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It is estimated that between 25 and 45 million Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Of those, 2 out of 3 sufferers is female. The onset of IBS can occur any time between adolescence and adulthood with no known cause at this time. That said, scientists and medical professionals believe the condition to be a disturbance in the interaction between the gut, brain and nervous system that can change the regulation of bowel motor and sensory function. In addition to the host of symptoms most sufferers experience, some patients can have coexisting disorders that exacerbate their IBS symptoms and others can show signs of altered gut immune activation, intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and even undesirable changes in gut bacteria.
The physical symptoms of IBS tend to make those with the condition not only physically uncomfortable but emotionally and socially, as well. Much time is missed from work and school, and “bathroom mapping” becomes part of making plans anytime the sufferer leaves the house. In total, IBS can have a giant, negative impact on quality of life for those with the condition.
That’s why, at Alternative Family Medicine & Chiropractic, we take a different approach to treating IBS. We work with each patient individually to identify triggers that make symptoms worse. We can, and often do, order food sensitivity testing and full GI panels that help identify yeast, parasites, bacteria, viruses and leaky gut, which contribute to food allergies. In fact, we find that nearly all IBS sufferers have gluten sensitivities they may not have known about. We then offer nutritional counseling to our patients to help ease the transition into dietary changes, based directly off their blood work, thus creating a completely custom treatment program. We also consider specific lifestyle modifications to help in the process. Therapeutic-grade herbal supplementation is often recommended, in particular, compounds that are anti-inflammatory in nature, instead of steroids that are often prescribed (but that often have many unwanted side effects, themselves). We take treating IBS very seriously, because when left untreated IBS can be the first step towards other, more complicated autoimmune/GI disorders, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. We often find that when patients manage their IBS early on with the methods mentioned above, they begin to start feeling relief in as little as 4 weeks! Don’t suffer any longer – schedule your appointment today!

-Shireen Wright

I have struggled with Candida in my gut for over 20 years. It turned into Candida Overgrowth after taking an antibiotic about six years ago. I have changed so much physically and mentally/emotionally over the last six years… For the worst! It’s been a drastic transition. I’ve worked with two different functional doctors to no avail! I heard about Dr. Ann Barter on the wellness mama podcast, and I felt like all that she shared genuinely resonated with my symptoms! I had an appointment within less than two weeks, she listened to me, she CORRECTLY diagnosed me, helping me realize that I was exposed to mold in the past, and that has been the source of other health problems, including the Candida!!! I’m only two months into my detox with Dr. Barter, and I feel like I felt 6 years ago when I had tons of energy, felt great and looked great! Just in the last two months, I have gained energy, lost weight, lost that fluffy bloated feeling that I’ve lived with for YEARS, I have no more headaches, my breath is better, my facial acne is disappearing, I’m back to doing high energy weight workouts, my thinking is clearer, I’m able to stay on task during the day, my hair is not falling out as much as it used to, my fingernails are stronger, my appetite and cravings are suppressed, and all of this has been treated NATURALLY! No “medications!” It’s been a genuine, healthy detox, and I am PROUD and honored that Dr. Barter took me on as a patient! I highly highly recommend working with her! I’m still stunned at how quickly my life has changed to being better than even before! I am eternally grateful! Thank you, Dr. Barter!!!!!!!!!