What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Affecting over 20% of America’s population, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, refers to chronic digestive problems—cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc.— that do not have one clearly identifiable cause.
Also known as spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis, the symptoms of IBS vary in severity from person to person and are considered chronic—seeing as they last at least three months and for at least three days per month.
Some risk factors for IBS include prior gut infections, an imbalanced microbiome, imbalanced gut neurotransmitters, intestinal inflammation, intestinal muscle contractions, SIBO, small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO), parasitic infections, and trauma or stress. Symptoms can be triggered by food, stress, and hormones.
How is IBS typically diagnosed?
Seeing as IBS is the name given to a disorder that does not have a clearly identifiable cause or manifestation, getting a diagnosis for IBS is not a straightforward process. Doctors first rule out other conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or celiac disease, and then identify factors that may have predisposed a patient to the condition. They may examine stool samples, order blood tests, or perform a colonoscopy.
At the Biologix Center, we will do more than provide you with temporary symptom relief. Using our drug-free, innovative, and exclusive technology, we will work to identify and address the underlying causes of your disorder so as to improve your entire body’s functions, restoring you to optimal health. Request your patient info packet now!
What are the symptoms of IBS?
Patients suffering from IBS may notice the following symptoms:
Abdominal pain and cramping
Normally, your gut and brain work together via hormones, nerves, and signals to control your digestion. In IBS, these signals become distorted, causing painful, uncoordinated muscle tension in the digestive tract.
Approximately one-third of IBS patients notice accelerated bowel movements that are watery, loose, and may contain mucus. Diarrhea may alternate with constipation between patient to patient.
Nearly 50% of patients with IBS have fewer than three bowel movements per week. Altered communication between the brain and bowel slows down the time of stool, and as time passes the bowel itself becomes more and more difficult to pass. (*This differs from functional constipation which is common and not related to IBS.)
Gas & Bloating
Altered digestion leads to more gas production, which causes uncomfortable bloating.
Over 70% of patients with IBS report that certain foods trigger their symptoms. While trigger foods vary, some of the most common include gas producing foods such as lactose and gluten.
Those with IBS note exhaustion and insomnia as symptoms of their disorder. Symptom intensity often predicts the severity of this symptom.
Anxiety and depression
Coping with persistent symptoms leaves many patients feeling hopeless, especially since the majority of medical doctors have yet to find long-lasting treatment methods. Reach out to a friend, family member, or counselor for extra support during your battle with IBS.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or any additional symptoms not listed here, please contact us. We can help return your body to its natural rhythms. Request your patient packet today!
How is IBS typically treated?
Once a person is diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, medical doctors typically suggest OTC and prescription drugs depending on their patient’s most noticeable symptoms and their severity. Though these measures may temporarily ease symptoms, they do not provide lasting relief and may actually be disruptive to other systems of the body.
How does The Biologix Center treat IBS differently?
While the prevailing medical thought is to first and foremost mask any symptoms by prescribing purple pills for stomach pain, sleep-aids for exhaustion, and antidepressants for anxiety, none of these drugs address the symptoms’ underlying causes. The Biologix Center uses precise, real-time testing and treatment methods to target the multiple structural and functional imbalances associated with every case of IBS, enabling the body to naturally, and often rapidly, achieve lasting relief. Our goal is to promote the long-term restoration of health without encouraging a dependence upon medications.
Using tests such as Biospectroscopic Emission Sequence Testing (BEST), developed at the Biologix Center over 20 years ago by Dr. David A. Jernigan, D.C., we can eliminate much of the guesswork in doctoring. Unlike conventional blood tests that produce merely a snapshot of a patient’s blood on the day it was drawn, our constantly evolving technologies provide far more insight into the root causes of a patient’s symptoms as well as treatment options that are tested for compatibility and effectiveness for each patient’s unique body, before even beginning treatment.
Every system of the body is interconnected and interdependent, meaning that each system must be precisely addressed in order for the body to achieve optimal health. Health care delivery is often a minimalistic approach. It is far easier to prescribe a painkiller or antibiotic than to provide the maximum applied effort needed to truly restore the optimum form and function of the body. The Biologix Center’s approach is for those who truly desire to be well, not just feel well from drug-induced illusions of health. The best of every healing method and testing is brought to your unique case, in one-on-one, hour-long treatment sessions with the doctor treating you.
Once we have determined a compatible treatment method to rid your entire body of any toxins and harmful bacteria, we will use NeuroCardial Synchronization™, developed at the Biologix Center by Dr. David Jernigan, D.C., to synchronize your brain and heart waves in an effort to help your body to maintain the correct heart rate and blood pressure. We will also use neurofeedback to enable the brain to correct its stuck brain waves. Doing so will restore the optimum functional and structural integrity of the body, and help you get your life back!
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“The ideal doctor is not a specialist in diseases, but one who understands disease, yet specializes in restoring what is most optimum. From there, the body can often heal itself.” – Dr. David Jernigan, D.C.