Kids & Digestive Problems

Yes, we do treat children and infants at the IBS Treatment Center. However, children are not usually given the label of having irritable bowel syndrome. Of course, children can suffer from constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, or any combination of the four. But for some reason doctors don’t use the words IBS, and often don’t seem Read more…

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Is Gluten Sensitivity 'Celiac Light'?

A recent article titled, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Gluten Sensitivity Without Celiac Disease: Notes from the Front Lines” raised an interesting issue and I wanted to share it here. The article suggests that gluten sensitivity tends to be less severe than celiac disease. Based on this, it’s suggested that gluten sensitivity might be thought of Read more…

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and a great time to educate people on gluten sensitivity.  

The term gluten sensitivity comes from the increased attention to the clinical importance of those who do not have celiac disease but respond symptomatically to the gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, Read more…

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Study: Gluten Causes Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Subjects without Celiac Disease: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial.

OBJECTIVES: Despite increased prescription of a gluten-free diet for gastrointestinal symptoms in individuals who do not have celiac disease, there is minimal evidence that suggests that gluten is a trigger. The aims of this study were to determine whether gluten ingestion can induce symptoms in non-celiac individuals and to examine the mechanism. METHODS: A double-blind, Read more…

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Do You Really Need a Biopsy to Diagnose Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is traditionally diagnosed with a positive biopsy of the small intestine. The biopsy will demonstrate damage to the intestine known as villous atrophy. Villi are small finger-like extensions of the lining of the intestine that are visible only under the microscope. People with celiac disease and other conditions will show a marked reduction Read more…

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Chicago Tribune Article Sends Mixed Messages on Food Allergy Testing

The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article (Doubts Cast on Food Intolerance Testing) which claims that “food allergy testing” does not help with digestive issues, fatigue, etc. There is a long history of confusion around food allergies.  There are fraudulent practices associated with testing: labs that produce invalid data, unreproducible data, and those that use Read more…

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Headache Question & Answer

The Traditional Approach to Headaches Headaches are considered by conventional medicine to be an inflammatory condition of unknown cause, or simply stress is blamed. This belief ignores a large volume of scientific evidence pointing to food allergies as a major cause of headaches. The medical community has focused almost solely on treating headaches with pain Read more…

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More About Food Allergies: IgE and IgG

The immune system functions like a sentinel standing guard against foreign invaders. In the case of an allergy, the invaders are called allergens. The primary weapon that it uses against invaders is the production of antibodies. The antibodies cause reactions that result in the offending allergens being removed from the body. In many people, foods Read more…

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Get Your Lab Results!

Have you ever gone to the doctor and had blood taken for laboratory tests? Do you always get your lab results? Do you even hear back at all from the doctor? All too often in medicine people have lab tests run and then never learn the outcome of those tests. It’s tempting to assume that Read more…

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Causes of IBS: Stress Reduction

So you think that you carry your stress in your abdomen. It’s a common belief. If you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it is likely that you have been advised to reduce your stress level. You may have been told to get regular exercise and adequate sleep, and to practice stress reduction Read more…

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