With Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc
Have you heard of the miracle healing powers of the GAPS diet or Specific Carbohydrate Diet?
Dr. Siebecker goes beyond the GAPS diet to explain the recent research on Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and it’s role in the most common digestive disorders today.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
$150 for the one-day class
7 CEUs available, including one pharmacy CEU
This class will be available as a live webinar for the same price. Register here for the webinar.
National College of Natural Medicine
049 Porter St., Portland, OR
This class will expand upon the one-hour lecture given at the AANP Convention with a full description of testing, dietary treatments, probiotics, and other treatments, and will include food tasting.
Medical researchers have discovered a digestive condition that affects 84 percent of Americans with IBS. It’s called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and the most common symptoms are constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal discomfort — symptoms that fuel the multi-billion-dollar drug industry. SIBO has also been linked with:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD)
- Food intolerances
- Candida overgrowth
- Restless leg syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis
- Leaky gut
“Most practitioners are aware of dysbiosis and the role of probiotics,” says Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc, a Portland-area doctor who has studied the condition extensively and is writing a book on the topic. “However the emphasis is on the large intestine. The profoundly negative impacts of SIBO stem from bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, an area that goes largely undiagnosed and untreated in both natural and conventional medicine. In fact, some researchers believe probiotics can actually make SIBO worse.”
The good news, says Siebecker, is that SIBO has become the focus of medical research, most of which has been done in the last five years. Treatment options include a specific diet and the use of particular antibiotics, motility agents, a medical drink (elemental formula), and nutritional compounds. Simple, non-invasive assessments are now available, the most common being a breath test. At the class, Siebecker will unveil a more nutritious and wholesome alternative to the medical drink used by researchers to treat SIBO.
The SIBO diet typically must be followed for about a year, however newer clinical evidence shows the other therapies can shorten this time period dramatically. Diets that address SIBO are the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), and Cedars-Sinai Diet. Siebecker will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various diets and share the best recipe books and resources.
“The important thing about SIBO is that this is not a theoretical model,” says Siebecker. “The research has revealed scientifically what underlies such common chronic disorders as leaky gut, constipation, and bloating. It is also the subject of a book, The IBS Solution, by medical doctor Mark Pimentel. When practitioners and their patients keep hitting dead-ends in the treatment of chronic GI conditions, focusing on SIBO can be truly revolutionary.”
The class will include:
- Samplings of foods approved on an SIBO diet
- Notes and resources
- Siebecker’s recipe for a natural and more economical alternative to the SIBO medical drink
- How bacteria damage SI mucosa and cause leaky gut
- The relation of candida to SIBO
- Fibromyalgia, rosacea, restless leg syndrome and SIBO
- The proper preparatory diet for the SIBO breath test
- Interpreting breath test results, including false negatives
- What is bloating
- How does SIBO cause constipation and diarrhea
- The differences between cow and goat milk
- Why dairy can cause mucus
- Which dairy foods are actually lactose-free
- The best foods for a gut in crisis
- How to handle the patient who is allergic to everything
- Best web site references for patients
- How to make yogurt and fermented vegetables at home
- What brands to buy
- Replacing grains with nut flour/best subs for pasta
- The difference between the SCD and GAPS diet
- How to get started on the diets
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe the symptoms, etiology, and pathophysiology of SIBO.
- Correlate SIBO with established diseases and syndromes.
- Understand and be able to immediately apply diagnosis and treatment approaches for SIBO.
Who should attend?
Health practitioners who are interested in gastroenterology, nutrition, functional medicine, or practical approaches to digestive ailments. The revolutionary material presented in this class can help a tremendous number of patients and digestive sufferers—please invite your friends and colleagues. This class will be technical and oriented to health care practitioners, however non-practitioners are welcome to attend.
About the speaker
Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc, is a 2005 graduate of The National College of Naturopathic Medicine where she earned both her Naturopathic Doctorate and her Masters in Oriental Medicine. She has a 22-year career in the nutritional field. She received the Best in Naturopathy award from the Townsend Letter for her 2005 article “Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease.” Dr. Siebecker specializes in treating SIBO at the NCNM clinic in Portland Or and is writing a book on small intestine bacterial overgrowth, synthesizing all the data into one comprehensive source. www.siboinfo.com
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