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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnose of gastrointestinal tract symptoms which correlate to inflammation of the digestive system. Over 15% of the population is diagnosed with IBS but estimates suggest over 50% of the population is experiencing similar symptoms. Symptoms vary from minor digestive discomfort to severely compromising health and function, but all symptoms are abnormal. IBS has been strongly correlated many diseases and inflammatory conditions of the digestive system. But it can also affect other parts of the body, leading to a number of exacerbation in inflammatory joint, skin and neurologic conditions. 

Symptoms: 

Symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bloating / Distention 

  • Gas / Burping 

  • Diarrhea / Constipation

  • Unintentional weight loss / weight gain

  • Nausea / Acid reflux

  • Joint stiffness

  • Skin changes (Eczema, Psoriasis, Rashes,)

  • Brain fog

Associated Diseases:

These diagnoses can be caused by or correlated to IBS:

  • "Leaky Gut"

  • Food sensitivities

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis

  • Low Stomach Acid

  • SIBO

  • Candida 

  • Mast cell activation syndrome

  • Crohns, Colitis, Celiac 

Causes: 

Although the causes can vary, there is strong correlation to an imbalance of the microbiome within the gastrointestinal tract. Your gastrointestinal tract is made up of hundreds of trillions of microbes. When something interrupts the function of the digestive system such as high amounts of stress, medications like antibiotics, poor diets, pesticides and toxins, infections and trauma, the enviroment of the microbiome can change. This may lead to Dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the microbiome, like an overgrowth of a species of bacteria or an infection. Dysbiosis can lead to a series of inflammatory symptoms consistent with the classification of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

Testing:

Conventional testing includes: 

- Colonoscopy 

- Endoscopy 

- Xray with contrast 

- Celiac Testing

- Lactose Intolerance Testing 

- Stool sampling for blood or infection

Additional Alternative testing includes: 

- Comprehensive Microbiome Testing for dysbiosis

- Breath testing for bacterial fermentation 

- Food Intolerance testing

Treatment: 

The great news.... these symptoms are not only treatable but reversible with the right treatment! With a individualize comprehensive treatment plan, including dietary guidelines and microbiome treatment, symptoms can significantly improve within a few weeks to months. Our doctors use a precise combination of treatments based upon symptoms and test results.

 

Listed below are some the strategies used:

Diet

- Low FODMAP

- Anti-Candida Diet 

- Elemental Diet 

Antimicrobials (natural and pharmaceutical)

- Anti-fungals

- Anti-biotics 

- Anti-parasitics 

Digestive Support 

- Digestive Enzymes 

- Probiotics 

 

Structural Support

- Craniosacral therapy

- Acupuncture,

- Massage

- Breath work/ Exercise

Additional Support 

- GI Repair Powders or Collagen

- Motility support supplements 

- IGG/Colostrum Immune support 

- Binders - "Die off" / Herx reactions

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