Over twenty years ago, I began to teach Total Digestive Repair. I taught doctors and lay people, alike. It was always a comprehensive total digestive system approach to resolving digestive-related health challenges.
Withing that context, addressing intestinal dysbiosis, or an overgrowth of bugs that don’t belong in the digestive tract, that occurs while an undergrowth of the bugs that do belong there, plays an important role in total digestive repair. It’s just that it is not the only problem, and often it is not the originating offense.
There, I said it. The bugs are a symptom, and a piece of the puzzle, but they are not the end-all-be-all.
One of the things that people currently chase, in the fad diagnosis market, as the end-all-be-all, is simply a small part of a larger puzzle. A small part of what I have been teaching, for more than two decades, is called “small intestinal bowel overgrowth”, now popularly referred to by its acronym SIBO.
Yes, SIBO is real. Yes, it is associated with a set of very uncomfortable symptoms. But, no, it is not a diagnosis in-and-of-itself, if you are looking to permanently resolve digestive health challenges.
Why is this so important? Because SIBO occurs precisely because the digestive system isn’t healthy, and not the other way around. Therefore, no effort to rid the body of SIBO will have any lasting benefits, as long as the digestive system, in total, remains in the same shape that allowed the SIBO to set up in the first place. Why? Because the microorganisms, or “bugs” associated with SIBO are considered “opportunistic”. That means that they only take over and cause problems in an environment that offers them the “opportunity” to do so. In this case, an unhealthy digestive system is the perfect environment to foster this overgrowth.
If you have gotten so far as to understand the merits of natural medicine, don’t simply chase symptoms more naturally, go the extra mile, treat the cause and restore your health. It is SO much better than managing disease, long term, no matter how natural the symptom managers may be.
That’s what makes Naturopathic Medicine uniquely valuable. Treat the cause, strategic natural medicine. So much more than functional or integrative. Take care out there.