Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

There are several valves in the digestion system; one such valve – the ileocecal valve – is located between the small and large intestines. It controls passage of the small intestine’s contents into the large intestine. This valve can dysfunction in two ways. First, and most common, is the “open” ileocecal valve syndrome. Let’s call the small intestine the kitchen area of the body, and the large intestine the garbage area. If the ileocecal valve does not adequately control the flow of material, the small intestine becomes contaminated because the material passed into the large intestine in a sense regurgitates into the small one. In essence, the garbage area contaminates the kitchen area and vice versa. Many and varied symptoms can develop from this situation in addition to those of digestive disturbance. The body becomes toxic; literally, any weak area – such as a hip joint, heart, or sinuses – can develop symptoms. The second form of ileocecal valve syndrome is the “closed” variety. In this situation, the valve becomes spastic and does not allow material to pass from the small intestine to the large one. Food becomes putrid in the small intestine, and toxic material is again absorbed by the body.

Many people suffer from constipation. The general public typically thinks this means that the bowels do not move frequently enough. There are many reasons for constipation; and different types; low fiber, allergies, and poor function of seemingly unrelated organs. There is also colon stasis. This means that waste material stays in the colon for a long period and eventually the body re-absorbs toxic material. Many times colon stasis is the first phase of more significant problems, such as colitis, diverticulosis, and diverticulitis.

Many factors are involved in normal colon function. Three items generally considered necessary for normal bowel activity are adequate water, an irritant, and adequate bulk. Most laxative preparations are based on one or more of these three ingredients. Other factors, however, are important for normal colon action, including normal control by the nervous system and other energy patterns of the body. When one has a tendency toward constipation or colon stasis, a doctor knowledgeable in applied kinesiology should make a thorough evaluation. This evaluation is indicated whenever a stool has odor, or when the stool is not frequent and voluminous. The normal bowel movement has no foul odor; dysfunction should be suspected whenever a strong odor is commonly present.

This article discusses only a few of the problems that may develop from digestive dysfunction. The major emphasis is that whenever digestive dysfunction is apparent, it should be evaluated and corrected. If left alone it can lead to much more serious trouble. For example, there is evidence that colon cancer develops from colon stasis. Arthritis can develop from a prolonged lack of protein digestion because tissue is not repaired and rebuilt adequately at the joint surfaces, thus weakening the joint and making it vulnerable to the arthritic process. Ulcerative colitis can develop and progress to the point that portions of the colon must be surgically removed. To prevent these and other serious consequences of digestive disturbance, it is important that the condition be corrected early, rather than just treating the symptoms with patent medications. If you or a loved one are having digestive issues, call now for a complimentary appointment at 973-744-1155.

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