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Dublin Chiropractor | Dublin chiropractic care | CA | Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  Widenbaum Holistic Health Center

Dublin
   Pleasanton
 San Ramon

Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Allergy Elimination, Pain Relief, Metabolic Weight Loss, Non-Surgical Disc Decompression and Massage Therapy all under one roof!

925-829-8484

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
 

Imagine this!

Can you picture yourself in any of these scenarios???

***You are in a crowded restaurant trying to enjoy time with family or friends. Unfortunately, there is a wait to be seated. While everyone is enjoying themselves you have a sudden panic come over you as you realize there is line outside the restroom, as you say a silent prayer “Please -no attacks!” over and over again.

*** It is now just habit that the first thing you look for anywhere is a rest room and you don’t even realize it.

***“Why are you so quiet?” a friend asks. "No reason", you reply- while thinking to yourself how bad you hate living like this.

***Here, someone says, try one of these- they are delicious! You take a bite and you realize OH NO! I am going to regret this as your stomach begins to cramp and the feeling of a diarrhea attack immediately hits you.

Digestive trouble can be one of the most embarrassing and uncomfortable diseases a person can have. As you may know your life can be a wreck by not being able to go in public, due to an attack. Never enjoying life to the fullest or able to not go places where a bathroom is a few steps away or eating something and never knowing when the next “attack” will happen is NOT how you should have to live. I am here to tell you there is hope! I love treating these conditions because of the success of patients and the joy they used to have before these problems. They can enjoy life again without worry. They no longer have to buy those embarrassing “adult diapers”. If you or a loved one would like more information about our treatment, keep reading. If you suffer from

-Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort

-Abnormal stool frequency (greater than 3 bowel movements/day or less than 3 bowel movements/week

-Abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool)

-Abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete bowel movement)

-Bloating or feeling of abdominal distension

-Gassiness

-Feelings of urgency (the need to find a restroom fast)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS or spastic colon) is a diagnosis of exclusion. It is a disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits in the absence of any detectable organic cause. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved by bowel movements. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate IBS may begin after an infection, a stressful life event, or onset of maturity without any other medical indicators.

Although medical experts say there is no cure for IBS, I totally disagree-and so do my patients. There are treatments that attempt to relieve symptoms, including dietary adjustments, supplementation and medication. If you want to get rid of it you need to find out why you have it in the first place. The answer will surprise some and most already know but refuse to believe it. We find it and tell you. Most patients can start feeling relief in 2-6 weeks and following advice within 3 months can be clear of symptoms. There are a few “deal breakers” that may need to addressed first that prevent you from getting better. I look for those first to make an accurate diagnosis.

Several conditions may present as IBS including celiac disease (gluten intolerance), Fructose mal-absorption, mild infections, parasitic infections like giardiasis, several inflammatory bowel diseases, functional chronic constipation, and chronic functional abdominal pain. In IBS, routine clinical tests yield no abnormalities, though the bowels may be more sensitive to certain stimuli. The most common theory is that IBS is a disorder of the interaction between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract, and also be abnormalities in the gut flora or the immune system. This is why we perform a very though neurologic evaluation.

“Experts” say-notice that’s in quotes- that IBS does not lead to more serious conditions in most patients. But it is a source of chronic pain, fatigue, and other symptoms, and it increases a patient's medical costs, and contributes to work absenteeism. Again as I disagree, digestive issues are the cause of most chronic disease out there like auto immune conditions, thyroid diseases, arthritis, anemia, gastro-esophageal reflux(GERD), symptoms relating to the genitourinary system, psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, headache and backache and many more including something you may have not of heard of COLON CANCER!!! Did you know your gut is also called the 2nd brain? Believe it or not many patients with digestive problems do not even know they have a problem with their digestion because they have no bowel issues. Many times gut issues show up as multiple sclerosis, anxiety problems, inflammatory arthritis, depression, chronic neck or back pain, hormone problems and many others. In kids it can manifest as ADD/ADHD, asthma, allergies (adults too) and autistic disorders.

 

What makes our Program unique?

We use specific metabolic and neurological testing and treatments!

SO WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER DOCTOR THAT YOU HAVE SEEN?

I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE YOU THAT NO ONE HAS TOLD YOU WHAT I AM ABOUT TO TELL YOU…….This is how we really start digging in!

 

#1: We order SPECIFIC METABOLIC TESTING if you haven’t had any

 

First, after a very thorough consult we must see if you have 1 or more of the following 4 priorities:

1. Anemia

2. Blood Sugar Imbalances/adrenal

3. Liver/GI

4. EFA metabolism

These must be addressed first to get long-lasting results and permanent results.

There is 1 thing that Trumps all these and that is any

AUTO-IMMUNE CONDITION (AI).

AI is when the body attacks itself when it shouldn’t.

 

 

These include:

Hashimoto's’s (thyroid)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (joints)

Sjogren’s Syndrome (moisture producing glands)

Lupus (skin, joints, kidneys, other organs)

Multiple Sclerosis (brain and spinal cord)

Celiac Disease (intestinal tract)

Addison’s (adrenal gland)

Pernicious Anemia (RBC—B12)

Myasthenia Gravis (muscles)

Dermatomyositis (skin and muscles)

Raynaud’s (extremities)

Type 1 Diabetes (pancreatic function)

Scleroderma (connective tissue)

After your consult and reviewing your previous test we will determine the need for follow-up test to find the exact hidden cause of where your problems are coming from. These may include

#1: A thyroid panel

#2: A complete metabolic panel (CMP)

#3: A lipid panel

#4: A CBC (complete blood chemistry with auto differential)

We can evaluate most of the major organs to see if these are areas causing your problem or if these are affected by your problem and delaying healing. By addressing these issues we can help you to heal faster. The CMP also allows us to check your blood glucose levels since glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.

“My blood test were normal but I feel awful”

We look at functional ranges not lab values since these are measured by sick people averages and have a very large range. Let me explain…. Let’s say the normal height for a man is 5' 3" to 6' and normal weight is 130-200 lbs.

The lab would declare a 5’3 200 lb man equal to 6’ 130 lb man as being normal.

In the functional range we would understand that the first person is obese and the second is severely undernourished. This is pretty obvious but when addressing specific test such as thyroid for example. We find a wealth of information Most people are typically only evaluated and treated for one! That is why most people on thyroid meds have normal blood work but still feel awful. The thyroid is important but the liver, pancreas, blood, adrenal gland and digestive system are key components in successful thyroid management.

Glucose values (12 hour fasting):

Normal: 85-99 Anything outside of this range is abnormal!

If not you may have Hypoglycemia, Insulin resistance/pre-diabetes: or Occult Diabetes. A Blood Sugar problem is a major player that needs addressed in your health.

HA1c-This in an extremely important long term marker in blood sugar regulation and predictor of a Heart Attack!

Opt range is below 4.5, <4.0 is hypoglycemic tendencies

High HA1C without diabetes just about Guarantees you will have a heart attack if nothing in your life style changes.

 

2: Sensitivity Testing: to determine if you have a sensitivity to gluten (wheat, rye, oats, and barley), milk, eggs, yeast, and soy. If you are sensitive to ANY of these food groups, it could be making your Thyroid worse because it will increase inflammation in your brain and throughout your body! This may be the most important test you will ever do! If your body has reactions to certain foods, this can cause most if not all your symptoms; gluten is a very prevalent sensitivity. 80 % of food allergies cause other problems beside gastrointestinal problems. These include allergies, headache, adhd, anxiety, auto-immune conditions like your thyroid and MS and many more. I cannot stress the importance of this test!

Here are some of the symptoms of these sensitivities:

Chronic pain or fatigue

Frequent indigestion

Bloated after eating

Frequent loose bowel movements

Constipation

Mouth ulcers or sores

Vomiting

The only way to find out of you are suffering from any of these sensitivities is the run the test. We start with a CDSA.

CDSA: Comprehensive digestive stool analysis -This test is one of the main 3 tests we use to determine if the patient suffers from a variety of conditions including food sensitivities, parasites, bacteria, yeast, immune system suppression, leaky gut syndrome (LGS), and other valuable test so we can get you to feel better faster.

Leaky gut syndrome (intestinal hypermobility) describes a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, bugs or infection can lead to “holes in the lining of the intestines” This is actually the cause of most chronic disease. Allergies, food allergies, Chemical sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, asthma, arthritis, inflammatory pains, and anxiety are among the many problems caused by the leaky gut.

 

The worst symptom is the formation of antibodies. Sometimes these leak across and look similar to antigens on our own tissues especially the thyroid. Consequently, when an antibody is made to attack it, it also attacks our tissue. This is probably how autoimmune disease starts. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and especially thyroid problems, which are one of the most undiagnosed conditions in the US, and many others, are members of this ever-growing category of 'incurable' diseases.

#3: Adrenal Stress Index (ASI):

You can test the adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index. This is a salivary test much like DNA testing. The adrenal glands sit right above the kidneys and they are your “stress” organs meaning that they react to stress. If you have any reoccurring problems this is probably due to our current stressful society, this test is a must! Stress can be Physical, Emotional, Chemical, Electromagnetic, and just everyday routines cause us stress. If the patient suffers from insomnia, chronic reoccurring inflammation, diabetes, or stubborn belly fat this test is extremely valuable! It will measure their cortisol levels and DHEA levels.

#4: Immune Panels: Your condition could be caused by an autoimmune disorder. As you know, an autoimmune disorder is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body (nervous system, joints, connective tissue, thyroid, brain etc.) so we may test for specific antibodies to determine if you suffer from an autoimmune condition.

Immune Panels:

A: T and B Lymphocyte & NKC

B: Cytokine Panels—IL-2, TNF-Alpha, IL-4 and IL-10

C: Natural Killer Cell Activity

I don’t want to go into a lot of boring detail here. Basically there are two parts to the immune system, TH1 and TH2. TH1 is T-cells. T-cells are the army that attacks and cleans up afterward. These are the soldiers. TH2 is B-cells. B-cells make anti-bodies. They are the Generals. They tell T-cells what to kill. Too many or too few generals and too many or two few soldiers create havoc for your immune system.

If we suspect an auto immune disorder, since there are many scenarios, knowing the exact reason obviously is important. That is why taking immune supplements can make you worse. They could be fueling the fire! Depending on the individual condition we need to either support or suppress a certain immune problem. We won’t know until we test.

The immune panels give an in depth picture as to what is exactly happening with your immune system. If you are suffering from an auto-immune disorder, it obviously trumps everything and it must be the first thing to be addressed.

#5. HORMONE PANELS: We can check hormone panels to determine if the patient suffers from low testosterone in males or low estrogen/progesterone levels in females. Symptoms related to decreased hormone levels may include depression, fatigue, mental fogginess, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating attacks, weight gain, and decreased physical stamina.

#6: NEUROTRANSMITTERS: We test for decreased brain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are vital for proper brain function. Decreased neurotransmitters can cause increased pain.

#7: INFLAMMATION: Finally, we may need to test for inflammation in your system by testing Homocysteine levels and C - reactive protein (C-RP). Many patients suffering from chronic health conditions suffer from inflammatory processes. Just about every patient with chronic issues that I have treated suffers from some form of chronic inflammatory process.

The metabolic testing and treating we utilize is the focus of our IBS management. Frequently, most people have other issues such as pain, headaches, dizziness, structural imbalances, nervous system interference and may need more musculo-skeletal and neurological treatment which can help speed up the process in some cases.

 

SPECIFIC NEUROLOGICAL TESTING AND TREATMENTS:

#1: Enhanced Air:

Oxygen is fuel for your brain and nervous system. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive…..fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of OXYGEN AND GLUCOSE. By using oxygen, we will help you heal faster. By using exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT), we can increase firing to brain. By increasing firing of brain, we help MANY chronic conditions. Blood sugar, adrenal issues, life and everyday living causes stress to the body. Stress can cause free radicals (make you age rapidly) and they like to attach themselves to oxygen. If you put a pulse-oximeter on the finger, which we do, you’ll find that you may have 98% to 99% oxygen saturation. However, it’s like trying to get a date at a couple’s conference. When these free radicals attach themselves to the oxygen, the oxygen is now unavailable to the cell. This is the reason why Glutathione is so important during our treatment. (Oxygen therapy is ordered by an M.D)

#2: GLUTATHIONE:

We use Glutathione in our treatment of chronic conditions (along with other nutritional protocols). Glutathione is the “mother-load” of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals. These free radicals age your body and destroy cells. Glutathione cannot be taken orally in pill form as the body will not absorb it. We have seen miraculous changes in patient’s nationwide as a result of these specific Glutathione protocols.

Knowing exactly what your body needs will not only greatly improve your health but also save precious money on the things you don’t have to buy. How many "New Amazing Discovery Supplements" do you have in your cabinets that don’t work for you? Find out what you need exactly!

Besides the metabolic testing and treating we utilize

#3: Brain-Based Therapy (BBT):

What is BBT? It is a Functional Neurology based brain function treatment for acute and chronic conditions. It helps to stimulate or balance the 2 sides of the brain and cerebellum.

We use specific brain-based therapy such as:

Unilateral Brain Activation -This can be in many forms such as stimulating only 1 side of the brain or other therapies only on one side. This is specifically to activate just one side of the brain and cerebellum. This is a key treatment!

Vibration Therapy: Vibration fires the back part of the brain called the cerebellum. One of the functions of the cerebellum is control of the spinal muscle.

Sensory stimulation: This may include auditory (hearing), visual (eyes), olfactory (smell), and caloric (warm water stimulation in ear) to increase firing of brain. We use these effectively for patients with balance and dizziness problems.

Laser therapy: We use the light and laser in our office. Laser & Light therapy helps heal tissues.

Metronome: Sensory program that uses visual, auditory and motor stimulation to increase firing of the brain

Decision Time!

I would like to help you make a decision about your health. I am going to offer you to see how we can help you. Our normal fee for this evaluation is $197, when you call our office for your appointment let my staff know you read this report online, we will reduce your fee to $47 for your first 2 visits.

• The 2 Visits allows you to experience our office and meet with me without any risk.

• Visit #1: I will talk to you about your problem and collect any medical records and studies that you may have brought with you. We encourage you to bring any health records pertaining to your condition with you.

• Visit #2: After reviewing your records, I will let you know if I have decided to accept your case and what we need to do. Fees for care will be discussed at this time. If we accept your case, you make the decision if you would like to start care.

Ask yourself the following questions: REALLY ASK!

#1: How has your condition affected your relationships, finances, family, or other activities?

#2: What has it cost you in time, money, happiness, and sleep?

#3: Where do you picture yourself in the next one to five years if this problem is not taken care of soon?

#4: What is it worth to you if we could improve your condition? Are you willing to make some simple changes that will dramatically change your life?

Will my insurance cover the treatments?

Most insurance will not cover this type of care.

Every insurance policy is different and the staff at Dr. Widenbaums office will check on your insurance coverage. We will advise you of any coverage or limitations of coverage before any care is initiated.

How much do your treatments costs?

It varies due to individual patient findings. After a thorough review of your case, Dr. Widenbaum will determine the course of care for your specific case. Low monthly financing is available if needed.

Definition of Insanity-Doing the Same thing and expecting different results.

You will NEVER change your health without doing something different!

This is the place to visit to find out how our unique Neuro-Metabolic Treatment Method can help you.

Call me today and Start changing your life by improving your Health.

I look forward to meeting you!

Jonathan J. Widenbaum, D.PSc., CHNP, CNC, BCIM

This may be the last treatment you will ever need!

***Knowledge is Powerless without Action!***

The normal cost is $197. CALL 925-803-7546 now and get the first two visits for jsut $47! 

We do not claim to treat or heal any specific disease. The information here is not designed to diagnose or treat any problem. It is strictly for informational purposes only. We focus on improving your health and the imbalances that are affecting you. We do not declare to be better than any other provider just different in our approach and treatment.

 

 
 
 
Dublin Chiropractor | Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Dr. Dr. Jonathan Widenbaum is a Dublin Chiropractor.