If you have had gut discomfort for too long and had a colonoscopy that shows normal results (and maybe a normal endoscopy as well), chances are you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Not a fabulous diagnosis, but actually you have known your gut has been irritable for a long time anyway. An IBS diagnosis really means that you don’t have anything more serious and there really isn’t a precise treatment for you. You get by with dietary changes, probiotics, laxatives, stress management and if needed, pain relief.

Of course there is a reason behind your symptoms, but you don’t know what that reason is

because there are a number of causes of IBS. A single condition can have many causes; a headache can be caused by dehydration, a neck problem, stress, needing glasses, and so on. In the same way, IBS, which is becoming much more prevalent, has a number of causes. It doesn’t help when you also have allergies, fatigue, reflux, restless legs, or insomnia – which could be connected.

Often IBS is put down to stress. While it is true that stress can be a factor, it is surprisingly uncommon as a true causative factor. Having IBS in the first place is stressful!

In his book Treat Your IBS Yourself – Your IBS Toolkit Jon Gamble describes the range of causes of IBS, from  getting a gastro bug when travelling, having a course of antibiotics, taking certain medications and certain food sensitivities – and shows you what you can do to treat it. One of the most common causes of IBS, which includes children, is gut parasites.

Other causes of IBS are liver congestion, or ‘sluggish liver’ and poor diet. Each section of this e-book describes a cause, which is followed by a treatment section. With lists of symptoms, readers can easily identify which type (or types) of IBS that they have and then use the information in the treatment section.

It is a refreshing look at IBS, which departs from the strong emphasis on diet and stress-management seen repeatedly in other publications and the medical literature. While attention to diet and stress levels may help, it needs to be a long-term, or ‘for always’ strategy. When the underlying cause can be found though, it is possible to recover from IBS.

The author has been treating IBS in his clinic for over 20 years, so the concentrated information in this little e-book is based on his clinical experience.

Before you go and get another test done, try some of the approaches in this gem of a book.