The Importance and Relevance of IBS in the Female Patient

First posted in the Townsend Letter, February/March 2014 Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder that affects nearly twice as many women (14–24%) as men (5–19%) and is most often found in people younger than 45 years of age.1 Studies estimate that IBS affects 3% to 20% of the adult population, with most …


The outer cell wall of gram negative bacteria is a source of pro-inflammatory lipopolysaccharides (LPS). When LPS is absorbed into the bloodstream at higher than normal levels, as is the case in SIBO, it has emotional and cognitive effects. These include depression, anxiety and memory deficits. (Grigoleit JS, 2011)