DALLAS (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) -- The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is not known, although it affects nearly 45 million Americans, mostly women. New research shows the cause may not be stress or spicy foods, but an accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine.
Three years ago Amanda Martinez began getting bloated and started losing modeling jobs.
Martinez says, "I would eat chicken broth and get bloated. I would eat a salad and get bloated. You look like you've got a baby in your belly. Basically you look like you are 4 months pregnant."
Kenneth Brown, M.D., a gastroenterologist and chief medical officer for Atrantil says, "One of the reasons why you get so bloated is that bacteria is starting to grow right here in the small intestine."
Dr. Brown suggested Atrantil, which he developed to attack hard-to-reach bacteria.
"Most people are focusing on the colon. We know the problem starts in the small bowel," explains Dr. Brown.
Made from quebracho flavonoids, peppermint, and conker tree saponin, and it worked for Martinez when nothing else would.
Dr. Brown says, "I personally feel like it's going to give freedom to these people who feel that their guts are controlling their lives."
Martinez likes the results.
"It's kind of a miracle cure. I'm going forward. I'm getting jobs. I'm booking like crazy. I'm happy again. I'm able to look at myself in the mirror and feel confident," says Martinez.
Atrantil is patented and is available without a prescription. The cost to treat irritable bowel syndrome has been reported to be as high as $30 billion.