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A recent study in The Journal of International Medical Research found that immunoglobulin G (IgG) food allergy testing was an effective means to treat patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IgG food allergy testing is a blood test whereby antibody levels to foods can be identified. Treatment subsequently consists of eliminating the offensive foods for 8-12 weeks. In my practice I test over 150 foods as well as other food additives and chemicals when indicated. The aforementioned study found that after 12 weeks of eliminating reactive foods there was a significant improvement in abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal distention, and general feelings of distress.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) afflicts 30-50 million Americans. It is characterized by at least six months duration of intermittent abdominal pain, changes in stool consistency, and changes in bowel frequency. Often a person suffering with IBS will have bouts of diarrhea followed by constipation. It is most frequently diagnosed in an individual when all gastro-intestinal tests performed are found to be normal. In a sense, it is a diagnosis of exclusion: if all GI tests are normal and you have bloating and pain, you have IBS!

Unfortunately, there is little in the way of conventional treatment for IBS. The use of IgG food allergy testing offers hope to many individuals who suffer with this condition.