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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel or Spastic Colon

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is also called Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
About 15 to 20% of people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease have immediate family members with IBD but no genetic marker has been identified. IBD occurs more frequently in western societies with a higher incidence among Jews of Eastern European descent, often within the same families, males and females are equally affected often before age 40. In western Canada the incidence is 150 in 100,000 which is three times the global average.

In respect of IBD occuring in the same families the following CAM article is of interest: Nutrition Impact On Gene Expression Shocks Researchers refers to this Suke University paper: Waterland RA, Kirtle RL. Transposable Elements: Targets for Early Nutritional Effects on Epigenic Gene Regulation. Mol.Cell.Biol. 2003;23(15):5293-5300 (August 1). The Suke University research indicated that it is not just a matter of the double helix of DNA but its expression. This means that your nutrient base influences what aspects of your DNA actually affect cell replication. So the adage “it is not what you’ve got but what you do with it” seems true here also, the fact that you have a whole orchestra doesn’t therefore means that all the instruments (genomes) play at the same time.

With especially Crohn’s Disease causing poor nutrient uptake, you can see where a self perpetuating cycle may come from despite a genetic marker staying elusive.
From an intervention point of view you can:
1) ensure maximum possible nutrient intake and
2) maximise the uptake thereof.

An irritated gut wall does not uptake nutrients well, so we are back at taking Aloeride® twice daily to placate the wall so uptake can become better.

More about diet and nutrient supplementation later.

Quoting Professor J.O. Hunter of Addenbrooks Hospital and Cranfield University: “it is likely that immunological changes are produced after the disease started, rather than causing it”. So a faltering immune capacity is not so much the chicken as it is the egg. Meaning impaired cellular immune mechanisms, a lower capacity of body cells to fight back. Autoimmune antibody mediated reactions are discussed below.

Are there natural things you can do to improve your immune capacity?
There is plenty one can do – (see reasons further below)

  • Get and keep fit. Walk for at least 20 minutes 3 times per week.
  • Reduce sugar and simple carbohydrate intake
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol.
  • Check whether you have dietary intolerances.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Use a strong immune modulator called Carnivora® but also use Aloeride® because of its unique preservation of very long chain polysaccharides (especially aloerides) that are researched potent immune modulators. The highest effective dosage is 4 Aloeride® capsules a day.

Indicators of a compromised immune system as a result of an unhappy intestine and excessive mucous formation:

  • discomfort in tummy immediately after ingestion (bloated, cramps, very noisy),
  • snotty or runny nose first thing in the morning,
  • nasal airway obstruction [yes think snoring],
  • recurring sinusitis
  • mucous in stools.

Lactose Intolerance

The simplest way to find out if you react adversely to cow’s milk products is by stopping consuming them for 2 months and change to sensible alternatives like goats milk/cheese/yoghurt, Rice Dream® or such like. If symptoms improve then you have identified one helper. Lactose intolerance is very common and can be caused by having too little of the enzyme lactase – so you can convert some lactose but have not enough lactase to convert all ingested lactose – and this leads to fermentation of any lactose that is not converted in the gut to the body-useful glucose.

The best known end product of all fermentation is alcohol which is a known trigger for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, gas formation is equally well known – to you but unfortunately also to all around you. Most mammals produce about 12 – 40 grams of alcohol per day without even drinking alcohol, so lowering the source of your own internal alcohol production is a wise move.

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

In case you wonder about creating an osteopenia or osteoporosis risk by eliminating dairy products – Calcium is in everything and anything that has any structure to it. You will find it in all green leafy vegetables as well as in our herbal food supplement Aloeride® – which next to calcium has lots of very useful Magnesium in it too. So do not worry about you developing osteopenia/osteoporosis when you give up dairy, if this helps to reduce your IBD symptoms then you will increase general nutrient uptake, and one of those will be Calcium.

Remember: Calcium does not lock into the bone matrix if there is not enough Magnesium, Manganese, vitamin D, Boron and a good pH balance – the four main blood buffers adhere to the isohydric principle which means that they all run at the same time so the phosphate buffer gets phosphor from bones Ca3(PO4)2 as well as from dietary sources. Finally there are hormones like the parathyroid hormone that regulate Calcium metabolism. For Calcium to become an issue, there are many things more important than you consuming cow’s milk and related products to help you manage your IBD. A trial for 2 months is not going to do you any harm whatsoever and just might pinpoint a common trigger for IBD and IBS.

This is true when a cell reacts abnormally to a stimulus. This sentence tells you that it takes two to tango (trigger substance & host reaction) and as such, we can alter the stimuli we present to the intestine. At the Integrated Medicine Practice we use IgG food sensitivity testing (ELISA Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) to rule out foods that may evoke irritation and an immune response. Diet modification works well in Crohn’s Disease but not so well in Ulcerative Colitis. These tests are quite expensive.

Start a food diary

It would be wise to start with keeping a food diary to see if & how food types affect your IBD or IBS. If you think any food/drink type influences it then you can consider elimination for 1 – 2 weeks and provoke the issue by eating or drinking a gluttonish abundancy of this food/drink type and see if this aggravates your symptoms (if quick allergic IgE reactions are so much as suspected you do NOT try this). If reintroduction does trigger symptoms then eliminate this food/drink permanently from your diet. This is a laborious method but at least there is no cost involved.

Food rotation

Food rotation is a sensible practice for anybody’s body: the foodstuffs you ingest on day1 you do not ingest again until day3 or day4. This advice is given in mildly positive ELISA tests anyway so you might as well experiment with this. Other than elbow grease & bemoaning a different routine it doesn’t cost you a penny.

Stop smoking

In this section there are also two no-brainers because both affect the lining of the digestive tract, the first is smoking – smoke mixes with saliva and this you swallow into your digestive tract – and the other one is alcohol. When you have IBD, smoking and drinking are the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot. Alcohol slows gastric emptying, interferes with the action of gastroesophageal sphincters, stimulates gastric secretion and often injures the gastric lining, especially when combined with Aspirin.

Reduce or eliminate Alcohol

Alcohol also produces alterations in intestinal mobility and mucosal function that results in malabsorption (Seventh Special Report to Congress, Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1990]) Chronic or regular use of alcohol damages the lining of the stomach and the small intestines. It alters gastric-acid secretion, first increasing it and then decreasing it (The Mount Sinai School of Medicine Complete Book of Nutrition, Victor Herbert, MD and Genell J. Subak-Sharpe, 1995). Whilst on the topic of feeding, one way to achieve full remission of Crohn’s Disease is via 2-3 weeks of qualified dietitian supervised enteral feeding after which food sensitivity tests are carried out. For most patients with IBD this is not a readily available option.

Leaky Gut

This is suggested as a mechanism by extra intestinal manifestations and the fact that treatment with corticosteroids leads to favourable response. As soon as the intestinal wall becomes inflamed, the selective uptake of nutrients by enterocytes (these cells make up the wall) is compromised because tiny spaces appear in between these enterocytes through which macromolecules enter the system. This is called hyperpermeability syndrome or in common terms “leaky gut”. When foreign molecules enter a closed system such as the body, the body responds with an immunological response i.e. it starts to kill the foreign invaders.

When there is confusion about cells being ‘mine’ or ‘thine’ we speak of auto-immune disorders.

Aloeride® helps here in two ways.
Firstly and most importantly by sealing the leaky gut it stops those macromolucules from migrating where they should not venture, the aminoacid L-Glutamine is of further help here.
Secondly the (and only those) very long polysaccharide chains in aloe vera modulate immune response BUT be careful, there is a humongous difference between the various products on the market which is why we exclusively use Aloeride® which has independent laboratory-proven the best immune modulating polysaccharide profile.

Reduce Stress

There is no actual proof that stress causes the disease but psychological factors do influence the course of the disease.

At the Integrated Medicine Practice we use Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, counselling and occasionally herbs or complex homeopathic remedies. Some of our patients have tried medical hypnosis with varying response.

A lifestyle review should form part of an integrated approach and a change of perspective could be as ‘simple’ as for the Type A individual to ask oneself “does this need doing right now or can it wait just a little”. The Worrying Type could change perspective by not spending so much of today “drawing the picture of what tomorrow’s meeting, exam, interview or workday will be like”. And definitely not drawing it as well as colouring it in 🙂 A Dutch saying translates as: man suffers most from the suffering he fears and that does not necessarily materialises, thus man carries more than God gives him to carry. There may not be research proof that stress causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or Irritable Bowel Syndrome for that matter), feedback from patients makes it clear that psychological influence is very significant.

The English term ‘gut reaction‘ pointed at the link between thinking, feeling and the intestines which modern science has validated as the gut-brain axis: the relationship between cerebrospinal fluid and plasma cholecystokinin, regulatory peptides common to both gut and brain etc. Gut reaction points at one way of this linking ‘street’ – from down to up – but as the other way around is trafficable too, you can see that sorting out the psychological factors may have good clinical mileage in helping Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and IBS. It may not always be an in-your-face sort of an issue and in the IgG scorers it may be a needlessly exploited issue, but it is definitely something not to be overlooked.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder affecting roughly 1 in 4 people. Relatively few seek treatment from their doctor and simply live with what can be a debilitating condition. Many try (and often fail) self-help so I am very happy to give you 5 steps that help most IBS sufferers, and also very detailed IBS information and effective remedies. There are three types of IBS:

1. diarrhoea-predominant IBS where sufferers have diarrhoea.
2. constipation-predominant IBS where sufferers have constipation.
3. alternating IBS where sufferers alternate between diarrhoea and constipation.

IBS sufferer will have different symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

  •  crampy abdominal pain
  •  alteration in bowel habit
  •  bloating and painful swelling of the abdomen
  •  rumbling noises and excessive passage of wind
  •  a need to open the bowels frequently
  •  urgency and incontinence (if a toilet isn’t nearby)
  •  a sharp pain inside the rectum
  •  right-sided abdominal pain, either low or under the right lower ribs which does not always improve on opening the bowels; or pain under the left lower ribs; when the pain is bad, it may ascend to the left armpit
  •  sensation of incomplete bowel movement

The following are additional, associated IBS symptoms: indigestion, belching, nausea, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fibromyalgia, backache, passing urine frequently, tiredness or chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression. Of course diarrhoea-predominant IBS needs a different approach to constipation-predominant IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common disorder diagnosed by gastroenterologists reaching up to 50% of consultations and is a common disorder seen by primary care physicians. Although only a percentage of sufferers actually visit their family doctor, this condition causes reduced quality of life and represents a multi-billion pound health-care problem. According to the Novartis supported 2003 TIBS survey, IBS sufferers spent an average 3.9 days in bed, 5.5 days off work, 8.4 days seeing a doctor or nurse and 10.2 days when activities had to be cut short per year. Total USA annual productivity cost associated with IBS were estimated at US$205 million [data from Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2003 Oct 1;18(7):671-82.]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a huge problem, particularly for those who suffer from it as well as in economic terms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is more frequently diagnosed in women compared with men (approximately 80% of the most severe cases involve women), in young people compared with old and in western countries compared with the developing world. It is often associated with emotional stress and is frequently triggered by life changes. According to consultant neurologist Dr. Jane Collins, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is becoming increasingly common among children, as for that matter is diabetes mellitus and is childhood obesity.

NOTE: NICE recommendations discourage the use of aloe vera for people with diarrhoea-predominant IBS because of most Aloe Vera products have the laxative anthraquinones. This is obvious, but advice like this deprives sufferers from the benefits of laxative molecule free aloe vera like Aloeride®. Biased research like this may not have helped to shape NICE recommendations.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome used to be known as spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach or irritable colon. It is a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) which means that the bowel doesn’t work properly without there being an identifiable structural or biochemical cause for this. According to Professor Robin Spiller (Professor in Gastroenterology and Honorary Consultant Physician, Division. Gastroenterology University of Nottingham) and Professor Nicholas Talley (University of Sydney, Napean Hospital) there is growing evidence that Irritable Bowel Syndrome can no longer be purely regarded as a functional disorder and they prefer to judge the disorder to be a discrete collection of organic bowel diseases, with characteristic morphological, psychological, and physiological changes only now being fully appreciated. Key point remains that the gut becomes abnormally sensitive to its content (visceral hypersensitivity), causing changes in contractions and changes in bowel function. Fortunately enough you can do things to make life with IBS a lot easier.

See more about:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Other related conditions: Candida, Food Intolerance, Acid reflux
Reasons to use Aloeride Aloe Vera tablets for a healthy gut, healthier you

Aloe Vera Miracle Cure – A-Z of Diseases

Aloe Vera Miracle Cure

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