Intestinal Microbe Imbalance Source of IBS and Bloating

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Farshid Rahbar of LA Integrative GI & Nutrition Comments on Study Linking Gut Health to Microbial Diversity

Farshid Sam Rahbar MD
These findings support the notion that gut health and a proper diet can be incredibly effective means of disease management, especially when it comes to IBS.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects a patient’s large intestine, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, and most commonly, bloating. In the past, IBS was primarily considered to be a psychological condition brought on by stress and anxiety; however, new research has definitively linked IBS to an imbalance of gut microbia, microorganisms responsible for gut health and diversity.

At the Gut Microbia for Health World Summit in Miami, FL, researchers presented findings that linked irritable bowel syndrome to gut microbial alterations. The microorganisms that compose microbia – bacteria, archaea, and fungi – were found to contribute to the development of the disease, as well as affect a patient’s overall health and well-being if shown to be imbalanced.

“These findings support the notion that gut health and a proper diet can be incredibly effective means of disease management, especially when it comes to IBS,” said Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP, ABIHM of LA Gastroenterology & Nutrition. “These findings will allow for better treatment and more accurate diagnosis for the 1 in 5 people who suffer from the condition, allowing them to live healthier lives free from the pain and discomfort associated with IBS.”

For many years, the lack of abnormalities within the bowels led many people to consider IBS a psychological disorder, leading to unsatisfactory treatment for patients suffering from the condition. With this new information linking microbe imbalance to health and disease development, gastrointestinal doctors have new methods and treatment options at their disposal, allowing them to treat the root cause of the issue.

“This research supports the views that we at LA Integrative have held for a long time: that gut integrity and intestinal bacteria can lead cause disorders affecting a patient’s digestive system,” said Dr. Rahbar. “With this information, gastroenterologists can better treat Irritable bowel syndrome and its symptoms, such as bloating.”

In addition to bloating, symptoms of IBS include the following:

  •     Gas
  •     Abdominal pain
  •     Diarrhea or constipation

At LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Dr. Rahbar and his staff perform various tests to diagnose a patient’s abdominal boating and excess gas problems, including an intestinal breath test and Heidelberg pH test. Using these methods, gut microbia balance can be measured, providing patients with treatment and healing that is unique to their particular issue.

Farshid Sam Rahbar, MD, FACP, ABIHM, is a Los Angeles gastroenterologist at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition. He incorporates anti-aging and functional medicine for an integrative-holistic approach to digestive care. Dr. Rahbar’s 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 analytical skills, Dr. Rahbar 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.

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