Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is characterized by chronic abdominal pain or discomfort, a change in bowel pattern, such as loose or more frequent bowel movements, diarrhea, and/or constipation. It is understood as a multi-faceted disorder.
Sometimes Irritable Bowel Syndrome is referred to as spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach, or irritable colon.
SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) is a chronic bacterial infection in the small intestine. Symptoms are very similar to those of IBS.
A recent clinical trial shows that a 14-day elemental diet is “highly effective” with an 80-84% success at eradicating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) because: “Elemental diets have been shown to reduce enteric flora.”
Many of our customers use Absorb Plus shakes along with natural antibiotics; like olive leaf, wild oregano, grapefruit seed extract or garlic extract, and high dose probiotics.
Try it and we think you’ll agree that Absorb Plus is one of the best-tasting and highest quality elemental shakes available!
“I have used Absorb Plus for a while now. I truly like the shake. It calms down my stomach and it also helps me sleep better. So I have more energy during the day. Even though it’s expensive, it’s worth the money. I like all three flavors, I’m going to order nine tubs soon, that way I maximize the discount.”
S.D, Maryland, USA
“I was in severe abdominal pain for several months. The doctors were making sure it wasn’t IBD, but in the mean time I was hungry and couldn’t eat because of the pain. My sister has IBD and told me about Absorb Plus. While waiting for the Absorb Plus to be delivered I under went testing and was told I have IBS. I had already been on most of the medications that helped, with no relief. The doctor put me on an antidepressants and said it might help in 6 to 8 weeks and there was nothing else he could do. I had already lost 17 lbs and felt helpless. A few days later the Absorb Plus arrived.
I consumed only the shake for one week to give my bowels a rest and by the end of the week my pain was all gone. I only added one very light meal (eggs or rice) once a day for the next week and for the first time in months I felt hope for a pain free life. I have stopped losing weight and have even gained two pounds. I’m still adding food to my diet. When I find a food that upset my intestines, I drink the shake for the next few meals then I can resume eating. I’ve started to exercise again and now take Absorb Plus as a protein supplement.
I’m very thankful for Absorb Plus for both my sister and me. It has given our intestines a chance to rest while our bodies can heal. I know that without it I would still be pain.”
S.H., Indiana, USA
“Absorb has been THE most effective treatment for me. I’m feeling much better. In 4 months I have put on no less than 10 kg! Every one I see comments on how much better I look.
Thank you for your great product!”
“I’ve had two serious bouts of “don’t really know what it is or what’s causing it”; more blood tests than I care to think about and two “nothing conclusive” colonoscopies (the first in 1997 and the second in 2003). My GP thought possibly IBS but not all of the symptoms and my GI thought possibly colitis but the tests are not conclusive. So actually there was nothing wrong with me except that I couldn’t eat, maintain and/or metabolize food. You wouldn’t know it by my size but eating is one of my most favorite things to do. It’s a hobby… l love good food and I’m fortunately blessed with very good metabolism. However, if I ate I couldn’t leave the house and if I left the house, like to go to work, I couldn’t eat. Eating became a nightmare instead of a joy so I pretty much gave it up. With this last episode I lost over 20 pounds in less than three months which was pretty scary.
I’ve been thin most of my 50+ years (5′ 8″ at approx. 115 pounds) but skinny and malnutrition are a whole different world. Basically the treatment programs offered by my doctors were trial and error… let’s try this, if it doesn’t work we’ll try something else and keep trying until we get it right and the symptoms subside. Now I know why a doctors business is called “medical practice”… what’s the adage – practice makes improvement… wish they’d finish practicing before hanging out a shingle. I’d been hearing about probiotics for several years and since nothing the doctors were currently doing seemed to be helping much (some things made me worse and not to mention the toxic side effects of pharmaceuticals) I decided it couldn’t hurt to try.
I discovered and ordered Jini’s book Listen to Your Gut last September while on a web site ordering probiotics. I don’t recall exactly but I think sometime after ordering the book Jini sent me some information about Absorb Plus and a sample. My initial response was… interesting, I’ll have to look in to it. I actually tried the sample and placed my first order because my Mom started losing weight for no particularly good reason and I thought this might help her. Helping Mom was the motivation but the bonus was taking the shakes myself. Mom is gaining weight and so am I.
I’ve been having a shake almost every morning since January 2004. It took a while to break the 100 pound mark but I did and the gain has been gradual… 3 ½ months later I’m up to 111 pounds. YEAH… it’s the small victories that mean the most! My symptoms are no where near as serious as some that I have read about with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis and my heart goes out to them. I am now not taking any drugs and I can eat anything I want whenever I want. I am convinced that with the daily combination of Absorb Plus and probiotics I am recovered and don’t plan to make any changes from here on out.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to both you and Jini for giving me back my hobby.
Michael, I’m ordering again today… My Mom loves the chocolate by itself; my preference, since almost day one, is mixing half chocolate and half vanilla. Thanx so much for caring and for your support!”
G.H., California, USA
“I heard about Absorb Plus from a friend who has Crohn’s disease. Having suffered with IBS for years, I was curious to learn more about this product. I bought Jini Patel Thompson’s excellent book, Listen to Your Gut, and read all the information on your website. I had been traveling in Asia for seven months and was experiencing the effects of several stomach bugs acquired along the way, including a 10 lb. weight loss and anemia. After being home for 4 months, I still wasn’t gaining weight.
My doctor sent me to a gastroenterologist for testing and I was told that I had inflammation and ulceration of the colon, consistent with some form of colitis. After the procedure, I immediately went on the elemental diet as described in Jini’s books, drinking 3-4 Absorb Plus shakes with flax oil and iron every day for a week. It was easy to do, as the shakes were delicious and left me feeling full and satisfied. (I especially recommend mixing the chocolate with the vanilla and berry flavors.)
I followed some of the other recommendations in Jini’s book as well, including drinking aloe vera juice and taking probiotics. The diarrhea cleared up after that and in the last 3 weeks I’ve gained 6 lbs. My energy level is higher and I’m told I look healthier. I’ll be getting my iron levels tested again this week, and I’m confident that will have improved as well. I still drink a shake every day as a snack and will continue to do so because I enjoy them and it’s an easy way to get extra nutrition and calories.”
M.M., B.C., Canada
“I am 37 years old and I have IBS. I developed this condition almost 5 years ago by a way I never thought imaginable. For a sinus infection I took two different antibiotics in succession, as a result I developed diarrhea. At the time I thought I had the flu or food poisoning because I had stopped taking them a week before. The trips to the bathroom became more frequent and so I saw a doctor who told me I probably had the stomach flu and I went home. After 11 days with diarrhea looking quite sick I went back to the doctor who again told me I had the flu and gave me Immodium to stop the diarrhea. He never sent me to the lab for a stool test.
Later on that night I became very sick with a really high temperature and knife stabbing stomach pain. I continued to take the Immodium but it never stopped my diarrhea. I had to go to the hospital I felt like I was going to die, there they rehydrated me and sent me home with a lab kit for a for a stool test. I continued throughout the weekend unable to eat or drink, in excruciating pain and sometimes delirious. Not until tuesday did I find out what I had. C- Difficial Toxin, a very severe case, I was given antibiotics to treat this and I had already lost 20 pounds. After 5 more days the pain became worse and I was back in the hospital very dehydrated. The pills were not working, I was then sent to a GI Doctor and the colonoscopy he gave me showed toxin throughout my bowel. At this meeting the doctor informed me to STOP the Immodium as it could lead to the loss of my bowel and I later found out that if the bowel stops moving death can occur.
I am very lucky the Immodium did not work.
I was now put on a stronger antibiotic and after 7 days no improvement. I was then admitted to St. Paul’s hospital quite under-nourished and sick, this time I was given Vancomyacin. With one more recurrence I was given Vancomyacin again and 3 weeks later the toxin was almost all out. I was left unable to eat almost anything and hardly able to walk. It took the next 5 months for me to be able to function at a mild level of ability but I never gained my weight back and had continued IBS and colitis-like symptoms. The toxin had destroyed my digestive system.
Over the next year and a half I struggled with flare ups and learning to eat solid food again, my GI doc was at a loss with me but he told me that a small percent of cases develop IBS or colitis. Through this time I tried many drugs. I was under-nourished and not able to go sometimes for 6 or 7 days this would make me very toxic or I couldn’t stop going even after a bit of food, so I sought out alternative help. I was put on a strict candida diet which caused me to lose more weight and this did nothing for my IBS.
I then found my way to a naturopath who put me through expensive food sensitivity tests and another diet, almost everything which caused more weight loss. I’ve seen this doctor until recently, I spent over 3000 dollars there in less than 10 months. Each time I queried him about another test or remedy he expressed that I couldn’t afford not to do it, each time to no avail. Although he told me I could leave him he said there was no where else for me to go. I continued on feeling beaten, depressed and as though I have gone only backwards. I’ve always felt a little bit of weight would go a long way mentally for me. Which leads me to your product. Like all other powders I’ve tried before I waited for it to make me sick, it never happened EUREKA I struck gold but unfortunately at this time I can only afford a tub every few weeks. I recently hurt my back and I believe because of my prolonged anorexic condition my muscle mass has deteriorated leaving me quite weakened.
On a good note I have noticed improvements while taking Absorb Plus, I am getting regularity and my leaky gut has stopped. I haven’t had many positive results to talk about so this is really good. I feel that over some time Absorb Plus can help me, along with a good healthy diet.”
R.B., B.C., Canada
“I have had a long history of intestinal problems. I’ve been to at least 3 different GI specialists and participated briefly in Dr. Weil’s program at the University of Arizona in 2001. About 10 years ago, my IBS progressed to ulcerative colitis and continued to progress to an array of issues including fissures, leaky gut, proctitis, etc. It appears that my condition is genetic and I’m following in the footsteps of my grandmother. Identical location of problem and symptoms in the large intestine. Unfortunately hers progressed to cancer in the infected area of the colon and had to removed.
After regular colonoscopies and drug treatments, GIs have not found a resolution for my ongoing and worsening problems. Dr. Weil’s program required eliminating wheat, diary, eggs and meat for at least three weeks before reintroducing foods and journaling results. After three weeks, I found that this did not bring me relief and I was still experiencing problems. It seemed as though all solid food disagreed with me. After returning to PA from Tucson recently, I was ready to try something else.
Through an online discussion group, I was excited to learn of Jini’s books (wonderful source of experience, expertise and inspiration) and Absorb Plus. I was especially encouraged when I tried this product and was able to tolerate the chocolate. It was agreeable to my system and taste-buds. Currently, I only drink two shakes, take extra vitamin supplements, and eat one meal or two small meals of fish, rice, non-irritating foods daily. My stress is that I can’t seem to give up chewing at least one meal a day. The above is a compromise between body/mind. The largest factor is cost. I am unable to afford a complete liquid diet of 4-5 shakes/day at this time and have to budget very carefully. With these factors, I know that this is probably the reason that I am not experiencing its full effect. However, I am hoping that this slow introduction will give my digestive system a rest and allow me to heal even if it takes longer.
Any-rate, I can say that I feel great after drinking the shakes and they totally agree with me. I don’t think that I’ll ever want to go back to solid food for breakfast again as nothing has been comparable to start the day. And, a shake is perfect for a meal before bed. I’m most grateful in knowing that I have a product that I can use for flare-ups. I am still awaiting more improved results and would be happy to provide a future testimonial and let you know if my condition has improved. Lastly, it is wonderful to know that a reliable, healthy product for your wellness exists that you’re able to fall back on in times of intestinal woes. I only wish that the cost factor was not a major issue and that I could find it locally verses using only mail order. I’ve had difficulty receiving past supplies in a timely fashion and it is difficult when you depend on it so much and at the same time need to budget very carefully.”
M.R., Pennsylvania, USA
“I am happy to tell you how much I enjoy Absorb Plus. I always had digestive problems and started to take Absorb Plus as a midnight snack. It did help me to feel comfortable. The best use I have is when I go to exercise, I take it about 1 to 2 hours before and have now no stomach discomfort or gas with exercise. I am happy that I found your product. I hope this explains it enough.”
W.D., New York, USA