The prevalence of digestive problems is on the rise, and the severity ranges from mild to very severe. On any given day, I see a wide variety of cases. They can take the form of acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea. In each of these cases, the problem can literally be life-altering for patients. They are left with two options: eat only the few things which don’t cause them digestive disturbance, or continue to eat their regular diet and suffer the consequences. The first option often results in malnourishment, a lack of fulfillment when eating, and additional health problems. The second option results in a lot of uncomfortable symptoms and an avoidance of certain activities. Both options are unacceptable in my opinion.
Many of these patients put up with their digestive troubles. Sadly, many go see their regular doctor, and even gastroenterologists, without any resolution. Some will undergo colonoscopies, endoscopies, CT scans, MRIs, and even a basic stool study but are told that nothing is wrong. Even worse, some will be told that the problem must be in their head and are put on psychiatric drugs. They are left to suffer for weeks, months, and for some people, even years because nobody can seem to find the problem.
At The Center for Advanced Medicine, we see these tough cases on a routine basis. Our approach is different than at most other practices. We start with a thorough evaluation of each patient, including an extensive dietary history. This is coupled with a complete understanding of each patient’s lifestyle, background, and stressors. Lab testing includes blood tests, a comprehensive stool analysis, and often, a test of allergens as well. We can then pinpoint the root of the problem, and address it through proper diet, intelligent supplementation, and intravenous nutrition. We have literally seen patients’ lives changed as a result of this thorough and targeted approach.