IBS RESOLVE - For help with IBS, SIBO, GERD, Candida, H Pylori and other gut related conditions.
Welcome to my website, IBS Resolve, for help with IBS, SIBO, GERD, Candida, Helicobactor Pylori and other gut related conditions.
I am a Functional Nutritionist based in the UK in South London (Bromley) but can accept clients from anywhere in the UK through Skype, or telephone consultations.
I hope you will find my website informative, and if you are an IBS / SIBO sufferer who experiences daily pain, spasms, constipation or diarrhoea, gas, bloating, indigestion etc. I hope you will take away some information that will ultimately help ease your day to day suffering.
I have designed my website to be as straightforward as possible, using terms that most people will have no problem understanding and providing information that will hopefully ultimately help you. For information about me please click here.
What does Functional mean? What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine aims to look for the root cause of disease, rather than just treating the symptoms, using diagnostic tests, which may be stool tests, breath test, urine test, saliva or blood spot testing. This is very common in the US but not so well known in the UK although there are clinics in London and other parts of the UK that do practice functional medicine.
In my work, I have chosen to focus particularly on IBS/SIBO and other gut related conditions like H pylori, GERD, Candida, parasites, pathogenic bacteria etc and this means looking into the various potential causes of IBS and SIBO rather than just dealing with the symptoms.
Do we always need to run laboratory tests?
Not always, no. You may be able to resolve your issues simply by dietary changes which your Doctor may recommend, such as low FODMAP etc. However, if you have a more serious issue, such as a pathogenic overgrowth, parasite or SIBO then you will want to know for sure.
Our UK NHS offers a fantastic service, for which we are incredibly lucky, but unfortunately most UK/London GPs/Doctors just do not have enough time to spend with their patients, many have very little nutritional knowledge and very few that I have come across personally have even heard of SIBO. My own GP in Bromley, South London had unfortunately never heard of SIBO.
You may have seen your GP many times for your IBS, been tested for H pylori, you may have been referred to a specialist Gastroenterologist and been checked for more serious conditions, such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease or cancer. You may have had a colonoscopy or an endoscopy which has come back clear. While this is all good news, ultimately a ‘diagnosis’ of IBS that there is little you can do about does not help your IBS or your stress levels!
Part of the service I offer is laboratory testing, all in the comfort of your own home. You do not need to visit me in Bromley, South London to do these tests, they can be done in the comfort of your own home. Testing can reveal a whole variety of potential causes of your IBS, whether this is SIBO, parasites, H Pylori, low levels of beneficial bacteria or an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. We can also look for Candida or other yeast and fungal overgrowths, low pancreatic elastase and other inflammatory markers etc. I use several laboratories, including Genova (UK) , Biolab in London, Quintron, and DSL who all use the most current PCR/DNA technology in their testing.
Laboratory testing and supplements are, unfortunately, not cheap but over time you may have wasted hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds on supplements trying to help yourself which ultimately did not work as you still do not know the cause of your symptoms. For example, probiotics can sometimes be beneficial for IBS, however, if you have SIBO, general store bought probiotics like acidophilus lactobacillus may exacerbate the bacteria problem and your symptoms may get worse.
With a couple of fairly simple lab tests we can often potentially get to the cause of many of your IBS symptoms.
Every single person and every single digestive system is different !
The 4R’s Gut Repair
The main aim of what I offer is based on the principles of the 4R’s Gut Repair.
REMOVE – Bad foods/stress/bugs/bacteria/parasites including detox support.
RESTORE – Digestive function with stomach acid, pancreatic and gallbladder support.
REPOPULATE – With fermented foods, probiotics and prebiotics.
REPAIR – Your gut has been through the mill! Even when the infection has gone, inflammation can remain and often take longer to heal. You need to now repair the damaged gut lining – Common sense would suggest that the mucosal lining will take time to regenerate after being damaged by certain bad bugs and their toxins
Why is Testing so expensive!?!?
Unfortunately the laboratories set their prices and I cant do anything about that. Some UK clinics charge hundreds for consultation fees so i have tried to keep my price reasonable in comparison. I have spent thousands myself, on testing, supplements and then two years of Functional Medicine Training because I got nowhere with the medical profession and i know what it is like to suffer 'IBS' for many years.
Unfortunately the laboratories have their prices and there is nothing I can do about those! However, it is often for that very reason that people have wasted hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds, that many people just want to be tested as soon as possible, especially if their symptoms began after they experienced digestive symptoms following foreign travel.
In the Resources section there is a lot of information and links that you can take your time to read through, “digest” and make informed decisions about your own health.
There is a reading list with some fantastic resources that you may not have heard of. I suggest websites to look at with details of SIBO, different diets such as AIP, Fast Tract, Low Fodmap, SCD, and stress reducing lifestyle advice. I suggest free tests you can get through your GP (UK). Often, making many of these changes can have a dramatic effect on symptoms (like removing gluten, dairy, introducing daily meditation etc) but if you would prefer someone to guide you and would like to try and find the route cause of your digestive symptoms then please make a consultation with me, either in person (Bromley/South London), phone or Skype. Click here for information about tests I can offer you.
I will require you to complete a health consultation form and a food diary prior to your appointment. If you have a recent full blood count test with your ferritin/folate levels I would like to see this too.
For details how to contact me to make an appointment please click here.