The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases. Common digestive conditions include gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gallbladder and liver disease, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome), chronic constipation, and food allergies/sensitivities.
As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, Dr. Stengler has been intensively trained to identify and treat digestive ailments’ underlying causes. The reason for his extensive training is that integrative doctors recognize that many health conditions have their cause or part of their cause from the digestive tract. The digestive system is so intricately involved with the rest of the body because since it is the place for nutrient absorption, where neurotransmitters such as serotonin are formed, trillions of bacteria reside for the microbiome, and region for tremendous immune system activity.
Interestingly, Dr. Mark Stengler’s interest in nutritional and naturopathic therapies arose as the result of a chronic digestive illness he had as a teenager. Conventional approaches were a failure, while holistic methods resolved his digestive problem.
Using state-of-the-art testing, Dr. Stengler identifies root causes of digestive diseases such as comprehensive stool analysis, food allergies/sensitivities, and intestinal permeability.
Recommending a diet appropriate for one’s condition and genetics is very important in the long-term treatment of digestive ailments. As well, targeted nutritional supplements are used to improve digestion and promote tissue healing.
Dr. Stengler has written much about his experience treating digestive conditions. For example, he had a peer- review paper published in the Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Engineering on treating gastroesophageal reflux disease with diet. In addition, he has chapters on irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease in the bestselling book Prescription for Natural Cures. In addition, he co-authored a comparison book between pharmaceutical and natural therapies with common disorders, including digestive conditions, in Prescription for Drug Alternatives.