Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 13, 2010
Imagine the sudden onset of abdominal pain so severe it can leave someone unconscious on the floor. Envision suffering from diarrhea or constipation so unpredictable and debilitating it leads to a life planned around bathroom access. Now imagine being told by doctors that this diagnosis has no cure.
The 50 million Americans with Irritable Bowel Syndrome know exactly how this feels, but odds are they don't know how much help is available. This April marks the 14th annual IBS Awareness Month, designated to publicize a condition so prevalent that, though rarely talked about, is the leading cause of worker absenteeism after the common cold. IBS is a physical brain-gut dysfunction characterized by recurring abdominal pain in association with constipation, diarrhea, or both. More than 20% of Americans suffer from IBS, which affects more women than men. The cause of IBS remains unknown.
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.
"If you have IBS, you are not alone," says HelpForIBS.com founder and best-selling IBS author Heather Van Vorous. "Living with IBS does not mean living in misery. There are numerous strategies people can use to prevent all IBS symptoms, and a happy healthy lifestyle is absolutely possible. Though IBS is often portrayed as the punch line to a joke, it's no laughing matter. People with IBS need to hear that their suffering is completely unnecessary."
Though IBS patients report using nearly 300 different types of prescription and over-the-counter medications in attempts to find relief, many are now discovering (and research studies are supporting) that non-drug 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
- organic medical foods such as Heather's Tummy Care products which are keyed to specific IBS symptoms, including: prebiotic acacia senegal soluble fiber for diarrhea or constipation; enteric coated peppermint & fennel oil capsules for pain and bloating; high volatile oil medicinal strength fennel and peppermint teas for bloating, gas, and pain
- gut-directed hypnotherapy, an approach some researchers have actually called a "cure"
- emotional support via IBS communities such as the HelpForIBS.com message boards
Self-help management for IBS has proven so successful that physicians and dietitians are embracing these approaches, and referring patients to resources such as HelpForIBS.com.
IBS Awareness Month spreads the news that IBS patients are finally being given the help they need, and not just a diagnosis. While there is no end to IBS on the horizon, there are now many healthy ways to successfully manage - and even prevent - all Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms.
HelpForIBS.com ( http://www.helpforibs.com/ ) is the largest IBS community on the internet, with over 5 million visits per year and a membership of over 100,000 subscribers. HelpForIBS.com is dedicated to serving people with IBS, by offering education, support, and products that allow people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome to successfully manage their symptoms through simple and safe lifestyle modifications. HelpForIBS.com was founded by Heather Van Vorous, an IBS author and a sufferer since age 9. Heather's 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
CEO, Heather's Tummy Care
Help @ HelpForIBS.com