Did you know that your gastrointestinal (GI) system makes up 80% of your immune system? Why is this important? If you are suffering in GI symptoms, this means your body can not fully heal from other conditions!
Many different ‘conditions’ walk into my clinic each day, and one thing that a majority of these chronic conditions have in common is a faulty functioning GI system. Symptoms vary, but the more common ones are the following: bloating, gas, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. The diagnosis may vary as well: irritable bowel syndrome, heart burn/indigestion/acid reflux, leaky gut syndrome, Crohns Disease/Celiac Disease.
What are the most common causes of the above symptoms/diagnoses? The 3 most common causes I tend to see are: parasites, bacteria, and food sensitivities/allergies. How would you know if you had any of these causes? Your doctors must be performing the appropriate testing. This is why I do stool tests on almost every patient that has GI complications. Since, I am out of network with insurance companies, I get to ‘cherry-pick’ which labs I would like to use, and I ONLY use the BEST! I will give a patient the stool kit to take home, the patients completes the test and mails the specimen off. Results generally take about 3-3 1/2 weeks to get back, but in the meantime I will start the patient off on some natural herbs I use to kill bacteria, parasites, yeast, fungi, and mold. I like to start working on the elimination of the ‘critters’ in the very beginning. The reason I rely on the stool test results is to tell me how long it might take to get rid of the ‘critters’.
When it comes to food sensitivities/allergies, there is 1 lab in the country that performs at the highest level, Cyrex Laboratories. I encourage you to visit their website, to learn more about the different arrays used for testing. Hands down, this IS THE BE
ST lab in the country for sensitivity testing.
If you have been to your medical doctor or your GI specialist, but are still having symptoms, they are missing a piece of your puzzle! If you would like to have a second opinion, contact my office staff at (714) 731-7680.