bowel is considered by many as a disorder of the small and large bowel. Digestion
and absorption of the digested foods occur in the small intestine. In the large
intestine, the colon, only absorption of water and electrolytes occurs.
syndrome is a series of signs and symptoms grouped together which then describes
a particular condition or disease.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common intestinal disorders. The term
describes, but does not define, the disorder of the small and large bowel in which
crampy, abdominal pain is experienced that may occur alone or may be associated
with bowel movements. Bloating, gassiness and a feeling of incomplete emptying
after bowel movement may occur. Periods of constipation alternate with periods
Bowel Syndrome is viewed as a functional bowel disorder. This means that although
the motion of the digestive tract is impaired, either speeded up or slowed down,
there are no changes in the physical structure of the gut, such as inflammation
or tumors to account for the symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome does not lead
to more serious diseases, such as colitis, Crohn's disease (regional enteritis)
symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) appear to be caused by increased muscle
contractions or spasms in the digestive tract that either slow down the normal
passage of stool, causing constipation, or increase the passage of stool, causing
who have been told they have IBS appear to be hypersensitive to certain factors
that normally stimulate intestinal contractions. These factors include:
in mind that the IBS may be a combination of several of these factors and the
elimination of only one of the factors may not give a complete remission of symptoms.
So, instead of a cure, a more realistic goal would be an improvement of IBS as
each factor is considered, investigated, and acted upon.
first factor to be considered is the mere act of eating. This may really be due
to the eating of previously unrecognized, irritating foods. For example, an apple,
considered to be a low fat food, may cause stimulation of the gallbladder due
to the pectin contained in the apple. Beer is considered to be free of fats but
it is made from hops and barley that make the gallbladder contract. Regular coffee,
also considered low in fats, contains oils that may be seen floating on the top
of the liquid. These coffee oils also can cause contraction of the gallbladder.
In the decaffeination process of the coffee these oils are destroyed. That is
why decaffeinated coffee is allowed on a low fat diet. The color and appearance
of the coffee oils are similar to the oil on your garage floor that drips from
the transmission of your car.
what if all the usual diagnostic tests looking for the cause of IBS were reported
as normal or negative? Then maybe all of the necessary diagnostic tests were not
done. The upper GI series did not show an ulcer, the gallbladder ultrasound did
not show gallstones or a polyp, the Pipida Scan was negative, and the colonoscopy
or barium enema was negative.
is considered a functional disorder of the intestines. Remember the definition
of functional disorder: no physical changes can be demonstrated in the physical
structure of the gut to account for the symptoms.
But the symptoms of gallbladder disease are those of bloating, gassiness, constipation
alternating with diarrhea, heartburn and indigestion. If these symptoms are ignored
over time the symptoms worsen to include abdominal pain.
disease means that the body is unable to digest fats. And fats are always attached
to proteins. So the more proteins one eats the more fats are ingested.
what if there is a functional disorder of the gallbladder? The functional disorder
can only be demonstrated with the CCK study done in the erect position in the
x-ray department. Although you have had countless studies in the past, have you
had the CCK study?
without the benefit of the CCK study, a response to the Saint-Anthony Diet will
show an improvement in your symptoms within a two-week period if there is an undiagnosed
gallbladder problem. If you are reading this you know you have tried everything
else. A diseased gallbladder with a functional disorder is not cured by the diet,
but the symptoms are lessened. And since the symptoms of IBS and gallbladder disease
certainly are similar, maybe, just maybe, the signs and symptoms of IBS are due
in a great measure to a diseased gallbladder with a functional disorder.