In Functional Medicine we like to talk a lot about getting to the "root cause" of disease, rather than treat the disease itself or the symptoms. Can that be done with IBS?
Yes! In fact, not treating those roots is the number one reason why IBS sufferers don't fully heal.
Maybe you've healed your leaky gut, only to have it come back again. Maybe you've killed off SIBO and it's come back again... and again... and again. Or maybe you've cut out food after food and now you've narrowed your diet down to almost nothing. Little did you know, you've been treating the branches and not the root.
Think of IBS (and all diseases) like a tree. If you pick off the leaves or cut a few branches, the tree will most likely live. If you really want to get rid of it once and for all, you'll need to get down under the dirt and remove the roots.
Common secondary conditions in IBS include:
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)
Leaky Gut Syndrome (Intestinal Permeability)
Food Intolerances (Including FODMAPs)
Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies (malnutrition)
If you only try to address these things, your "tree" WILL grow back.
We will talk about primary conditions (roots) in future blog posts, and I discuss some of them in my e-book, available below.
The good news is that there IS hope for healing IBS. I see a lot of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome/IBS at my office in Chapel Hill. I am able to offer proper testing for all of the above conditions, as well as natural solutions (herbs, etc) to help you overcome each of these things and finally heal.
If you are interested in becoming a patient at my office please download my e-book "Why Conventional Medicine CAN'T Cure IBS". In the last couple of pages of my e-book I discuss what you can expect coming to my office and what the application process is like.
Best of health,