Talk about being ahead of the game, huh? The medical community really should listen to you more.
NEW YORK, Oct 09 (Reuters) -- Abnormal bacterial fermentation in the gut may cause the cramping, diarrhea, and excess flatulence associated with irritable bowel syndrome, researchers report.
``Some people with irritable bowel syndrome may have disturbances in bacterial fermentation and colonic gas
production,'' conclude researchers at Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge,
England. Their report appears in the October 10th issue of The Lancet.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common, chronic disorder characterized by abdominal cramps, diarrhea, constipation
and excessive flatulence. Many individuals suffering from the ailment claim that the consumption of certain foods
seems to exacerbate their symptoms.
The Cambridge experts note that ``a range of fermentable (substances) may provoke gastrointestinal symptoms.'' This
fermentation is carried out by bacteria living in the human gut. Although these bacteria are necessary for proper
digestion, the researchers say previous research has revealed that their activity ``has been shown to be unstable.''
They speculated that the activity of bacteria upon certain foods might be a cause of irritable bowel syndrome.
To test this theory, the team placed six healthy adult women and six patients with irritable bowel syndrome on an
''exclusion'' diet based on one often used to reduce symptoms in patients, which eliminates beef, dairy products, and cereals other than rice. The study diet also restricted the consumption of other suspect foodstuffs, such as yeast, citrus fruits, caffeinated drinks, and tap water. The authors point out that this regimen was supplemented with other foods so that its nutrient value was equal to that of a normal Western diet.
The result? Switching to the exclusion diet ``significantly improved symptoms'' in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. After 2 weeks on the diet, flatulence levels had also fallen ''dramatically'' among the patients studied. ``No such changes occurred in (healthy) controls,'' the authors report.
According to the investigators, these findings support the notion that diet-linked bacterial ``fermentation may be an important factor in the (development) of irritable bowel syndrome.''
Re: Thought you may be interested in this, Dr. Stoll
Posted by Walt Stoll on October 10, 1998 at 11:19:25:
In Reply to: Thought you may be interested in this, Dr. Stoll posted by Michele on October 09, 1998 at 18:03:45:
They are still more than 20 years behind the times but at least they are beginning to look in the right direction.
I will bet that, if you asked these "researchers" about LGS, they would look at you blankly. Also, healthy bacteria never cause fermentation without malabsorbtion.