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IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment in Melbourne

IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

It is estimated that IBS affects around 30%-40% of people on a western diet, with people of all ages and fitness levels affected.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) include abdominal pain or discomfort, mucus in the stools, irregular stools and can either alternate between loose stools or constipation or be consistently one or the other. Studies indicate that up to thirty percent of people in western Society may suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Women are more prone to IBS than men.  Research suggests that people with IBS experience abnormal gut motility (changes in the rate of contractions of the gut muscles) and enhanced visceral sensitivity (increased brain sensitivity to normal and painful gut activity) such as painful swelling in the gut. IBS is diagnosed based on the Rome II criteria. Read more...

We have consistently seen similar symptoms in many children with Autism. Our experience in successfully treating these symptoms in children with Autism have led us to use the same Biomedical tests and protocols in assessing and treating adults with IBS, with equal success.


Although it is not clearly understood what causes IBS, there are many clues in the scientific literature. For some people it begins in childhood with a ‘sensitive stomach’ that develops into more intense symptoms in adulthood; while for others, the IBS symptoms start suddenly during a period of stress or persist after a bout of gastroenteritis, a condition known as Post-infective IBS. However there are underlying vulnerabilities that may cause IBS and that may be common causes to all sufferers of IBS.In simple terms, we believe that there is ample evidence to suggest that IBS is the result of a dysfunctional interaction between genetic vulnerability, a lack of certain specific nutrients and disordered gut bacteria, leading to a dysfunctional gut and less than optimum brain function. Read more...


There are also recent scientific findings that may also explain why 70 to 90% of people with IBS also suffer from anxiety, depression and sleep difficulties. Frequently people with IBS also report chronic tiredness or fatigue, cognitive deficits, foggy head and difficulties concentrating. Treating these suspected causes of IBS often resolves or significantly reduces the cognitive, psychiatric, fatigue and sleep problems. Psychological techniques can then be more effective at treating psychological factors that may contribute to stress, depression and anxiety. Read more...


To investigate whether we are on the right track, we use Biomedical tests (specialised blood, faeces and urine tests) from NATA* accredited pathology Laboratories. If our suspicions are confirmed, we then use specific lifestyle, dietary, medical and nutritional treatment protocols to treat the underlying causal mechanisms that may be responsible for the symptoms, as suggested by the results of the tests. Some aspects of these protocols have been published in the Nutritional and Environmental Medicine literature for years but have rarely been used in mainstream Medicine. Read more...


The treatment protocols used at the Clinic address what we believe may be the fundamental causes and triggers to IBS. From a study of relevant scientific findings from Medicine, Nutritional science, Nutrigenomics, Gastroenterology, Enteric Microbiology and Psychiatry we have assembled a theoretical model that not only seems to explain the vulnerability to IBS but also seems to explain the mechanisms that underpin the symptoms. In addition, the protocol that are used produce excellent results in over 70% of IBS patients.

There are no effective drugs to treat IBS and there may never be, because the causes are due to specific food sensitivities, food toxicity, Nutrigenomic (nutrient and genetic) interactions and an imbalance in the distribution of the bacteria that normally live in the gut. We cannot change our genes, but we certainly can improve our diet and nutrient uptake and normalise our gut bacteria ecology. Read more...

*NATA- National Association of Testing Laboratories


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