Restoration of any healthy gastrointestinal function and ecology is essential to the management of virtually all health problems. Almost every chronic illness or disease has some relation to or basis in gut physiology. The digestive system is a major immune system organ, with an estimated 40-70% of defense activity taking place in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue. Many times this tissue becomes chronically inflamed by a condition called “leaky gut syndrome.” As described by Dr. Rain and Gary Klepper, when the gut membrane becomes leaky, auto-intoxication occurs—this process allows toxins from the gut to be carried into the portal blood, virtually “marinating” the body with toxic wastes. This causes a myriad of systemic problems in the digestive system and without proper digestive disorder treatment, these ailments can spread throughout the entire body. This abnormal intestinal permeability is associated with toxic reactions. Dr. Leo Galland, who wrote The Four Pillars of Health, through laboratory testing estimates that this syndrome effects more than 70% of patients suffering from chronic fatigue, and 80% of patients with reactive arthritis have this same issue.
(Crohn’s Disease | Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Diverticulitis | Acid Reflux / Hyperacidity | Diarrhea | Constipation)
Most Chronic Illnesses are Related to Digestive Disorders
Common Digestive Disorders
We see many clients in clinic that have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, Acid Reflux/Hyperacidity or chronic and severe Constipation and/or Diarrhea. Most of these patients have struggled with the standard Western Medicine testing and treatment of gut disturbances and still complain of severe symptoms. In most cases nothing will have been detected through testing, or if they have been diagnosed, no treatment has been effective.
Digestive Disorder Treatment
In supporting the regeneration of the gut from of all of these gut disturbances, we take many steps with clients including reducing the stress-induced over-stimulation of the nervous system, reduce toxic chemical exposure, alcohol, over-the-counter medications, and dietary implications that are in large part causing severe inflammation. In these cases, nutritional supplementation, homeopathic/spagyric and biologic remedies, and Chinese herbology and acupuncture are required support with all gut disturbances. The removal of some foods in your diet during part of the regeneration time is always part of this process (food sensitivity testing) in order to keep inflammation and irritability in the gut under control while nutritional and biologic medicinals are working to help repair the gut. Treatment protocols do differ depending upon the length of the illness, the persons’ ability to restructure their lifestyle, and their commitment to their remedies and nutritional recommendations.
“Before coming to Infinite Wellness I had no experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic treatments. I was very skeptical that Infinite Wellness could offer real solutions to my long-standing and debilitating gut problems. However, I had had a great deal of experience looking into the puzzled and skeptical faces of MDs who saw no connections between the various symptoms I described to them. Specialist after specialist prescribed drugs to treat parts of the problem—drugs for painful gut spasms, drugs for allergy symptoms, drugs for skin rashes, anti-depressants for mood swings, drugs for nausea and hyper-acidity, tranquilizers for stress… The list was unending, and so was the illness. My energy and productivity plummeted. I teach and write books for a living, but I had not written a word in over a year. By the summer of 2010 I knew I was very ill.
I came to Infinite Wellness looking for acupuncture—admittedly grasping for straws with little understanding of the mechanisms behind the treatment. In our first meeting Sabrina Maiden made clear that what I needed was an integrated treatment that placed diet modification, lifestyle changes, homeopathic remedies, and just as importantly, a new understanding of the systemic interactions between mind, gut, and body, at the center of the enterprise. To my astonishment she not only understood my symptoms, she anticipated them and explained their interconnections to me. It was the first time in over five years of dealing with my disease that I found myself speaking to a health care practitioner who understood the entire package of afflictions besieging my body. In one session a world was revealed in which the causal connections between afflictions of the gut, the immune system, and the brain were visible and accessible. I finally understood why, how, and in what interconnected ways I was ill. I also saw the keys to unlocking the doors to restored health.
In the last six months I have seen my strength return, my mental focus sharpened, and my appetite back to normal. I can exercise again, and I eat without the old debilitating inflammations and exhaustions. My work productivity has returned. I have learned that the cure to my problem comes not in a hasty handful of prescriptions, but in a patient, integrated, and learned strategy of treatment that works with the body as it heals itself naturally. It has been an empowering experience, and the start of a life-long education about the interconnections between body, mind, and health.”
-Edward F., Evanston, IL
“My name is Doug and I am 45 years old. After going to many doctors for my heartburn and taking many different medications, I became frustrated with Western Medicine. Then I met Sabrina and she put me on a gentle but very effective natural medicine. After feeling better for the first time in years, I tried other suggestions she had, and now I feel the healthiest I’ve ever felt. Thank you Sabrina!!!”
-Doug W., Aurora, CO
“Sabrina has helped me in so many ways, it’s hard to summarize them in a few paragraphs. Due to a head injury 30+ years ago, I’ve had severe ear and neck pain everyday for years. Nothing helped the pain. Numerous trips to specialists who told me there was nothing wrong was very discouraging. A friend recommended Sabrina. After my first acupuncture treatment, the pain was gone. This was the first time in 30+ years I didn’t have the severe pain I lived with every day.”
“Sabrina does so much more than just acupuncture. I have acid reflux and was taking Prevacid. She prepared herbs customized for my needs. After a few months of herbs, I was able to wean myself off the Prevacid and today continue to control my acid reflux with her special blend of herbs. She also helps control my hot flashes and other systemic problems I have.”
“In March, I had a viral infection in my intestines. I was still weak after 6 weeks. I’d never been this sick before and was wondering if I was ever going to feel well again. I’d recently found out I had pleurisy as well. Sabrina did some Bio-testing and found that I had a viral infection in my lungs. She prescribed homeopathic medicines to help me. After a few days, I felt much better than I had in the last 6 weeks. I continue to stay well with all the different alternative healing Sabrina provides.”
-Cindy G., Golden, CO
“I went on a week-long camping trip and after returning home I began to have uncontrollably bad diarrhea and cramping. It was difficult for me to go anywhere that I could not reach a bathroom immediately when I needed to. I found myself unable to hike, bike, or even have a normal work day. I saw my regular physician who sent me to a specialist. After finding nothing my doctors tried 3 or 4 different medications to try and get this under control. Nothing worked. Since they were not able to diagnose the problem and the medications did not work, they suggested an invasive surgery as some sort of “shot in the dark.” A friend of mine in Colorado that had similar problems and had gotten help asked me to call Sabrina. I flew in to see my friend and visit Sabrina and I left Colorado with a full bag of things to take and a few lifestyle changes. Within 2 weeks my diarrhea had stopped and within 5 weeks I could actually begin hiking and biking again. I don’t know what would have happened if I had not been treated by Sabrina and had continued on with surgery and drugs. Sabrina has the ability to pinpoint and treat things that cannot be tested by normal means of medicine.”
-Mark N., Pittsburgh, PA