By Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J), D.N., Sc.
the National Digestive Disease Association, it is estimated that 15 to 20% of
Americans suffer from Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS). And yet, only one third of
them seek diagnosis and treatment.
Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a disease. It consists of a cluster of digestive
tract symptoms including alternation
of constipation and diarrhea, flatulence (gas), gas pain, extreme fatigue,
foggy mind, depression,
etc. Though many researchers claim the cause of IBS is “not well understood,”
through my several decades of
clinical experience, I have observed that major causes of IBS are overgrowth of yeasts
and parasites, and of chronic stress.
Causes of IBS:
Poor Dietary Habits
causes include indulgence in yeast-favorite food (Standard American Diet – SAD)
containing sugar, dairy, wheat, yeast, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and
chemicals. When my clients eliminated or reduced these allergens and stayed on
non-allergic food, usually their symptoms of IBS were reduced substantially or
they completely subsided.
Excessive Use of Antibiotics
of antibiotics often killed all kinds of bacteria floras in the intestines,
including friendly bacteria flora. Thus, your small and large intestines lost the ability to
Lack of exercise
front of the computer for too long is a common habit for people in modern society. This in turn, reduces the peristaltic function of
intestines, and causes constipation.
Pre-existing illnesses preclude you from exercising with comfort and regularity; consequently,
lack of exercise and improper physical functioning become a chronic condition for constipation or diarrhea.
Yeast and parasitic infections
are sexually transmitable. Exchange of body fluids can give infections back and
forth between sexual partners. If yeast and parasitic infections are untreated,
they can cause symptoms from head to toe, including IBS.
Causes of IBS:
IBS is a symbol that your life is out of control. Coined by Frederick Perls, the phrase “unfinished
business” denotes that an individual has been in and out of the emotional
garbage pail and does not resolve the inner conflicts. These inner conflicts
can stem from relationships with parents, parent-surrogates, children, spouses,
siblings, friends, relatives, partners, and co-workers. When your existence is haunted by unfinished business,
you are likely to carry negative emotions such as anger, resentment, grief, regret, and
guilt. Your life can be in consistent crises and out of control, so as your bowels!
Boredom can slow down both mental and physical activities, and in turn,
depresses the immune
system. When the immune system is sluggish, opportunistic organisms such as yeasts, bacteria, viruses and parasites will have a greater opportunity to take over.
Some people have developed a habit of taking care of others and neglecting
their own welfare. Usually these people knowingly or unknowingly suffer from
low self-esteem or insecurity. When they were busy taking care of others, they
had a sense of control. When they were out of a caretaker’s role, they lost the
control of their life and bowel movement.
the possible causes described above can cause the breakdown of the immune system,
especially the psychological stress, because psychological stress is
the primary cause of yeast and parasitic infections. Why? Psychological stress depletes your
immune system, thus allowing opportunistic organisms to grow.
effectively treat Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I suggest using a
holistic approach including an anti-yeast nutritional program, herbal therapy,
and stress management.
Anti-yeast Nutritional Program
Adopt a yeast-free nutritional program that contains no sugar,
dairy, wheat, yeast, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and chemicals. The
above no-no’s are “Dr. J’s Eight Commandments” as detailed in my cookbook, Healthy & Tasty: Dr. J’s Anti-Yeast
book may be available in your local libraries). A yeast-free nutritional program
will nourish your body and starve the yeasts and parasites — your little
enemies within. When your enemies are less active, your IBS will improve.
Use an herbal
detox program to remove all excess and harmful yeasts and parasites, and allow your body’s innate intelligence to
heal you. It is important to cleanse your liver and kidneys so that toxins will
not build up in your body. You can also add formulas rich in plant-based
protein, to nourish
your body that is starving for nutrients.
need to learn to effectively manage your stress and have a different outlook on
life. In my book: Breaking the Yeast curse: Food and
Unconditional Love for Magic Healing,
you can learn valuable techniques such as a 10-minute Meditation, Deep Emotional Releasing
Technique, special prayers, and affirmations to reduce your stress (The book
may be available in your local libraries.)
Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not a disease. It’s a cluster of physical symptoms that
reflect your emotional
and spiritual states. Once you learn how to balance your life
situation, IBS can be controlled!
Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J) is
a leading expert in treating yeast and parasitic infections and related
illnesses. She is the author of several books, and was a radio and TV
personality in her specialty area. Recently she became the co-owner of Dr. J’s
Vibrant Café in downtown Los Angeles (at corner of the Main and 4th St.) — a
Vegan and Anti-Yeast Nutritional Restaurant, the first of its kind! For more
information, please contact: Academy of Vibrant Health, 541 S. Spring St., Los
Angeles, CA 90013. Tel. (213) 489-1712. Visit: www.drjsbest.com