“All disease begins in the gut…” - Hippocrates

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While Hippocrates may not have been the first to discuss the intricacies of GI physiology, he was certainly on the right track.

We’re currently seeing an epidemic of gastrointestinal related dysfunction within adult and pediatric populations worldwide.

The symptoms are often multi-factorial and persist for many years with little resolution from conventional methods. Often, we see patients with all the following:

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Food sensitivities

Patients are often left hopeless and frustrated with seemingly few answers and an extensive list of medication.

With functional medicine our focus is not just the symptoms themselves, we’re concerned with what’s creating the dysfunction in the first place.

What Causes Gastrointestinal Issues?

First and foremost, the processed food industry is one of the biggest threats to patient’s health over the course of their lifetime.

While we often want to blame genetics, we often forget that our genes turn on or off relative to the decisions that choose to undertake each day (i.e. the field of epigenetics).

Gastrointestinal complaints are often due to multiple factors but here’s a few to consider in your own health journey:

  • Latent GI pathogens (fungal, bacterial, parasitic, etc)
  • Intestinal permeability
  • Recurrent antibiotic usage
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Overuse of OTC anti-acids and NSAIDs
  • Environmental toxicants
  • Dysbiosis
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Usually we see multiple complications present together as gastrointestinal distress is not the only system currently affected. In fact, sometimes we find that GI issues clear by addressing different, seemingly unrelated systems on their own.

It’s never as simple as one drug for one pathway which solves one disease. That model has been pushed for the last century and it’s never going to work.

The body is innately designed to function in an integrated and cohesive fashion. Singular solutions will never work for multifaceted problems.

We work individually with every patient to address their lifestyle, stress management, sleep hygiene, nutritional intake, and biochemistry is optimized for their goals.

While all human physiology is similar in both structure and function, we fully acknowledge and appreciate the need for biochemically individuality.

As such, we utilize advanced testing to pinpoint the root cause of each patient’s GI dysfunction and then provide a comprehensive treatment plan to create health.

If you’re struggling, reach out - our team is here to help you feel better and live the life you want!

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Dr.Riser and all of his staff listen to your concerns very carefully. Dr. Riser always takes his time to understand your symptoms and how you feel. After out initial consultation he sent me a hand written note recapping exactly what we talked about...which meant so much to me and confirmed that l had chosen the right doctor! I wish there were more than 5 stars to give.

L. Young
I am so grateful to Dr. Riser and the team at FHCC. They have helped me tremendously with my overall wellness. The lab work was very thorough and answered a lot of questions and unknowns about symptoms I have experienced over the years. They are always warm, friendly, kind, and courteous. I felt like Dr. Riser really listened to my concerns and worked with me to understand the root cause of issues. I highly recommend this practice!

V. Fore
I came to Dr Riser after a year of “traditional” medicine trying to eliminate anxiety, that one day came out of no where! He’s always taken his time to hear me and answer questions & over the past few months his recommendations/treatments have certainly helped all my ailments! Getting to the root cause and fixing that, is the way to go!!! Highly recommend!!

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