Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation By: Dr. Mitchell Gaj

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disorder of the large intestine that causes belly pain, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.  Those that have no diarrhea have insufficient peristalsis (a series of organized muscle contraction that moves food through the digestive tract.) Insufficient peristalsis is one cause of constipation.

FIBER IS NOT the solution for most people.  One study showed that 80% of patients with slow transit did not respond to dietary fiber treatment.  One reason fiber doesn’t work is that it creates more fecal bulk than those with insufficient peristalsis are able to easily evacuate.

Women are affected more with constipation than men.  Feces are either temporarily or permanently trapped in the colon-rectum.  Some people have a painful bowel movement because the stool has hardened.  The main problem is insufficient peristalsis which can lead to long- lasting fecal impact.

Medical doctors, many times, prescribe polyethylene glycol, which is used in both industrial manufacturing and medicine.  Depending on the person, 1-2 tablespoons of a buffered vitamin C powder can produce a powerful laxative effect.   Another approach  is to use several teaspoons or 1-2 tablespoons of vitamin C and magnesium crystals that will evacuate the bowel in 30-90 minutes if taken on an empty stomach with several glasses of water.  One formula contains 4500 mg of vitamin C and 250 mg of magnesium in each teaspoon.

A question to ask yourself is would you rather ingest an ingredient used in detergents and organic solvents, or nutrients which you may already be taking  for their health benefits?

The complete article can be found in Life Extension Magazine, Collector’s Edition 2014, pp97-101 by William Faloon.

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