Does This Sound Like You?

Have you already seen your primary care doctor (or even GI specialists) about chronic gut issues, only to be given a prescription to deal with the symptoms?

Perhaps you are dealing with regular bloating, acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), diarrhea, stomach cramps, or even fatigue and brain fog?

Unfortunately, most doctors recommend antacids (like Tums and Pepto-Bismol) or proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) to deal with “overactive” stomach acid or some other medication to deal with the symptoms. While some OTC medicines may temporarily ease symptoms, they can seriously harm you in the long term because you’ll never explore what caused your symptoms in the first place.

This is emblematic of a conventional medicine approach – going downstream from observed symptoms toward a diagnosis (to be addressed with a symptomatic prescription medicine). In an insurance-based practice, that’s really the only thing that can be accomplished in a typical 7-minute visit!

The problem with this is that there are many reasons why you could experience chronic digestive distress. Unless you understand the actual root cause of what’s ultimately leading to the observed digestive symptoms, you don’t know how to fix it for good.

That’s why the conventional approach to chronic digestive disorders is really frustrating for both patients AND doctors:

Patients never get to truly resolve their digestive issues… instead of just managing their symptoms, while primary care doctors feel ill-equipped to identify what’s causing the observed gut issues.

Getting To The Root Cause Of Digestive Distress

While the symptoms of 100s of gut diseases are literally the same (bloating, gassiness, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain), they may be caused by very different mechanisms requiring a specialized approach. That’s why it’s dangerous to mask the warning symptoms with over-the-counter remedies like antacids, laxatives, or antidiarrheals – without investigating the actual root causes.

In the 1990s, we made incredible advances in understanding that our health is deeply linked to our microbiome – a collection of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses that live on and inside the human body.

The bacteria in our gut microbiome help digest our food, protect our immune system, fight harmful bacteria or viruses, and produce important nutrients like B12, thiamine (B1), and riboflavin. They also produce essential neurotransmitters that allow for proper brain function. This is why people with poor gut health often report brain fog!

Unfortunately, these new scientific advances take around 17 years to find their way into conventional doctors’ practices… so that’s why a functional medicine provider like Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health may better serve you.

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The Functional Medicine Approach to Treating GI Disorders

The functional medicine approach to healing the gut relies on advanced lab testing, followed by creating a custom-tailored, personalized protocol to restore your body’s innate healing potential so I can bring your body back into balance.

Since the gut impacts our health on so many levels, it’s the first place I focus on when I explore a new patient’s case – determining whether they have leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or its cousin small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO).

The lab tests help me arrive at a precise diagnosis so I understand how to address the underlying dysfunction for good – whether it’s unresolved stealth infections, environmental toxins, food allergies, or other endocrine or system-wide issues.

Sadly, conventional doctors aren’t equipped to untangle these complex, interdependent issues because there’s not enough time in a standard 7-minute visit – nor was the topic covered in their traditional medical school training.

Frequently, I’ve heard from patients things like “I have a “sensitive stomach,” which seems to have become an accepted term for “just grin and bear it.”

But it could mean a severe gut imbalance that might have far-reaching consequences for your overall wellness. 

Don’t just chalk it up to having a “sensitive” stomach or “getting older;” seek care from a functional medicine-trained provider to avoid compromising your long-term health.

At Dr. Barbara NP by Anthea Health, I am trained to investigate the symptoms and causes of your chronic digestive disorder and craft an effective treatment plan supported by the appropriate lab tests.

If you have been experiencing chronic symptoms that may be connected with digestive problems and are looking for answers, schedule a free discovery call today!

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