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Sand

Reged: 12/13/04
Posts: 4488
Loc: West Orange, NJ (IBS-D)
Re: question about sugar??
      03/26/05 01:36 PM

Like Linz, I agree that if one follows this diet and the symptoms aren't responding - or are worsening - other possibilities should be explored. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, so it's always open to some question.

I do believe, though, that there is something - or possibly more than one something - that is a digestive problem apart from parasites and bacteria, resulting somehow from problems with the gut's nervous system and/or the connection between the gut's nervous system and the brain's. I don't know if you've run across "The Second Brain" by Micahel D. Gershon yet, but I highly recommend it. I struggled a fair amount with the science, but he writes clearly enough that I felt I got somewhat of a handle on it. With your background, you would have a much easier time of it. I found an article on the Web that seems to summarize some of what he says in his book, but frankly I found it too terminology-dense to follow. You might have better luck:

http://www.hosppract.com/issues/1999/07/gershon.htm

As for parasites, I agree with you there, also. Even the standard, mainline, Quest lab parasite tests state that 3 different stool samples may need to be examined before parasites can be ruled out, so I can certainly believe that tracking them down can be difficult, particularly one like E. Histolytica. And I can certainly understand why you might still think that your IBS-like symptoms could be related to parasites. I would think exactly the same thing in your situation. You might take a look at this thread for a discussion of parasites, IBS, the possible interconnection, and general frustration on getting tested for parasites appropriately.

I had to look up "FWIW", which let me spend a pleasant few minutes reading through my acronym list. IMHBIO () your reminding people that symptom persistence despite following the IBS diet probably means there are other problems at work is quite worthwhile. So is your alert about the possibility of parasites and the difficulty of accurately detecting them.

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[Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate. - Sandra Boynton]

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* My Reservations About The Diet (please comment!) badlydrawnboy 03/21/05 09:38 AM
. * Re: My Reservations About The Diet (please comment!) Kandee   03/27/05 10:54 AM
. * Re: My Reservations About The Diet (please comment!) Alisa   03/25/05 12:45 PM
. * Alisa, you've got a lot on your plate! Augie   03/27/05 02:42 PM
. * Re: Alisa, you've got a lot on your plate! Alisa   03/28/05 09:30 AM
. * I eat baked squash every day! Augie   03/25/05 08:47 PM
. * Re: I eat baked squash every day! Alisa   03/27/05 12:41 PM
. * Re: I eat baked squash every day! Augie   03/27/05 02:48 PM
. * Re: I eat baked squash every day! Alisa   03/28/05 09:32 AM
. * better you than me yuck! Little Minnie   03/26/05 04:56 PM
. * LOL-yes, like a bad hair cowlick! Augie   03/27/05 08:29 AM
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