Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
GI disorders have become all too common among Americans. In the United States, more than 70 million people suffer from some form of gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. For these people, the simple pleasures of life are compromised, and dealing with GI symptoms can be both frightening and embarrassing. People often believe that they are alone and that no one has an answer or solution.
Unfortunately, many GI disorders are not easily recognizable. These conditions are referred to as functional gastrointestinal disorders, and cannot be diagnosed through conventional methodologies such as physical examination, scoping, biopsy, blood tests, MRI, CT scan or X-ray.
Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac Disease
- Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
- Leaky Gut (Intestinal Permeability)
- Heart Burn and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease)
- Lactose Intolerance
- Abdominal Pain Syndrome
- Fecal Incontinence
- Crohn’s Disease
- Food Allergies
- and many others
The Conventional Approach
Conventional physicians are not typically trained to identify conditions that they can’t see with their own eyes through photos, blood tests, scopes or other traditional methods. When test after test comes back negative, the doctor often begins to think that the symptoms are all in the patient’s head, while the dismayed, frustrated patient continues to get worse.
This starts a vicious cycle of testing, negative results, trial-and-error prescriptions, more testing and more money, without an end in sight. Because your gut plays such a pivotal role in your overall health, undiagnosed and untreated GI disorders can lead to damage and disease throughout all systems of the body. And even when a condition is identified, physicians rarely seek out the root cause, and instead attempt to mask symptoms with drugs and surgery.