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Scientific research on Irritable Bowel Syndrome translated into useful information. Insights from those with expertise and experience of IBS with links to real life stories and solutions.
The effects of IBS on quality of life may be more substantial than those of many other chronic diseases. It affects school, work and life, putting the sufferers at risk for social isolation. Numerous books, columns and blogs about this condition usually affirm that social problems arise because the sufferers are trying to hide the fact they have IBS from others. Keeping secrets is stressful, while being upfront and coming out of the closet is the best strategy. Is it really?........ Read more »
All jobs come with health risks. Some risks are obvious in the short-term, others seem very minor but with plenty of negative long-term consequences. Such as weight gain or irritable bowel syndrome. ... Read more »
Nojkov B, Rubenstein JH, Chey WD, & Hoogerwerf WA. (2010) The impact of rotating shift work on the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome in nurses. The American journal of gastroenterology, 105(4), 842-7. PMID: 20160712
Okami, Y. (2013) Irritable bowel syndrome in Chinese nursing and medical school students—Related lifestyle and psychological factors. Open Journal of Gastroenterology, 03(01), 55-63. DOI: 10.4236/ojgas.2013.31009
Coffee can bug or de-bug you - in many different ways.It can actually energize your gut bugs. Nestlé researchers showed that for sixteen healthy adult volunteers consuming a daily dose of 3 cups of coffee during 3 weeks. This led to an increase of the metabolic activity and/or numbers of Bifidobacterium species, important probiotics in the food industry. Bifidobacteria has been long suggested to be therapeutic for the relief of intestinal disorders, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome ........ Read more »
Jaquet M, Rochat I, Moulin J, Cavin C, & Bibiloni R. (2009) Impact of coffee consumption on the gut microbiota: a human volunteer study. International journal of food microbiology, 130(2), 117-21. PMID: 19217682
If you suffer from IBS, chances are you're very considerate of others and even possibly an anxious 'catastrophizer'. It was repeatedly concluded based on magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and psychological questionnaires - for students, older men and women, Easterners and Westerners, right-handed and left-handed individuals. In fact, IBS sufferers' anxieties are somewhere in between those of people with Crohn's disease (similar to healthy persons) and panic patients. And many IBS suffere........ Read more »
Collins SM, Surette M, & Bercik P. (2012) The interplay between the intestinal microbiota and the brain. Nature reviews. Microbiology, 10(11), 735-42. PMID: 23000955
Our bacteria are picky eaters. Some of them - like Prevotelia - prefer a high carbohydrate diet, while others - like Bacteroides - stick to unhealthy western lifestyle with lots of meat and fat. The most prevalent bacteria in the gut of horses, cows and goats prefer people consuming alcohol and polyunsaturated fats. Methanobrevibacter is most abundant in anorexic nervosa patients. Gram negative bacillus Bilophila wadsworthia loves people with gangrenous appendicitis or those whose diets are high........ Read more »
Staudacher HM, Lomer MC, Anderson JL, Barrett JS, Muir JG, Irving PM, & Whelan K. (2012) Fermentable carbohydrate restriction reduces luminal bifidobacteria and gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. The Journal of nutrition, 142(8), 1510-8. PMID: 22739368
Cui S, & Hu Y. (2012) Multistrain probiotic preparation significantly reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in a double-blind placebo-controlled study. International journal of clinical and experimental medicine, 5(3), 238-44. PMID: 22837798
Wu GD, Chen J, Hoffmann C, Bittinger K, Chen YY, Keilbaugh SA, Bewtra M, Knights D, Walters WA, Knight R.... (2011) Linking long-term dietary patterns with gut microbial enterotypes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6052), 105-8. PMID: 21885731
A top story in today’s news is related to a recent scientific paper published in Current Biology concerning the dinosaurs. British scientists wanted to know, Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth? By their estimates, some 520 million tons of methane (a “greenhouse gas” emission) were produced by the flatulent beasts every year. This begs the question, do flatulent humans today also contribute to global warming? Probably........ Read more »
Wilkinson, D., Nisbet, E., & Ruxton, G. (2012) Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth?. Current Biology, 22(9). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.042
Winham DM, & Hutchins AM. (2011) Perceptions of flatulence from bean consumption among adults in 3 feeding studies. Nutrition journal, 128. PMID: 22104320
A number of studies have suggested that a higher intake of lycopene-containing foods decreases the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, other cancers and infections, even cataracts and asthma. What are the potential side effects?... Read more »
Jatoi A, Burch P, Hillman D, Vanyo JM, Dakhil S, Nikcevich D, Rowland K, Morton R, Flynn PJ, Young C.... (2007) A tomato-based, lycopene-containing intervention for androgen-independent prostate cancer: results of a Phase II study from the North Central Cancer Treatment Group. Urology, 69(2), 289-94. PMID: 17320666
Starch is that stuff that stiffens your shirts. It's also what most people eat for fuel. Wheat, rice, corn, oats, potatoes are all very starchy foods. Many popular diet plans call starch a second-rate food that should be avoided at all costs. No-starch and low starch diets are favored by irritable bowel communities, while former Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Atkins enthusiasts love the new Carb Lovers Diet praising starch. Yet, there may be something good about starch even for those with........ Read more »
Bird AR, Conlon MA, Christophersen CT, & Topping DL. (2010) Resistant starch, large bowel fermentation and a broader perspective of prebiotics and probiotics. Beneficial microbes, 1(4), 423-31. PMID: 21831780
And the answer is ... either or all of the above. And this is not a complete list of all that can happen. In some rare conditions, for example, tryptophan could also make your pee purple.Tryptophan supplements were used as a popular sleeping aid until negative press in 1989. The FDA banned dietary tryptophan supplements from the market, just days before the arrival of Prozac rising as the new promise for chemical happiness. Further investigation showed that ill effects of tryptophan were actua........ Read more »
Capuron L, Schroecksnadel S, Féart C, Aubert A, Higueret D, Barberger-Gateau P, Layé S, & Fuchs D. (2011) Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation in Elderly Persons Is Associated with Altered Tryptophan and Tyrosine Metabolism: Role in Neuropsychiatric Symptoms. Biological psychiatry. PMID: 21277567
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is nothing to sneeze at. Especially during the sneezing season. As a matter of fact, you are more prone to have irritable bowel if you have a seasonal allergy. The likelihood of IBS is 3 times higher in patients reporting atopic symptoms (2.67 times higher in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis and 3. 85 times higher in patients with allergic eczema, according to Tobin and his colleagues who administered questionnaires to 125 patients). So some of that abd........ Read more »
Wassenberg J, Nutten S, Audran R, Barbier N, Aubert V, Moulin J, Mercenier A, & Spertini F. (2011) Effect of Lactobacillus paracasei ST11 on a nasal provocation test with grass pollen in allergic rhinitis. Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 41(4), 565-73. PMID: 21395878
Valerio F, de Candia S, Lonigro SL, Russo F, Riezzo G, Orlando A, De Bellis P, Sisto A, & Lavermicocca P. (2011) Role of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei LMGP22043 carried by artichokes in influencing faecal bacteria and biochemical parameters in human subjects. Journal of applied microbiology. PMID: 21447019
Want to manage your toilet metrics? There's an app for that. Actually, multiple apps - like this one recording precise GPS location of bowel events along with their shapes and odors or IBS symptom tracker and GI monitor, approved and designed by gastroenterologists. Yet, the lists of metrics provided by these applications are not complete - no options to record color, consistency, texture, effort... And what about total time spent? According to IBS forums, it could range from seconds to ... "lon........ Read more »
Sikirov D. (2003) Comparison of straining during defecation in three positions: results and implications for human health. Digestive diseases and sciences, 48(7), 1201-5. PMID: 12870773
Rao SS, Kavlock R, & Rao S. (2006) Influence of body position and stool characteristics on defecation in humans. The American journal of gastroenterology, 101(12), 2790-6. PMID: 17026568
Ryuji SAKAKIBARA, Kuniko TSUNOYAMA, Hiroyasu HOSOI, Osamu TAKAHASHI, Megumi SUGIYAMA, Masahiko KISHI, Emina OGAWA, Hitoshi TERADA, Tomoyuki UCHIYAMA, & Tomonori YAMANISHI. (2010) Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans. . LUTS: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, 2(1), 16-21. DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-5672.2009.00057.x
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