IBS Treatment Center: Have you been there?
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:19 PM
Hi Everyone, I am thinking about going to the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle, and would like to hear from those of you who actually received treatment at the Center and still did NOT get better. In light of your experience with the Center, how would you evaluate the effectiveness of their approach to IBS?I have tried everything I can, but my bloating and diarrhea don't go away, so I want to find out if it's worth of my time and expense to go to the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle. I live on the East Coast.... Any comments or advice are more than welcome.Many thanks!Karren
Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:24 PM
Posted 06 January 2015 - 10:24 PM
This is an old thread, but since I live in the Seattle area & have gone to the IBSTC several times, and since others may have an interest in this option, I thought I would convey my experience. When I visited in 2011-2012, the center's approach seemed a bit "One Trick Pony", in that it was centered around the results of 2 tests, a Standard Food Panel, which aims to detect food allergies by measuring IgA/IgG/IgE levels for a range of foods, as well as a Fecal Microbial Ecology Profile, which is a bit like the standard Ova & Parasite test on steroids. Both of these tests are highly appropriate, and while they do go way beyond what you're likely to get from most MD's (Wangen, the main guy at the IBSTC is a naturopath, with a personal history of Celiac disease, about which he is a bit of a zealot), if nothing comes up on either of the two, IBSTC is basically done. When this was the case with me, all Wangen had to suggest was a referral to a massage therapist in the area who specializes in the gut. Again, the issues which may be revealed by these two tests are likely to be the cause of a significant number of IBS sufferer's problems, but if you're not one of those people, in my experience at least, they don't have much else to offer. If you live in the PNW, I'd say they're worth a visit, but any doctor CAN (as opposed to WILL) order these in-depth tests for you. In retrospect, I doubt I'd have flown across the country to see them, had I not lived in the area. Also, my insurer at the time (Cigna) would not pay for anything associated with IBSTC, scumbags that they are (Cigna, not IBSTC).