Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is referred to as a “disorder” by doctors and not a disease. People who have been given this diagnosis have frequent stomach pain and discomfort and bowel movements that are irregular in some way. It’s a catch-all term that has been coined for this problem that seems to have no cause and no cure (it is only diagnosed by systematically testing for other diseases and excluding them). But don’t succumb to the IBS diagnosis. There are alternative treatment strategies available and lifestyle changes that can bring relief from this “disorder”. But before you start cutting things out of your diet or trying prescription medication, consider doing a parasite cleanse using herbs like wormwood, cloves, and black walnut. Intestinal parasites can cause many of the same symptoms as IBS.

Doctors say that IBS is caused by irregular movement of the intestine as food is being digested. Thus, it is a “functional” disorder (meaning that the intestines aren’t functioning properly). In the 1950’s when IBS was first introduced and doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with their patients using surgeries, scopes, lab tests, or ultra-sound a consensus was developed that the problems was “in the patient’s head”. Indeed, stress can cause the intestines to behave strangely and IBS can be caused by anxiety and stress, but the implication was that the pain and discomfort was imagined, which was insulting to patients. Some patients experienced relief from their IBS symptoms following the colonic cleanse required for a colonoscopy because their real affliction was a parasitic infection that was expelled from the body prior to the scope. Some patients may have food allergies or sensitivities to wheat or dairy. Most doctors won’t mention diet as a possible cause of IBS because doctors are usually uneducated about nutrition. They take one nutrition class during their undergraduate days and never revisit the idea that food could cause symptoms for the rest of their days in school.

Women tend to develop the symptoms associated with IBS more often than men. As many as 15% of the entire population suffers from IBS. If you have regular and persistent tummy troubles and your doctor says you have IBS, consider doing a parasite cleanse using an herbal formula, or visiting an acupuncturist or a holistic practitioner who will help you make lifestyle changes to get your belly back on track. My husband was diagnosed with IBS when he was still in our 20’s, but in fact, he had intestinal parasites (that were left undetected for 15 years after his “diagnostic” colonoscopy). Today, he no longer suffers from intestinal cramping and the IBS roller coaster. By seeking out medical practitioners who have some creativity and concern for their patients, you can manage and even cure IBS.