The Atma Approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) -- By Dr. Stephen Stevenson

Holden* came to Atma Clinic with a three-year history of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This had been treated with a few dietary changes and medications to address the symptoms of prostatism (obstruction at the bladder), but Holden got little relief to her ongoing symptoms.

Her options were to continue with her current medications and persistent symptoms as recommended by his previous doctors or try something different. When Holden came to Atma Clinic for a second opinion, we worked with Holden to evaluate underlying cause of his current symptoms.

Through an Elimination Diet (a 1-3 month trial off of several foods frequently associated with food sensitivities), we determined that several foods made Holden feel worse. We also did a stool test that checks for infections, microbial imbalances, and digestive insufficiencies. This test showed us that Holden had an altered microbial balance and digestive insufficiencies, all of which stressed his digestive system.

The Atma Approach is always to fix the underlying issue. In this case, that meant removing the food she was sensitive to, improving her nutrition with some digestive supplements, and starting her on a high-quality probiotic. Holden's symptoms soon greatly dissipated, and over the course of a few months, she was able to discontinue her digestive supplements without a return of her symptoms.

*Holden is a pseudonym for a real patient.