Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “All disease starts in the gut.” Naturopathic medicine really shines when it comes to solutions for digestive complaints and promoting digestive wellness and current research seems to be finally catching up to what Naturopathic Doctors have been promoting about gut health for over two centuries.
We now have a greater understanding of how much our health and wellbeing is affected by our diet and the role our digestive tract plays in immunity, inflammation, our moods and mental state, and overall health. The intestinal microbiome affects nearly all aspects of our health and wellness.
Modern living with all its stress and challenges, and diets divorced from nature and whole foods are having negative effects on the state of our health. This is showing up in a myriad of digestive complaints:
Symptoms may include:
- Food intolerances
- Stomach pain
- Pain after eating
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal rumbling
- Flatulence and belching
- Constipation alternating with diarrhea
- Sugar cravings
- Ulcerations of the mouth, stomach, intestines, of colon
- Candida and bacterial overgrowth
In addition, we are seeing more and more serious diagnosis and pathologies in the digestive tracts of younger and younger people. Some examples are stomach and duodenal ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, gallstones, polyps, and colon cancer.
All these symptoms and pathologies indicate a deeply imbedded imbalance in the digestive tract, not just a transitory condition. Functional medicine testing, such as food sensitivity testing, celiac testing, and a comprehensive stool analysis, can help pinpoint the root cause of the disturbance and how it is manifesting in the body. Left untreated, gut imbalances can lead to chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation often becomes a negative feedback loop, leading to ever more serious pathology.
Dr. Holly's Approach to Digestive Complaints
Dr. Holly Castle a naturopathic doctor with almost three decades of experience. During her long career she has helped people with nearly every kind of digestive complaint you can list.
She seeks to identifying the underlying root cause or causes of an individual’s health complaints by assessing the symptoms and by utilizing and interpreting conventional blood work and functional medicine tests as indicated. Her goal is to provide safe, supportive, natural wellness solutions that improve digestive health as well as improve long term wellness outcomes.
Dr. Castle offers convenient and personalized healthcare in the comfort of your own home with Zoom appointments.