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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What Causes It?

March 25th, 2006

What causes one person to have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and not another? No one knows. Symptoms cannot be traced to a single organic cause. Research suggests that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome seem to have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual to a variety of things, including certain foods and stress.

Some evidence indicates that the immune system, which fights infection, is also involved. Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms result from the following: The normal motility of the colon may not work properly. It can be spasmodic or can even stop temporarily. Spasms are sudden strong muscle contractions that come and go. Continue Reading »

IBS – What Is It? Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

March 3rd, 2006

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as spastic colon, and sometimes improperly termed spastic colitis) is a devastating and incurable condition that afflicts up to 20% of the world’s population. It is the most common chronic health disorder in America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, affecting more people than asthma, diabetes, and depression combined. Continue Reading »