1. Natural relief for Crohn's, IBS and more

    The only thing worse than a stomach problem is a stomach problem that never, ever goes away.

    If the pain, bloating and other symptoms aren't bad enough, there's also the embarrassment of knowing you might have to dash from your job, meeting or dinner in a desperate run for the bathroom.

    Your own doctor will keep trying different meds until he finds one that kinda-sorta works without causing too many side effects, but there are much better approaches for recurring stomach issues.

    And the latest research shows that a promising approach for IBS may work just as well for Crohn's disease: vitamin D3.

    Researchers at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York gave either common 1,000 IU doses or 10,000 IU mega-doses of natural D3 (as opposed to the synthetic D2 often given via prescription) to 15 Crohn's patients every day for six months.

    And those who got the higher doses had fewer symptoms.

    Obviously, it's a very small study -- but the other research on D3 confirms that this stuff can work wonders for an out-of-control digestive system, and it's not the only safe and natural option for getting your gut back under control.

    One of those options is about as safe and natural as they come: nothing at all.

    Earlier this year, a groundbreaking study found that placebos helped bring about a remarkable level of improvement in IBS patients -- remarkable, because it even worked when the patients knew they were taking a placebo!

    All told, 59 percent of the people who knowingly took their nothing pills got irritable bowel relief -- versus just 35 percent in the control group. That's actually in line with or even better than the drugs most often given for the condition.

    But that's no surprise -- because many of those drugs were never very effective to begin with. In fact, the overall success rate of meds for IBS and Crohn's disease is embarrassingly low.

    Along with vitamin D3 and even those placebos, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy and hypnotherapy have all proven to be better choices for relief from recurring stomach problems… and they come with none of the side effects of meds.

  2. Antidepressants for IBS? Here's what they're not telling you

    When will they realize that not every answer comes in a pill?

    It's amazing how conditioned the medical community is to pushing drugs for every illness, whether they're needed or not.

    The latest example is a study published in the journal Gut on irritable bowel syndrome, that debilitating condition that can include painful cramping, constipation, or diarrhea. The study found that antidepressants can provide relief, at least in the short term. This is being hailed as a victory for these side-effect-filled drugs.

    There's just one hitch: that same study also found that non-drug psychological therapies are just as effective.

    Not almost as effective. Not kind of effective. But just as effective.

    The researchers say the trials they studied on non-drug treatments were of lower quality, making the data "less robust," and because of that, the drugs win despite the equal result. They win, that is, if you listen to the establishment on this one.


    Remember, the drugs had something of a built-in advantage here. Most of them work in a similar way. So it follows that if one of them is effective in treating IBS, chances are most of them will be.

    The non-drug therapies, on the other hand, varied more widely. They included cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, and hypnotherapy.

    But take your pick. Despite the great differences between those drug-free treatments, they still performed every bit as well as those antidepressants -- and without the side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and increased thoughts of suicide.

    Millions of folks who take antidepressants struggle mightily with the side effects. On the other hand, I've never heard of anyone getting ill because of a little relaxation therapy.

    What's even more stunning is that this isn't the first time a study has found that drug-free psychological therapies can be effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome. Over the years, both psychological and medical journals have published research pointing in the same direction.

    The headline from this could have easily been "Study Confirms Drug-Free Therapy Effective for IBS," or "Drugs No More Effective Than Psychological Therapy."

    Instead, we get this disappointing new push for more drug-based treatments when none are necessary.

    There's no reason to fool with drugs for this one, folks. Their own study proves it. Now how can we convince them of their own results?

  3. IBS relief through… imagination?

    Even though it's not fatal, irritable bowel syndrome can make life just about unbearable for people who suffer from it.

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