A lot of people go their doctor complaining of gut issues, only to be given a prescription to deal with the symptoms and told to come back in 4 weeks if things aren’t better.
People with digestive issues often experience bloating, acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), diarrhea, stomach cramps, as well as fatigue and brain fog.
Doctors usually recommend things like antacids or proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) to deal with “overactive” stomach acid or some other medication to deal with the symptoms.
While some medicines may slightly ease symptoms in the short-term, they can seriously harm you in the long-term because you’ll never explore why you have the bloating, diarrhoea or heartburn in the first place!
This is the typical conventionally-trained practitioner’s approach – observe the symptoms, form a diagnosis, then prescribe a medication to to deal with that symptom. It doesn’t look “under the hood” and ask why this symptom is there is the first place.
It’s a conveyor belt system designed so that the doctor can get people in and out in typically around 7 minutes.
The problem with this is that there’s many reasons as to why you could be experiencing chronic digestive distress and unless you understand the true root cause of what’s ultimately leading to your digestive symptoms, you won’t know how to fix it for good.
What’s more is that to fix digestive issues you often need to “re-model” the gut bacteria that live in the digestive tract so that the gut becomes a source of health rather than disease.
This usually requires diet and herbs which are outside the scope of conventional practice, which favours a drug-based approach.
This is why many patients and doctors alike find digestive problems so frustrating.
Getting To The Root Cause Of Symptoms
While the symptoms of 100’s of gut diseases are literally the same (bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain), they may be caused by very different mechanisms that require a different approach to standard conventional medicine.
It’s actually dangerous to mask symptoms with over-the-counter remedies like antacids, laxatives or antidiarrheals – as without treating the “root cause” they can get worse over time and affect other areas of health.
In the last couple of decades, we’ve made incredible advances in understanding that our health is deeply linked to our microbiome. The microbiome is a collection of microbes including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live inside the digestive tract.
The bacteria in our gut microbiome help digest our food, regulate our immune system, fight harmful bacteria or viruses, and produce important nutrients like B12, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin.
They also produce important neurotransmitters that allow for proper brain function. This is why people with poor gut health oftentimes report brain fog.
Unfortunately, these new advances in science take around 17 years to find their way into conventional doctors’ practices.
On the other hand at the International Clinic of Nutrition, we use the most recent scientific advances in both our testing and treatments so that we can deliver the most powerful outcomes.