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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses Digestive Health and the importance of the microbiome.

If you have a history of taking antibiotics, this may be contributing to your Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Many times, that is one of the forms of care given for IBS.  Wouldn't it be great to know if your solution being given is part of the problem?

Dr. Huntoon is passionate about helping people with digestive concerns and would look forward to meeting you.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Also known as Spastic colon, Irritable colon, Mucous colitis, or Spastic colitis; Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that leads to abdominal pain and cramping, changes in bowel movements, and other symptoms.

IBS IS NOT the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

In IBS, the structure of the bowel is not abnormal.  Therefore, that also eliminates it from including Celiac Disease.


IBS | Gas | Abdominal PainSymptoms range from mild to severe, with mild symptoms being most common. Symptoms are different from person to person, but the main symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, fullness, gas, and bloating that have been present for at least 3 days a month for the last 3 months.

The Pain and Other Symptoms Will Often:

  • Be reduced or go away after a bowel movement
  • Occur when there is a change in how often you have bowel movements

People with IBS may switch between constipation and diarrhea, or mostly have one or the other.

People with diarrhea will have frequent, loose, watery stools. They will often have an urgent need to have a bowel movement, which may be hard to control.

Those with constipation will have a hard time passing stool, as well as fewer bowel movements. They will often need to strain and will feel cramps with a bowel movement. Often, they do not release any stool or only a small amount.

For some people, the symptoms may get worse for a few weeks or a month and then decrease for a while. For other people, symptoms are present most of the time. People with IBS may also lose their appetite.


From a Medical perspective, it is not clear why patients develop IBS.

Sometimes it occurs after an infection of the intestines. This is called postinfectious IBS. There may also be other triggers.

From a Holistic Chiropractic perspective, the underlying cause is usually due to emotional stress in conjunction with a parasite that usually affects the gallbladder. This leads to problems that affect the small and large intestines.  Knowing this is most important before beginning any treatment for this uncomfortable condition.

The intestine is connected to the brain. Signals go back and forth between the bowel and brain. These signals affect bowel function and symptoms. The nerves can become more active during stress, causing the intestines to be more sensitive and squeeze (contract) more.

IBS can occur at any age, but it often begins in the teen years or early adulthood. It is twice as common in women as in men.

About 1 in 6 people in the U.S. have symptoms of IBS. It is the most common intestinal problem that causes patients to be referred to a GI Specialist (gastroenterologist).

Traditional Medical Treatment Options and Diagnosis

Reading many of the TOP Medical sites for this condition, including the Mayo Clinic website states the precise cause of IBS isn't known.  This does not give me, personally, a lot of confidence in the recommended treatments.  Treating something you do not understand will only lead to uncontrolled outcomes and more complications.  

The goal of treatment from a Medical perspective is to relieve symptoms by suppressing them with the use of prescription medication. 

You may be recommended more than one medication at a time during your treatment. Although this will help improve your symptoms, this will not help to improve your overall condition. They will offer you the opportunity to try different medications to relieve your symptoms and help you manage your condition. Unfortunately, being tied to a medication or medications does not allow for you to ever overcome the condition and lead a life of freedom.

With medications come harmful side-effects and this should always be considered before starting any treatment.

Dr. Huntoon's Alternative Medical Perspective and Treatment Options

Dr. Huntoon has quite a successful track record when dealing with this difficult condition.  He has stopped the condition and helped the people he has to never deal with the condition again.  By treating each person individually and looking at all the factors associated with this condition, Dr. Huntoon has been able to help his practice members when all other medical treatments have failed.

Angelo Vasapolli

5 STAR Review 5 months ago-

"Dr. Huntoon always explains in depth what is going on wrong with your body and WHY it is occuring. I have been told I have Crohn's Disease and only Dr. Huntoon has helped me feel better and got my body back in the norm.  Something the Medical Doctors couldn't do.  If you have any health problems he is the man to see."

Having this condition is not fun at all. Being motivated to look for non-conventional forms of treatment is warranted. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor does offer specific benefits. Finding one who will evaluate you for parasites and determine if these parasites are impacting your gallbladder function is vital.  Having had your gallbladder removed and still having the symptoms of IBS does not mean you do not still have a parasite affecting your digestive system.  Having a simple blood test (a CBC with differential) will let you know if you have parasites.  Then, using a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to address all the causes and imbalances within the person and discussing what is involved, as well as the time and commitment necessary to make a full recovery. This has demonstrated positive results when sticking to a specific treatment plan. Full resolution of the condition has been accomplished when following the specific plan to its completion.

Others have benefited by using Acupuncture, Homeopathy or Naturopathy when following the treatment guidelines set up by your practitioner.

What to discuss with your doctor

Signs and Tests

Most of the time, your doctor can diagnose IBS based on your symptoms, with few or no tests. Eating a lactose-free diet for 2 weeks may help the doctor determine if you are lactose-intolerant and if you have a possible lactase deficiency. There is however, no test to diagnose IBS.

Tests May be Done to Rule Out Other Problems:

  • CBC with a differential to look at the WBC's and their fractions.  This will tell if you have an underlying infection due to parasites if the numbers are elevated.
  • Blood tests to see if you have celiac disease or a low blood count (anemia)
  • Stool cultures to check for an infection

Some patients will have a colonoscopy. During this test, a flexible tube is inserted through the anus to examine the colon.

You May Need This Test If:

  • Symptoms began later in life (over age 50)
  • You have symptoms such as weight loss or bloody stools
  • You have abnormal blood tests (such as a low blood count)

Other Disorders That Can Cause Similar Symptoms Include:

Talk to your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications.

No one medication will work for everyone.

Medications your doctor might try include:

  • Anticholinergic medications (dicyclomine, propantheline, belladonna, and hyoscyamine) taken about a half-hour before eating to control intestinal muscle spasms
  • Bisacodyl to treat constipation
  • Loperamide to treat diarrhea
  • Low doses of tricyclic antidepressants to help relieve intestinal pain
  • Lubiprostone for constipation symptoms
  • Rifaximin, an antibiotic

Therapy may help in cases of severe anxiety or depression.

Your Solution

Your Solution

Dr. Huntoon has quite a successful track record when dealing with this difficult condition.  He has stopped the condition and helped the people he has to never deal with the condition again.  By treating each person individually and looking at all the factors associated with this condition, Dr. Huntoon has been able to help his practice members when all other medical treatments have failed.

Lifestyle changes can help in some cases of IBS. For example, regular exercise and improved sleep habits may reduce anxiety and help relieve bowel symptoms.

Dietary changes can be helpful. However, no specific diet can be recommended for IBS, because the condition differs from one person to another. There is No One-Size-Fits-All. That is why it is important to work with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you determine which diet is best for you and help you restore balance to your digestive system. Your Holistic Chiropractor can also determine if you have a parasite affecting your gall bladder, ultimately the true underlying cause of IBS.

The following changes may help under the supervision of your Holistic Chiropractor:

  • Avoid foods and drinks that stimulate the intestines (such as caffeine, tea, or colas) Avoid large meals
  • Use digestive enzymes with ALL of your meals
  • Take a probiotic supplement with each meal FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!! Increase fiber in the diet (this may improve constipation but make bloating worse), hence why you would need digestive enzymes.

Expectations (prognosis)

Irritable bowel syndrome may be a lifelong condition. For some people, symptoms are disabling and reduce the ability to work, travel, and attend social events.

Dr. Huntoon has quite a successful track record when dealing with this difficult condition.  He has stopped the condition and helped the people he has to never deal with the condition again.  By treating each person individually and looking at all the factors associated with this condition, Dr. Huntoon has been able to help his practice members when all other medical treatments have failed. 

When under the care of a Holistic Chiropractor, this does not have to be the case. By developing a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to addressing all your digestive imbalances, with time, the condition can be resolved.

Symptoms can often be improved or relieved through medical treatment. Unfortunately, through medical treatment, certain side-effects and complications go along with any medication. Discussing this with your medical doctor or pharmacist is always recommended. Understanding what to look for when taking medication will help to prevent one condition from turning into multiple conditions.

IBS does not cause permanent harm to the intestines, and it does not lead to more serious diseases, such as cancer.  But failing to address the parasite imbalance can and often does lead to other serious health outcomes.

Calling your health care provider

Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome or if you notice a change in your bowel habits that does not go away.

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