S2E30 // IBS – Does It Exist? Insights, Testing & Solutions w/ Ben Brown ND

Season 2 Episode 30, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Ben Brown ND to talk about IBS and pose the question “Does It Really Exist?” Ben will outline the classic definition for IBS and why many experts believe now is the time to rethink the classification of IBS as a syndrome. He’ll then discuss the true root causes of irritable bowel-like symptoms; functional imbalances, lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as nutritional factors. Ben also shares the limitations of standard testing, if there is value in functional medical tests and what clients and practitioners can do to resolve chronic digestive complaints.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    The traditional definition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is disorder of the large intestine that leads to cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. 

2)    Expert now belief IBS is not a syndrome, but rather a collection of Irritable Bowel-like Symptoms.

3)    The root causes of Irritable Bowel-like Symptoms are varied. Ben Brown ND categorizes them as functional imbalances, lifestyle/environment factors and nutritional factors.

Links to Research Article

Diarrhea Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D): Fact or fiction

About Benjamin Brown ND

Ben is a naturopath, nutritionist, science writer and speaker. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations (UK), and is on the Advisory Board of the BCNH College of Nutrition and Health where he is also a lecturer. He regularly features at public speaking events and international conferences. Ben founded timeforwellness.org as a way to connect people with free evidence-based health information focusing on natural and lifestyle medicine for chronic disease prevention and the promotion of optimal health.