Gastrointestinal Repair Program
“Through participating in the Age Management of West Michigan GI Repair program I experienced…”
“Through participating in the Age Management of West Michigan GI Repair program I experienced… immediate relief from symptoms that have plagued me since December of 2008. At that time I was given Synthroid as my health care provider felt my T3 T4 numbers warranted it. I was not feeling any issues and congratulated myself in October for becoming a grandmother who had retired from a long career, moved, changed her life, and yet my weight and health had remained stable. Within 2 days of taking that medication I felt a change of some kind in my gut and started to gain weight. My NP’s response was “it’s not supposed to do that.” By the end of six weeks I had gained 15 pounds! Her response was the same and she added that I needed to go on a diet. I’ve never ever had a weight gain or loss. I told her I could feel a change in my gut. I explained that what was happening in my body was outside of anything I had ever experienced! She ignored all this and simply repeated “it’s not supposed to do that, just go on a diet.” I cannot say I politely left as I was angry over being treated so disrespectfully and upset that she would not listen to me and simply dismissed my concerns. I spent the next 7 years trying to find someone who could help me and believe my claims that the Synthroid broke something in me and was the start of the weight problems. I tried numerous health care providers and hear “you’re over 50, go on a diet” from almost every one of them. Over those long 7 years I did try to diet but had no success. I am not a sedentary person yet I joined a gym and used the treadmill at home all winter. Sill I had times I’d add or lose 15 pounds in a month that was not attributable to diet or exercise changes. By the time I went to Age Management I had an extra 40 pounds from where I started before the Synthroid! I was completely miserable and I was desperate.
My first appointment was with Jena, one of the nutrition consultants. She respectfully listened to my story and acknowledged my grief and frustration with this uncontrollable weight. Most importantly, she believed me that the problems started with the Synthroid! She felt the medication initiated a negative reaction in my body that over those seven years wreaked havoc on my GI system. She recommended the 4 week Gastrointestinal Repair Program which I immediately started. On day five of the diet I woke up and felt something had changed. I can only describe it as “something had a grip on my gut for seven years and now it released.” Also, I could breathe better than I had in years. I was stunned and amazed. It was unbelievable how much better I felt after only five days on this program.
I met with Dr. Ali about ten days later. She too listened to me and believed that I could feel the atypical changes in my body from that medication that I was given seven long years ago. She felt the Synthroid initiated a cascade of symptoms that were responsible for the sporadic weight changes and breathing issues I had been experiencing. By then she had the results from the testing done on my immune system and identify foods that I had become intolerant of. These were not food allergies, but foods that inflamed my immune system and were adding to my problems.
I lost 6.5 pounds that first week of the GI Repair Program and went on to lost almost 20 by the end of the four week program. I felt 80% healthier that I had I years. I didn’t feel fat and puffed up. I did not struggle to breath. My indigestion disappeared. My sleep improved. And, as strange as it may sound, I felt like I was back living in my own body again.
Thank you Jena and Dr. Ali. Thank you for treating me with respect. Thank you for listening to me. Thank you for believing me when I said I could feel changes in my body. Thank you for acknowledging my grief and pain. Thank you for finding an answer to my health issues. Thank you for your kindness and continuing support.”
“Through participating in the Age Management of West Michigan GI Repair program I experienced an incredible…”
“Through participating in the Age Management of West Michigan GI Repair program I experienced an incredible increase in my energy level. Before the program, I was so tired all the time and felt terrible most days. After the program, I have an abundance of energy and feel fantastic. The ‘brain fog’ has lifted and I can think much more clearly. I now sleep better, have a better outlook on life, and little to no bloating.
I am so grateful and thankful for this program and the dramatic difference it has made in my life. Aaron and his team are very supportive, helpful, and encouraging.”
How long had you been experiencing GI distress before the program? “5 years”
How long into the program did it take to start seeing results? “2 weeks”
“Through participating in the Age Management of West Michigan GI Repair program I experienced amazing…”
“Through participating in the Age Management of West Michigan GI Repair program I experienced amazing healing of my gut! Before I started the program I was experiencing severe sensitivity to gluten and started to have symptoms mimicking rheumatoid arthritis. My energy level was extremely low and I struggled to function daily. My sleep was never restful. After 2 ½ weeks I began to feel relief and began sleeping much better. By the 4th week my inflammation was gone and I regained energy. I have learned so much about how diet and other factors have contributed to leaky gut and I am amazed at how our bodies heal, just as Aaron told me mine would. I am encouraged and hopeful of sustained health and believe it will be easy to sustain based on new knowledge and my experience in the program.”
How long had you been experiencing GI distress before the program? “Couple of years”
How long into the program did it take to start seeing results? “2½ weeks”
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are estimated to affect 10 to 20% of the population, with less than 1/3rd of those people being properly diagnosed or treated for symptoms. Twice as many women compared to men, most under 45 years of age, struggle with IBS or other Gastrointestinal disorders on a daily basis. Conventional medicine has provided no solution for these patients except for prescription drugs that hide symptoms or block necessary physiological processes in the GI system. Age Management of West Michigan’s GI Repair program offers an effective treatment program to heal and strengthen the GI system. Helping patients obtain relief from issues associated with GI dysfunction so then can enjoy a life free of symptoms and discomfort.
Research has shown that a wide range of physical, emotional, environmental, and social stressors can lead to dysfunction of the gastrointestinal system and a breakdown of the gastrointestinal lining that leads to the development of IBS and various gastrointestinal disorders. Researchers have termed the physiological breakdown and inflammation of the GI lining as intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome.
An increase in permeability of the intestinal lining where large spaces develop between the cells of the gut wall allowing bacteria, toxins, and food to leak into the blood stream resulting in an inflammatory immune system response.
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With 70% body’s immune system directly related to the gastrointestinal system, the GI system is an underlying factor towards the development of a large number of chronic and autoimmune disease states. Age Management recognizes the importance a healthy and fully functioning GI system to effectively treat and heal patients of disease while building a strong immune system for life long disease prevention.
A normal, healthy intestinal system has a selectively permeable membrane that allows digested nutrients to enter the blood stream while keeping out undigested food particles, toxins, and pathogens. As the intestinal system becomes inflamed and damaged, necessary enzymes and secretions (mucosal layer) are not produced effectively and damage to the intestinal lining results in gaps in the selectively permeable membrane. The result is the passage of undesirable molecules into the bloodstream which provokes an immune system response and antibody production. As the system becomes overburdened with toxins and pathogens, the liver eventually loses the ability to cope with the high level of toxins and they are expelled into the bloodstream and have a negative effect on the entire body. This results in the development of both chronic and autoimmune diseases.
Age Management of West Michigan’s GI repair program utilizes a 2 phase approach that combines diet and supplements to effectively detoxify and repair the gastrointestinal system.
Signals between the brain and nerves of the small and large intestines, also called the gut, control how the intestines work. Problems with brain-gut signals may cause IBS symptoms/ GI distress, such as changes in bowel habits and pain or discomfort.
Normal motility, or movement, may not be present in the colon of a person who has IBS. Slow motility can lead to constipation and fast motility can lead to diarrhea. Spasms, or sudden strong muscle contractions that come and go, can cause abdominal pain. Some people with IBS also experience hyperreactivity, which is an excessive increase in contractions of the bowel in response to stress or eating.
Scientists have confirmed that their is a strong mind & gut connection that are both affected by the same hormones and neurotransmitters, with both being very sensitive to stress and chemical imbalances. Mood disorders such as chronic stress/anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder that cause decreased blood flow to the gut are common in people with IBS/GI disorders.
A heavy influence of toxins, parasites, fungus and yeasts, along with a negative balance gut bacteria lead to development of abnormalities of the lining of the GI tract that leads to the development of Gastrointestinal disorders.
Regular use of antibiotics kills off both necessary beneficial gut bacteria along with negative, gut bacteria. NSAIDs, pain killers, antacids, and alcohol cause damage and inflammation to the mucosal lining of the GI system.
There does seem to be an genetic influence with people suffering from IBS/GI disorders. Research has shown that IBS is more common in people with family members who have a history of GI problems. However, the cause could be environmental or the result of heightened awareness of GI symptoms.
Many people with IBS/GI disorders report that certain foods and beverages can cause symptoms, such as foods rich in carbohydrates, spicy or fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol. Gluten and casein peptides, food additives, chemicals/dyes, and over processing of foods can cause an acute autoimmune response that affects all systems of the body.
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