What do you think is root cause of your digestion problem?
Maybe you have done some research and are familiar with digestion problems like:
- Leaky Gut
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- Food Allergies or Food Sensitivities
- Dysbiosis: imbalance of the Gut Flora or the Microbiome (the microbes living in your digestive tract)
Any one of these or combination of these problems can cause digestion problems.
2 major questions that must be answered when treating digestion problems:
What is your diagnosis?
Maybe you have a leaky gut; but how do you know? Maybe you have food allergies; but how do you know if you have them and if so, which foods? How do you arrive at a diagnosis? In functional medicine we use objective, diagnostic tests to arrive at a diagnosis. Many times we discover more than one diagnosis. You could have overgrowth of harmful bacteria or yeast in the gut and food sensitivities. So the first step is to know WHAT you are treating…the diagnosis.
How to treat the diagnosis?
Once you know what you are treating, the next step is to find out how to fix it. Do you need to make diet changes? If so, what should you
change? If have SIBO how do you change the environment of the bowel so it goes away and more importantly, does not come back again? These are the questions that go through the mind of a functional medicine doctor. Another VERY IMPORTANT part of treating a digestion problems is a thorough understanding of HOW the digestive system work and the relationships of its various parts. Such as how would a lack of stomach acid contribute to low digestive enzyme release from the pancreas or prevent the reversal of a leaky gut? What factors would need to be considered if your gallbladder has been removed and the impact that could have on the beneficial bacteria in your intestines?
It’s usually not as simple as making a few changes to the diet and taking a probiotic. If it were, you would not need the help of a functional medicine doctor near you.
Your digestive system is very complex and there are influencing factors within the digestive tract and outside the digestive tract.
What we help?
We help restore function to various systems of your body and the digestive system is fundamental to overall body health.
How we help?
We help our patients by first listening to them. We want to understand what is important to them and what they hope to change about their health. Then we work to diagnose the exact problem and create plan to store normal function in the body again.
Who we help?
We help those that live in and around Naperville (our office is in Naperville). We have patients from cities all around Chicagoland and neighboring states; we even have patients from other countries. I much prefer face to face interaction with my patients; I believe it is important for the doctor-patient and patient-practice relationship. I consider all of the cities and towns around us “our community” and want to help our community restore its health and quality of life. It does not matter if you are from Glen Ellyn or Orland Park we consider you as part of “our community.”
Contact our office to see how we might be able to help you.
The purpose of functional medicine is:
Understanding health problems, knowing how and where to investigate, understanding what to look for, understanding what is found and creating a plan of action to correct the root cause of the health problem.
This is what I do, this is what I love, this is functional medicine, this is why Naperville Integrated Wellness exists.
I hope you have found value in this information.
I wish you health, happiness and a better quality of life!
If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com
Do your own research, inform yourself and ask lots of questions. When collecting information, you MUST consider the source. There is no shortage of false, misleading, outdated, profit-driven and utterly biased information in healthcare today; even from the most respected sources and organizations.
This approach to healthcare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease. Why? The FDA enforces its position that these words can only be used with drugs. This approach does not use drugs.