Gastrointestinal Health at LifeWorks

Don’t Skip The Why

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are a group of conditions that can be life altering with insufficient treatment options in the standard medical model, which is why we specialize in GI relief in the Kansas City area that actually works. By the time you are diagnosed with a GI condition, you are most likely past the point of your symptoms being generally inconvenient to the point they are interfering with your daily life. At this point, you seek help from a healthcare provider who offers you a list of medication options while informing you the plan of care is to avoid surgery as long as possible. Through this process the question of “why” rarely comes up. If the conversations with your provider focus on what medication and surgical options without any discussion of how to correct the underlying issues, then you can be sure you have skipped the “why.” Skipping this part of your healthcare puts you at risk for medication and surgical side effects while at the same time not actually getting any better. Not having as many symptoms, or feeling marginally better is not the same as healing your disease which is why we are the right choice for GI relief in the Kansas City area. Gastrointestinal issues such as IBS/IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, GERD, and more do have answers when the reasons the issues are occuring are understood. It is common for us to have patients who have tried multiple medications and dietary approaches for the GI issue to no avail. Their GI doctor has no other options available to them or the medications being offered cause the person to feel worse than if they were not taking them at all. Most of the medications used for Crohn’s disease and Colitis include increased risk for cancer. This does not have to be your path. This does not have to be your story.

Functional Medicine and Gastrointestinal Health

Practitioners who are trained to ask “why” will also be passionate about GI health because they know the road leads back to the GI tract at some point. Without a healthy gut, the rest of the body will suffer. When patients come to us with severe, persistent, GI conditions, we take getting them well very seriously. This is because we know the longer the GI tract is inflamed and damaged, the higher the risk for other body systems to be harmed. In fact, there are times that important healing needed in other areas of the body have to wait until the GI tract is healed enough. This is because progress in other body system depends on a healthy gastrointestinal system. GI relief is first and foremost about understanding why your issue is occurring, then providing you with a highly individualized gut healing plan that will calm down your symptoms while also healing damaged, inflamed tissue. This is a much different and more effective approach than matching your symptoms to medications. Healing GI conditions is possible. You could even say it is the “bread and butter” of the LifeWorks Integrative Health functional medicine team. Not only are we passionate about it, but we are good at it. If you are tired of not having the solutions you know are possible, or that others have experienced, then it is time we get to know each other. We can’t wait to help you get GI relief in the Kansas City area that will truly get you well, not just get you another prescription.

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