. I went from gastroenterologist to gastroenterologist. I endured everything from an MRI to CT scan, endoscopy and colonoscopy, only to get the seemingly innocuous “IBS” diagnosis. But my symptoms, like many patients, eventually grew so severe that I was even ominously warned by one doctor that the only answer was to … remove MY ENTIRE large intestine.
Thank God I sought another opinion. My own fact-based, researched, alternative opinion.
Doctors often tell their patients there is no cure for IBS. It’s all in the patient’s head. Just add more fiber. Or they even prescribe antidepressants, sedatives and other drugs that could potentially exacerbate the condition.
Maybe you’ve had a similar experience?
You’ve spent thousands of dollars on testing … with no answers. You feel like doctors aren’t taking you seriously. You’re frustrated, fed up and, maybe, even depressed.
I know I was.
But that’s not the answer, at all. To treat IBS, you need to address the underlying cause as to WHY your digestion is not working. That’s where functional medicine comes in.
- The3-R approach I used to heal my own IBS, as well as many of my clients
- The causes of IBS and how to pinpoint and address the underlying condition
- Recommended lab testing for proper diagnosis
- How diet affects your gut health and the common foods that are harming your digestive health
- Nutrition guidelines to reduce symptoms and heal your gut
- Supplement recommendations to repair and repair and restore
- How stress, sleep, and exercise affect the gut