(ORDO NEWS) — Irritable bowel syndrome is associated either with a violation of its innervation, or with motility, or with microflora.
But it is possible that all these hypotheses are right at once: the disorders leading to the development of the disease may have a common root.
According to the new hypothesis, they arise due to the inability of the body to withstand the constant action of gravity.
Up to ten percent of the world’s inhabitants suffer from chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The disease has been known for more than a hundred years, but the exact causes of its occurrence are still unknown.
Most often, the syndrome is associated with a violation of the interaction between the neurons of the intestine and the brain.
No wonder some patients are helped by taking antidepressants and even psychotherapy.
At the same time, in others, IBS symptoms are relieved with antibiotics, a low-fiber diet, and fecal transplantation.
This supports the hypothesis about the role of microflora in the development of the disease.
There are alternative versions, including intestinal hypersensitivity, impaired motility, and the like.
“I thought, what if they are all right at the same time? says Brennan Spiegel, professor at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“Looking at all the theories of IBS, from motor science to bacteria to neuropsychology, I realized that they all point to gravity.
At first it seemed strange, but the more my colleagues and I worked on this idea, the more reasonable it began to look.
In fact, gravity is constantly striving to compress our spine, to shift our organs down. There are structures in the body that hold them in place. However, in some people, these structures may gradually give way to the force of gravity.
The connective tissue stretches over time, which leads to a displacement of the heavy intestine, which is also pressed down on top by the diaphragm.
All this can cause problems with the motility of the gastrointestinal tract, and abnormal growth of its microflora.
Next, Spiegel and his colleagues develop the idea in relation to the nervous system. According to them, the feeling of a sharp fall is not in vain in the lower abdomen.
Neurons located there can serve as a kind of gravity sensors, signaling the body about danger.
When the intestines move down, their work is disrupted, and the central nervous system receives false messages, which can also develop symptoms of irritable bowel.
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