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The Root Causes Behind IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Dr. Mark Iwanicki May 22, 2021


IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that affects up to 20% of Americans. It is characterized by chronic abdominal pain (with or without gas and bloating) and alterations in bowel movements (loose stools, constipation or mixed).

The underlying causes are many and figuring out the unique mix for each person is a diagnostic art form.

The most common causes for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for many people are:
🟢Stress
🟢Certain pharmaceutical medications
🟢Food intolerances, allergies or sensitivities
🟢Small intestinal overgrowth of bacteria or yeast
🟢Gut dysbiosis-infiltration of pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites
🟢Hpylori-a unique potential bacterial trigger
🟢Thyroid disease


Some less common but still unique causes include*:
🟠Mold and mycotoxin exposure
🟠Lyme and co-infections
🟠Heavy metals


(*Almost always include systemic symptoms as well: fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, muscle pain, nervous system dysfunction, etc).

Check out my webinar which is an in-depth look at IBS and Gut Health here on Youtube:

Dr. Mark Iwanicki
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
My name is Dr. Mark Iwanicki N.D. L.A.c and I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Masters of Acupuncture. I am passionate about helping patients with chronic illness achieve a life of optimal health and wellness and hope to inspire all who visit this site in that same passion. I am currently seeing patients remotely via Zoom online Telehealth appointments.
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