Bloating after certain foods? Foul smelling gas? Can’t eat anything it seems without stomach problems? Read on……

You don’t have to put on the white coat, but I’m going to ask YOU to be the doctor. You can relax; what I’m really going to do is to teach you a self examination test for the small intestine. You have heard of breast examinations, well, this one is for your small intestine. Dr. Godo, come on, the small intestine? Here’s why.

One of the major areas of interest in the field of medicine today is autoimmunity. The combined number of people with autoimmune diseases surpasses those with heart disease. Autoimmunity is a process where our own immune system attacks one or more glands. Why does the body attack itself? That’s a billion dollar question but more and more researchers are looking to the bowel as the gate keeper or one of the first dominoes to fall as autoimmunity progresses.

Inflammation due to food sensitivities, poor diet, bacterial overgrowth, probiotic deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, and partially undigested proteins are all factors that weaken how the small intestine functions. It’s been my experience and that of many of my colleagues that if you support the bowel, you have a better chance of quieting down the immune system.

Even though the subject of the small intestines has a range of therapeutic possibilities, here are three questions we want to find the answer to. “Do you need supplements to support your small intestines? When should you supplement? And just as important, When should you stop supplementing?” To find the answer to these questions lab tests may be necessary, but let’s try this first.

Not only will it save you the expense of a lab test, it’s easy and effective. I’m talking about a self examination which uses the body as a biofeedback mechanism. It’s a test you can do at home. But first, let’s look at why it may be important. If there is malfunction in the bowel, anything from excess fermentation which causes bloating to tissue damage, the body will try to protect itself by tightening layers of muscles. Using reflex points, we want to look for tenderness or tight muscles in specific areas.

Here’s how to do the test. Lie down on your back with your knees slightly bent; find the umbilicus, which is a medical term for belly button. Now, in your mind visualize a circle 3-4 inches in diameter around the umbilicus. Use a 3 inch radius if you have a small frame and 4 inch radius if you are larger. Mentally, divide the circle in 4 quarters and slowly palpate each of the four quarters. We are looking for tenderness and superficial tension.

It is important to use your finger tips and apply pressure slowly and tenderly. Evaluate the tenderness level on a 1-10 scale for each quadrant. A score of ten represent extreme tenderness or pain. Joe, tenderness, what does that mean? Tenderness or discomfort represents dysfunction. The greater the tenderness, the greater the potential problem. Your response can tell you if something is not right in your gastrointestinal track. If you are bloated, there’s no such thing as an antacid deficiency. When you experience pain, there’s no such thing as a Motrin or aspirin deficiency. Something is amiss.

But what’s both interesting and exciting is your body knows what it needs. So we take the next step. By tasting different nutrients that feed or enhance the function of the small intestine the pain or tenderness will go away. The catch is that I can think of 20-25 nutrients that will facilitate the small intestines to work more efficiently. If you have a digestive issue, you may need probiotics or essential fatty acids. You may have a need for glutamine, hydrochloric acid or vitamin D. Here’s where Dr. Godo can help. Working together, Dr. Godo will have you taste different nutrients to discover which ones reduce the tenderness. Your response to each nutrient can help your clinician decide the best approach for your body. It is mind blowing to see how sensitive the body can be when we are asking the right questions.

Try this self examination. If you find discomfort or tenderness, ask Dr. Godo for help. The right nutritional support for your bowels can fix many problems and help build a stronger core to prevent disease and keep you healthy.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC


Extraordinary Irritable Bowel Treatment

Take a minute with me and let the amazement of how your body works inspire you. You may have heard me quote the phrase “we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” It’s true, and the lowly colon is no exception. The biochemistry that takes place in the colon is “stunning.” Let’s look at how we can keep the colon healthy and free of disease.

First let me share a quick story. A close friend and clinician shared with me about her sister Jenny who had bloody ulcerative colitis, and how she treated it successfully. An Osteopathic Wellness physician recommended using a compound called butyric acid in an enema form hoping to feed the cells in the colon.

Butyric acid occurs naturally in the colon but problems can occur if levels are low. Butyrate is manufactured by the healthy bacteria in our bowel and is the primary energy source for colonic cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as some anti-carcinogenic properties.

Because Jenny was experiencing severe symptoms, her Wellness physician felt by feeding the bowel with butyrate it would encourage healthy cellular function as well as reduce some of the inflammation which would slow down the transit time. My colleague took the program a step further. She ordered a stool test to measure butyric acid and found out her levels were undetectable.

Based on those findings she added Butyric-Cal-Mag from Biotics Research orally, 2 capsules three times a day. In 6 weeks when the test was repeated, Jenny’s levels were in the high end of normal; but best of all, the entire diarrhea process stopped and she has never had another bout of the bloody colitis. Encouraged by this result my colleague uses oral butyric acid with excellent results on many irritable bowel disease cases.

This story illustrates how well the body works when we give it what it wants. Now that I’ve got you thinking, let’s go over the definitions again. Butyric acid is a healthy metabolic byproduct of fermentation from indigestible fiber by the healthy bacteria in our bowel. It is the primary energy source for colonic cells.

Remember, “Butyric acid displays anti-inflammatory properties and has demonstrated anti-carcinogenic properties for the colon.” A diet of healthy fiber and complex carbohydrates encourage the fermentation process that makes butyric acid. So your low carb diet, while intended to drop pounds might also drop your levels of butyric acid.

We have strains of bacteria that through a fermentation process make healthy compounds called short-chain fatty acids of which butyric acid is the most important. Think of a “micro brewery of sorts” in our bowel; but instead of making beer, our bacteria make healthy fats–short chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acids reduce inflammation, act as food for the healthy cells, aid in detoxification and encourage cancer cells in our bowel to commit “cell suicide” or apoptosis. It’s my belief that these short-chain fatty acids will have other effects that we might not even be aware of.

The primary inventor of oral butyrate salts, Dr. Torben Neesby, observed that patients with food sensitivities responded positively to butyric acid. Researchers are saying butyrates could be valuable in treating Crohn’s and other bowel diseases. I don’t know about you but if I can get those kinds of benefits from eating more fiber I am all ears.

With so many antibiotics being prescribed plus the typical American diet of refined foods and bad fats it’s no wonder the levels of butyric acid for many people are low. If you have experienced symptoms relating to the bowels or colon, ask Dr. Godo for help or send this video to someone you know who may be suffering with irritable bowel issues or Crohn’s disease. Encourage them to see a Wellness clinician to assess butyric acid levels. It could be the answer they’ve been hoping for.

You may not be experiencing symptoms but you want to keep your colon healthy; as you may have already guessed… fiber, fiber, fiber. Navy beans, bananas, apples, lentils, oatmeal, and barley are all good sources not to mention your  favorite salads and really any fiber that you have to spend time chewing. It even puts a whole new importance on fruits and vegetables. Try giving your amazing body what it wants and I promise you’ll be amazed.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC