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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a digestive disorder that affects 1 in 5 adults in the United States. The symptoms for IBS are: diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain or cramps, frequent bowel movements, excess gas, bloating, fatigue, nausea and flatulence. There is also an urgency, for bowel movements and a feeling of incomplete evacuation (tenesmus). People with IBS, more commonly than others, have GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux) . IBS was first described by clinicians, over 200-years ago and experts still don''t completely understand what causes irritable bowel. Many experts, think that it is a problem of bowel motility ---the muscles of the bowels don''t contract normally--- affecting the movement of stool. However, studies do not show that poor bowel motility correlates with the symptoms of IBS. Drugs that alter motility, do not seem to benefit most people with IBS. Several doctors suggest that the colon is hypersensitive (overreacting to mild stimulation) by going into spasms, instead of slow, rhythmic muscle contractions. The suggestion is that the spasms can either cause diarrhea, or constipation. Research has been unable to verify the findings of the suggestion. Another theory suggests that a number of substances that regulate the transmission of nerve signals, between the brain and the GI tract may be involved. These suggestion also include the lack of serotonin, gastrin, motilin, and others. Some doctors, have also suggested that there is a hormonal component that is causing the condition. Their reasoning is that IBS occurs much more frequently in women, than in men. So far, studies have not found this to be true. Some studies suggest that up to 60% of people with IBS, have psychological disorders, typically anxiety or depression. There are factors that do trigger IBS including: • Certain types of foods (highly processed foods, fats, sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners) • Medicines (antibiotics, antihistamines, PPIs, anti-inflammatory medications) • Presence of gas in the digestive tract • Emotional Stress or depression • Digestive tract infections (Candida, H. pylori, E. Col, Parasitic infections) No specific laboratory test can be performed to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. IBS patients, are at increased risk of being given inappropriate surgeries, such as appendectomy, cholecystectomy and hysterectomy, due to the IBS symptoms being misdiagnosed. In many instances, patients over 50-years old, are given colonoscopies that proved to be of no value, in diagnosing IBS. IBS patients are at increased risk of having unnecessary gall bladder removal surgeries, not due to gallstones, but rather because of the IBS symptoms. IBS patients are 87% more likely to undergo abdominal and pelvic surgery and three times more likely to undergo gallbladder surgery. IBS patients are twice as likely to undergo hysterectomy, because of the IBS symptoms. A recent study, reported that an IgG antibody test was effective in determining food sensitivity, in patients with IBS. The very act of eating, or drinking can provoke and overreaction, of the gastro-colic response in patient with IBS. There have never been studies correlating Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) or Hyperchlorhydria (excessive stomach acid), with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, many of the symptoms of IBS, are the same symptoms seen in patients, with Hypochlorhydria and Hyperchlorhydria. Both conditions, will cause, belching , bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, nausea, flatulence and GERD. In addition, Hypochlorhydria will allow unsterilized and unconverted nutrients to be dumped into the small bowel, resulting in IgG reactions (allergic reactions). Studies indicate that bacteria and other pathogens entering the small and large bowel can trigger IBS symptoms. Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria will a allow bacteria and pathogens to enter the small bowel. The lack of Hydrochloric acid in the stomach, will allow bacteria and pathogens to flourish in the digestive tract. Antibiotics, Antihistamines, PPIs, and Anti-inflammatory medications stop the stomach from producing acid and allow pathogens to enter the small bowel. Hypochlorhydria also stops the conversion of proteins, many of which are allergens, and allows them to enter the small bowel, resulting in allergic reactions. Many doctors, have completely ignored the first stage of digestion, when it comes to dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, even though, 99% of the symptoms lead right back to the stomach and how it functions. Everyone with IBS, should have a pH diagnostic test, to determine the condition of their digestive process. The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic test, will accurately allow the doctor to diagnose, Hypochlorhydria, Hyperchlorhydria, and Achlorhydria. Before, going through an unwanted operation, or even getting an upper and lower endoscopy, for IBS, have your doctor give you a Heidelberg pH diagnostic test. There is a high probability that your digestive issues will be resolved.