It was 2014 when I was told I had IBS. I needed to go to the toilet 9 or 10 times a day. I found I had become intolerant to many types of food. I couldn’t even have a cup of coffee without being set off. It was making my life hell. I could never be far from a toilet, and I had to keep stepping out of meetings at work.
I finally asked for help from a doctor. They referred me to a nutritionist. They asked about my symptoms and talked to me about allergies. They told me to avoid gluten and go on a FODMAP diet. It helped a lot. By restricting what I ate, my gut improved. I missed the foods I had enjoyed eating but accepted that it was worth it for my regained freedom.
However, I noticed that every time I had a stressful experience, the symptoms of IBS would return. The diet and the lifestyle changes helped, but it made me think.
Was this diet lessening the symptoms but not really dealing with the real issue?
I had never had any issues with food when I was younger. I could eat anything. Besides hay fever, I never had any allergies. I researched and understood that IBS was an allergic reaction that made me intolerant to gluten and various other foods.
I learned that allergies occur when our immune system ‘overreacts’ to substances. But why had I become intolerant to substances that had not been a problem for 35 years? What was my body reacting to? Was it the food I suddenly could not eat or something else?
I wanted to understand why my body created this issue for me! The doctor and the nutritionist had rapidly come to a diagnosis and suggested that I should go on this restrictive diet. Yes, it did help, but it was like being told the standard doctor answer. ‘Take a tablet and deal with the symptoms.’
After a recommendation from a friend, I decided to try Hypnotherapy. I consulted an RTT Therapist (a particularly comprehensive approach developed by Marisa Peer). I was sceptical, but I thought, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a go.’
What I liked straight away about the RTT approach was that the Therapist was focused on getting to the underlying cause. They wanted to get to the root cause, not just discuss the symptoms and push me out the door. They were the first person I had seen about IBS to say ‘Let’s deal with the real reason this started’ and not just tell me to change what I eat and drank’ so that the symptoms were more manageable!
2 Key things happened as a result of my RTT Hypnotherapy session.
Firstly, I discovered that the IBS was not a natural intolerance but was a reaction to the the stress that I had been going through. I had a lot of stress at work and at that time a lot of stress in my personal life. Being in this stressful state was causing my nervous system to be on a state of continual alert. This led to my immune system overreacting to these stresses and causing food intolerances and IBS. So the root cause of my IBS was not about food. It was about the anxiety and stress. The solution was not cutting out lots of different foods. The solution came through using hypnotherapy to reduce my anxiety and the reaction in my my immune system.
Secondly, unlike the doctor and the nutritionist, the RTT Therapist advised that we focus on making my mind more resistant to the stresses and anxiety causing the IBS. So under hypnosis, we dialled down the anxiety and allowed my body to understand that it could stop overreacting to the foods I had become intolerant to.
Within two months, all of my food intolerances disappeared. I could drink coffee again. I could eat gluten; I could eat dairy. My stomach was calm. I only needed the toile 2 or 3 times a day. I didn’t have to worry about where I went. I no longer had to rush out of meetings in the office.
RTT hypnotherapy changed my life. It not only enabled the IBS to go away. I also found I was much less anxious; the pain I held in my back and shoulders disappeared. I found I had the courage to make the changes I wanted to make in my life.
I decided that I would become an RTT Therapist. Since then, I have worked full-time as an RTT Therapist and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I specialise in helping people with Anxiety and Physical issues such as IBS, Fibromyalgia, Eczema and Asthma. I even help people with Auto-Immune Disorders.
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Jonathan Butler is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and one of the world’s most experienced RTT Therapists. He specialises in helping people with Anxiety and Physical Issues such as IBS, pain and skin conditions. Jonathan has successfully overcome these conditions in own life using RTT Hypnotherapy and has helped thousands of his clients to get the same great results.
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