Episode 166

Getting to the Root of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

With Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widely-diagnosed, yet often misunderstood condition that affects approximately 60 million Americans. IBS is characterized by abdominal pain, discomfort, and changes in bowel habits, and is diagnosed when IBD or celiac disease have been ruled out. In other words, IBS is a “diagnosis of exclusion.” The range of symptoms, poorly defined pathogenesis, and functional nature of IBS make it a notoriously difficult disorder to treat. Because there is no widely recognized cause of IBS in the mainstream medical community, standard treatment is based primarily on symptom suppression and management. 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast I dive deep into the topic of IBS with Dr. Soyona Rafatjah. We discuss the difference between the conventional medicine approach versus the Functional Medicine approach when it comes to testing and treatment options for IBS. We also talk about the importance of identifying food intolerances, and the benefits of a low-FODMAP diet which can significantly reduce the severity of IBS symptoms.

 

For more on Dr. Rafatjah you can follow her on Instagram @primehealth_denver, on Facebook @primehealthdenver, and through her website https://primehealthdenver.com/.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Testing for IBS
    (9:29)
  2. SIBO and the real problem with having the wrong bacteria in the small intestine
    (17:15 )
  3. The carnivore diet for treating IBS
    (23:17)
  4. Common foods that trigger IBS
    (27:42)
  5. The relationship between stress and IBS
    (38:21)
  6. What you can do today to improve your overall gut health 
    (41:57)
  7. Where to learn more about Dr. Rafatjah
    (50:31)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

Dr. Soyona Rafatjah is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Medical Director and Co-Founder of PrimeHealth in Denver, CO. PrimeHealth is a team of medical providers and health coaches that provides full-spectrum Functional Medicine and primary care, with an emphasis in treatment and reversal of hypothyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome. 

 

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