Every once in while I read a post on another blog that is so good that I don’t just sit back and think, “Now there’s a good post.” No, I sit back and think, “What an admirable, original post! I wish I had written something like that.” Sophie, who runs the IBS Tales blog, has […]
The Second Brain
There is an actual physical finding in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), that indicates that IBS is not “all in the head.” All in the nerves, maybe, but not all in the head.
The Three Nervous Systembs
To begin with, we need to understand that our bodies have three nervous systems:
CNS - The Central Nervous […]
The term Repressor-Sensitizer is a psychological term used to describe a certain kind of reaction to the discovery of symptoms or of illness. This kind of person, and I’m one, is accustomed to just keeping on keeping on, just hanging in there and getting it done. Until, that is, she or he notices signs of […]
I had a friend who helped me startup a counseling center.
He was a neurologist, who said something that really stayed with me. He said “When I see a patient for the first time, I know within five minutes what I’ll find on examination, and how I’ll treat the person. The rest is interaction–teaching and […]
An organization called NICE (National Institute for Health Information Clearance Exchange) is calling for comments on Standards of Practice in Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that are in development by the National Health Service. The comment period has started, and will end on October 11, 2007.
Mostly they want comments from so-called “Stakeholder” Organizations. This would […]
Moderators in one of the IBS Forums often suggest trying Dannon Activia ™. I have not. That’s because lactose is sometimes a trigger for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)–and lactose is an ingredient in milk and milk products such as yogurt. Of course Activia ™ is a food–yogurt–and not a medicine.
Now comes this FAQ from the […]
For My Tummy’s IBS-News
If you have been checking the IBS news, on this blog you will see that the top items (in today’s news, July 31, 2007) are about Zelnorm.
FDA Approves Investigational New Drug Status for Zelnorm
The FDA has approved the very strictly controlled and limited use of Zelnorm for women (not men) under […]
“The doctors don’t know what’s wrong with me, so they say it’s IBS.”
“I’m fed up with the doctors who keep sending me for tests and don’t seem to find out what’s wrong. They don’t know anything more than when they started and they don’t understand that I’m in pain.”
And I read many more similar complaints […]
There is a nationwide progams of clinical trials for investigational drugs to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As far as I know, they are unrelated studies. Contact information for the IBS-D Study is via website, and you get to choose a (fairly) nearby location. Here is the website.
For the IBS-C study, there is a phone […]
For those who are interested in the claims for other probiotics besides Align, here is the copy writer’s description of the probiotic I use, distributed by VitaCost. It’s an example of the multiple probiotic approach rather than the single-strain approach. I’m not trying to sell this, or Align. Instead I’d like to provide information, and develop information, about the use of probiotics in IBS-C and IBS-D.
I am a great fan of ordering what I need for IBS on the web. Orders placed with the Help for IBS website, and from Amazon.com, are particularly fast to arrive. In contrast, according to this thread on the forums that now call themselves Self Help for IBs, the process of shipping Align–the new probiotic from Proctor & Gamble–is much slower. The thread is here.
I agreed, I believe, to receive free samples of Align, the Proctor & Gamble probiotic that’s currently showing up in ads on many web sites. It seems that personal blogs, such as ForMyTummy (this blog), Life in a Bathroom, and utenzi at Blogspot have received offers of free samples of Align. We are to take it and presumably report favorably on our blogs, or at least report