Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
In health, the mucosal lining of the intestine presents a barrier to potentially inflammatory food particles. In IBS, pathogenic intestinal microflora (microbes) cause inflammation in the intestinal mucosal lining, which becomes permeable to inflammatory food particles, causing leaky gut syndrome with inflammation of the intestine. The presence of unhealthy inflammatory microbes in the intestine is known as dysbiosis (unhealthy life). Dysbiosis can be caused by antibiotics, junk food, dental mercury poisoning and by ingestion of pathogenic microbes, particularly the microparasite - Giardia Lamblia.
In leaky gut syndrome, food particles pass through the intestinal mucosal lining and cause localised inflammation with associated colic. Allergic food particles may also be conveyed in the bloodstream to other parts of the body, where they cause localised inflammation with symptoms such as headaches, joint pain and dermatitis.
Much of the body’s immune system is located around the intestine as gut associated lymphatic tissue (GALT). The inflammation caused by leaky gut syndrome stresses the gut associated lymphatic tissue, weakens the immune system and predisposes to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Management of IBS involves supporting the immune system, alkalizing the biological terrain (taking alkalizing supplements and healthier eating), treating associated toxicity (often due to dental mercury), identifying and excluding poorly tolerated foods, supplementing with selected probiotics (healthy intestinal microflora) and eliminating intestinal pathogens such fungus infection (candida) and intestinal micro parasites (typically Giardia Lamblia).
Stress related adrenal gland exhaustion is also likely to be implicated so that treatment generally also includes a less stressful lifestyle, naturopathic adrenal gland support and a Bach flower preparation for emotional stress.