Ever wonder why you have to take a drug to control heartburn? Is it really normal to have bloating, belching, and/or gas after you eat? Did you know that a healthy digestive tract passes stool twice a day? Do you suffer from nausea for no good reason? Did you know that irritable bowel syndrome is not a true disease but a grouping of symptoms caused by several different gut disturbances?
When your doctor prescribed that purple pill for your heartburn, he might have neglected to inform you that long-term use of drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and Aciphex impairs your ability to digest proteins; Increases your risk of osteoporosis and stomach cancer; reduces your absorption of iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, and chromium; and causes vitamin B12 deficiency, charley horses, hair loss, food and drug allergies, acne, eczema, asthma, and a whole lot more problems. Nobody taught us these things in medical school, and drug reps don’t exactly go out of their way to inform us of the risks of their products.
When you take over-the-counter or prescription drugs for gas, diarrhea, or constipation, you are merely covering up annoying symptoms while ignoring the underlying causes of these problems. Unfortunately, those drugs have long-term risks of their own.
Owing to advanced post-graduate studies in functional medicine, Dr. Andrew and associates understand that gastrointestinal symptoms are more than mere annoyances. Rather, they are warning signs that digestion, absorption, and elimination are not functioning correctly. Unfortunately, gut dysfunction leads to other problems, like depression, cancer, allergies, skin rashes, obesity, fatigue, and so forth.
We utilize sophisticated tests, targeted supplements, and select drugs to address the underlying causes of these symptoms instead of merely suppressing them. Many of these causes are not detected by routine testing performed by hospital laboratories or even traditional commercial labs. We are fortunate to have relationships with several specialty laboratories that offer the kind of advanced testing that enables us get to the bottom of perplexing problems.
Some of the common underlying causes we treat include yeast overgrowth, parasites, gut dysbiosis, stomach acid deficiency, pancreatic (digestive) enzyme deficiency, food allergies, intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut), and liver toxicity.