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Posted by
pat on April 19, 2001 at 17:37:08:

I have read that the cause of IBS "can be" food allergies etc. I have read that a method to determine this is to go on a medication called cromolyn and if the symtoms are relieved then at least the problem is identified for the most part as a food allergy. I have recently tested positive to serveral food allergies, also for 3 yrs I have been told that my severe IBS in not treatable. question: is this a valid idea, if so how long do I stay on Cromolyn and in what dose? thanks



Re: allergy or IBS

Posted by Resolution on April 19, 2001 at 17:56:06:

In Reply to: allergy or IBS posted by pat on April 19, 2001 at 17:37:08:

Hi there. I cannot comment on the medication but I can give you concepts that others have used to "cure" their IBS.

Allergy can cause inflammation and malabsorption leading to IBS. The best allergy test that I know of is the ELISA IgG test from Immuno Labs. This lab consistantly produces better than a 93% sucess rate in identifying food allergies.

Another often overlooked cause of IBS is altered gut mycology. The best way to diagnose the various imbalances in your GI tract is with the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis from Meridian Labs or Immuno Labs. Often times, key pancreatic enzymes are not being produced or imbalanced or pathogenic flora may be present. The Dysbiosis index on this test can give a general picture of your colonic environemnt. A "severe" rating in the dysbiosis index could imply any of the senerios I have already given you.

Another common overlooked cause of IBS is chronic bracing (lack of blood flow to the GI tract). Skilled relaxation is the only way to restore this lost blood flow. Refer to the archives on this board for unfamiliar terms.

Enteric coated peppermint oil caps can be taken. These help to reduce the muscle spasms and helps to relieve the pain caused by IBS. The only side-effect is an occasional burning as stool is being released but it is generally well-tolerated.

A lack of stomch acid can give rise to food allergies in the first place. Without ample amount of stomach acid, key pancreatic enzymes will not be released and thus begins this vicious cycle:
low stomach acid---pancreatic enzymes not being released---malabsorption---food allergies---inflammation---possible leaky gut syndrome---bacterial overgrowth---not to mention lack of rejuvinating blood flow to the GI tract due to chronic bracing.

It's no wonder it is said that IBS cannot be cured. There are many factors involved in it and most physicans will not take the time to identify the many causative factors.

You should really be under the care of a wholistic, nutritionally-minded physican that understands this. Practicing daily SR will help to bring much relief. In the end, your recovery will be based on your ability to identify and eliminate as many of the causative factors as possible. Hope this helps you.




For Resolution re: allergy or IBS

Posted by Wendy on April 20, 2001 at 13:19:51:

In Reply to: Re: allergy or IBS posted by Resolution on April 19, 2001 at 17:56:06:

Hi Resolution,
Just wanted to thank you for your response to Pat's question. You had a lot of good points there and I'm printing it out to show my mother who has IBS - she was also told by her doctors that it's incurable.
What do you think of taking Primal Defense pills for it?



Re: allergy or IBS

Posted by
Sara on April 20, 2001 at 13:47:54:

In Reply to: allergy or IBS posted by pat on April 19, 2001 at 17:37:08:

pat,

I don't know about the Cromolyn, but I DO know about IBS. I had it for 30 years, saw many doctors (who also told me there was nothing they could do about it), tried many different medications (none of which worked), and missed many days of work because of it. When we moved to where we are currently living and I started with a new doctor, he recommended I try cutting out wheat. It was like a miracle - no more IBS! It's been about three years now, and I'm not bothered with it anymore (unless I cheat and eat some cookies or a piece of cake). I rely on spelt flour to make my own bread, and haven't had any problems.
I'm not saying that wheat is your problem, but you might want to try cutting it out for a couple of days. You also should do daily SR and get some exercise - that all helps with digestion (among many other things).
I had stool analysis done at Great Smokies Labs which showed that my digestion wasn't up to par, and also showed candidas, but none of that seemed to have anything to do with the IBS.
Hope this helps!

Namaste`
Sara

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Re: For Resolution re: allergy or IBS

Posted by Resolution on April 20, 2001 at 19:55:28:

In Reply to: For Resolution re: allergy or IBS posted by Wendy on April 20, 2001 at 13:19:51:

Primal Defense is a great probiotic. Just keep in mind that it is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. There are so many factors involved in IBS that taking this product or that product will not produce "magical" results but may produce substantial results when combined with other modalities. hope that helps

P.S. IBS is NOT incurable. Keep hope!

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Re: allergy or IBS (LGS!) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 21, 2001 at 08:37:56:

In Reply to: allergy or IBS posted by pat on April 19, 2001 at 17:37:08:

Hi, Pat.

LGS causes both IBS and food allergies. SO, is it any wonder that people with both are confused?

Go to the source if you want a cure instead of a maintenance program.

Walt

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