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All those who are using Dr Dahlman's products, let's use this post to say how we are doing, ask questions and such related to this. I just started mine on Saturday :feeling headachy,sick off and on with good also; getting hot flashes (not old enough to attribute it to anything else), feeling good, cleaned out 3 times already today which was nice yet also feel somewhat bloated. I know my symtoms may change daily while the products are doing things inside. I am staying away from dairy, breads, nuts and all beans. Those things I rarely eat anyhow. It's mostly vegetables, 1/2 tortilla here and there for a carb, saltines for feeling sick, and alittle fish and chicken every 2-3 days or so. I do have a problem with protiens, so this is staying away from them this much is NOT something I recommend.Anyone else ????????????????????????????????
 

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Hi all, I started using Dr. D's approach yesterday. I have to go with the economy plan that is using the Ultra Flora plus df and ultra clear sustain only. This is day two I am experiencing lots of gas and pressure, hope this is only temporary. Oh bye the way I'm IBS-c. Later Ken
 

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I am IBS-c also. I didn't know there was an economy plan. I am not on the guarantee program as I cannot afford the phone consults. I do have certain products I am using for the first 30 days though as I have many many food allergies.I have heard of one other in particular who had lots of bloating and gas in the beginning.....they couldn't use the rice based products. How long have you had IBS and what was your typical diet before starting Dr D's 'stuff'?
 

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Kacebece,i already try ultra-clear G.I. and i was unable to digest that.Dr.D told me that i had a bacteria and to take candibactin and another product(i think it was Ulcinex) to eradicate this bacteria first.I'm not in the program,i just evaluate it.
 

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A comment to Daisy, the economy plan doesn't give you a discount on products, you just don't use all the recommended ones. Note I am stopping the ultraclear sustain, had to use MOM last nite to try and clear things out. Will continue the probiotics and hope things settle down. Ken
 

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Here's my protocol:Started with the probiotic Ultra Flora DF, Metagest, Azeo-Pangen, Intesol, and Ultra Clear Sustain. I had problems with gas so he had me stop the supplements as gas usually signifies a bacterial problem, and then did a stool test. The stool test showed some bacteria pathogens and minimal, if any, beneficial bacteria (despite taking the probiotics). Now I'm taking double the probiotics, Candibactin, Ulcinex and Tanalbit to try and wipe out the bad bacteria. That's where I'm at now. Note that my gastro's lab showed no bad bacteria, but they do not test for everything and are not as sensitive as Great Smokies Lab. The one issue that has been helped the most is the urgency issue. When I'm finished with this round I'll get a new stool test, then we'll go from there! I'm still having bad days, but am also having good days.
 

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After reading Dr. D's protocol, I am fully supportive of what he is doing. Everything he describes is just like what I have been learning in my nutrition program for the past year.Calid, when you say you did a stool test, do you mean the CDSA 2.0? I am currently waiting on the results of that test for myself and then will decide how to proceed with treatment. I will likely work with my own nutritionist using similar tactics to Dr. D.Question for all doing Dahlman's program... What sources of protein does he recommend? I don't eat meat, other than fish. Would this pose a problem for me if I chose to do his program?
 

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Here is a list and progress report of the people from this board who are under my care that I posted on the other thread back on 2/12/2004. I will be talking to all this week to monitior their further progress.MtBike: Began treatment with a history of constipation, but was experiencing mostly gas, bloating, cramps and pain. Followed program, treated for anaerobic bacteria, did better with only occasional gas, bloating and cramps. Not where we wanted him to be, so we did a stool test based on his symptoms. Test revealed non- existent acidophilus and good levels of bifidus. Currently using probiotics to bring up levels and reporting continued progress as you have all read in his posts.Trinity, Began program and main complaint is leaking gas. At her request we did a stool sample immediately. Low levels of bifidus found. Slightly lessening of symptoms so far. Will bring up levels of bifidus and eliminate fructose and gluten to see what effect that has.Gret, What can we say about Gret? She's one of the lucky ones who progressed quickly and has had an amazing elimination of all her symptoms. Read her posts.Brushie, Began program complaining of soft stools, gas, bloating and overall fatigue. Decided to treat him for anaerobic bacterial problem. Within the first month he reported a better mood, increased energy, less gas and bloating. He is having more BM's but needing to "clean" less, that means a more solid BM. He says this is first time in 5 years he has seen a positive change. Kel/Lek, Major complaints were a lack of consistent stool formation and peristalsis. Her lab work showed no bifidus. Has a multitude of very unusual problems and has a limited diet. During our third conversation she reported that she has gained 16 pounds and that was something she had been trying to do for a long time. She has stopped all other vitamins, minerals and herbs (a list as long as your arm and very expensive) she was using to magage her symptoms except for Ibsacol and Wobenzyme. Unfortunately, during our last conversation, I learned for the first time that she uses an enema every 2 days. My belief is that it would be impossible to have consistent stool formation and peristalsis if you don't allow your gut to do the work on its own. Helping it with an enema will sentence a person to the symptoms that she is reporting. We will see what she reports next time having not used the enemas. Calid, Began program with complaints of IBS-D, frequent BM's and cramping. She experienced additional gas and bloating with the use of my products and stopped the powders and we awaited the results of a stool sample. We found non existent acidophilus and low levels of bifidus. We also found 3 bacteria that needed to be eliminated: Bacillus species, Proteus mirabilus and Citrobacter freundi complex. Now on protocol to eliminate them and bring up the levels of the good bacteria.JHouston, Began the program listing the symptoms that she used to have if not adhering strictly to a specific diet. I mis-interpreted that and thought these were current complaints. Apparently, she has no gastrointestinal related complaints as long as she follows her diet.What she would really like is to be able to expand her foods choices and be free of other non-gastrointestinal symptoms that have befuddled all her traditional doctors. She has extreme sensitivity to an already identified list of foods and I suspect that there is another list of chemicals, excipients, binders, fillers, spices, colorings, preservatives, etc. that needs to be identified for her to eliminate her non gastrointestinal related symptoms. Will continue my program to see if there might be a residual effect on the additional complaints and possibly to be able to expand her foods choices. For many people, once you have identified the foods that cause problems, you may never be able to eat them again without a bad reaction. Arnie W, My New Zealander with whom I have had only one consult. No info yet. To him, please call me at 2:00 Friday, my time, to catch up and see where we're at. You keep calling me at times I can't answer the phone and I don't have your info because you are filed by last name and you never leave your last name in your message and I don't know what it is without your file. I got your message that you will be able to ship out a stool test from NZ. Hopefully we'll talk soon. So the summary is that all patients a really progressing through the program as expected, one quickly successful and others more slowly, gathering info about what is out of balance and addressing each issue as we find it. Bottom line is that all of them....OK, maybe one won't, but probably all of them will completely eliminate their symptoms. We will keep you all posted.To all of you who have taken me up on this offer:If I have mis-spoken about any of your cases, please feel free to correct me.
 

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-----"The stool test showed some bacteria pathogens and minimal, if any, beneficial bacteria (despite taking the probiotics). "-----Calid's problem IMO shows just how deficient orthodox medicine really is. they would have happily waited till the autopsy to discover this bacteria that she is harboring.once again -- IMO it is amazing how incompetent they can be. it makes me wonder if they will ever get it.--and i am not saying that everyone's IBS is due to bad bacteria or dysbiotic gut but it would not surprise me in the least if this is true in the vast majority of cases.
 

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Just a quick note not to the people who started this thread, but on others who are not familiar with Dr. Dahlman and may be first-timers to this board. There is another thread with Dr. Dahlman in the subject heading that is extremely long by now, but I think the first few pages are necessary reads for anyone seeking to try out Dr. Dahlman's treatment as both the up and downsides of his treatment are given. A lot of people feel he has helped them here, but I just want to make sure that people new to this discussion can see both sides and make up their own mind. There is plenty to read!
 

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in the past 2 or 3 weeks something has changed in me for the better. i don't know what it is that has changed but everything seems more settled.i am able to eat rice for the first time in almost 10 years without experiencing brain symptoms. Hommus still causes problems. i am sticking with a very strict diet.i am convinced that homeopathy has played a substantial role in my improvement. i spoke with dr d about this and he supports the use of this healing treatment. i am going to continue to concentrate on bifidus bacteria implantation in my colon. this can only improve my situation.at this point, i am optimistic about the future. i am even forseeing the day when i will be able to expand my diet.in my case, i think a lot of my problems were due to a dysbiotic gut and maybe even a dysbiotic system as in mycoplasma in the lungs, etc.as an experiment, i quit taking Ibsacol 10 or 11 days ago and i have not plunged into the depths of despair like i did the last time i quit taking ibsacol. however, it took a good 3 weeks before the effects of ibsacol were out of my system. therefore, i am eager to see what will happen over the next 3 or 4 weeks.if my asthma and brain disturbance come back then that is bad news. if it does not come back then that tells me one very important thing --- that a dysbiotic gut and possibly a body that is infected with any number of other organisms from spirochetes to viruses to mycoplasma to fungi is responsible for all of my problems.that would be amazing.as much as i believe in dr d's program and can clearly see the brilliance in it --- i still think that homeopathy has had some major impact on what has happened to me recently.after each of the 3 homeopathic remedies that i took i received some type of particularly nasty dieoff reaction. after the reaction was over i would feel much better.some of these reactions were..... gums that turned white and very sore, bad odors discharged from my underarms, noxious gas odors, noxious diarrhea, oily residues that kept forming, blood shot eyes, skin eruptions, ---- and then there were a host of other non-related symptoms.my conclusion at this point is that my immune system was weakened over the years and this made it easy for various organisms to find a happy home.i may never know the truth but so long as i am better i will have to settle for that.
 

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To Daisy, you asked what my typical diet was. First a little about me. I suffer with diverticular disease, had sigmiod colon removed. this helped some but unfortunatly the colon I have left is full of those evil pockets. Gastro doc says IBS now my problem yep I'm labeled. 10 mounths ago saw a homeopath her approach was along the same lines as Dr. D, during this time I have had more positive results than I ever got from medical doctors. My diet consists of just about all foods with these exceptions, corn, nuts seeds, skins, heavy spices. I dont seem to be able to tolerate fruit very well. I use fiber supplementation, groud flax, chew food well,drink60-80 oz water per day added mg supplements recently this has helped. I'm going to continue expermenting with the probiotics,I have been using them for 10 mounths now along with cats claw an intestinal builder per my homeopath also I'm going to try and save up enough cash to have the stool sample done. Does anyone have the costs for this? Ken
 

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Thanks Ken, it's good to know where some people are starting out from. I saw 4 regular MD's before a naturopath found that I had Ecoli and Blasitis........then got to go through the radical approach of antibiotics until it was all killed off. Meanwhile I got Leaky Gut syndrom so I have the oddest allergy to all forms of protiens. It's very frustrating and I have never met anyone with the same thing......neither have any of the 22 specialists and doctors I have seen in the last 7 yrs since this all began. My wishes are to be able to consume protiens again and get all the benefits of it without any of the negative side effects; feel good and go through the day without feeling like my gut is a frontpack I have to carry around all day (it feels thick and painful even when not bloated); I want to be able to benefit from all the cardio and weight training I do.......lose 20 lbs; be a shining example of someone who beat the odds with this craziness. I have eaten healthy foods all my life, and always workout......this isnt' fair at all. Poop !!I really hope I can get this cleared up with being very diligent and with a few phone calls to the amazing Doctor D, cause I cannot afford those lab tests. With this IBS I can only work a limited amount of hours a day.....being a single mom with no family around, I am making the best of what I can, thats for sure !! Always with a smile too, you gotta be thankful for what you DO have.
 

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Oh, and I totally agree those who are any amount new to this subject, read some of all of the pages of the thread labeled Dr Dahlman's Patients; the information is invaluable, whether you try this program or not.
 

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"-------so I have the oddest allergy to all forms of protiens. It's very frustrating and I have never met anyone with the same thing......neither have any of the 22 specialists and doctors I have seen in the last 7 yrs since this all began--------"diasy,the same thing happened to me. i would get allergic to everything i ate. fortunately i never became allergic to mung, black and aduki beans, turnips, tapioca flour and a few other foods.for a while i would discover a new food but within 3 months my body was sensitized to it. it was a nightmare. i think it is finally slowly reversing itself. i can eat rice for the first time in 10 years. i tried rice last july and posted my response to it. i had a severe brain fog from eating it. however, the last 10 days or so i have ate rice 5 times without a single problem. there may have been some fatigue initially.something is changing for me. i feel different -- better. hope it lasts.
 

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Wow, it'd be great to eat rice again !! I find that I must rotate my foods constantly as I cannot be consistant with anything yet a few types of vegetables. This week I have been eating a natural grainy toast for breakfast and normally that would upset my system. Rice has been out for about a year yet it was my major staple for awhile and helped with going to the bathroom. Now I get slow transit from it and brain fog. Protien is consistant though, I cannot eat it without both negative and posistive side effects. the negative outweigh the positive though. I know how badly my body needs it, you know what I do for a living.......so I eat it and suffer.I guess I better stop the bread today, and switch to something different. You are lucky you could eat beans, yet I am sure you didn't feel that way as there are so many things you cannot eat. Clients starting off with my program who want to lose fat and get into shape always ask me what I eat.......I lie and tell them it's what I am having them eat, ha ha. If they only knew I eat about 800 - 1000 calories a day and can gain weight from it.
 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome"DIAGNOSIS OF IBSThe diagnosis of IBS is based on identifying characteristicsymptoms and excluding organic disease. An earlyconfident diagnosis permits tests to be minimized andreassures the patient that there is no lethal disease. Thereare no physical findings or diagnostic tests that confirm thediagnosis of IBS. Therefore, diagnosis of IBS involvesidentifying certain symptoms consistent with the disorderand excluding other medical conditions which may have asimilar clinical presentation. The symptom-based Rome IIdiagnostic criteria for IBS (Table 1) emphasize a �positivediagnosis� rather than exhaustive tests to exclude otherdiseases. A validation study of the Rome criteria afterexcluding patients with symptoms suggestive of othermedical conditions other than IBS (�alarm signs� e.g.bloody stools, weight loss, family history of colon cancer,refractory and severe diarrhea) showed that 100% ofindividuals who met the diagnosis of IBS based on theRome criteria truly had IBS rather than an alternativediagnosis. At 2 years follow-up, none of the IBS patientsrequired a change in diagnosis.Other medical conditions which may present withsymptoms similar to those seen in IBS includeinflammatory bowel disease, GI infections, lactoseintolerance, thyroid disease, microscopic or collagenouscolitis and malabsorption syndromes such as celiac sprue(Table 2). A medical history and physical examination,laboratory and GI tests can help to exclude these otherdiagnoses. These tests include routine blood tests, stoolstudies for infection, and endoscopic procedures such asupper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Inpatients 50 years of age who meet diagnostic criteria forIBS and have no �alarm signs� suggestive of diseases otherthan IBS, initial screening tests such as a complete bloodcount to check for anemia and a chemistry panel can beobtained. Other screening tests to consider are a thyroidtest (TSH) and a blood test for celiac sprue. However,further tests and procedures such as a colonoscopy are notgenerally recommended. Patients 50 years of age with IBS symptoms should undergo a screening colonexamination with either a colonoscopy or flexiblesigmoidoscopy and barium enema if these tests have notbeen done previously, regardless if they have alarm signs(see Figure 1).In some centers, the presence of bacterial overgrowth isoften determined because this condition may causesymptoms similar to those of IBS. It is most commonlydiagnosed by a lactulose hydrogen breath test. Two studiesfrom the same research group found that 78% to 84% ofpatients with IBS had bacterial overgrowth. In patientswith evidence of bacterial overgrowth, those treated withan antibiotic such as neomycin had a greater reduction intheir GI symptoms compared with placebo. Although thesedata are intriguing, there are some methodologiclimitations in these studies and, therefore, the use ofwidespread hydrogen breath testing for bacterialovergrowth is still not generally advocated. PATHOPHYSIOLOGIC MECHANISMS OF IBS Although psychological and physiological abnormalitieshave been described, the overall pathophysiology of IBS isnot well understood. Similar to other chronic medicalconditions, a multi-component conceptual model of IBS,which involves genetic, physiologic, emotional, cognitive,and behavioral factors, has been formulated (Figure 2).Although all factors are closely interconnected, theimportance of individual factors in the generation of IBSsymptoms may vary greatly between individuals.Previously, IBS was considered primarily a disorder ofaltered gut motility. Currently, increased bowel sensitivity(visceral hypersensitivity) and altered brain-gutinteractions are felt to play a principal role in thepathophysiology of IBS. Recently, it has been found thatgenetic and environmental factors are important in IBS butfurther studies are needed to understand the importance ofthese factors in the prevalence, symptoms, physiologicresponses and response to treatment in IBS.Altered intestinal motor function.Altered intestinalmotility has been found in IBS, particularly exaggeratedcontractions (motor response) in the lower (sigmoid) colonto psychological stress and food intake. These alterationsmay explain why many IBS patients experience typicalIBS symptoms following meals and develop exacerbationsduring stressful life events. These changes in bowelmotility are likely due to alterations in the autonomicnervous system outflow to the intestine. Increased gut sensitivity.There has been compellingevidence that IBS patients have enhanced perception ofbowel (visceral) stimuli such as food or distensions of thegut wall. The initial clinical observations that led to thehypothesis that patients with IBS have visceralhypersensitivity included the presence of recurringabdominal pain as a principal symptom, the presence oftenderness during palpation of the sigmoid colon (leftlower abdominal area) during physical examination inmany patients, and excessive pain often reported bypatients during endoscopic examination of the sigmoidcolon. Published studies measuring visceral sensitivitysuggest that a variety of abnormal sensations orperceptions in relation to bowel stimuli may be morefrequent in IBS patients. At least two perceptualalterations can be distinguished, a hypervigilance(increased attention or vigilance) towards expectedaversive events arising from the bowel, and hyperalgesia(lowered threshold to pain) which is inducible by sustainedpainful visceral stimulation. These findings are paralleledby similar findings of target system hypersensitivity inother disorders such as fibromyalgia and myofascial paindisorder. In contrast to their enhanced perception ofvisceral pain, most IBS patients have normal or evendecreased pain sensitivity and tolerance for painful coldand mechanical stimulation of somatic (skin and muscle).However, there is a recent study that has demonstratedincreased somatic sensitivity to thermal heat in IBSpatients. Patients with IBS who also have co-existing fibromyalgia have increased somatic sensitivitycomparable to patients with fibromyalgia alone.Increased stress mediators in IBS.There is increasingevidence to support the prominent role of stress in thepathophysiology and in the clinical presentation of IBSsymptoms. There are few published reports on alterationsin stress mediators, such as catecholamines and cortisol tostress or visceral stimulation in IBS. Several studies havereported increased in catecholamines (norepinephrine andepinephrine) and cortisol levels in IBS patients. However,it remains to be determined whether these neuroendocrinealterations play a direct role in gut function and symptomgeneration. Altered brain-gut communication in IBS.A unifyinghypothesis to explain the functional bowel disorders is thatthey result from a dysregulation of the brain-gut axis. Anevolving theory is that normal gastrointestinal functionresults from an integration of intestinal motor, sensory,autonomic and CNS activity and GI symptoms may relateto dysregulation of these systems. Brain imaging studiessuch as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) andpositron emission tomography (PET) have been performedin IBS patients to measure brain activation patterns tovisceral stimuli. These studies suggest that brainactivation responses to visceral stimuli are distinctlydifferent in IBS patients compared to healthy individuals.IBS patients may have different emotional and cognitiveprocessing of sensory information from the gut comparedto healthy individuals. Post-infectious IBS.Symptoms suggestive of IBS occurin approximately 7-30% of patients following acute GIinfections, often persisting for years following completeresolution of the infection. A large cohort study identifieda self-reported history of acute gastroenteritis as a majorrisk factor for the development of IBS. Reported riskfactors for the development of post-infectious IBS includefemale sex, the duration of the acute diarrheal illness andthe presence of sustained psychosocial stressors around thetime of infection. Post-infectious IBS is not restricted to aparticular organism and has been documented with avariety of bacterial infections (Salmonella, Campylobacterand E. coli) as well as parasitic infection. However, therole of acute viral gastroenteritis in this condition isunknown.In post-infectious IBS, low grade GI inflammation orimmune activation may be a basis for altered motility,and/or nerve and mucosal (lining of bowel) function of thegut in IBS. Recent studies have also shown that in a subsetof unselected IBS patients (no documented history of apreceding gut infection), there is evidence of increasedinflammatory cells in the colon mucosa. It remains to bedetermined if altered gut immune function is a generalcharacteristic of IBS patients. The implication of stressfullife events in the development of post-infectious IBSsuggests a convergence of central (brain) and peripheral (gut) mechanisms in the clinical presentation of thissyndrome.Gender differences.In addition to IBS, many functionalGI disorders and other chronic visceral pain disorders (e.g.interstitial cystitis and chronic pelvic pain) and somaticpain disorders (e.g. fibromyalgia, myofascial paindisorder) are more common in women than in men.Increasing evidence suggests that gender differences existin the symptoms, pathophysiologic responses and responseto certain treatments in IBS. Female IBS patients are morelikely to be constipated, complain of abdominal distensionand certain extra-intestinal symptoms. Studies have alsosupported an influential role of ovarian hormones (e.g.estrogen and progesterone) on bowel function and painsensitivity which can in part explain the gender differencesin IBS. Several investigators have reported a variation inGI symptoms during different phases of the menstrualcycle, particularly increased abdominal pain and loosestools at the perimenstrual (just prior to and at time ofmenses) phase. TREATMENTTreatment of IBS includes both non-pharmacologic andpharmacologic therapies. An important component of non-pharmacologic treatment for IBS is a successful physician-patient relationship. The physician should strive toestablish effective bi-directional communication with thepatient, gain the patient�s confidence with a concise,appropriate medical evaluation and offer reassurance andeducation that IBS is a real medical condition with apotential impact on health related quality of life butwithout significant long/term health risk. Some IBSpatients, especially those presenting with new onset ofsymptoms, express relief that their symptoms are notcaused by a serious condition such as malignancy. Othercomponents of non-pharmacologic treatment of IBSinclude diet recommendations, lifestyle modifications, andpsychosocial intervention if needed. Patients with mild IBS symptoms comprise the mostprevalent group, and are usually treated by primary carepractitioners, rather than specialists. These patients haveless significant functional impairment or psychologicaldisturbance. These patients do not see a clinician veryoften, and usually maintain normal daily activities.Treatment is directed toward education, reassurance, andachievement of a healthier lifestyle and occasionalmedication. Dietary advice may include avoidingoffending foods which can trigger symptoms (e.g. lactoseor fructose products, fatty foods, caffeine, gas-producingfoods). Fiber supplementation has been shown to beeffective for symptoms of constipation. ""CONCLUSIONSIBS is a common, chronic disorder characterized byexacerbations and remissions, which presents withsymptoms of abdominal pain and/or discomfort and alteredbowel habits. It has a chronic relapsing course and canoverlap with other functional GI (dyspepsia) and non-GI(fibromyalgia) disorders. The clinical diagnosis of IBS is based on identifyingsymptom criteria with a �positive diagnosis� and excludingorganic disease with minimal diagnostic evaluation.Clinicians should feel secure with the diagnosis of IBS, ifmade properly, because it is rarely associated with otherexplanations for symptoms. Although there are manyexpensive and sophisticated tests available for theevaluation of IBS symptoms, these are generally notneeded for patients with typical symptoms and no featuressuggestive of organic diseases. ""An integrated diagnostic and treatment approach firstrequires an effective physician-patient relationship. Acareful history will also identify the need for diagnosticstudies and treatments as determined by the nature andseverity of the predominant symptoms, and the degree andextent of influencing psychosocial and other factors. The fact that definite structural or biochemicalabnormalities for these disorders cannot be detected withconventional diagnostic techniques does not rule out thepossibility that neurobiological alterations will eventuallybe identified to explain fully the symptoms of mostfunctional disorders. Examples of such a shift inperspective from symptom-based disorders withoutdetectable abnormalities to medically treatable diseasesbased on specific neurobiological alterations includeaffective disorders (depression, anxiety) and migraineheadaches. Similar to other chronic illnesses, amulticomponent model that involves physiologic,affective, cognitive, and behavioral factors can beformulated for IBS. Although all factors are closelyinterconnected, the importance of individual factors in thegeneration of IBS symptoms may greatly vary betweenindividuals. Physiologic factors implicated in thegeneration of IBS symptoms include hypersensitivity ofthe GI tract to normal events, autonomic dysfunctionincluding altered intestinal motility response to stress andfood intake, alterations in fluid and electrolyte handling bythe bowel, and alterations in sleep. Many of the traditional therapies have been used to treatspecific IBS symptoms because they have not been shownto significantly relieve global symptoms, which wouldimprove an overall sense of well-being. However, thediscovery of novel serotonergic agents such as tegaserodand alosetron have been shown to be effective in treatingglobal symptoms in patients with IBS compared withplacebo. More recently published studies evaluating theefficacy of antidepressants, such as tricyclics and SSRIs,suggest that these medications may help improve generalwell-being in addition to treating psychological co-morbidity in affected individuals but further studies areneeded. Psychological and behavioral therapies have alsobeen showed to be effective for IBS however it potentiallycan be limited by the availability of experienced therapists.Instituting a multidisciplinary approach using non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapeutic modalitiesmay result in the most effective outcome. Future studieswill further enhance our understanding of this conditionand lead to newer, more effective treatments."http://216.109.117.135/search/cache?p=bloa...149D7A767&c=482 &yc=15315&icp=1[/URL]
 

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Eric.........PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP. This thread was created specifically for users of Dr. Dahlman's protocol to share their results with each other and others that may be curious about our trial. You are not one of his patients, nor are you truly intersted in hearing about any successes that some may have. You are just muddying the watersand making it harder for us to communicate with each other. My respect declines for you with each lengthy cut and paste post, in fact they've become so frequent I just scroll past each post you make in every thread. PLEASE STOP, I am asking you politely and explicitly to keep off this thread unless you have a specific question for one of the other posters who are truly trying to communicate.
 

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What DR D is doing on the internet saying he can CURE, every gi problem and IBS I personally believe is wrong and I am not the only one. It is also confusing to new people on this bb. What's needed is accurate information from real doctors in all fields on IBS. Something he does even try to provide.I will say this again, I am glad for all who feel better, nobody who has had IBS for as long as I have would think any differently, but there is a much bigger issue here then each indivdual person in what he is doing on the bb and the interent. You can skip all the current state of the art research you want to, I believe DR D does also, and that's another part of the problem.
 
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