Integrative Medicine Blog
Is Your Digestive Tract Irritated?
The Stram Center takes in investigative approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Over the years I have seen many patients who have come to me reporting that they have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Many have received this diagnosis because they have gone to their General Practitioner or Gastroenterologist with digestive complaints—indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea—and all tests or procedures have come back “inconclusive”. This is often because most of the testing is to rule out Irritable bowel disease—Chron’s or Ulcerative colitis. Both are autoimmune conditions.
Now with the diagnosis of IBS, treatment recommendations may be laxatives or anti-diarrheals for symptoms related to constipation or diarrhea, or fiber such as Metamucil.
But what is CAUSING the digestive tract to be IRRITABLE?
Could it be certain foods in the diet? Could it be the use of medications such as antibiotics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories? Could it be an imbalance of gut flora, also know as dysbiosis? Could it be sugar intolerance to lactose or fructose? Could it be stress?
At the Stram Center it is our goal to investigate these possible causes. With the use of comprehensive digestive stool analysis testing, IgG/IgA food allergy/sensitivity testing, and breath testing, we are often able to find the cause of the irritation. With dietary modifications and supplementation aimed at repairing and restoring your gastrointestinal tract, we are often able to alleviate symptoms of IBS to the point where most people can say “I no longer have IBS”.