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Student Club training with Dr. Blake Vickers

This week, Dr. Blake Vickers of The Wellness Way – Raleigh spoke to The Wellness Way student club about The Wellness Way Approach to IBS!

Dr. Blake Vickers, D.C. on “The Wellness Way Approach to IBS”

Just because something is common does not mean it is normal. If you look at the medical research, it says how common IBS is. But we disagree that it is normal.

There are four different types of IBS: Constipation, diarrhea, mixed, or unclassified. The medical approach for when a patient has IBS is used as a band-aid approach. They diagnose it and put the patient on medication or surgery. The flow usually goes something like this: diagnosis and put on an antacid. Then if that doesn’t work then they will try an immunosuppressant. Lastly, when they find out they are still having problems on an immunosuppressant they will then recommend surgery.

With The Wellness Way approach we are looking for three things that will trigger inflammation within the body. We call these the 3T’s thoughts, traumas and toxins. We want to know why there is inflammation there and where it is coming from. Gut infections, chronic stress, maldigestion, subluxation, food allergies, mold, metals, viral infection can all be stressors on the body. We can figure out some of these stressors by doing testing such as food allergies, stool testing, dutch, mold testing and more.

The stomach has two jobs. One is to break down protein and your food. The second is to sterilize your food to kill off any parasites, yeast, bacteria that may be on your food. Our stomach are mad to be acidic. Apple cider vinegar is great at supporting stomach acid.

When we have low stomach acid one might experience symptoms of bloating, gas, acid reflux, and gut issues. If you don’t have enough stomach acid it is going to lead to poor digestion which in turn can cause gut infections.

Some clinical pearls that were said:

  • If you see a lot of food allergies – this patient had 29 Food allergies then you want to think of poor digestion -low stomach acid, highly inflamed (autoimmune), parasites or mold toxicity especially if IgE allergies are present as well.
  • If someone has lots of nuts and seeds on a food allergy test think poor fat digestion which can indicate gallbladder or liver issues.
  • If there is baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast on a food allergy test this could indicate a yeast overgrowth.
  • What you might see on a stool test with someone who has IBS is that calprotectin and fecal secretory IgA can go up. Supplements to help support this and calm this down are Aloe vera juice, chamomile (avoid with ragweed allergy), slippery elm , L-Glutamine, finding and remove the triggers

Case #1

One case study we went over was a patient who was 24 years old who had been over exercising and was getting heart burn, bloating and gas. He was diagnosed with IBS that later turned into ulcerative colitis. He was pooping 15 times a day and bleeding as well. He didn’t have enough stomach acid, gut infections, yeast infections and parasites shown on a stool test.

Case #2

This case talked about a 27 yr old Patient who gets gas, bloating, poop 5 times a day, brain fog, forgetfulness and seizures. She used antacids for 3 years, was under chronic stress because she was a nurse that did overnight shifts, had terrible mold issues in the hospital she was at for 5 years.

Findings on mold test: were Orachratoxin A and Mycophnolic acid whcih can affects the intestines and hormones

Case #3

Female athlete who ran track and cross country was intermittent fasting, ate super healthy food and still had symptoms of gas, bloating, “why do I have IBS”, eczema and hormonal issues. Her stool test showed lots of bacterial overgrowths, three yeast overgrowths and cortisol was very high on her DUTCH.

Her treatment started with a no sugar diet, albizia, chamomile, Oregon grape, oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, California poppy, rehmannia, reduction of working out, and to get adjusted.

Submitted by Hailey Blythe

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