Dr. med., Dipl.Ing. Klaus Jiirgen Mielke, Hanover
Chronic overloading of the gastrointestinal tract due to an 'unhealthy diet' often results in functional problems which can lead to disease. One such condition is irritable bowel syndrome which is now widespread among the populations of affluent industrial countries. Patients suffering from the condition complain mainly about abdominal pains, feeling bloated and flatulence and also abnormal motions which is expressed as a tendency for diarrhoea or constipation or an alternation between the two conditions.
IBS has become more frequent with the development of a prosperous community and the constant availability of a varied range of food and it is classified as an illness of modern civilisation.
The specialist medical press is already referring to it as a very common complaint owing to the increased frequency of IBS which is occurring. According to recent statistical surveys, 15 to 20 percent of the population in Germany are affecte...