Told to "Just Live With IBS", Nancy Refused!
I want to add my testimony to the many letters you receive about Dr. Michael Mahoney's IBS self-hypnosis program. I have had IBS since I was a teenager, and I'm now 75. I've had the usual responses from doctors: "it's all in your head" or "live with it".
I found your web site about two years ago and have had remarkable results from your IBS diet and products. Not once did a doctor ever mention diet. I have developed several autoimmune diseases through the years, the worst being Mynoclonus, a movement disorder that causes the entire body to shake when triggered by such things as loud noises, bright lights, heat, and cold.
I also had to live with exhausting fatigue from Sjogren's syndrome. These conditions left me unable to drive, shop or attend church. I was quite housebound.
I was at a really bad low point physically and mentally when I decided to try Dr. Mahoney's self-hypnosis program, after getting my doctor's eager approval. Results have been miraculous. The IBS is all but gone, but the real miracle is the effect on the Mynoclonus. Sensitivity to the triggers has been reduced to almost non-existent.
I can again drive, shop and attend church. At the same time Dr Mahoney's self- hypnosis program has given me back a normal life, my husband's health has declined. Without the hypnosis and the IBS diet we would now be in assisted living.
Many thanks to you and Dr. Mahoney for restoring my health.
Thank you so much, Nancy! I am thrilled you're doing so much better, and I wish the best to you and your husband. ~ Heather
Fully Recovered from IBS
My name is Marc Steingesser, I'm 43 years old, and you were one of my rescuers a year and a half ago. Please allow me to describe the events which led up to my being rescued:
Two years ago I moved my family (my wife and two daughters) from Northern Virginia to Delaware to pursue my dream of becoming a medical doctor. I was accepted to Drexel University's post-bac pre-med program in Philadelphia in April 2006. The program started in June - just 6 weeks after receiving my acceptance letter. The move was fast and furious (i.e. stressful), but everything worked out well. I started my studies on time, but was committed to a two week vacation abroad that summer in the middle of my first semester.
The "vacation" was exciting but included a couple of very stressful events (my wife and I came down with a chest and sinus bug at the beginning of the trip that we ended up taking antibiotics to treat, and our 3 year old nearly lost a finger at the start of the second week - requiring us to end the trip early - her finger is fine now by the way). I was still able to finish my first semester at Drexel with A's, and also began working on my fitness by jogging 3 miles a day.
At the same time I began experiencing mild asthma and acid reflux. My new doctor in Delaware decided the best way to treat my symptoms was to try various reflux and asthma medications until a combination was found that controlled the symptoms. I foolishly went along with the plan.
During an eight week period I took medications at ever increasing dosages for reflux, while simultaneously rotating through numerous drugs for asthma. My doctor also had me try a round of antibiotics in case I had bronchitis. Instead of improving, my symptoms continued to worsen (and my stress level continued to rise from not knowing what was wrong with me).
At the same time I continued taking classes that were held in the evenings. I wouldn't get home until 11 p.m., and would typically stay up until 1 a.m. to unwind and eat a very late dinner. I'll mention also that I was feeling guilty about my family having a hard time adjusting to our new home - even though they supported me, they understandably still missed friends and familiar places very much. Yep, I was a train wreck waiting to happen - and it soon did.
One evening in the late Fall of 2006 my wife and I ate out at a Thai restaurant. I had a delicious creamy curry dish. Not long afterwards I experienced severe abdominal pain accompanied by frequent dashes to the bathroom. My wife and I had eaten the same food and she was fine. The nightmare had begun.
Over the ensuing weeks I was seen by a number of doctors who ordered many medical tests, and while I was grateful that nothing "serious" was found I was still feeling seriously ill - so much so that I was forced to take a medical leave from school. In the end my GI doctor announced that I most likely had IBS, and that there was nothing that he or anyone else could do to help me. I returned home and immediately started researching IBS on the internet where I quickly found your web site.
The information you made available on your site finally helped me understand what I was dealing with, gave me hope that there were ways I could help myself deal with the horrible symptoms of IBS, and that perhaps there was even a cure. I consider myself one of the lucky ones who found your web site not long after the onset of IBS.
I tried many of your recommendations (Acacia Tummy Fiber, dietary changes, stress reduction via yoga, and gut directed hypnotherapy to name a few), for getting symptoms under control, and found most of them very effective during various stages of my recovery.
Michael Mahoney's IBS Audio Program 100 worked incredibly well for me - the man is a saint who, like you, has my eternal gratitude. After roughly eight months I finally felt like I had climbed out of the pit I had fallen into.
There were ups and downs along the way, but the ride kept getting smoother as time progressed. I've waited more than half a year since recovering to contact you - I wanted to make sure it was for real.
When I say recovered I mean the following: No more IBS symptoms (mine included IBS-diarrhea, abdominal pain, constant nausea, lack of appetite, loss of energy, anxiety/depression, and weight loss), no more reflux, no more asthma, no more medication of any sort. I can now eat whatever I like (although these days it's a lot healthier than in the past), I no longer need the Tummy Fiber (although I include a cereal with high soluble fiber in my regular diet).
Thank you, Heather. Thank you for caring. Thank you for helping me turn my tears of pain and despair into tears of joy. Thank you for helping me get my life back.
Please feel free to post my comments on your website and/or newsletter. I hope they help you help others.
Although I didn't say so directly, I did infer how stress was a significant factor in my experience with IBS. I mention this now because before dealing with IBS I never would have believed that stress could have such a huge impact on my physical well being. In a very real way the beginning of the end of IBS for me was acknowledging the role stress played, and finding ways to manage and reduce stress in my life. It's an important point (and one that you make in your own story) that I wouldn't want others to miss.
The thanks all go to you. Wishing you peace and every happiness.
My Journey and Success with the IBS Audio Program Hypnotherapy Program: www.helpforibs.com/messageboards/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=hypnotherapy&Number=224850