Food: The Forgotten Factor in the Irritable Bowel Syndrome

“…Patients have long associated their IBS symptoms with the ingestion of certain foods, combinations of foods, or a meal itself. More than 60% of IBS patients report worsening of symptoms after meals, 28% of these within 15 minutes after eating and 93% within 3 hours.1 Unfortunately, the lack of empiric data proving a causal link or consistently documenting symptom improvement has caused health care providers to view dietary interventions with skepticism. Furthermore, even to this day, gastroenterologists and primary care providers receive virtually no structured training in dietary interventions for IBS. This lack of enthusiasm for dietary counseling has increasingly caused providers to be misaligned with their patients who are increasingly seeking more holistic solutions for their IBS symptoms (my emphasis)…”

Full article @          March 2011

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