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DR. TONI BARK

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Comprehensive Gastro-Intestinal Health Program

GI health

The gastro-intestinal system is a complex set of organs responsible for digestion, nutritional absorption, and waste elimination. Symptoms of gastro-intestinal disease or inflammation are hard to miss. Many people suffer from chronic constipation, diarrhea and abdominal cramping, yet they are unaware of the cause for their discomfort. Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between GI health and the body’s immune system. When the ‘gut’ is not well, neither is the rest of the body.

Did you know…

that an estimated 1 in 5 Americans has an inflamed, diseased, or imbalanced gastro-intestinal system? Many turn to over-the-counter medications that alleviate symptoms without addressing the underlying problem. In some cases, digestive issues become so severe, that they develop into serious diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, and acid reflux.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I might have a GI problem?

You may benefit from a gastro-intestinal health program if you:
Feel sluggish
Have frequent fatigue
Have bowel movements less than once per day
Have irregular bowel movements
Experience discomfort or bloating after eating
Have been diagnosed with a gastro-intestinal disease
Experience heartburn or indigestion
Even if you do not have these symptoms, a GI health analysis may be right for you. Often, complications of the gastro-intestinal system lead to symptoms in other areas of the body, such as skin rashes and anxiety disorders.

Why take a holistic approach to GI health instead of use medications to find relief?

Even if you find your symptoms to be ‘manageable’, unusual GI systems are a sign that your body is not as healthy as it could be. Holistic medicine treats you as a whole, not a set of symptoms. We get to the bottom of your GI problems, whether it is toxicity, food intolerance, allergic reactions, or chronic infection. By eliminating the source of the problem, we can prevent GI issues from worsening or developing into a more serious problem, such as an auto-immune disease.

What should I expect from your gastro-intestinal health program?

Our GI program is unlike the treatment options available from traditional practitioners. We work to locate the source of our patients’ GI issues, whether it is dietary, environmental, or some other related cause. We then establish a plan for removing GI toxins from each patient’s diet and managing food sensitivities, such as gluten or dairy intolerance. Finally, we incorporate natural healing techniques that help lower inflammation, boost immunity, and allow the body to make a full recovery.