My sister, Christine Wheeler and I wrote the books IBS for Dummies and IBS Cookbook for Dummies. During researching and writing the first book, I realized I had mild IBS that I controlled by avoiding gluten, dairy and sugar.
I say IBS is US because our synthetic and processed diet, laced with GMO foods and chemicals, is devoid of nutrients and is making our guts rebel. In 2005 when we wrote IBS for Dummies there was a consensus among GI specialists that diet had NOTHING to do with IBS. Our IBS for Dummies books are ALL ABOUT diet.
In a dazzling display of “closing the barn door after every animal has escaped,” allopathic medicine has decided that there might be some relationship between diet and IBS after all.
The Medscape article called “IBS, Chronic Idiopathic Constipation: New Guidelines Issued,” reviews the study from the August issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
The study is a meta analysis of IBS treatment. Instead of just reporting on what drugs to use for IBS, as they usually do, they were forced to look at diet, probiotics and fiber. Why? Because they were so evidently important in the results of the analysis.
The head researcher commented that: “When you stand back and look, there are a number of things that do jump out, The first thing is the emergence of diet as a major issue in [IBS]. For patients, this isn’t new, because patients have contended for years that certain foods upset them, but we were very dismissive of that. But now there’s good evidence that diet is a major factor, probably not of the causation of [IBS], but in the precipitation of attacks.”
Even so, the authors go on to give diet a weak recommendation and say the evidence is very low. That may only mean that since doctors don’t give diet advice there are not that many diet studies to analyze. The diets they note are: gluten-free diets and FODMAP diets low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. The FODMAP Diet is fairly new and an extension of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and a Yeast Free Diet (avoiding sugar, gluten and dairy).
However, the problem with restricting the diet to deal with dietary problems is that food is not necessarily the culprit. With magnesium deficiency, processing of food becomes more compromised, dietary enzymes don’t work, metabolic pathways slow down and energy production is impaired. Instead of just limiting our food choices, we should be increasing our magnesium, which is at the basis of the dysfunction.
When I was writing The Magnesium Miracle, I realized that my gut couldn’t tolerate most magnesium pills and powders and I got the laxative effect if I attempted to take a therapeutic amount for my heart palpitations and leg cramps. So, I think this laxative effect is what keeps people away from taking an amount of magnesium that will help their IBS pain and cramping. ReMag does not have a laxative effect and is therefore the perfect magnesium to take for IBS, colitis or Crohn’s.
The authors also comment that the quality of evidence for probiotics is very low and they are given a weak recommendation for IBS even though there is enough evidence that they improve bloating and gas. I certainly found that my “choppy stools” were “cured” with a specific probiotic called Prescript Assist. You can read my blog about Soil Based Probiotics and choose for yourself.
Fiber is important in a healthy bowel, but the best form is soluble fiber and not so much the insoluble fiber that can irritate the intestines. You can find out more in IBS for Dummies or look for soluble fiber lists online.
In summary: ReMag, fiber, Prescript Assist are important for IBS. The best diet is free of sugar, gluten and dairy. And I would also add ReMyte minerals, ReAline for detox and gluten-free RnA Drops for making new cells.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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