SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The majority of the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract are supposed to be in the large intestine. In cases of SIBO, those bacteria crawl upwards into the small intestine. When the bacteria come into contact with nutrient rich food in the small intestine, they will eat the nutrients, and create large amounts of gas. The most common symptoms associated with SIBO are gas and bloating, however it can cause a variety of other symptoms.
- Abdominal pain
- Increasing food intolerances
- Rosacea and skin rashes
- Malabsorption of vitamins, minerals, and fats
- Leaky gut
Many patients complain that their pants don’t fit by the end of the day because they’re so bloated, or that they feel like they are 6 months pregnant.
Dr. Walsh specializes in the treatment of SIBO, and works with a lot of tough cases that are referred from other health care professionals. She has trained with Dr. Nirali Jacobi, Dr. Mona Morstein, and has also attended many conferences that focused on the treatment of SIBO. Treatment consists of a three part plan to reduce excess microbial activity, balance the GI flora, and lastly heal the gut so that problems do not reoccur.
Dr Casey Walsh, ND, PhD, is a top SIBO specialist in the Seattle area and works with patients from all areas of the U.S. and Washington state including Bellevue, Kirkland, Kenmore, and Redmond.