Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome : Your Bakersfield Family Doctor on KNZR


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief

About 16 percent of adults suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In this video Dr. Jan Mensink MD, the senior physician at The Practice in Bakersfield will share warning signs, red flags, and also great foods to eat and other tips to help control and relieve your Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been called a variety of names since the 1950s, including Spastic Colitis, Spastic Colon, Functional Bowel Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Medical science now understands that there are both physical and emotional dimensions to the syndrome, but that the problem itself often begins with a viral infection in the gut.

This video and the mp3 recording are from an interview of Dr. Mensink on the Jaz McKay radio program that recently aired.

Listen to the mp3 recording of this radio program with Jaz McKay on Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
  • 5:00 Physical and Emotional components introduced;
  • 6:00 The role of bacterial overgrowth, toxins, and their impact on receptor sites in the gut;
  • 7:00 There is now a blood test available to help in making a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and ruling out other possible problems;
  • 8:30 Most common symptoms discussed: abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, mucus in stool;
  • 9:00 Red flags. If these symptoms occur you must see your doctor right away: rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, bowel pain in the night that wakes you up;
  • 12:00 Triggers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms: spicy foods, milk, chocolate, chocolate milk, sodas, cabbage, and alcohol. These may not cause problems immediately, but the problems usually occur in 48-72 hours;
  • 15:00 Risk Factors of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include onset before age 45, females suffer twice as often as males, females menstrual cycle may be a factor, stress, anxiety, depression, a history of past abuse, grief or loss, and discouragement or feeling hopeless about the future;
  • 20:15 Helpful Tips and Foods that Help:

    • 1. Get an accurate diagnosis;
    • 2. Take Pro-Biotics daily for the next several weeks;
    • 3. Use Immodium or other remedies or medications as needed for diarrhea;
    • 4. Avoid Milk or Milk products for 3 to 6 months ? a lactose free diet may help;
    • 5. Go to counseling to learn how to manage and reduce stress levels in your life;
    • 6. Peppermint Oil may help relieve the symptoms;
    • 7. Taking Fish Oils and Primrose Oils may help;
    • 8. Acupuncture from a skilled provider may also help;
    • 9. These foods can also provide help and relief: Ginger, Licorice, Rhubarb, Barley, and Tangerine Peels.

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