Are you suffering from abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation?
According to National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), if you are experiencing any of the previous symptoms referenced above, you could “potentially” be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), although not necessarily.
The NDDIC further reports that as many as 20 percent of the adult population, or one in five Americans, have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. Extensive research also indicates that irritable bowel syndrome occurs more often in women than in men, and it begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people .
What is IBS?
Simply stated, NDDIC defines Irritable Bowel Syndrome as a functional disorder of the large bowel, meaning the bowel doesn’t work, or function, correctly. Important to note here is that IBS is defined as a disorder, not a disease.
WrongDiagnosis.com defines IBS as a common condition that affects the lower gastrointestinal tract (the intestines) and results in uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms, such as gas, emotional distress, and abnormal bowel movements .
Although a functional disorder and/or common condition by definition, here below are key IBS facts taken from NDDIC that you need to be aware of :
- Prevalence: 15.3 million (1998)
- Ambulatory Care Visits: 3 million (2004)
- Hospitalizations: 212,000 (2004)
- Mortality: 20 deaths (2004)
- Prescriptions: 5.9 million (2004)
Most Common IBS Symptoms
As a quick recap, thus far, we have defined in general terms what IBS is versus what it’s not, in conjunction with documented facts referenced above. Now let’s look at a couple of sources as references to symptoms of IBS.
Mayo Clinic reports that the most common symptoms of IBS are :
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- A bloated feeling
- Gas (flatulence)
- Mucus in the stool
- Diarrhea or constipation — Sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
There’s Always Hope!
In most cases, if signs and symptoms of IBS are addressed with a healthy diet centered on the consumption of raw vegetables and fruits, purified water, organic wheat breads — free of fatty meats, sugary sweets, and salty snacks — together with plenty of regular exercise, while simultaneously taking advantage of a quality oxygen colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder, the symptoms can be managed proactively so you can enjoy a normal, healthier lifestyle.
As a final take away, I recommend using Oxy-Powder at least 2x weekly to not only keep your bowel movements regular, but also for relieving the syptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, the results of a recent clinical study show that Oxy-Powder was highly effective at relieving the most common symptoms of IBS.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
- National Institutes of Health. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. NH Publication No. 12-693. 2012 July
- Health Grades Inc. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 2011 May 2.
- Nationa lInstitutes of Health. Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States. NIH Publication No. 10-3873. 2010 June.
- Mayo Clinic. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. 2011 July 29.
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