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Dr Damien Downing on Digestive disorders

posted on 6th September 2012 by Dr Damien Downing

*News flash* Look out for my new book, The Vitamin Cure for Digestive Problems, coming in about a year from Basic Health Publications USA.

(Dr Downing has been actively involved in this area for many years.)

Impaired digestion is at the root of many chronic complaints and can have many causes.

Our investigations into patients’ problems always start with a careful history and examination, backed up by a detailed patient questionnaire.

We then usually run our standard blood test, a BBB1 Haematology and Biochemistry panel. This is a more detailed panel than the routine one (it has 30 biochemistry parameters plus the 15 haematology ones). It is re-analysed in detail to derive complex and sensitive markers of your physiological state. A less technical version of the report is provided to you, which includes a 7-day diet and recommendations for supplements and lifestyle. A more technical report goes to your physician – in this case me.

One of the key pieces of information to come from this is about the state of health of your liver and biliary system. As the  main organ of detoxification in the body this comes under considerable stress at times, and problems there often do affect digestion.

We also use tests for gut permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome) and dysbiosis (Candida, yeast infection, small bowel overgrowth), and where appropriate also test for and treat Helicobacter Pylori, Coeliac (celiac) disease, parasitic infestations of the bowel (Giardia, Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis etc), lactose intolerance and other carbohydrate intolerances.

 Dr Damien Downing on Digestive disorders

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We came to see Dr Downing when our son Matthew was seriously unwell aged 10 with an unspecified post viral fatigue syndrome. Our GP had not been able to reassure us or provide us with anything other than advice to rest and it would pass. We were desperate when Matthew was unable to get out of bed and seemed to be going downhill. Dr Downing reacted immediately with a series of blood tests and vitamin infusions . It took two sessions but Matthew stabilised and started to eat and drink. Over the next two months, his condition improved and he was able to go back to school. It has been nearly three years since those dark months and Matthew has grown into a very tall, handsome 14 year old who has not been ill once - not even a cold!.

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