Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
In a newly released video on June 3rd, 2013 to YouTube, expert Gastroenterologist Dr. Farshid Sam Rahbar discusses cutting-edge tests for individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
“We provide intestinal breath testing and it is a valuable test evaluating a variety of symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, altered bowel habits, food allergies, food sensitivity, and autoimmune disorders. Intestinal breath testing can be done at our office, in other physicians' offices, or it can be done at a patient's own home.” says Dr. Farshid Sam Rahbar. SIBO intestinal breath testing works by measuring gases such as hydrogen and methane that are produced by intestinal bacteria on carbohydrates like sugars, starches, or vegetable fibers. These gases will then be reabsorbed into your blood stream which can then be measured through a person's breath.
Multiple studies have found that there is a important link between IBS cases having SIBO and that up to 80% of patients with IBS have SIBO. Researches have found that there is a statistically significant reduction of IBS symptoms after therapy treatment for SIBO. In an article titled “Methanobrevibacter smithii Is the Predominant Methanogen in Patients with Constipation-Predominant IBS and Methane on Breath” published in Volume 57 of Digestive Diseases and Sciences, in May of 2012, researchers studied the gut contents of over 300 people and found that just over one-third (37.5%) of IBS sufferers have SIBO and only 10% of patients without IBS had SIBO. Additionally, 60% of diarrhea-predominant IBS patients had SIBO.
Dr. Farshid Sam Rahbar explains that the process of intestinal breath testing is simple and non-invasive for patients. He advocates the importance of realizing the value of measuring Methane and CO2 because most health insurance companies only cover Hydrogen as a gas measurement. Although the procedure is simple, he also emphasizes that the actual measurement of the gases is complex and requires a high attention to detail.
Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP, ABIHM is a leading integrative gastroenterologist in Los Angeles. He incorporates anti-aging and functional medicine for an integrative-holistic approach to digestive care. His main clinical interests include consultative gastroenterology, internal medicine, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), clinical nutrition, occupational and environmental illnesses in relation to GI illness, preventive and functional medicine, toxic exposure and effects on the GI system, medical-legal services (AME), and clinical research. For more information visit http://www.laintegrativegi.com.