Cautionary Tales

When we seek help for our IBS we face many issues.  Trust has always been a key issue for many and with good reason.

Too often IBS sufferers are left stranded by the medical profession unable to specify the nature of the problem.  The net effect is a plethora of unpleasant examinations and testing which may or may not lead anywhere.

Combined with severe IBS symptoms it becomes highly likely that sufferers become vulnerable and desperate for help.  It is at that point that we have to be so very careful what we read.

We have always gone by the following:

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha.

There is a lot of terrible IBS advice out there, and we always advise using this maxim before making your decision as to whether to follow it.

Learning to trust yourself

One of the worst bits of advice I ever received from a medical professional related to fibre.  Everyone knows that fibre plays a vital role in a healthy digestive system, and is necessary to fight symptoms such as constipation.  At the time I did not question their suggestion and followed it for a very long time, with no success.

Whilst fibre is vital and can help some types of IBS, it did not help my IBS, which was at the other end of the scale entirely, fibre was making it much worse.  Because I believed and trusted the professional this took a very long time to establish because I looked at everything else in my diet to discover why it had not improved.

The point we are trying to make here is very simple.  Learn to understand your own body, trust your own instincts. Whilst many treatments do take time to work, if after a few months nothing has changed do no be afraid to challenge the route you have taken.

Fruit and Fibre

Because of the ridiculously vague nature of ‘IBS’,  we mention these items as for one sufferer they could be the best thing in the world, for another the very worse.  Again we mention this as you are a unique individual with unique symptoms, which mean that you must tailor your treatment to you.  Do not fall for the ‘it worked for me’ line, because it may not work for you.

Top Tips for sourcing the best advice for you:

  1. You are unique and special, never forget that, think about how IBS effects you specifically.
  2. Always use Buddha’s rule, does this make common sense to me.
  3. Be cautious of studies - Sadly so many of today’s ‘scientific’ studies involve research which aims to produce a conclusion without doing the research.  There are some great books on this (Bad Science - Ben Goldacre) who paint a very scary picture of modern research.
  4. Stick to what you know and can prove - The real evidence.
  5. Beware experts - The internet is awash with people who have fixed their own issues and then promise to fix others.  They too are individuals, and they may have fixed their IBS, but that does not mean they can fix yours (that is not to say they may not be of help, however always apply the common sense rule, do not be baffled by BS).

After all of this you may ask, why trust you ?  Again we leave that to your common sense, we simply state we ask for no money, we endorse no products, we simply want to help. - Taking the BS out of IBS

Cautionary tales regarding IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome


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