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What is SIBO?
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a chronic bacterial colonization of the small intestine. These bacteria normally live in the gastrointestinal tract, however, in SIBO they have overgrown in a location not meant for so many bacteria. The bacteria interfere with our normal digestion and absorption of food and are associated with damage to the lining or membrane of the small intestine. These mechanisms in turn lead to myriad other disorders—gastrointestinal, systemic, and neurological.
SIBO: A new clinical approach to IBS and modern health disorders
IBS, one of the most common and difficult-to-treat conditions today, typically has its roots in SIBO. Affecting more than 60 million Americans, IBS symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. Research and clinical applications for SIBO unravel the mysteries of IBS with an astounding success rate.
These evidence-based approaches not only manage a significant portion of IBS cases, but also associated disorders, including autoimmune diseases, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, diabetes, IBD, skin disorders, GERD, Lyme, lactose intolerance, and many more.
SIBO popularity growing among patients
The topics of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and the influence of gut bacteria on brain and body health are becoming popular today. The national media has turned its spotlight on our gut bacteria and its influence on IBS, depression, anxiety, pain, obesity, immune health, and more, with stories appearing in The New York Times, Scientific American, Wired Magazine, and major news outlets. A SIBO-oriented Facebook page has almost 30,000 likes and the numbers of books, websites, and products devoted to SIBO diets are blossoming.
Patient demand for medical or holistic guidance is woefully unmet as few practitioners understand the basic principles of SIBO or effective treatments for IBS. Patients need access to testing, pharmaceutical and botanical management, and experienced guidance through qualified health care practitioners.
Expand your clinical knowledge by joining NCNM and the SIBO Center in welcoming the leading experts in the field as they share their knowledge on the relationship between SIBO, IBS, and associated conditions.