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GI Function & Dysfunction: Insights & Education
Gut Dysfunction & Chronic Conditions
For many chronic conditions, dysfunction starts in the gut. While this statement might seem transparent, the dynamic between gastrointestinal dysfunction and chronic disease is anything but simple; it is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. Research suggests that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, it can result in distant systematic complaints, even in the absence of overt GI symptoms.
How does a clinician unravel the many systemic diseases that are linked to GI dysfunction? Explore more below about how Functional Medicine addresses common issues related to GI dysfunction.
GI Related Articles
This module takes a whole systems approach to evaluating and treating not only local gastrointestinal disease, but many systemic diseases that are linked to GI dysfunction. It will discuss in detail the important laboratory evaluations to be considered, the appropriate clinical connections that must be made, and the treatment approaches that should be used.
- Identify the most important and reliable laboratory evaluations associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction
- Evaluate the relationship between systemic disease and gastrointestinal dysfunction
- Recognize and treat the most important antecedents and triggers of gastrointestinal dysfunction
- Develop and organize individual treatment protocols using lifestyle, diet, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and botanicals
- Understand and be able to implement a variety of therapeutic diets
- Reframe the patient’s story in the context of the Functional Medicine Matrix Model and a patient-centered assessment, incorporating the concepts of antecedents, triggers, and mediators
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