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Gut Parasites and Infections

A gastrointestinal disorder such as IBS can be painful and debilitating and quite often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can include constipation, diarrhea, bloating.

IBS, Designs for Health

IBS is a chronic and debilitating functional disorder that impacts many individuals and yet is poorly understood. There is no single known cause although stress and diet can exacerbate symptoms. Many practitioners use trial and error approaches to their patients’ symptoms with no guarantee of success. IBS can be a debilitating condition consisting of cramping abdominal pain bloating gas diarrhoea and constipation. It can affect and ones work sleep and relationships. IBS is associated with the enteric nervous system which is considered to be the bodies second brain as it is the nervous system that controls the gastrointestinal tract. The enteric nervous system is made up of a self-contained complex network of neurons neurotransmitters and proteins embedded in the lining of the GI system. It is responsible for all aspects of the digestive process from the esophagus to the stomach and small and large intestines.

In this new study higher levels of anxiety and depression were significant predictors of developing IBS within one year. In addition individuals who did not have elevated levels of anxiety and depression at the start of the study but had documented IBS had significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression after one year.

The researchers determined that in 1/3 of patients a mood disorder precedes IBS while in the other 2/3 of patients the situation is reversed where IBS precedes the mood disorder. These results reveal how some patients with IBS have a gastrointestinal disorder that may not only explain their gut symptoms but also their psychological symptoms.

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