I've been seeing a naturopath who is Paleo-friendly but I don't feel he's investigating all the angles in tackling my chronic, fairly severe IBS. He has admitted that I know more about foods/supplements and their impact on IBS than he does. He has basically shrugged his shoulders and said my diet can't be the problem so it must be stress. I'll agree that stress is an issue for me but I don't think it's the whole picture. I would love to find someone (ideally a naturopath, for which I get insurance coverage) in Toronto who is just as up on all of this stuff as you guys are. Any leads?
I'm a naturopathic doctor in Toronto and I have a significant amount of experience working with the Paleodiet and gastro-intestinal health. I'm currently working at the corner of Yonge and Davisville, but I am very much involved with The Academy of Lions - a crossfit/paleodiet-focused gym in the west end of downtown Toronto. Actually, I may be working at their new location in a few months for 1-2 days/week.
The way I approach digestive concerns such as IBS is to work with your diet as much as possible to optimize it with regards to your personal sensitivities that you may have, and also to strengthen your digestive function naturally (without the need for external digestive enzymes/HCl stomach acid). By helping your system to enhance it's own production of enzymes/HCl, it does not become dependent on supplements such as enzymes/hcl for years. I am a big proponent of supporting your own body's natural processes than on relying on external sources of things like enzymes. This type of strengthening support for your digestive system is sometimes enough to treat people's IBS symptoms without the need to make too many drastic changes in their diet.
If you are interested in learning more about my approach, I offer a complimentary 15 min consult just to meet and answer any of your questions you may have in person.
You can find my contact info at www.adaraclinic.ca
Kind Regards, Aviad Elgez, ND
Well first off lets see if we can hack the issue. I'm no Naturopath Doctor, but I like to think I know a little bit.
What's your diet like?
When is your IBS at its worst?
Any known foods that seriously "trigger" it?
Any foods you are completely fine with and don't upset you at all?
Anything else you've tried, or want to add that would help?
I only know of one - Natasha Turner. My 19 y/o daughter started seeing her this Fall and has seen major improvements in a number of health issues (IBS not one of them). Now...my only word of caution (besides the fact that I've never met her) is that she's also the author of a book that prescribes a specific diet. It has a lot of paleoesque elements to it, but I'm not sure where she stands on people doing their own thing. Have no idea. She recommended cutting dairy, all grains, and sugar. She's pro-meat, but not sure about paleo.
On a personal/clinical level, she sounds great.
I used to have IBS symptoms, for a few years. It was misery.
I gradually gave stuff up, without consulting anybody, to try to cure it. Wheat was first (all grains came later), beans next, then sugar (not fruit or honey - I really mean I stopped eating sweets and drinking pop).
Now I almost never have problems. I like nuts, and sometimes if I eat too many I can get a relatively mild version of what I used to suffer from, but rarely anything and if it happens it's gone the next day and I don't have it again for ages.
If you don't know what is causing it, then ginger or peppermint are good for calming it in the meantime - obviously you want a solution though, so you have to analyse everything you eat. Some people have problems with any sort of insoluble fibre, so you might want to look at that.
Good luck, I know how miserable it can be. :-)
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