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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS Syndrome


Irritable bowel syndrome is not actually a diagnosis. It is a name given by doctors to a mixture of symptoms which may have many causes, all of which need investigating.

Irritable bowel syndrome, also called IBS Syndrome is a mixture of abdominal and bowel symptoms for which there is no apparent IBS cause. or so medical doctors would have us believe! Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects millions of people in the UK and in general, is a reflection of poor overall dietary intake and digestive health. This can be triggered by foods, stress, medicines, acquired pathogens and a diet rich in sugars and carbohydrates.

  • IBS is the most common condition seen by gastroenterologists and some estimates suggest that as many as one in five adults in the UK have IBS at any one time.
  • IBS syndrome is more common in women.   In the UK about 13 per cent of women and 5 per cent of men have IBS.
  • About half of people with IBS syndrome date the start of their symptoms to a major life event such as change of house or job, or bereavement. This suggests that there may be a psychological trigger for IBS syndrome (stress causes a more acid blood Ph factor)
  • About 10 to 20 per cent of people will date the start of their symptoms to an acute gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach that causes vomiting and diarrhoea). Antibiotics given to cure this also kill essential gut flora and gut protection.
  • In the vast majority of cases there is a strong link to fungal infection or Candida.   The IBS syndrome symptoms often begin following antibiotic treatment, severe stress, or poor high sugar diet.   These predispose us to Candida overgrowth.   There is a link between IBS Syndrome and diet.

What are the symptoms of IBS Syndrome

Typical symptoms of IBS include:
• Abdominal pain such as cramping or spasms
• Change in bowel habits
• Excess mucous secretion in the stools
Increase in frequency of stools
• Constipation
• Indigestion and heartburn
• Nausea
• Bloating
• Anxiety
• Flatulence
• Temporary pain relief after passing stool
• Depression

You may experience problems in only one part of the gut or in several, and symptomscan change over time. Your symptoms will depend on which parts of the gut are involved.

IBS Syndrome symptoms…Oesophagus (takes food from mouth to stomach)

• A sensation like a golf ball in the throat between meals, but does not interfere with swallowing.
• Heartburn or reflux- burning pain often felt behind the breastbone.
• Painful swallowing (odynophagia), but without hold-up of food.

• Sticking of food (dysphagia) - this requires investigation.

IBS Syndrome symptoms…Stomach

• Non-ulcer dyspepsia (symptoms suggestive of a stomach ulcer but which has not been confirmed on investigation).
• Feeling full after small meals. This may reach the stage of not being able to finish a meal.
• Abdominal bloating after meals.
• Some feel continuous hunger pangs.   These symptoms are usually caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome.

IBS Syndrome symptoms…Small bowel

• Increased gurgling noises which may be loud enough to cause social embarrassment (borborygmi).

• Severe abdominal bloating and generalised abdominal tenderness associated with bloating.
• Poor absorption of food

IBS Syndrome symptoms…Large bowel

• Right-sided abdominal pain, either low or tucked up under the right ribs. Does not always get better after passing a stool.
• Pain tucked up under the left ribs (splenic flexure syndrome). When the pain is bad, it may enter the left armpit.
• Variable and erratic bowel habits alternating from constipation to diarrhoea
• Flatulence (excess wind).
• Increased gastro-colic reflex. This is an awakening of the childhood reflex where food in the stomach stimulates colonic activity, resulting in the need to pass a stool.
• Severe, short stabbing pains in the rectum, called proctalgia fugax.


When should I see a doctor about my IBS Syndrome?

Because IBS syndrome can mimic so many other intestinal disorders, you should see your doctor if you identify any of the following symptoms.
• Difficulty in swallowing when food gets stuck.
• Indigestion-type pain that wakes you up at night.
• Abdominal bloating that does not get better overnight.
• Significant and unexplained weight loss.
• Bleeding from the back passage.
• Chronic, painless diarrhoea.

This list is not comprehensive. If there are other symptoms, you should seek further advice.
In general, first-time symptoms of IBS Syndrome in a person over the age of 40 should be assessed by a doctor.

How is IBS syndrome diagnosed?

An IBS medical diagnosis does not reveal the root cause.   Dr’s don't know what causes IBS syndrome
The IBS diagnosis is often made on the basis that typical symptoms are present, particularly in younger people. This is just a label.  There is no definitive diagnosis test for IBS Syndrome.   The label of IBS Syndrome is given when no cause can be found!


A New Approach…The Meta-Health-Screen for Accurate Root Cause of IBS

Using our unique Meta-Sync-Health Scan, the root cause of your IBS is quickly and accurately diagnosed..  This simple, yet highly accurate test (which can be performed remotely on line) will reveal what is going on within your system that has led your gut to produce IBS Syndrome.   

At Linda Burke Health Transformer we adopt a more rounded approach to IBS syndrome by including Toxicity Testing to reveal the underlying stressor which has adversely altered your physiology and left you susceptible to the invasion of opportunistic pathogens.   We also test for pathogenic factors such as bacteria, SIBO, fungus, virus, post virus and parasites.   Included in the test is an assessment of food sensitivities, and allergies.  We also assess your nutritional imbalances. This not only provides you with an understanding of the specific trigger and development of your IBS, and provides a strategy to eliminate the trigger, but also assess for food sensitivities,

 IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME - the 4R's Approach to sustainable results

The 4R Approach

1) Remove – Toxicity, Pathogens & Dietary Triggers

Toxins stress our system, lower our blood Ph., and create an internal environment which is incompatible with good health.  The loss of essential gut bacteria allows for the opportunistic pathogenic organisms to proliferate.   It is essential to identify and remove these toxic contaminants as they are the root cause of any disease process. This is an essential first step often ignored by health practitioners and Nutritionists.   Toxicity creates the environment or content inside which disease can thrive.

IBS is associated with infection in the gut by parasite or bacterial pathogens, or yeast overgrowth such as candida. Identifying and removing any potential pathogens is an important second step in the treatment of IBS.

Dietary Triggers or allergies
Many common foods such as wheat and dairy products can act as a trigger for IBS symptoms. A properly conducted Allergy test will reveal the source of the problem, and more importantly, whether Leaky Gut has developed.   Once the source is identified,  it may be useful to follow an elimination diet whilst gut healing is targeted, before these foods are gradually reintroduced into the diet.   I will also be necessary to heal Leaky Gut if it is present.

Common Food & Drink Triggers or allergies

• Wheat
• Gluten
• Dairy
• Yeast
• Citrus fruits
• Fructose, lactose, sorbitol & fructans
• Spicy foods
• Alcohol

2) Replace

The ‘Replace’ phase of the 4R protocol refers to optimising digestion through use of appropriate nutritional support formulas. IBS sufferers can commonly be deficient in digestive enzymes and stomach acid. Your health care practitioner can identify whether this is the case and may advise short- term supplementation with:

Natural Digestive Enzymes
Inefficient digestion of food in the intestines can result in malabsorption, inflammation and bacterial imbalance. Supplementing with digestive enzymes including amylase, protease, lactase, cellulase and sucrase stimulates the natural production of digestive enzymes and can help to normalise digestion, often resulting in a relief of the symptoms of IBS.

Stomach Acid/HCI
Stomach acid is essential for the early stages of digestion which takes place in the stomach. Deficiency can result in incomplete digestion of foods, leading to symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and malabsorption. Supplementation with natural sources of HCl can help to support these initial stages of digestion and help to reduce associated discomfort.

3) Reinoculate

The ‘Reinoculate’ phase is primarily about ensuring a healthy balance of Probiotic supplements containing the microorganisms Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM strain and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 strain can help restore bacterial balance in the gut. These beneficial bacteria provide an essential barrier to prevent pathogens from entering the blood stream and help ensure gut immunity by keeping out pathogenic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Having a healthy bacterial balance helps to ensure optimal gastrointestinal function and therefore helps to control IBS symptoms.

4) Repair

The final stage of the 4R protocol involves targeting gastrointestinal repair. This is especially important for both malabsorption and leaky gut, so often associated with IBS

Once all this personal information has been gathered we can devise a personalized tailored detoxification protocol, treatment, diet and lifestyle plan for your treatment and healing. Simply avoiding foods may not be enough, and in some cases may even lead to nutritional deficiencies which will have a further detrimental effect on your health. We also advise you about how to improve your digestive and immune function and which nutrients your body requires to optimize your healing.

We have treated many hundreds of people who have been screened using conventional stool and blood sampling, which have failed to pick up common gut pathogens

Is there any IBS Cure?

In my practice there are hundreds clients who have had an IBS cure! 
Accurate diagnosis of the true root cause is the key the medical profession miss. 
Correct treatment of your specific root cause will give you an IBS cure. 

Long-term outlook

If accurate diagnosis of the root IBS cause is carried out, and correct treatment and diet adhered to, your long term outlook is fantastic!   IBS cure IS possible…I have hundreds of client’s who have had IBS cure and go on to live symptom free lives.
Want your IBS cure???

Now you know there is an IBS cause out there, and accurate IBS diagnosis will reveal yours to you.   Once made, your relationship between your diet and IBS will be discussed, and, with adherence to the correct treatment, your IBS Syndrome could be a thing of the past!
Book NOW for your Meta-Sync-Health-Scan and start your journey back to wellness.   Call Linda on 02866328200 or email
Consultations are available over skype, and the scan can be carried out remotely.