Greetings. Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand back again. I'm the author of a book called Candida Crusher.
Thanks for checking out my video today. Today, I'm going to do a series. There will be multiple videos in this particular series relating to IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.
If you watch this video, this video is "what is irritable bowel syndrome" but there will be other videos in this series. For example, "the signs and symptoms of IBS", "tests and diagnosis for IBS", "best diet for IBS", "best treatment for IBS." There is IBS and there is IBD. Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, so they're two separate things. We'll have to talk some other time about inflammatory bowel disease because this is irritable or an irritated bowel. Generally, we're talking about the colon or the large intestine here. This condition historically has been called many names over a long period of time. Spastic colon, spastic bowel, colitis.
If you live in England, it might be called a dodgy tummy. I don't know if you guys in America know what dodgy means or a dicky tummy or a dodgy tummy. People with IBS generally are not often taken seriously by the medical professional, unfortunately. If we look at some of the statistics of irritable bowel syndrome, let's run through those first. It affects about 10 to 15 percent of the whole population, so quite a few people who've got this condition, in fact, don't even know that they've got it because 75 percent of people with irritable bowel syndrome don't even seek help.
They just learn to live with a digestive system that creates all kinds of signs and symptoms, which we'll discuss a bit later. About 1 in 4 people with irritable bowel syndrome actually seek professional help, so about three out of four don't. They just go down to the chemist and will take pills and they'll self-medicate. They'll go to Dr.
Google. They'll start maybe taking psyllium or changing their diet or go on the gluten free bandwagon like a lot of people have done today. They'll be going to talk to Aunty Mary about it or Uncle Phil. They'll go on Facebook or they'll start chatting to people about it. And after a while, they stop talking about it because people often get sick and tired of hearing other people talking about their health complaints, so they tend to shun those kind of people. If you've had a dodgy tummy for a long, long time, you may just keep it to yourself.
As I mentioned, 10 to 15 percent of all people have got this problem. Irritable bowel syndrome accounts for about 10 percent of all doctor visits, so 1 in 10 patients who see medically trained actually have got irritable bowel syndrome, so they go to talk about that. In many cases, after 10 to 15 minutes, they're sent away with some kind of a drug to stop diarrhea. It could be a drug to stop constipation. It could be a drug to alleviate spasms or pain in the bowel, and often it will be after 10 to 15 minutes. If you keep going back and complaining to the doctor about this problem, you'll get sent to a gastroenterologist or a digestive health specialist. About 50 percent of all visits to gastroenterologists include irritable bowel syndrome.
What the hell is irritable bowel syndrome? What the heck is this problem? Think about the word "irritable". It's an irritation of the colon of the bowel. We're going to talk in a minute about some of the primary causes of this problem. There are three categories of irritable bowel syndrome. The three categories are IBC, IBD, and mixed. Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation; irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea or you can have mixed constipation and diarrhea alternating.
Some people who have this irritation of the colon have no constipation or diarrhea. They just get spasms or pains. I've seen patients who say it's like someone shoved a knitting needle up my backside. Could you imagine that? Sitting there and all of a sudden someone has poked a long kitting needle up your bum. Wouldn't that be painful? Other people will get little spasms or twitches or darting pains. They get little shooting pains in their gut.
If we look at the colon, we're really looking at this area here. The belly button is here. We're looking at a condition that involves this part of the digestive system. If you've got a problem higher up, that's obviously not the bowel unless your body is made differently from mine. My bowel isn't up here. My bowel is down there.
The colon is what's getting irritated. That's what we call "irritable bowel syndrome." Remember, if you're watching this and you've got a problem with the bowel, are you a person who seeks help or self-help or do you talk to a practitioner about it? It's very important to find out what the heck's going on with your bowel. In the next video, we're going to be talking about the causes of irritable bowel syndrome. Click on the link below if you haven't already gotten my free Candida report and we'll check you out in the next video. Thanks for tuning in.
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