60 million Americans suffer from IBS, and conventional medicine doesn’t have a cure. In fact, many doctors will tell you the condition is “all in your head.” But there are ways you can treat the underlying causes of IBS. This week Dr. Mark Hyman outlines 5 steps you can take to overcome IBS and heal from your digestive problems.
Imagine having a condition with symptoms so severe that you can’t leave the house, yet your doctor calls it a “functional,” or “psychosomatic,” disease — meaning that it’s all in your head.
But it’s a very real problem for the 60 million people — that’s 20 percent of Americans — who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These people are plagued by uncomfortable and often disabling symptoms like bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation and pain.
I have many patients with IBS, some of whom have suffered for decades without relief. Their previous doctors couldn’t find the cause of the illness, so they were told to just get more fiber or take Metamucil, or were prescribed sedatives, anti-spasm drugs, or antidepressants.
That is NOT the answer. Most of those treatments don’t work because they don’t address the underlying causes of why your digestion is not working. Emerging research has helped identify the underlying causes. For over 15 years I have been successfully treating irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive conditions using a very simple methodology based on Functional Medicine (www.functionalmedicine.org) that helps identify and remove the underlying causes and restores normal digestive function and health.
Today, I am going to share five steps you can follow to cure IBS. But first I want to tell you about a patient of mine …
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