Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What Else is Possible?

For too many people, the post-holiday season is not a happy time for their tummies. All the excessive holiday eating brings on increased suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a common chronic gastrointestinal disorder. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, bloating and an irregular bowel pattern alternating between constipation and diarrhea. Living with IBS can be devastating, debilitating, frustrating and embarrassing. What many people do not realize is that it is not necessary to live with this diagnosis for the rest of one’s life. In most cases it is quite simply solvable – if you are willing to make some adjustments in your diet. Here is the story of how one woman with IBS transformed years of a restrictive lifestyle to one of ease and freedom in a matter of days: Trish (name changed for confidentiality) is mother and grandmother of a large and close knit family and very involved in her community. Only her family and her doctors knew of her suffering with what was diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She made multiple trips to her bathroom for severe bouts of diarrhea every morning until about noon. This had been going on for many years! Not a pleasant way to live. Trish had gone through all the medical tests and conventional prescriptions and even some naturopathic remedies but nothing seemed to work. She had given up on treatment and resigned to live with it. But then, her husband suffered a heart attack and that stress took her down even further. Her husband’s wakeup call and her subsequent sudden weight loss scared her family to the point of stepping...