As I have often mentioned on this blog, people who have taken psychiatric drugs often have gut issues. Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common diagnosis for these phenomena. IBS is basically a garbage pail term after other issues have been ruled out. Sadly and rather ironically gastroenterologists generally have no idea how to help... Continue Reading →
An article in Science Daily reports on a study about bacteria being associated with irritable bowel syndrome. This is, of course, something those of us who use alternative methods of healing have known for a long time. It's the WRONG bacteria that is problematic. Unhealthy bacteria, rather than enough of the good bacteria we need... Continue Reading →
Well, it's true that many people on psychiatric drugs have IBS, as I've written about many times on this blog. But I think we're looking at a chicken or the egg situation here. There is A LOT of evidence that an unhealthy gut flora can make someone more susceptible to psychiatric issues. This does NOT make the IBS, which has a distinct physical manifestation, psychiatric!! IBS is actually a physical illness that can be measured and observed, unlike all psychiatric issues for which there are no labs or physical reality clearly marking them as a disease.
The gut issues discussed in these videos are relevant to anyone with intestinal issues and therefore can be helpful to many people labeled with psychiatric issues as well. As I've written before many times on this blog, people with psychiatric disorders often have serious gut issues. These issues are usually labeled Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. Most of the people I've worked with in circles of people who have been labeled with psychiatric diagnosis also have issues with their gut.
This is to notify readers there is a new tab at top of page with links to info I've posted through the years about gut health. Gut / intestinal health is foundational to all health including mental well-being. It's the first thing attended to when I chose to come off psychiatric drugs. In healing my... Continue Reading →
I'm reposting this because it seems that IBS is incredibly common among people with mental health issues as well as anyone who has been on psychotropics. The simple things I did to get to the root of my gut problem are so easy anyone can do them. I give out this information with some frequency... Continue Reading →
All disease begins in the gut. - Hippocrates What Hippocrates knew way back when is finding a resurgence today. There is a lot of talk of the importance of gut flora in the science media these days. Unfortunately the conclusions they come to generally involve excitement of new possibilities for pharma. Pharma is not the... Continue Reading →
From over the weekend and Monday, some important articles: ***Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being: Scientific American -- A deeper understanding of this mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, is revealing that it does much more than merely handle digestion or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little... Continue Reading →
From an article in Reuters we get a report about studies ranging from 4 to 6 weeks improving irritable bowel. Well I'll tell you I cured my IBS but it took 6 months of intensive high doses of probiotics...these guys are WAY behind the curve. Why do I talk about irritable bowel syndrome a lot... Continue Reading →
A study has now been completed showing that IBS or irritable bowel syndrome (or less clinically a wastebasket term for ANY gut problems that have no clear etiology) can be "effectively" treated "at least in the short term" with antidepressants. This is, of course, referring to SSRIs the popular antidepressants which have been shown to... Continue Reading →