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LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done)

Posted by
Mark Shirley on September 02, 2000 at 05:15:06:

[This is a followup to
http://askwaltstollmd.com/wwwboard/messages/43978.html]

Dr. Stoll:
Finally, you are going to have to see a
COMPETENT physician, who has kept up with the
exploding information about this [leaky gut],
somewhere close to where you are. If I knew
what part of the country you were in I might
have someone to suggest.

I need a referral to a good physician who knows
about Leaky Gut in the San Jose area.

I have had a great smokies comprehensive digestive
stool analyses before and after a round of
antibiotics intended to help control my leaky gut
problems.

The second test was slightly *worse* than the
first: dysbiosis index of 18, Candida Albicans at
4+, Alpha Strep 2+, kelbsiella oxytoca 4+,
citrobacter freundii 4+ and some others. The
antibiotics were fluconazole, and ciprofloxacin I
believe. Some other things were pushed around by
the antibiotics (e.g., it killed off most of the
good bacteria), but these were not reduced.

I have seen a homeopath who has tried a bunch of
nonprescription things like uva ursi, with no
discernable impact, although its possible I
haven't stuck with any one approach long enough.

I have severe GERD and very poor esophageal
motility. Based on reading this BBS, I have been
trying to address those problems with LGS via diet
and SR together with PPI's and, recently, a
fundoplication as the other things didn't seem to
be working for me. The fundoplication has helped
my symptoms somewhat, but certainly not addressed
the underlying causes.

The physician who prescribed the antibiotics is
the director of a Center for Integrative Medicine
at a local hospital. I respect him a great deal
and find him open to a wide range of alternative
therapies. However, he says he doesn't know a lot
about this particular issue. He also says to take
results from Great Smokies with a grain of salt
and recommends that, since the round of
antibiotics didn't work, that I stop worrying
about dysbiosis. I have also encountered several
physicians who consider the test charlatanery,
saying that everybody would show all sorts of
infections in the gut and that they are normal.

1. I would be very thankful for a referral in the
San Jose area from anyone here.
2. When physicians are keeping up in this area,
what are they reading? My Primary Care
physician doesn't know about this area but
would be willing to learn something. The only
things I know to point him to is this BBS and
Great Smokies advertising, neither of which, I
think, will be that effective in
convincing/educating him since they don't
describe the kind of evidence physicians are
trained to believe. Is there a more formal
literature on functional medicine or whatever
the right name for it is?

Thank you very much,
Mark Shirley




Re: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done)

Posted by
Mark Shirley on September 02, 2000 at 15:53:43:

In Reply to: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done) posted by Mark Shirley on September 02, 2000 at 05:15:06:

p.s., I messed up the indentation. The first paragraph
starting with Dr. Stoll: was a quote from a message
posted a while ago.

Second, I dug deeper into the archives. I was wrong
to suggest there aren't pointers to some articles
that seem like they might communicate to physicians.
(The one by Zoltan Rona seems like one.)
But I'm still not sure what be the best thing.
Is there a particular reference that is the best
entry point?
- Mark



Re: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done)

Posted by
June on September 03, 2000 at 20:00:12:

In Reply to: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done) posted by Mark Shirley on September 02, 2000 at 05:15:06:

Mark:

Did you know that Great Smokies has a listing of physicians versed in using their studies (& interpreting and treating?) You can call them or check their web-site and they will compile a list for you specific to your area.

June



Re: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done) (Archive in FMU.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 04, 2000 at 09:43:02:

In Reply to: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done) posted by Mark Shirley on September 02, 2000 at 05:15:06:

Hi, Mark.

By far the best cutting edge source of information is "Functional Medicine Update" at (800) 843-9660. They have been reporting the world literature in this area for 19 years and is the main way I try to keep up with the developments in the field. Each month there is a 90 minute tape with an accompanying set of cards describing what is on the tape in summary as well as the basic research publications reviewed. It would not only help YOU understand what is going on but would convince ANY professional of its validity if you lent them a copy for them to review.

FMU also could find the best person in your area by telling you of the professionals in your area who had subscribed to their service for at least the past 2 years.

Hope this helps.

Walt



Re: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done) (Archive in FMU.)

Posted by
Mark Shirley on September 06, 2000 at 01:54:46:

In Reply to: Re: LGS physician referral needed (Great Smokies tests done) (Archive in FMU.) posted by Walt Stoll on September 04, 2000 at 09:43:02:

This pointer helps a great deal. Thank you.
- Mark



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