Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 7, 2004 -
Â Imagine being struck out of the blue with abdominal cramps so severe they leave you unconscious on the floor. Imagine suffering from diarrhea or constipation so unpredictable and debilitating you plan your daily life around access to bathrooms. Now imagine being told by the doctor who diagnoses you that there is no cure.
If youÂre one of the 50 million Americans with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you know exactly how this feels, but odds are youÂre unaware of much help is now available for you. This April marks the 8th annual IBS Awareness Month, designated to publicize avenues of help for a condition so prevalent that, though rarely talked about, is the leading cause of worker absenteeism after the common cold. IBS affects 15-20 percent of the population, causing abdominal pain and bowel dysfunction. Symptoms arise from a disruption of the gutÂs nervous system, and that systemÂs interaction with the brain.
For too long, IBS sufferers were dismissed by physicians, ignored by researchers, and given no alternative to suffering in silence. In recent years this situation has changed dramatically, with a rising awareness of the profound differences lifestyle modifications can make. In particular, significant patient self-help avenues such as HelpForIBS.com have been created to offer information, support, and immediate tangible help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers.
ÂIf you have IBS, you are NOT alone,Â says HelpForIBS.com founder and CEO Heather Van Vorous. ÂLiving with this disorder does not mean leading a miserable life. There are numerous strategies a person can adopt to help prevent all IBS symptoms, and a happy healthy lifestyle is absolutely possible. Though IBS is still often portrayed as simply the punch line to a joke, itÂs not a laughing matter to those who suffer, and these people need to hear that their suffering is completely unnecessary.Â
Though IBS patients report using nearly 300 different types of prescription and over-the-counter medications in unsuccessful attempts to find relief, many are now discovering that non-medical approaches to the disorder are far more effective and safer. Specifically, patients find success with:
- the groundbreaking IBS dietary guidelines and recipes from the book Eating for IBS
- a reduction of stress triggers through gut-directed hypnosis for IBS or yoga practice
- herbal and soluble fiber supplements for specific IBS symptoms and overall GI health
- emotional support via internet IBS message boards and local IBS support groups
Self-help management of IBS has proven so successful that physicians are embracing these approaches, and are referring patients to IBS internet communities such as HelpForIBS.com, hypnotherapists with IBS training, and hometown support groups.
IBS Awareness Month spreads the news that lBS patients are finally being given the lifestyle assistance they need, and not simply a diagnosis. While there is no cure for IBS on the horizon, there are now many healthy ways to successfully manage - and even prevent - all Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.
HelpForIBS.com is the largest IBS community on the internet, with over 2 million visits per year and a subscriber list of over 21,000 IBS patients and physicians. HelpForIBS.com is dedicated to serving people with IBS, and their mission is to offer education, support, and help that allows people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome to successfully manage their symptoms through healthy lifestyle modifications. HelpForIBS.com is owned by Heather Van Vorous, an IBS author and a sufferer since age 9. HeatherÂs groundbreaking work in the IBS dietary field has led to her inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, has been licensed by Novartis pharmaceuticals, and has been publicized worldwide by physicians, IBS organizations, and patients.
Heather Van Vorous
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