Digestion Treatment

IBS, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease

Problems with proper digestion are very common in Canada today, with many people suffering from chronic constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux & heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Celiac disease, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcers. Whether you have a pre-diagnosed digestive concern or you’re experiencing uncomfortable abdominal symptoms and don’t know their cause, we can help.

Upon your initial consultation, Dr. Guthrie will assess whether you’d benefit from our 4R Digestion Program Using nutritional therapy as a foundation, we support, heal and regulate your digestive tract using a combination of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and lifestyle counselling.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis worldwide and is estimated to affect 13-20% of Canadians. It is more common in women than in men and while it can be found in children, it is often first identified in adolescence.

IBS is a chronic functional gastrointestinal syndrome with symptoms that include abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and altered bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea, or alternating between the two extremes. We call it a “functional” disorder because there is no sign of disease when the colon is examined, even though patients certainly experiences uncomfortable symptoms.

What Causes IBS?

IBS is not caused by a singer factor; it is a complex disorder with many potential underlying causes including: infection, unbalanced gut bacteria, food allergies or sensitivities, certain medications, surgery, low-grade inflammation, childhood nutrition and emotional trauma. Persistent stress, depression or anxiety often exacerbate and intensify IBS symptoms.

What Causes IBS Symptoms?

1. People with IBS have altered patterns of intestinal muscle contraction (motility).

There are many triggers that cause dysfunction of the intestinal muscles. It has been found that the intestinal muscle of a person with IBS begins to spasm after only mild stimulation. People with IBS seem to have a colon that is more sensitive and reactive than usual, so it responds strongly to stimuli that would not bother most people. Ordinary events such as stress, eating and distention from gas or food can cause the colon to overreact in people with IBS. Certain foods and medicines, such as antibiotics, may trigger spasms in some people. Sometimes the spasm delays the passage of stool, leading to constipation, and sometimes the spasm causes increased movement through the colon resulting in diarrhea.

2. People with IBS are more sensitive to pain within the digestive tract.

The brains of people with IBS tend to process sensory information from the digestive tract differently than people who don’t have IBS. Additionally, stress, anxiety and depression influence the perception of pain.

How is IBS Diagnosed?
How does Stress Affect IBS?
How does a Nutrition Help IBS?
IBS Treatment

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The most common areas of inflammation for people with Crohn’s disease are the last part of the small intestine (ileum) and the colon. Inflammation may be confined to the bowel wall, which can lead to scarring, or inflammation may spread through the bowel wall.

What are the Symptoms?
What Causes Crohn’s Disease?
What Complications can Crohn’s Disease Cause?
How is Crohn’s Disease Treated?
How Can Nutrition Help Crohn’s Disease?
What Lifestyle Changes Help Crohn’s Disease?
How does Stress Affect Crohn’s Disease?

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease that affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It occurs through continuous stretches of your colon, unlike Crohn’s disease, which occurs anywhere in the digestive tract and often spreads deeply into the affected tissues.

What are the Symptoms?
What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?
What Complications can Ulcerative Colitis Cause?
How is Ulcerative Colitis Treated?
How Can Nutrition Help Ulcerative Colitis?
What Lifestyle Changes Help Ulcerative Colitis?
How does Stress Affect Ulcerative Colitis?

Celiac disease

Celiac disease is a condition triggered by the consumption of grains containing “gluten”. Simply put, in celiac disease the immune system reacts negatively to the presence of gluten in the diet causing damage to the inner lining of the small bowel which reduces your ability to absorb nutrients.

The gluten-containing grains that trigger celiac reactions include wheat, durum, spelt, kamut, barley, rye, and triticale. Therefore, many commonly eaten foods trigger intestinal damage including bread, pasta, cookies, muffins and pizza crust.

What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?
What Causes Celiac Disease?
How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?
How is Celiac Disease Treated?
What Else Can I Do to Support Healing and Reduce Celiac Symptoms?