What to understand about IBS research


There have already been major breakthroughs in many areas of medical research over the last 30 years. And we have knowledge from ancient wisdom largely ignored by Western medicine. Yet no-one seems to have been joining up the dots of IBS and that research – and creating an improved treatment of IBS symptoms.

So let me be your guide!

Joining up the dots of IBS and research

Western medical practitioners have become more and more specialised and overworked. And it would seem that this research, this breakthrough knowledge has had difficulty permeating down to those who need it the most. Our obsession with trusted, familar solutions (that are not working) is holding us all back.

When I was told I would have IBS for the rest of my life I believed my doctor and GI specialist at first. But when I went back because my symptoms were getting worse, I was just prescribed medication.

Medication doesn’t get to the root causes. It just puts a band-aid over the warning light.

I couldn’t digest the medication. And my gut instinct told me that my IBS was not just about food either.

IBS recovery and research

I have a Masters degree so I am used to documentary research and seeking answers to questions. And I love experimenting and thinking outside the box.

So I started studying breakthroughs in mental health and compulsive behavioural syndromes, neuroplasticity, the mindy body connection, the breakthrough principles of cognitive therapy,  linking these with the principles of Chinese and holistic medicine, energy flow and energy blockages, and Ayurveda. I came across research by trauma specialists and homeopathic psychosomaticiens outlining emotional and belief-centered reasons behind many unexplained physical conditions.

By linking all these together I began to understand my IBS, the big WHYs behind irritable bowel syndrome. I went out and invested in all the different modalities that I could find, and trained in the ones best adapted to turning my IBS around.

I no longer suffer from IBS at all.

Another reason why no-one else is joining all the dots

While we are under the impression that health problems and IBS are something we have to get rid of, instead of learn from, the pharmaceutical industry will continue to develop traditional meds for IBS.

Did you know that the most recent research on IBS is largely funded by the pharmaceutical industry?

To develop medical products as your go-to treatment for IBS.

That’s what the market is asking for: convenient, easy relief from an outside source.

It’s a HUGE and thriving market!

Linzess (for constipation) costs at least $150 for 30 tablets. If you use it daily, that’s $1800 a year – every year!

There are, of course, many cheaper, well-known over-the-counter remedies, but if you’re reading my articles my guess is that they are not getting you enough relief.

What about enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, testing kits to find out how many different bacteria you have in your gut (I never have understood how that is supposed to get you results…), or for food intolerance, or stools (yuk!)

Why is it that we keep shelling out for these, when they are not getting us where we want to go?

Maybe getting well (and staying well) takes a bigger investment of time, perseverance, money and focus than swallowing a quick fix.

It’s like continually putting out fires, instead of addressing the root cause.

Do you really want to deal with IBS forever?

from stoolgazing to stargazing

Why not give up stool-gazing, and start star-gazing? It’s much more fun!

To my surprise I was able to totally recover from IBS. Through my own research and experimentation I could finally understand where IBS was coming from (essentially my body, mind, suppressed emotions and interrupted energy flow) and take control.

Then I passionately trained in several alternative modalities so I could guide others out of their IBS maze.

Yet reading around, all I see offered is treatment for IBS based on medication, depressingly limited diets that would steal the joy of even the happiest person on earth, and managing symptoms – at best. I even see people having their gallbladder removed, or having other surgery in an attempt to get relief.

These are even the options presented in a research paper on SIBO: “Treatment includes dietary, surgical, and medical therapies.”

Seriously, STOP! You can do better than that.

I am so passionate about this because we are all wasting our lives suffering unnecessarily.

What’s more, you just can’t be the best of you with IBS hanging over every mouthful you eat 24/7!

connecting the dots

I don’t manage symptoms (I now don’t have any.)

And I don’t need to follow a special diet.

I don’t take products or meds of any kind.

Above alI I now know why my body needed chronic IBS as an alarm system – and why it doesn’t any more. 

I am no superwoman. And I can assure you, you have more power than you think!

But you do have to be absolutely sick of IBS and committed to change to succeed.

Once you understand your IBS and your IBS triggers, then you can release them.  If something new comes up in your life, you KNOW that you can deal with it without the need for flare-ups any more.

Now that DOES feel better!