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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER DOCTOR

THAT YOU HAVE SEEN?

We treat patients Neurologically and Metabolically!

NO STONE IS LEFT UNTURNED TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF YOUR IBS!

Here is what makes our care unique…

Metabolic Treatments Based on Specific Lab Panels:

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Preliminary Lab Testing

 Thyroid Panel (a complete thyroid panel including thyroid antibodies, T3, T4, reverse T3. Most doctors only order TSH)
• A Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)
• A Lipid Panel
• A CBC (Complete Blood Chemistry With Auto Differential)
• Vitamin and Mineral Testing (Vit D,B12, Calcium, phosphorus etc)
• Inflammation Testing: We test for Inflammation in your system by testing Homocysteine Levels and C-Reactive Protien (CRP).
• Iron and Ferritin Testing For Anemia

Many patients suffering from chronic health conditions suffer from inflammatory processes. Just about every chronic patient that we have treated suffers from some form of chronic inflammatory process.

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We can assess your thyroid, adrenal, immune, blood and gut function. All can be affecting your gastrointestinal system. By addressing any problems with your thyroid, adrenal glands, immune system, blood chemistry or gut function, we can help your intestinal system to function properly. The CMP allows us to check your blood glucose levels since glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.

It is important to understand that we analyze your blood work from a Functional Medicine prospective, checking to see if you are in the optimal functional range for great health and healing. The optimal functional range has been developed by looking at the average blood profile of symptom free and disease free people. The disease range or laboratory range commonly used by traditional medicine is determined by studies done on the average of all people getting blood work including the very sick. It is very common for patients with chronic pain to have blood work that is within the laboratory range but well out of the optimal/functional range. This means that they are not as healthy as they could be and that will affect their chronic problem. We use specific nutritional supplements/protocols to improve your blood work to get you back into the optimal functional range, thus helping you to heal. When patients are out of the functional range, without nutritional support, it is only a matter of time until they move into the disease range and then put on medications

 

Special Lab Panels and Testing:

Your preliminary blood testing will let us know if any of the special testing listed below will be necessary in treating your IBS.

#1 FOOD SENSITIVITY AND AUTOIMMUNE TESTING:

A: Cyrex array 2: Intestinal permeability (Leaky gut testing). Most patients with IBS have a microscopic breakdown of their intestinal wall known as intestinal permeability that cannot be diagnosed with colonoscopy. Leaky gut-page-001 (2)This breakdown called leaky gut will cause the small intestines and colon to become inflamed. The Cyrex labs specialized immune testing for intestinal permeability will determine if you have leaky gut and if so what specific type. There are 3 types of leaky gut, each have a specific treatment approach
B: Cyrex array 3: Advanced gluten sensitivity testing: Many IBS patients are highly gluten sensitive. Many have had testing for celiac disease. Celiac testing will not pick up gluten sensitivity. Most IBS sufferers with a negative celiac panel are told by their GI specialist that gluten is not affecting them. Nothing can be further from the truth. This test will determine if gluten sensitivity can be contributing to your IBS.
C: Cyrex array 4: Food sensitivity and cross reactive food testing. Many IBS patients are sensitive to multiple foods beyond gluten. This test will pinpoint what foods are causing your gut inflammation.

(See CYREX Gut Brain Immune video tab on website)

#2 Stool Microbial Ecology testing (Metametrix Labs): for intestinal bacteria, yeast, parasites and dysbiosis. This highly specialized DNA type testing is a must for patients suffering with IBS.

Note: Not all of the special tests are necessary for every patient. Each patient will have specific recommendations on special tests based on their initial exam findings, preliminary blood work findings and their unique set of health complaints.
Once we have completed our review and analysis of your neurological exam findings, biomechanical exam findings, diagnostic imaging, spinal x-rays and the preliminary blood testing we will determine if any of the special lab panels explained above will be necessary for you.

#3Adrenal Stress Index (ASI): We can further test your adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index. Your adrenal glands are your “stress” organs, meaning that they react to stress. If you have been or are currently under stress, this test is a must! When your body’s cortisol levels are abnormal, it is a sign that your body’s sympathetic nervous system is over-firing. An over-firing sympathetic nervous system can cause IBS. Cortisol levels can be corrected via specific nutritional protocols.

#4 ORGANIC ACID TEST: This test helps us determine energy production within the mitochondria of your cell. It can also identify small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, a major cause of IBS.  This is a common test for patients with IBS, fatigue, malaise, brain fog, tiredness, restlessness and many other symptoms

#5 TISSUE ANTIBODIES (aka. Autoimmune Disorders) We may test to see if you have an underlying autoimmune condition affecting your health. An autoimmune process is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body. So we test for specific antibodies to determine if you suffer from an autoimmune condition. If you suffer from an Autoimmune Disorder your immune system may be attacking other systems of your body (ie. thyroid, cerebellum, etc.) We can check for gluten antibodies, tissue antibodies such as myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies. If you suffer from tissue antibodies, further blood work will be needed to determine which part of your immune system or gastrointestinal system is not functioning properly.

Specific Nutritional Protocols:

These specific nutritional protocols are based on your specific condition, your blood work findings and your special lab panels. These protocols are designed specifically for you and may include any of the following:
• Anti-inflammatory diet
• Specific diet and supplement protocols for leaky gut correction
• Liver detoxification
• Specific diet and supplement protocols to decrease brain and gut inflammation and decrease chronic pain
• Non-drug protocols for high blood sugars, diabetes, hypoglycemia and high cholesterol
• Protocols for patients with hormonal issues
• Natural protocols for hypothyroidism
• Nutritional protocols for abnormal adrenal (stress gland) function
• Specific diet and supplement protocols for autoimmunity
• Highly effective protocols for healthy weight loss
• Food sensitivity diet recommendations
• Migraine trigger elimination diets

 

Neurological and Structural Treatments Based on Specific Neurological and Structural Tests:

(For those IBS sufferers who have neurological and structural issues contributing to their GI dysfunction or causing them other health problems)

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THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION:

The gastrointestinal system is known as the “Second Brain” and has just as many neurons as the brain itself. Our 2 brains- the one in our head and the one in our bowel- must cooperate. When they do not, then there is chaos in the gut and misery in the head-everything from “butterflies’ to cramps, from diarrhea to constipation. – Michael D. Gershon, MD author of “The Second Brain”

We do Functional Neurological therapies to create better brain balance in our IBS patients. These therapies include:

#1: Brain-Based Therapy (BBT): We use specific Brain-Based Therapies to normalize brain function and improve the Gut- Brain connection such as:
• Vibration Therapy: Vibration stimulates the back part of the brain called the cerebellum. One of the functions of the cerebellum is control of the spinal muscles
• REBUILDER: for patients with peripheral neuropathy: Stimulates the nerves in the legs, feet and hands to improve their function to decrease pain and numbness
• Vestibular Rehabilitation for patients with balance disorders, vertigo
• Specific eye exercises to strengthen weak areas of the brain to improve focus, decrease pain, migraines and decrease vertigo and dizziness.
• Interactive Metronome: Computer-based program that uses visual, auditory and motor stimulation to increase firing of the brain. (www.interactivemetronome.com).
• We may also use many other neurological therapies such as auditory, visual, olfactory, caloric stimulation and auricular therapy to improve brain function and increase parasympathetic effects on the GI system.

 

#2: Oxygen Therapy: Oxygen is fuel for your brain and nervous system. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive…..fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of OXYGEN AND GLUCOSE. By using oxygen, we will help you heal faster. By using exercise and brain based care with oxygen therapy (EWOT), we can increase the firing of the brain. By increasing the firing of the brain, we help MANY chronic conditions.

#3 Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: NSSD creates a negative disc pressure and helps to remove pressure off of the nerves. It also provides a slow stretch of the muscles which fires up the spinal cord to increase firing of brain. (see decompression tab on website)

• Spinal decompression therapy is highly effective for patients suffering with low back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain and spinal stenosis from herniated and bulging discs.

#4 ATM2 (Active Therapeutic Movement): For patients who have back, neck and/ or hip pain when bending or twisting. Your body has a protective mechanism that prevents damaged tissue from being damaged further. Pain prevents you from moving the damaged tissue into an unsafe position. If the spine is unstable, that defense mechanism will remain even when the damaged tissue is healed.

The ATM2 stabilizes the area of once damaged tissue, which will then short circuit the protective pain response mechanism. This will allow you to bend, twist or extend without pain. A person may have several unstable movements that require stabilizing. The average person requires 6-12 sessions on the ATM2 to remove the abnormal reflex that causes the pain.

#5 Laser/Light Therapy Effects of Laser/Light Therapy:
• Increases Circulation and Angiogenesis
• Reduces or Eliminates Acute and Chronic Pain
• Reduces Inflammation and Swelling
• Stimulates and Improves Nerve Function
• Strengthens and Repairs Bone and Soft Tissue
• Increases Mobility and Muscle Function

#6 Biomechanical Chiropractic care and Core Stability Exercises: To correct a poorly aligned spine and to strengthen the muscles that support the structure of the spine. This will prevent the reoccurrence of pain.

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