Gastrointestinal Disorders

What is Diverticulitis?


Diverticulitis is often caused by a low-fiber diet. Without fiber, the colon has to work harder than normal to push the stool forward which can cause pouches to form in weak spots along the colon.

Diverticulitis Symptoms

Diverticulitis symptoms may last from a few hours to several days and may include:

  • Stomach pain, usually in the left lower side
  • Bloating and stomach gas
  • Fever and chills
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of appetite

Causes of Diverticulitis

When naturally weak places in the colon give way under pressure, they cause pouches to protrude through the colon wall. These pouches can range from pea-size to much larger and are formed by increased pressure on weakened spots of the intestinal walls by gas, waste, or liquid. Diverticulitis happens when feces get trapped in the pouches, leading to inflammation or infection.

Diverticulitis Diagnosis

Diverticulitis doctors will often order diagnostic procedures which can be invasive and can be somewhat traumatic for the patient as they may involve a lighted scope being inserted into the patient’s rectum. Other diverticulitis diagnosis procedures may involve a fine needle aspiration or biopsy needle being inserted into the patient. These procedures include colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

At LifeWorks Wellness Center, our diverticulitis diagnosis approach is different. Firstly, the symptoms that the patient is presenting with will be evaluated, and not just the obvious ones such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea and cramps.

Then a functional evaluation will be performed to assess the functioning of each organ that may be potentially contributing to the symptoms. This is important since the dysfunction of an organ can be as symptomatic as a disease of one. The patient will then be evaluated to see what kind of nutritional supplementation will be required to bring the organ function back into alignment. A functional stool test may also be ordered to evaluate the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, e.g. Is there inflammation in gut, what is the enzyme activity in the pancreas, is bacterial overgrowth or parasites present and what is the immune status in the gut?

Natural Diverticulitis Treatment

At LifeWorks Wellness Center, once the diagnosis described above has been made, natural diverticulitis treatment will then be offered. Natural diverticulitis treatment is tailored specifically to each individual patient and will involve testing to see which nutritional supplements they will respond best to, in order to rebalance the gastrointestinal tract. There may be multifactorial issues which may be setting off a “chain reaction” throughout the body and so it is important to handle all components of these multiple issues, to ensure the body begins to heal properly.

Clearwater & Tampa, FL.’s Best Diverticulitis Doctor

LifeWorks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering natural diverticulitis treatment for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from it. Our patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering solutions to diverticulitis and natural medicine for diverticulitis where they live.

We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient, or for more information, feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web inquiry with your request.

Dr. Minkoff

About Dr. Minkoff

In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.