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Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Does your gut serve as the barometer for your emotions? Are you always looking for the nearest bathroom? Is your stomach always cramping and bloating? Have you always wondered about gluten sensitivity, even though you were told it was not an issue because your celiac tests are negative? What about leaky gut as a cause of IBS? What if there actually were a definable, and fixable, cause of IBS?

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for any of our services or to consult with an irritable bowel syndrome doctor. Our Scottsdale integrative medical center is here to help you find this cause and get you the help you need.* Call us at (480) 418-0220 today for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

About IBS

IBS is defined by the National Institutes of Health as a "functional" gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, meaning that you have lots of symptoms relating to the GI tract, but no evidence of actual damage to intestinal cells, and no discernible cause of the problem. Our patients tell us that in their experience "functional" often means "all in your head".

An estimated 20% of Americans are affected by:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

The NIH website talks about milk products (as in lactose intolerance), alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, beans and cabbage. And then they move to pharmaceutical medications to suppress the symptoms - fiber pills, laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, antidepressants and lubiprostone. Gluten is mentioned only as part of the family history, but not as a potential cause of IBS. Bacterial overgrowth is mentioned, but leaky gut is not.

IBS does not have to be a way of life.

Your stomach always hurts, you can’t figure out why, and neither can the twelve other healthcare practitioners you have seen. You have had every GI test known to mankind, including Xrays, CT scans, colonoscopies, all the other “oscopies” you can think of – and still, nobody has a solution except to “live with it”, recommending antispasmodic drugs for the cramping, and hope that you can find a bathroom in time when you need it.

What Are the Signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Changes in bowel movements – diarrhea, constipation
  • Sticky mucus at the end of the bowel movement
  • Gas and bloating
  • Symptoms persistent for at least 3 months
  • Negative work-up for anatomic cause of symptoms

What Can Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Poor sleep
  • Changes in gut bacteria (microbiome)
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Overgrowth of yeasts (Candida albicans, and others)
  • Overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria
  • Chronic infections
  • Chronic toxicities (heavy metals, pesticides in foods)

What Foods Trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome Attacks?

There are some specific food groups that can trigger IBS attacks, but these can differ between individuals. Common foods that trigger irritable bowel syndrome attacks include:

  • Sugary drinks
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Other common food culprits – wheat, dairy, corn, soy, citrus, eggs, beef, shellfish

In order to control IBS attacks, conventional wisdom suggests that you try to eat around the same time every day to keep your digestive system regulated. In addition, if you know of certain foods that can cause you to have digestive issues, it only makes common sense to eliminate them from your diet. But that is pretty much as far as conventional wisdom goes.

If you are serious about losing your IBS symptoms, and need help figuring out the triggers, we are happy to do a free 15-minute phone consultation, to determine whether we think we can help you overcome your health challenges and regain control of your gut.

IBS does not have to be a way of life.

How We Can Help

Our medical team believes that "functional" means just that - something in the GI tract is not working correctly, and we can both find and fix the cause.* Call our Scottsdale integrative medical center to speak to one of our team at length and we can schedule an appointment. It is possible to get relief and we can help you get it!

Call (480) 418-0220 to reach our Scottsdale integrative medical center.

*Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.

Recent Testimonials
From Our Previous Patients

  • You saved my life!!??

    “I have been Battling with stomach problems since I was in grade school and misdiagnosed constantly from the time I was in grade school till I was 45 years old . Before I came to the center doctors of told me I had fibromyalgia , irritable bowel syndrome , Renards tendencies panic attacks and a host of other things. Az center for advanced medicine started over they did not assume the other Dr’s were correct. They tested me for everything. I did have toxic levels of lead and aluminum in my system and I am allergic to eggs 🥚 and dairy 🥛. When I went to them I was on 7 different medications daily and 5 as needed (almost daily). After the chelation therapy I was able to get off All the medication!! I was hardly able to move and unable to work. Now Thanks to my Dr at the center I am able to work and everything anyone else my age can do. Thanks so much for restoring my Health and Life....”


  • Thankful!

    “I have a special reason this year [2012] to be grateful: today, the day before Thanksgiving, is my 12th birthday since the doctors told me in 2001 that I would most likely not celebrate another one. At the time of my diagnosis, giving thanks was the farthest thing from my mind. But I know now that I had every reason to be grateful.* My very advanced diagnosis let me decide that, if I was going to die, I would do so with as much grace, dignity, and quality of life as I could manage.* That meant I would make the decision to take the road less traveled and refuse the ‘standard of care’: surgery, high-dose chemo and radiation. It meant that I would look for things to clean and strengthen my body and immune system, that I would find ways to grow spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. The nine years prior to 2001, when I was dealing with chronic disease, gave me the tools to create my own healing platform. This healing platform of integrated tools and anti-cancer strategies kept me alive until I found IPT Targeted Low-Dose chemotherapy in 2002 and allowed me to literally watch the cancer leave my body.* Ultimately, it all meant that I would change my focus on life from what I could get from it to what I could give to it.* Best Answer for Cancer Foundation (BAFC) is the pathway that allows me to give back. I’m so thankful for the assistance and guidance that has helped make BAFC a thriving reality. I’m so grateful to the physician members of BAFC: to the doctors who have treated so many cancer patients, myself included. These wonderful physicians give selflessly of their time, their talent and – many times – of their own income to help people in need. They are truly incredible people, and I am honored to know them and call them my friends.* Every day, in every way, I am humbled by and thankful for the patients who come to us, who give us the chance to help them, who have the courage to walk the road less traveled of alternative and integrative medicine. They also remind me of the most powerful healing opportunity of my life and the wonderful road that resulted from it.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    Director of Best Answer for Cancer Foundation

  • I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call!

    “In 2011 I realized that it was time to do something about my memory. I knew I needed the right kind of help, the right doctor. On I chose 3 possible naturalistic doctors and showed the names to my integrative doctor who was retiring. Then, I showed the names to my highly respected dentist as well. Both immediately said, “If you can get Martha Grout, she’s the one!” I called her office and learned that I could have a no-charge 15 minute telephone conversation with her to get my questions answered. I made an appointment to start testing and treatment.* Dr. Grout tested me and the test results showed 7 or 8 metals in the danger zone. My mother had died of Alzheimer’s disease when she was 74 years old. I wanted to live much longer than that! Chelation was the answer to reduce the dangerously high levels of deadly metals.* After a series of chelation, with tests taken at intervals to evaluate how I was progressing, my memory, and the tension I was feeling about it, is greatly improved.* AND, another possible effect of metal toxicity, the awful muscle, ligament, and joint pain I had been suffering from for so long has also been greatly diminished in the past few months.* Now, at 72 yrs. old, I am riding my bike 7 – 8 miles up and down hills, hiking and doing gardening…all without pain.* Oh, I may get some of the natural stiffness if I overdo after missing several days of exercise; this is normal to anyone. But the pain used to follow the slightest work/exercise.* Dr. Grout said that I lack certain enzymes which has caused the build-up of heavy metals. I take some supplements for my digestion and I will soon be on a reduced, maintenance chelation schedule to maintain my health.* I also chose to have sensitivity testing and learned that I needed to avoid dairy and wheat, which has improved how I feel.* Another benefit of all this has been the marvelous, kind, caring doctors, nurses, patients, everyone at AZ Center for Advanced Medicine.* I always look forward to being there. I have made new friends.* We share our stories and what we’ve learned. Dr. Grout and staff answer our questions and care about each and every patient. It’s an uplifting atmosphere.* I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call,* and/or a visit to learn what can be done about any health problem you’re having. I’m so glad that I found this place.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”


  • I thank God for Dr. Grout and for this facility.

    “I thank God for Dr. Grout and for this facility. With Dr. Grout’s diverse background she is many doctors in one.* I’ve been amazed by her professional medical expertise and also the team of doctors and nurses working together.* Fighting Lyme disease has not been a pleasant experience but Dr. Grout has always put me first in everything.* She does not do a “one size fits all” approach.* She is very attentive to each patient’s daily assessments.* The knowledge I have acquired from Dr. Grout will impact me for the rest of my life. *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”


  • Definitely a game changer!

    “I just wanted to take a moment to email you to say thank you for your very detailed testing and even considering Lyme as a possible suspect to my ailments.* Had I not gone to see you I would have never even thought of Lyme as a reason for my weakness on my right arm and leg.* In your recommendations you had stated you wanted me to possibly get checked for Lyme and I asked and asked and not one insurance doctor would do the test.* Everyone said that there was no reason to check. Well, we moved to Virginia at the end of November and finally about three weeks ago the neurologist that I went to see for my migraines here tested me for Lyme. The results came back equivocal (1.10 on Elisa) and she simply stated that they found antibodies in my blood. And she started me on Doxycycline (100mg 2x day) for 21 days. I don’t know much about Lyme but will be seeing an infectious disease doctor on Wednesday. In the meantime, we had our newborn (born 1/21/13) tested with the Western blot and another test and per the pediatrician the results were negative. We will continue praying that he will not be affected. … Thank you very much for being that little guiding light that led us in the right direction.* Once again Dr.Grout, continue to do what you do.* You were definitely a game changer for sure.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”