Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of conditions, including autoimmune Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD affects 3 million people in the US, yet conventional medicine still hasn’t identified the cause or cure. How is the functional medicine approach different?

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of conditions, including autoimmune Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD affects 3 million people in the US, yet conventional medicine still hasn’t identified the cause or cure. The good news is- there is hope!

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms

Do you suspect or know that you have inflammatory bowel disease? You may experience symptoms such as these:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Reduced appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Depression/Anxiety

Triggers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What can trigger or fuel inflammatory bowel disease? 

  • Gluten sensitivity or other food triggers
  • Viral infection such as Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
  • Plastics like BPA, phthalates, parabens
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Mold toxicity
  • Low glutathione status
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Leaky gut
  • Blood sugar dysfunction
  • Low vitamin D

How Can Dr. Autoimmune Help?

We understand that living with inflammatory bowel disease is painful, frustrating, and exhausting. The conventional treatment is to prescribe medications that help manage the symptoms, but this approach does not recognize the interconnectedness of our bodies. Instead of focusing on band-aid treatments for IBD, functional medicine aims to heal leaky gut and identify the personal environmental triggers that differ from person to person. 

All autoimmune diseases start in the gut. We design custom plans of dietary intervention, supplements and lifestyle recommendations to help heal the gut and support the immune system. In supporting these fundamental functions of the digestive tract we can reduce inflammation and see dramatic changes in symptoms.

Finding the Root Cause

We know that autoimmunity requires 3 things to develop:

  1. Genetic predisposition
  2. Leaky gut (a.k.a intestinal permeability)
  3. An environmental trigger

It All Starts in the Gut!

Our small intestine consists of 25 feet of tubing, the inside surface area being equivalent to that of a doubles tennis court! 

Proteins called “tight junctions” prevent a flood of material into the gut. Low vitamin D levels coupled with inflammation in the gut starts to widen the space between cells, allowing materials (bacteria and food) to start seeping through.  This triggers inflammation and as antibodies are formed against your own tissue.

Dr Ian helped me overcome many health problems. When I initially went to see him, I was suffering from hypo-thyroidism. With his help, I am no longer hypo-thyroid. Amazing Results! He is highly recommended!

- Mary

I initially started seeing Dr Ian for intense tiredness, digestive problems, low thyroid and a slew of other symptoms. He has been so amazing in supporting me to continuously make improvements and the results have been incredible. I highly recommend him, he is intuitive, wise and a high integrity person that I respect and value!

- Susie

Using adjustments, blood analysis, supplements, suggested diet and exercise, Dr. Hollaman has been able to recreate the proper function of my endocrine system and I feel like a new person! I’ve lost weight and feel good about myself again. I know that my health is better than it has been for many years and I am no longer taking thyroid supplementation.

- Joetta

Ian really knows A LOT about thyroid problems! His knowledge and confidence convinced me to make the lifestyle changes -including no gluten, no sugar, and more exercise-that are essential to healing hormonal imbalances and to staying well. Several months later, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am happier than I have felt in a long time. Many thanks for all your help!

- Anonymous

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✓ 1-Hour Comprehensive Physical and Neurological Exam
✓ Advanced Brain Mapping
✓ Complete Blood Panel – Examining Over 80 Unique Markers (Includes lab fees)
✓ Follow Up Session to Review Findings and Develop Customized Care Plan

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