What is SIBO?

What is SIBO? So far in our discussions about comprehensive stool analyses, we have discussed a few different imbalances we can see in the gastrointestinal microbiome – growth of unwanted microbes/infectious organisms, lack of beneficial bacteria, and potentially pathogenic overgrowth of expected/commensal bacteria. Today we will be introducing a new imbalance: growth of normal/expected bacteria…

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Why Invest in a Stool Analysis?

Why Invest in a Stool Analysis? Symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and bloating are often placed under the umbrella term of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is a diagnosis often given after other pathologies have been ruled out. However, there are underlying causes of IBS that can go undetected in traditional testing such as…

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Flu Shot or Not?

Flu Shot or Not? Every year around this time I get the question from my patients about the flu shot. Let’s talk a little bit about the flu shot and some pros and cons. The flu shot was first developed as a live-attenuated (weakened live form of the virus) vaccine in the 1930’s. It then…

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