Upper or lower abdominal pain, chronic
constipation and/or diarrhea are some of the most common reasons that people
seek medical help.
symptoms relate to faulty diets, food allergies, enzyme deficiencies, the
presence of abnormal bacteria, yeast or parasites, the relative absence of
friendly bacteria, and nervous system imbalances associated with difficulties
dealing with stressful circumstances. These
may lead to two possible functional problems.
The first is the inability to absorb into the body from the
gastrointestinal system important nutrients (the so-called malabsorption
syndrome). The second results in
the gastrointestinal syndrome failing to screen out substances that shouldn’t
enter the system (the so-called “leaky gut syndrome”).
When these problems become bad enough,
we wind up with diseases such as peptic ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and
irritable bowel syndrome. By
focusing on the 4 R’s, we can frequently help these problems.
The four R’s are: (1)
Removing abnormal organisms from the GI tract, usually with natural substances;
(2) Replacing enzymes or other missing links needed for the digestive process;
(3) Reinnoculating the gut with friendly bacteria; and (4) Introducing
substances to Repair the damage to the gut.
We usually recommend Individualized dietary protocols and appropriate
nutritional supplements, including some medical foods to help solve these GI
Many innovative tests are available
including liver detoxification profiles and gut permeability tests to help
determine the main problems underlying these conditions.
Mind-body protocols are used to help patients deal with stressful
circumstances. Acupuncture and
related techniques, such as NAET (Bioset) can also be very helpful.