These days, it can be challenging to sort through all the scientific information to figure out what’s relevant and noteworthy versus what can (and should) be ignored.
As an integrative gastroenterologist, I help my patients understand the latest research, as well as what their own GI tract is trying to communicate to them. What’s the most likely cause of the nausea they’re experiencing? Does their gallbladder really need to come out or could it be nursed back to health with a low fat diet? Is all that gas and bloating actually reflux, or is it the reflux medications themselves that are the cause of the symptoms? Which diet is going to help my patient get their Crohn’s disease into remission and also allow them to taper off immunosuppressive therapy? What about that shopping bag full of supplements – which ones are truly helping versus possibly contributing to fatty liver disease?
Figuring out the takeaway from important scientific studies, as well as correctly interpreting your own signs, symptoms, and test results are all a critical part of arriving at the correct diagnosis and formulating a successful treatment plan. I’ve been doing that for my patients for the last 20 years, and now I want to democratize the process – expanding access to this essential gut-changing information beyond the wonderful community I’ve had the privilege of caring for. My goal is simple: to bring gut bliss to everyone who needs it. I hope you’ll join me and help me spread the word – better digestive and overall health is within reach. Knowledge, like food, is powerful medicine.
Robynne Chutkan, MD, FASGE (Founder of Gutbliss)