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23Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Bile and Enzymes

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As the small intestine is actually an alkaline environment or “terrain” this another part of how our bodies reduce the growth of bacteria. All bacteria, just like all enzymes in our bodies, require a certain pH (acid base balance) in order to grow or work. Altering the pH of the intestinal environment can favour certain bacteria to grow, and those bacteria actually produce more acid, which favours even more growth. This is why hydrogen (a measure of acidity) is actually a part of SIBO testing. High hydrogen levels are actually […]
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19Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Stomach Acid

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Stomach Acid As outlined in the “psychiatry” associated causes of SIBO article, digestive deficiencies are strongly correlated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. In fact, it is highly unlikely that bacteria would be able to grow in the harsh environment of the upper small intestine (duodenum), as seen in some people, without significant digestive dysfunction. Stomach acid and bile are strong opposing substances that help to sterilize the intestines from bacteria on our food, as well as provide digestive support for both proteins and fats, respectively. The most common cause of […]
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16Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Genetics

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Genetics is an area of medicine that fascinates me. As a biochemistry student we are taught that our bodies operate at 100% efficiency. This is simply not the case, but for educational purposes you are not exposed to the truth when learning the many hundreds of cool enzymatic reactions that are occurring in our bodies at any given time. Genetics in undergraduate studies is similar. Sure there are a few genetic complications that are taught in pre-medicine but nothing remotely like what occurs in really life! Although this area fascinates […]
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12Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Psychiatry

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Further causes of SIBO, beyond the most established theory of post-infectious gastroenteritis, vary significantly. Clinically I have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of cases of dysbiosis and have correlated many associated causes which are supported by research. All of these associated causes have an effect on the “terrain” in the digestive system, which as discussed in my last article is critical in setting up the environment for SIBO. Before getting into the details, I think a definition of Dysbiosis is important. Dysbiosis simply refers to a microbial imbalance inside the […]
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9Nov, 2015

What causes SIBO?

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SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and is an emerging cause of many different health conditions. Estimated to affect (or infect as the case may be) 3 to 30% of the population, SIBO is an area of medicine that I have believed for many years will be considered the “missing link” in the causes of many diseases. Bacteria in the small intestine can over grow for a number of reasons however once the bacteria have established themselves it is quite difficult to get rid of them, which is inevitably […]
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2Nov, 2015

Hello World! The SIBO Clinic

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I am excited to announce the start of the SIBO Testing and Treatment Clinic in the greater Vancouver area. Please visit our new website, like us on facebook or follow us on twitter. Our mission, as always, is to provide “great health through good digestion” and my goal is to be the most comprehensive clinical source of information for testing and treatment of SIBO in North America. Once again, SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and has clinical significance in a host of health conditions outlined below. Westcoast Integrative […]
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