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Episode 332: SIBO – Why Treating It Specifically Might Not BE Your Answer w/ Courtney Cowie FDNP

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SIBO: Summary

In this episode titled “SIBO – Why Treating It Specifically Might Not BE Your Answer,” Detective Ev interviews Courtney Cowie, a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDNP) and certified expert in functional nutrition, about her personal and professional experiences dealing with chronic digestive issues. Courtney shares her lifelong battle with gastrointestinal problems, starting as early as third grade, and how her symptoms evolved over the years despite various treatments ranging from conventional medicine to Chinese herbal therapy. Her story emphasizes the complexity of gut health and the importance of looking beyond simple diagnoses like SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) to uncovering deeper underlying issues such as mold toxicity and genetic predispositions.

Courtney explains how her journey led her to study functional nutrition and Chinese medicine, and eventually become a clinical advisor at FDN. She sheds light on the limitations of traditional SIBO treatments like antibiotics and specific diets, advocating for a more comprehensive approach that considers other potential root causes such as thyroid dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, and environmental toxins. Courtney stresses the value of functional testing in providing critical insights that guide more effective treatment plans, thereby reducing the likelihood of chronic and recurring SIBO cases.

Towards the end of the episode, Detective Ev and Courtney discuss practical advice for both practitioners and individuals suffering from gut-related issues. Courtney emphasizes the critical role of stress management and self-care, suggesting simple yet impactful practices like taking a few minutes of silence each day to tune into one’s body. This episode serves as an informative guide for anyone struggling with chronic digestive problems, highlighting the importance of a holistic and personalized approach to health and wellness.

SIBO: Topics

00:00 Introduction to Courtney’s Background

01:59 Courtney’s Early Health Struggles

02:56 Perceptions and Parental Responses

07:52 College Years and Emerging Health Issues

12:04 Exploring Chinese Medicine

15:45 Career Transition and Health Crisis

23:01 The Journey Begins: Understanding the Basics

23:14 The FDN Training Experience

23:37 Curiosity and Continuous Learning

24:01 SIBO: A Second Tier Issue

25:15 Exploring Root Causes and Genetic Factors

28:56 The Role of Diet in Managing SIBO

36:15 Addressing SIBO with Supplements and Testing

38:24 The Connection Between HPA Axis and SIBO

42:07 Personal Healing Journey and Client Work

45:19 Final Thoughts and Advice

Where to Find Courtney Cowie, FDNP

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