In proper balance, bacteria in the colon prevent illness, regulate food absorption and digestion and play a role in many body functions. But when bacteria invade and take over the small intestine, they can cause digestive problems (like gas, abdominal bloating, stomach pain), nutrient malabsorption, food sensitivities and more.
Miller and his mother didn’t know what was wrong, nor did his primary care doctor. A year earlier, Miller had been diagnosed with celiac disease, so at first he assumed his symptoms were related to that. But even on a gluten-free diet, his fatigue continued to worsen. Eventually, he ended up in the emergency room of a university hospital center where he was promptly admitted.
In May 2015, a pilot study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that mind-body practices that elicited a relaxation response had “significant impact” on the clinical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and “on the expression of genes related to inflammation and the body’s response to stress.”