BizNews spoke to Dr Mark Pimentel, a gastroenterologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California, about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder which has gained a reputation as a default ‘leftover’ diagnosis due to the medical fraternity’s inability to conclusively define or diagnose the condition. Pimentel, who created a test capable of conclusively diagnosing IBS caused by food poisoning, shared invaluable insight into his work. Spoiler alert: IBS is not, as previously defined by doctors, a psychosomatic condition. It is a bacterial disorder, the discovery of which has elevated the landscape of IBS and its treatment. – Nadya Swart

Dr Mark Pimentel on what IBS is and what sets it apart from other gastroenterological disorders  

Well, first of all, irritable bowel syndrome affects almost 1 billion people worldwide. So this is not a rare condition by any means. It’s the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. In the 1990s and before, there was this impression that IBS was due to a psychological problem or stress or anxiety, and because there was no biomarker, there was no understanding of the true cause of IBS.

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Thank you Nadya Swart and Dr. Mark Pimentel.