Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and stress, for some people it can even be disabling. They may be unable to work, attend social events or even travel short distances. IBS is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists. Repeated studies indicate that there are various courses of the set of IBS symptoms. Therapy mostly consists of medication like stool softeners and laxatives that keep the symptoms under control. Since the set of symptoms is often linked to the consumption of certain foods, people affected with IBS often develop complicated diet plans that restrict them severely.
There is strong indication that some symptoms of IBS may be the result of a food allergy type III. If indeed there is an immune response to foods, these specific foods can be identified by an ELISA food allergy panel such as ImuPro300. An elimination diet on the base of the test result can substantially decrease symptoms of IBS. Following the nutritional guidelines, the patient can still have enjoyable meals.
Ask your doctor whether ImuPro300 can be the right diagnostic tool for you to detect possible causes of IBS.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. Most commonly it affects the lower part of the small intestine. It can occur in people of all age groups but it is more often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 30. Like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, causing severe bouts of watery or bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
Recent studies indicate that foods can cause such inflammations, e.g. by a delayed food allergy type III. A diet based on the elimination of such foods could supplement the standard drug therapy with anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids.