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The Secret “Leak” That Sparks IBS Symptoms – Making Life Miserable For So Many Women

Written by Dr. Liz Cruz

You’re not alone.

More than 200,000 people each year (mostly women) are diagnosed with IBS.

As you may know, IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is defined as an intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

It’s been said that this miserable condition cannot be cured, but allow me to share why you shouldn’t lose hope.

In this article, I’ll explain why what’s known as leaky gut syndrome is the underlying cause of IBS symptoms. I’ll share the dominant role the gut plays in your overall health, and why repairing, rebuilding, and healing your gut function is an absolute must for IBS symptoms to improve or even fully resolve.

I have been personally assessing and treating IBS patients for almost 15 years. My clinic, Dr. Liz Cruz Partners in Digestive Health, has a registry of over 17,000 patients. I’ve learned a lot about how to help people suffering in silence with serious digestive issues. One of the most common issues I’ve been able to help people resolve naturally is perhaps the most painful and distressing of all: IBS.

The aim of this article is to give you an in-depth understanding of the connection between the symptoms of IBS and their relationship to your gut health. You can come away with hope that there is a proven and natural way to relieve your IBS, even if nothing has worked until now.


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#1 – l asked myself, “Why aren’t they getting well?!”    

I have been a Gastroenterologist since 2003 and have owned my own practice since 2007. I have taken care of thousands of patients, many of whom suffer from abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

As a physician, I have strived to be an advocate for my patients by listening carefully to get to the root of every issue. I am extremely thorough with my workups, and I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing trend: Most of the time, my patients’ tests were coming back negative.

This dead end made it difficult to figure out what was wrong with them.

I was putting my patients on medications, only for them to come back and say they weren’t feeling any better.

I was also seeing younger patients with the same digestive issues that I usually saw in older patients. I was perplexed. I was upset. l like to help people get better—it’s why I became a doctor in the first place. So, l went on a search for answers.

For the next three years, I studied everything I could that related to digestive health, healing, weight loss, diet, detoxification, and the inadequacies of the modern healthcare system. (It’s unfortunate, but these areas get little to no focus in medical school in which the pharmaceutical approach to care dominates.)

What I discovered during this time was a giant wake-up call for me.

Of course, I continue to practice per the standard of care as a gastroenterologist by running tests and performing procedures on patients. Based on what I learned, however, l realized l was missing a critical piece of the puzzle in the care l was providing.

In 2010, I began to offer wellness education and services, too.

l also started to write about my unique approach to digestive health so that l could reach as many people as possible with this important message.

In this short video, I talk about the personal journey I’ve taken to be able to offer hope to people who want to resolve serious digestive issues like IBS naturally.


It may shock you, but approximately 10 – 20% of the population has been diagnosed with IBS, and most of them are women who just want to live a normal, active, healthy life.

But they can’t. The symptoms of IBS slowly begin to steal away their health and their peace of mind. They go to the doctor, but they find no joy. Tests are run, no significant findings come back, and IBS is diagnosed.

In my opinion, IBS is the catch-all diagnosis for, “We don’t know what is wrong, so we’re going to say you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”  

IBS is diagnosed based on a series of symptoms:

  • Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Abnormal stool frequency (greater than 3 bowel movements per day or less than 3 bowel movements per week)
    • IBS-D is diarrhea-dominant IBS
    • IBS-C is constipation-dominant IBS
  • Abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool)
  • Abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete bowel movement)
  • Bloating or a feeling of abdominal distension
  • Gassiness
  • Feelings of urgency (the desperate need to find a restroom fast)

If you’re like most people suffering needlessly with these symptoms, you are frustrated with the treatment and management of your digestive disorder.

Perhaps, you have been tested for Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, and when your tests came back, everything was normal.

By exclusion, many doctors will tell you that your diarrhea, constipation or bloating is caused by stress.

Time and time again, the minute you tell your doctors you are “stressed out” or depressed, you are given the diagnosis of IBS and a prescription for an antianxiety or antidepressant…and then you’re to “eat more fiber.”

“But Doc, I’m not depressed. Surely, there must be some other reason why I’m having these issues.”

Your doctor goes on to tell you, “There is no cure for your diarrhea, gas, bloating, and intestinal spasms, and the best you can do is manage the symptoms with Miralax, stool softeners, Imodium AD, antispasmodics, and other medications.”

In other words, “You’re just going to have to live with it for the rest of your life.” It can almost feel like a judge just dealt you a life sentence.

Also, most people, especially women, understandably tend to keep their IBS nightmare private. They never truly “let on” to friends or family the inner-torment they endure on an almost daily basis.

They fear no one will understand what they are going through, or that it will just be too embarrassing to talk about.

But I do understand; as an experienced Gastroenterologist, I’ve heard and seen it all.

Here are some of the things patients confide in me about their IBS symptoms:

  • “It’s hard to leave the house because I never know when I am going to have an episode.”
  • “I am in so much pain it is unbearable.”
  • “Sometimes, I sit on the toilet for over an hour and nothing.”
  • “The gas is so painful, and when it finally comes out, it is the most disgusting smell ever.”
  • “No matter what I eat, I am constantly running to the bathroom after my meals.”
  • “It hurts so much to eat, I’ve decided to limit my intake of food.”

Let me tell you, there is a cause behind ALL of these symptoms despite your doctors’ attempts at finding it.

You have probably heard about the law of cause and effect. Quite simply your symptoms are the effect of some cause.

Don’t accept the notion that there is nothing else you can do and that you have to live like this for the rest of your life. IBS does NOT have to be a part of your future, and it doesn’t have to rob you of happiness and peace of mind.


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#2 No one understands what I’m going through…

Here are just a few short stories, emblematic of what l hear from patients suffering from IBS.

Maybe you can relate…

…I am a 52-year-old female that has been diagnosed with IBS. I have constipation way too often. I don’t feel comfortable having to have a bowel movement in public restrooms or at friends’ homes because of the noise and smell from my gas is so strong and putrid, it’s horrific.

…I am almost 75 and have suffered with IBS for several years despite trying out different medicines and watching what I eat. Lately, it has become a living hell. I do not know how much more I can stand. We went to California on vacation, and I never left the hotel. The pain is so bad. A lot of days, I just pray to die. No one in my family is very understanding; most of them think IBS is a joke. I cry so much because of the gas, stomach pain, and the feeling of hopelessness.

…I am a 63-year-old male and have had to deal with IBS for about 15 years. My first episode was at a basketball game when I didn’t make it to the bathroom in time. Very embarrassing and traumatic. Since then I have had other episodes while traveling that have either been disasters or close calls that put me on edge for hours. Anxiety plays a big role in triggering episodes. I worry about having an accident, which causes more anxiety, which causes more accident potential. I want to escape this vicious cycle. It’s turning me into a bag of nerves.

…I am 43 years old, and I have been dealing with IBS for 15 years now. I went through every test under the sun. They told me I had IBS and that there is no cure. I have a very tough time keeping it under control, and it dominates my thoughts. Whether I eat or I don’t eat, the symptoms make it difficult to get through each day. I can’t go out, and I have virtually no social life to speak of. My symptoms are constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, bloating, and hot flashes. Even my breath smells, and when I am having an attack, I hate to talk to anyone. It definitely makes my life a living hell. I go to doctors, and I come home with prescriptions and pain medication. I hate being in pain!

These are just a few of the many heartbreaking stories from people living with IBS.  

These symptoms are no joke, and they are destroying people’s lives both in their physical body, in addition to their social and emotional well-being. Many of these people feel they have no life and no hope that anything will change.


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#3 Signs and symptoms of IBS

The severity of IBS can vary significantly from patient to patient. Below are the top ten signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to IBS:

Constipation – Constipation is experienced when an individual finds it difficult to empty out their bowels and is usually linked with hard stool. As one of the key symptoms of IBS, patients will often complain about constipation to their doctors. Usually, this symptom is one of the first signs IBS sufferers see before being diagnosed. Constipation can be very uncomfortable and even painful.

Diarrhea – A person with IBS may have frequent, loose stools. Bowel movements usually occur during the daytime, and most often in the morning or after meals. Diarrhea is often preceded by a sense of extreme urgency and followed by a feeling of incomplete emptying. About one-half of people with IBS also notice mucous discharge with diarrhea.

Stomach Pain – As IBS is connected with your intestines, it is no surprise that a key symptom includes abdominal or stomach pain. IBS patients will notice cramps or stomach pains, generally in the lower area of their abdomen that may hurt more after meals or snacks; they will feel better after a bowel movement. Individuals will notice that these stomach pains might last for hours, or that the pain simply comes and goes in intervals.

Bloating – This symptom goes hand-in-hand with having diarrhea or constipation on a regular basis. While there are many underlying reasons for bloating, when it comes to IBS, the cause of this symptom is due to excess gas in the bowel.

Anxiety – Feeling scared, afraid, shy, and anxious can be part of IBS. It’s natural to feel this way if you are running to the bathroom all the time or not wanting to go out in public for fear of having an accident. Because of this issue, some IBS sufferers decide to stay at home and isolate themselves from family, friends, or partaking in their favorite hobbies.

Lower Back Pain – This centralized form of pain can occur in some patients with IBS due to the location of the colon. When individuals are constipated, it is very common to suffer from terrible back pain.

Reduced Sexual Desire – Imagine having constant diarrhea for days at a time, or feeling constipated so badly that you couldn’t produce a bowel movement. Add in the other symptoms of bloating, gas, lower back, and abdominal pain. No one would ever question why a person would not have any desire to be sexual. In fact, it would be the last thing on a person’s agenda. Therefore, it’s no surprise that those who suffer from IBS also have a significant decrease in their sex drive. Sadly, this symptom does not only affect the individuals living with irritable bowel, but also their partners and relationships.

Sleeping Issues – Everyone needs a certain amount of sleep each night to function properly; if you’re suffering from IBS, you may need it even more than usual. The issue of not sleeping lies with having stomach pains, or making “midnight run” bathroom trips during the night that can steal your best attempts at much-needed restorative sleep.

Gas Pain – Gas pains are different from regular, everyday stomach pains. Saying that your stomach hurts can be a result of your stomach (i.e. gastritis, ulcer), pancreas, gallbladder, and a slew of other ailments. Gas pains, on the other hand, are because there is a need to make a bowel movement, and nothing has happened. Gas pains can also be an indication of diarrhea episode coming on, which is another symptom of IBS. Either way, gas pains can be painful and inhibit an individual’s daily activities for hours.

Incomplete Bowel Movements – IBS is infamous for causing its patients to have incomplete bowel movements. This is when an individual may struggle to have a full movement–so much so, they may have blood in their stools. It may also cause an individual to try to have a bowel movement for days, and only produce a frustratingly small fraction of what should come out. Essentially, this forces you to endure the discomfort and inconvenience of marathon, “caterpillar” bowel movements over the course of days, while others get to quickly and easily “flush it and forget it” in a matter of minutes and seconds.

#4 What is normal – journey inside a healthy, happy body

Before you can understand IBS and start to feel hope for the future, you need to understand the amazing power the gut has to influence the health of the entire body.

And that starts by understanding what normal is: how your digestion system should be working today if your gut hadn’t “sprung a leak.”

It starts by looking at your food and drink intake as fuel for your body.  Every day your body is making new cells and getting rid of old cells. There are trillions of cells in your body all with specific functions.  Brain cells have a different function from heart cells, which have a different function than skin cells. Cells make up tissue, tissue makes up organs, and organs make up your body. This means that if you have healthy cells, you will have a healthy body; if you have sick cells, you will have a sick body.  

The feeding and cleaning up of your cells on a daily basis is the primary function of the digestive system (your gut). When your gut is not working properly, it cannot only affect your digestive health but the health of your whole body.

An unhealthy gut struggles to feed and clean your body’s cells.

Without this turning into a science lesson, let’s go a little deeper:

When you eat food, it goes into your stomach as a solid. Obviously, we chew it, but we do not chew our food into a liquid. Your body cannot use food in a solid form. It must be broken down into a liquid (called chyme), so your body can benefit from it. This means when you eat, your body has to go to work making things like enzymes, acid, and other gastric juices.  

When your digestive system is working properly, the digested food (or chyme) will have enough enzymes, acid, and juices to break it down properly, so it can exit the stomach and move into the small intestine as a liquid. There, it will get absorbed through the wall of the small intestine, bringing to the body much-needed nutrients for building healthy cells.

Healthy cells make healthy tissue, and healthy tissue makes healthy organs. Then, guess what you have? A healthy body.

In short: You are what you eat and digest.

Healthy clean food makes healthy clean cells, and in turn, healthy clean organs and a healthy clean body.

On the flip side, processed food and fast food make toxic cells, toxic organs, and a toxic body. Having a toxic body makes it difficult for your body to do its job, which is to heal you!

Whatever the body doesn’t absorb in the small intestine, the body then dumps into the large intestine (or colon). The colon is a muscle filled with trillions of good healthy bacteria; its job is to squeeze as many nutrients and as much water as it can while creating a formed stool in the process.  

A healthy functioning body should be digesting, absorbing, and eliminating food and drink daily. A healthy body should be having at least 2 to 3 bowel movements per day (preferably one after every meal).

The bowel movements should be firm, but soft and well-formed. A healthy body is free from all medical symptoms, has enough energy to get through the day (and then some), and is free from aches and pains.

The bottom line: The gut is ground zero for your overall health.

A healthy person with a healthy gut does not experience the pain of IBS. She goes about her day with no digestive pain or discomfort.  Without a healthy gut working properly without medicine, it is very difficult to have a healthy body.    

 #5 Competing “theories” about what causes IBS

There are a number of competing theories about how and why IBS develops.

One theory suggests that IBS is caused by abnormal contractions of the colon and intestines (hence the term “spastic bowel,” which has sometimes been used to describe IBS). Vigorous contractions of the intestines can cause severe cramps, providing the rationale for some of the treatments of IBS, such as antispasmodics and fiber (both of which help to regulate the contractions of the colon). However, abnormal contractions do not explain IBS in all patients, and it is unclear whether the contractions are a symptom or a cause of the disorder.

Some people develop IBS after a severe gastrointestinal infection (e.g., Salmonella or Campylobacter, or viruses). Usually, these types of infections throw off the bacteria balance in the gut, which can cause many digestive issues in addition to overall issues with one’s immune system. Again, this explanation applies to only a small percentage of those whose lives are being made increasingly miserable by IBS.

People with IBS who seek medical help are more likely to suffer from anxiety and stress than those who do not seek help. Stress and anxiety are known to affect the intestine; thus, it is likely that anxiety and stress worsen symptoms, but they are unlikely to be the cause. Some studies have suggested that IBS is more common in people who have a history of physical, verbal, or sexual abuse.

Food intolerances are common in patients with IBS, raising the possibility that it may be linked to certain food sensitivities or allergies. This theory has been difficult to prove, although it continues to be studied. The best way to detect an association between symptoms of IBS and food sensitivity is to eliminate certain food groups systematically (a process called an elimination diet). However, eliminating foods without assistance can lead to omission of important sources of nutrition. Also, unnecessary dietary restrictions can further worsen a person’s quality of life.

Several medications also have effects on the intestines that may contribute to symptoms related to IBS.

Many researchers believe that IBS is caused by heightened sensitivity of the intestines to normal sensations (so-called “visceral hyperalgesia”). This theory proposes that nerves in the bowels are overactive in people with IBS, so that normal amounts of gas or movement are perceived as excessive and painful.

After working with over 17,000 patients, it’s my strong belief that what’s become known as leaky gut syndrome is actually the elusive root-cause of IBS. Let me share the details behind why:

#6 Why a leaky gut is at the root of IBS

It starts, as you might expect, with what we eat and drink.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) starves us of actual nutrition, feeds us toxic levels of processed foods, and leaves our bodies overtaxed by chemicals and stress.

This, in turn, has caused us to develop microscopic tears in our intestinal walls, leading to inflammation and a weakened immune system.

Over 70 percent of our immune system is in our gut, and when it isn’t functioning properly, our health naturally suffers.  

When our gut is healthy, the intestines are only slightly permeable (or “leaky”), allowing small quantities of water and nutrients to pass through the gut’s thin barrier and into the bloodstream.

As I’ve explained above, this is a normal and necessary part of digestion, and an essential step in nourishing the body to produce healthy, well-nourished cells.

However, when the holes in the intestinal wall get too big, large molecules, such as gluten and casein (in addition to other foreign microbes) escape into the bloodstream and start to spread all over the body.

These larger items are treated by the body as dangerous “foreign bodies” that are absolutely not supposed to be in the bloodstream. The body reacts to this by causing systemic inflammation throughout. Any organ in the body can be negatively affected when this happens.

The lining of your intestines is only one cell thick. When that delicate lining tears – your “leaky gut” invades your bloodstream with toxic “foreign bodies.” The body reacts by creating widespread and havoc-wreaking inflammation.


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#7 Why good doctors can only tell you to “live with” IBS

Most doctors do not test for intestinal permeability or “leaky gut,”  because there is no one medicine, pill, potion, or surgery, to fix intestinal permeability.  

When patients present with IBS symptoms, doctors are left to follow the standard of care and put you on either an antispasmodic, diarrhea, or constipation medicine, and sometimes pain medicine.  

Most doctors will tell you there isn’t a “cure” for IBS and inform you that you need to be on these medicines for the rest of your life. This “standard of care,” many times, is driven by pharmaceutical companies; these companies have a lot of money at stake in selling their drugs.

Doctors are driven by research-based studies—double-blind, placebo studies that are supposed to prove or disprove a certain drug can do a job without hurting someone. Most of the drug companies have so much money that they can put together whatever kind of study they wish. What’s most troubling of all? They can pay for whatever outcome they’d like.

If a study says “it works,” doctors often take it as gospel and begin prescribing the drug like candy. Some doctors are even paid to prescribe or promote a drug.

Gastroenterologists are managing IBS patients with myriad antispasmodics, constipation, and diarrhea medicines. If one combination of medicines does not work, the only option doctors try is a different combination of medicines and hope that something helps relieve symptoms.

You can end up having to cart around a dedicated “pill purse” filled with white-capped orange containers, none of which is helping you get to the real root of what’s wrong.

Many pharmaceutical companies also invest big money into medical schools. They do this not because they want to contribute to the doctors in this country, but because they want to control what the doctors in this country are prescribing.

Our health—or should I say illness—in this country is all about the bottom line for big pharmaceutical companies!

Few medical schools are teaching the long-term side effects of the drugs doctors are being asked to prescribe. Few medical schools are also looking at the drug-to-drug interaction in patients’ bodies. And few medical schools are teaching how to treat the whole body.

Why?

Because no one would make any money teaching those things. No one makes any money if people’s guts are healthy and IBS symptoms go away!

Don’t misunderstand me, please. There are proper times to introduce pharmaceutical medicine. The idea, however, of taking an antispasmodic, diarrhea, constipation, or pain medicine long-term to help a person live with their IBS is not the answer. We live in a society that demands medicine for illness instead of getting to the root cause.

Getting to the root cause of IBS—the gut—changes the whole game.

#8 Dangerous long-term effects of IBS  

The main long-term effects of IBS come from being on prescription medications on an ongoing basis. These medicines are toxic and can cause other digestive issues in addition to many other unpleasant side effects. I have actually found that the more medicine people take, the sicker they get.  

People who suffer from IBS symptoms are clearly not digesting and eliminating their food properly. Over time, this can cause many other medical problems since digestion, absorption, assimilation, and elimination are so critical to the overall health of the body.  The elimination diets that IBS patients are often put on may not give them enough nutrients, leading to malnourishment of the body.

Also, diarrhea and constipation, both signs of IBS, can aggravate hemorrhoids.

But the condition’s impact on one’s overall quality of life may be the most significant complication. These effects of IBS may cause one to feel they are not living life to the fullest, and this leads to discouragement or depression.

#9 Why over-the-counter and prescription medications don’t work

There are a number of different treatments and therapies for IBS. Treatments are often given to reduce the pain and other symptoms of IBS, and it is very common for patients to try more than one combination of treatments to find the one that is most helpful for them. This is usually a long-term process without any guarantee that the medicine will help.

The following medicines are used by most gastroenterologists when treating patients with IBS. I would also like to emphasize again that I find the more prescription medications a person is on, the sicker the body gets. Taking prescription medicines on an ongoing basis, in my opinion, is putting a Band-Aid on the issue instead of fixing the issue.

Also, many of these medicines have been known to cause even more digestive issues, in addition to many other unpleasant side effects (for example, taking a diarrhea medicine only to become constipated and then taking a constipation medicine only to get diarrhea again). If you have taken any of these medicines and found little to no relief, it’s time to get to the root cause.

Anticholinergic / Antispasmodic medications — These drugs block the nervous system’s stimulation of the gastrointestinal tract, helping to reduce severe cramping and irregular contractions of the colon. Drugs in this category include dicyclomine (Bentyl) and hyoscyamine (Levsin). These drugs may be helpful when taken preventively (before symptoms) and thus are most helpful if you can predict the onset of your symptoms. Many people suffering from IBS cannot predict their next episode, so taking advantage of these medicines is difficult. Also, common side effects include dry mouth and eyes and blurred vision.

Antidepressants — Many tricyclic agents (TCAs) have a pain relieving effect in people with IBS. The dose of TCAs is typically much lower than that used for treating depression. It is believed that these drugs reduce pain perception when used in low doses. TCAs commonly used for pain management include amitriptyline, imipramine, desipramine, and nortriptyline. It is common to experience fatigue when starting a TCA, and their full effect may not be seen for several weeks.

Another class of antidepressants, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be recommended if you have both IBS and depression. Common SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), and escitalopram (Lexapro).  

Other antidepressant medications that may be recommended include mirtazapine (Remeron), venlafaxine (Effexor), and duloxetine (Cymbalta).  These medicines are extremely strong (toxic) and put a lot of stress on the immune system.

Anti-anxiety drugs — Anti-anxiety drugs reduce anxiety. Diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and clonazepam (Klonopin) belong to this class of drugs. Anti-anxiety drugs are occasionally prescribed for people with short-term anxiety that is worsening their IBS symptoms. However, these drugs should only be taken for short periods of time since they can be addictive.

Antidiarrheal drugs — The drugs loperamide (Imodium) or diphenoxylate-atropine (Lomotil) can help slow the movement of stool through the digestive tract. Loperamide and diphenoxylate-atropine are most helpful if you have diarrhea-predominant IBS. However, clinicians usually recommend that these drugs should only be used as needed rather than on a continuous basis. If you take loperamide, be careful never to exceed the dose on the label unless specifically instructed by your doctor. Taking more than the recommended dose has led to serious heart problems in some people.

Alosetron — Alosetron (Lotronex) blocks a hormone that is involved in intestinal contractions and sensations. It is approved to treat women with IBS whose predominant symptom is diarrhea. However, it was withdrawn from the market soon after its introduction because of concerns related to safety. It was reintroduced and is currently available, although certain prescribing guidelines must be followed.

Linaclotide and Lubiprostone — Linaclotide (Linzess) and Lubiprostone (Amitiza) is available for treatment of severe constipation and IBS in women over 18 years who have not responded to other treatments. It works by increasing intestinal fluid secretion. It is expensive compared to other agents. Further testing is needed to clarify the effectiveness and long-term safety of both linaclotide and lubiprostone.

#10 The overlooked natural solution to IBS: Repairing your leaky gut…

Strong gut function is one of the most critical aspects of our health; it’s what feeds the body and eliminates toxins.

If your gut is leaking and not working properly, many issues develop, including but not limited to:

  • Food that sits in the stomach too long causes an overproduction of acid, which causes painful reflux.
  • Food that sits in the stomach too long leads to putrefaction and fermentation, which then leads to symptoms such as indigestion, gas, bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, the uncomfortable sensation of being full all the time, etc.
  • Partially digested food moves into the small bowel causes malabsorption issues; this means that even if you’re eating the healthiest diet, your body is not benefiting from it; this may also result in various food allergies and anemia.  
  • Food that is not digested well during the initial step will lead to issues at the “other end,” such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
  • Food and chemical particles that enter the body’s blood stream cause the body to attack itself.  

Does any of this sound familiar?

None of us wants to experience any of this. Nor do we want to risk any of the long-term effects IBS can have on the body or our quality of life. When you seek help, what are you usually given? Medicine that only “cloaks” the problem. These medicines don’t give your body a chance to heal, and they can make you even sicker.

Too many people in this country are suffering silently, taking antispasmodic, diarrhea, constipation, and pain medicines. I feel it’s my responsibility to educate patients and clients about the real cause of IBS.

The solution is not masking the problems by offering medicines that continue to promote an unhealthy gut resulting in malnourishment and toxic build-up.

Taking dozens of supplements is also not the answer. That’s not how your body wants to get well.

The way to achieving gut health—and by extension, tip-top overall health—is by repairing and rebuilding the lining of the digestive system and then learning how to keep it well. Then, you can start enjoying life again, without the black cloud of IBS following you every step you take.


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#12 What’s possible with the right individualized help

I have successfully treated hundreds of patients over the years suffering terribly with leaky gut syndrome. I know how well it disguises itself as other conditions, and how progressive and dangerously cumulative its effects can be.

I also know that it can be healed.

A body racked with tiredness, low energy, aches and pains, can transform into a body filled with strength and vitality. Embarrassing and painful symptoms you fear you’ll live with for the rest of your life can simply fade away.

Yes, a leaky gut can be expertly and painlessly plugged. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Various factors interplay to help you repair and rebuild the gut lining.   

These include, but are not limited to, your level of enzyme intake, the function of your immune system, your food intake, how often you take antibiotics, whether or not you use tobacco, your level of hydration, your stress level, your level of alcohol intake, and the medicines you take.

None of these factors alone is a “magic bullet;” yet addressed in tandem, they can heal your leaky gut naturally.

My staff and I work closely with you to help you repair and rebuild your gut function, so you become pain and symptom-free, and so you can come off medications with your doctor’s consent and supervision.

We also show you how to maintain your newfound healthy gut function for the rest of your life, so digestion issues can never again steal your right to enjoy your life without worry, stress, and pain.   

Our goal is to help you escape the clutches of IBS for good and to free you from the shackles that hold you back from living life to the fullest.

You need to know there is hope if you are suffering from IBS. It doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Take control of your health.

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