Category: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

August 8, 2018

Treating the Gut in Mood Disorders: The Link between Anxiety, Depression and IBS

Dr. Leah Hassall, ND We have all experienced that feeling of a “pit” or “butterflies” in the stomach when we are scared, anxious or excited. Is this just imagined or are the brain and the stomach actually communicating? The idea of a connection between the brain and the gut where emotions and mood can trigger […]

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February 28, 2018

IBS versus IBD: The Role of Fecal Calprotectin testing

Dr. Juliet Ghodsian, ND Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder involving abnormal gut contractions and increased gut hypersensitivity. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, gas, bloating, mucous in stools, and irregular bowel habits with constipation, and/or diarrhea. Digestive upset of some type is one of the most common complaints in a Naturopathic medical practice. For […]

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December 15, 2017

Mapping the Microbiome: Lab Testing for Dysbiosis 

Dr. Leah Hassall, ND As the interest in the human microbiome grows, the complexities of the microbiome and the link between a dysfunctional microbiome and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, acne, diabetes, eczema, allergies, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression and anxiety, cancer and many autoimmune conditions continues to unfold. When we refer to the […]

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December 20, 2016

A Holiday Treatment Plan

Dr. Preet Khangura, ND Our health is something that should be maintained and kept as a priority all year long. However, the holiday season may be the most important time of the year to focus on the imbalances and deficiencies in our health. The excessiveness of the holidays can push our physiological processes beyond their […]

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November 9, 2015

Herbs and the Microbiome

Dr. Natalie MacIsaac, ND The microbiome in our gut is a dynamic environment that shifts in response to our diet, our hormones, and our stress levels. Studies have linked the microbiome to mood and behavior, gut disorders, eczema, asthma, chronic sinusitis, and obesity. The most popular and well known treatment to support gut and immune health is […]

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September 16, 2015

SIBO: The Common Root Cause of IBS

Dr. Preet Kangura, ND  Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has continually been shown to be the root cause of IBS. 70 – 80% of people, who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), will test positive for SIBO. Before explaining why this is a crucial finding, let’s take a quick look at what much […]

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Testing for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND SIBO TESTING:  The Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test We can now diagnose and assess SIBO through a breath test. When some bacteria digest foods, they produce gases. Only bacteria, not humans, produce hydrogen and methane as metabolic by-products (1). You may be familiar with breath testing as it is used in […]

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Treatment for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Why Is My Naturopathic Doctor Prescribing Antibiotics? Dr. Miranda Wiley, ND By definition, SIBO is “bacterial overgrowth” (of the small intestine). Therefore, part of the treatment for SIBO involves a concerted effort to destroy the bacteria that are wreaking havoc in the small intestine. There are two options for killing the bacterial overgrowth: two weeks […]

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May 20, 2015

SIBO: The Root Cause of IBS?

Dr. Preet Khangura, ND Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, might not be a term that you have read or heard about. This is unfortunate because extensive research has shown that 70 – 80% of people who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), test positive for SIBO. Before explaining why this is a […]

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November 4, 2013

Replenishing Healthy Gut Flora

Dr. Kristin Schnurr, ND The Three Ways to Cultivate Healthy Gut Flora 1.  Our first microbes are introduced in the vaginal canal after the natural birth process, and are delivered through breast milk. We inherit our gut flora from our mother at birth, where it settles in the baby’s sterile system and becomes the microbiome […]

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