Understanding IBS :bugs, brains and leaky barriers
16th March 2017
Research indicates that there are multiple causes for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome,and that most of them may involve the microbiome.
Matthew Chaddock first went to the doctor for trouble with his bowels when he was 13. But it wasn’t until about five years ago that he was finally diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at the age of 26 years. “They said ‘there’s
not much we can do for you, just play around with your diet’.” Chaddock felt let down. “I had the mentality that you go to see a doctor, they work out what’s wrong with you and then they say ‘right, do this and you’ll be cured’,” he says.
“That isn’t the way it works with IBS.”