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SIBO: A Root Cause of IBS? with Prof Steven Sandberg-Lewis

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SIBO: A Root Cause of IBS? with Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis

Each of us is home to trillions of microbial hitchhikers and which have a profound influence on our health and wellbeing.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a disruption in our normal gut ecology whereby there is an increase of bacteria and/or changes in the types of bacteria present in the small intestine.

According to Prof Steven Sandberg-Lewis, a leading naturopathic expert on gastrointestinal disease and a pioneer in the field of SIBO, the condition is the root cause for 50-75% of all cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In today’s podcast, Prof Sandberg-Lewis takes us through the interrelationship of SIBO with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and how to define and rule out one from the other. 

Covered in this episode

[01:57] Introducing Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis
[03:29] Dr Sandberg-Lewis' background
[06:45] The changing face of Naturopathy in the U.S and Canada
[07:51] Today's topic: Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth (SIBO)
[08:07] Pathology: IBS vs. SIBO
[08:38] The story behind underlying causes of SIBO
[11:04] Influencers on bowel transit time
[13:48] Common Signs and Symptoms
[16:00] Many gut disorders overlap with SIBO
[17:29] Testing preferences
[19:19] What bacteria is overgrowing?
[24:10] Aspects of treatment: Dietary interventions
[26:51] Psychological aspects of treatment?
[29:04] How effective are the long term results for SIBO
[32:07] Superior mesenteric artery syndrome
[34:46] Herbal Medicine in SIBO
[40:05] Thoughts on antibiotic use?
[45:29] What to expect of Dr Sandberg-Lewis' at the BioCeuticals Symposium
[47:37] Final Thanks

Additional Resources

5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium
Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis | Functional Gastroenterology
National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM)
Dr Paul Thierolt
Escherichia coli strain Nissle 1917
Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Cedars-Sinai Diet for SIBO
SIBO Specific Food Guide
Low FODMAP Diet | Monash University


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