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Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth & Hormones: Optimum Health Report #360

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth & Hormones: Optimum Health Report #360

Dear Readers,

Greetings all!

This week the NY Times reported that (from Stat Morning Rounds Online)

Prominent cancer researcher quits after report on financial disclosures

The chief medical officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has resigned on the heels of a New York Times and ProPublica investigation that found he failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies on studies he authored in leading journals. ProPublica and the New York Times found that Dr. José Baselga didn’t report any financial ties — including links to Roche and several small biotechs — in dozens of papers he authored since 2013.

How does this make you feel about your trust of these institutions? Or what they advise for care? Sloan Kettering is at the pinnacle of the cancer industry in the world.

There are truths in medicine and most of them have to do with good nutrition, avoiding toxins and drugs, getting sleep, sunshine and exercise, and if you are ill seeing a practitioner who can help your body heal by nontoxic means. Yes, occasionally pharmaceuticals are needed, on a temporary basis for emergencies, but that is rare rare rare.

I urge you to be vigilant about your personal care and that of your family and be very careful that you get medical advice from practitioners of holistic medicine.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) refers to a condition, in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria (at least 100,000 bacteria per ml of fluid) are present in the small intestine.  This overgrowth causes damage and inflammation to the gut wall.

What causes small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?
The gastrointestinal tract (GI) is a continuous muscular tube through which digesting food is transported on its way to the colon.  The coordinated activity of the muscles of the stomach and small intestine propels the food from the stomach, through the small intestine and into the colon.

The muscular activity that sweeps through the small intestine is important for the digestion of food as it sweeps bacteria out of the small intestine and thereby limits the number of bacteria in the small intestine.  Anything that interferes with the progression of normal muscular activity (the waves) through the small intestine can result in SIBO by allowing the bacteria to stay longer and multiply.  The lack of muscular activity may also allow bacteria to spread backwards from the colon and into the small intestine, which is why types of bacteria normally found only in the colon, are found in the small intestine.

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Aches
  • Fatigue

We are experts in correcting small intestinal overgrowth issues.  If you have any of these symptoms please call (727) 466-6789 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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– amy & Carter

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Dr. Springer Discusses Hormones

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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.