Gastroenterologist Dr. Rahbar Advises Patients to Take a Gluten Sensitivity Test in Los Angeles

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Dr. Rahbar of LA Integrative GI Warns Patients on the Potential Danger of an Unnecessary Gluten-Free Diet

Farshid Sam Rahbar MD
For certain people, gluten can worsen their allergies or cause autoimmune problems, which leads them to consider a gluten-free diet.

Board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Farshid Rahbar, of Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition, advises patients to take gluten sensitivity tests before going on a gluten-free diet, as it can negatively affect a patient’s health.

“For certain people, gluten can worsen their allergies or cause autoimmune problems, which leads them to consider a gluten-free diet,” says Dr. Rahbar. “However, this diet can actually have negative effects on certain people, which is why it’s critical to speak with a gastroenterologist before changing your diet.”

A former study has shown that patients who elect to go gluten-free are more likely to eat less fiber, calcium, and iron, and consume more fat, becoming overweight in the process.

“For people who suffer from celiac disease or wheat allergies, a gluten-free diet can be highly-effective in treating gastrointestinal problems,” says Dr. Rahbar. “For others, however, it’s important to undergo a gluten sensitivity test before taking any drastic measures regarding a diet change.”

At Los Angeles Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Dr. Rahbar and his team of experts provide patients with gluten sensitivity tests, as well as tests for a number of intestinal issues. Using a combination of Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Rahbar provides his patients with a sense of relief from their uncomfortable, often debilitating conditions.
“At LA Integrative GI, we believe that a ‘whole person’ approach to the body is critical when treating symptoms,” says Dr. Rahbar. “Often, seemingly unrelated pains or body issues can be treated through the proper treatment of the gut and digestive system. The end result is a patient who feels healthier and happier than before.”

Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP, ABIHM, is a Los Angeles gastroenterologist at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 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.

Beyond his excellent analytic results, he also delivers over 20 years of experience in technical aspects of gastroenterology, namely colonoscopy and endoscopy. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Rahbar is a member of La Peer Health Systems, an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, CA.

To learn more about Dr. Farshid Rahbar and LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition, visit:

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