Thanks for stopping by! My name is Josh and I am a fellow SIBO Survivor. Like a lot of people, I’ve struggled with the digestive disease throughout my life. I’ve been at a point where it was hard seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I have managed being a college baseball player, moving across the country, and graduating from University with honors. By no means was this easy and I could have easily given up. Learning to treat and manage SIBO was a struggle and often times I found myself lonely and in a dark state of mind trying anything to feel better.
My story started a number of years ago when I started to come down with nasty digestive symptoms while in college. I recall a bad episode of food poisoning which may have helped trigger the condition. It was most likely a combination of genetics, altered gut flora, and food poisoning which contributed to the disease. Anyway, I began to have the typical symptoms like gas/bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, and the feeling of being infected. It was devastating.
I’ve struggled to keep relationships, skipped classes, had gut attacks in the worst places like on a plane or at an important event, and been through periods of depression. There was a time period where I ate nothing but chicken and carrots for 3 months straight and turned orange! I had to self-teach myself to get through college and had a hard time sitting through a full class. It was definitely a struggle.
Getting sick also killed my childhood dream of becoming a pro baseball player. I know what it feels like to have your confidence and hope stripped out from under you. I have found it amazing how your gut affects your mood, energy, brain function, and much more. Going from a strong college baseball player to someone who lost 20 pounds and sat on the bench because his strength was zapped.
After coming down with the disease I have seen numerous top doctors, tried many treatment options both natural and pharmaceutical, and have experimented with many different remedies. To this day I attend the live webinars on SIBO and IBS to find out the latest research. Through education, great doctors, and my own study and experimentation I have improved to the point where I can enjoy life a lot more than before! I am able to eat a wider range of foods, socialize with friends more often, and begin to dream of living an extraordinary life again. There is always hope and I have learned that you can turn your weaknesses into strengths.
I want all SIBO Survivors to be able to live an extraordinary life. To learn to manage their struggles and improve their health. I believe that this is possible. No, it won’t be easy but I believe everyone can do it.
I created this website to act as a starting point and to share my knowledge. I’m not going to tell you that there is a cure because there isn’t. I don’t want to sulk about unfortunate circumstances. Life is too short for that. Instead, I want to encourage people, provide hope, and work towards making things a bit better. There is a lot of great research and advancement going on as you read this but also a ton that scientists still don’t understand. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I can help you on your journey to improved health!
Why Can You Trust My Blog?
With so much information out on the web it can be hard to know what to trust. I’ve seen videos and posts that advocate something exactly opposite to what the current research shows about SIBO. For example, I just watched a video from a doctor that was telling people to eat cauliflower, onions, and garlic if you have IBS. That probably isn’t going to be the best strategy. This is why it is important to get your information from good sources.
I believe I am a trustworthy source for a number of reasons. I have lived with SIBO for the past 3 years and have been through the ups and downs. I know what it’s like to struggle and to be isolated from your friends because of stomach issues. I have also seen top doctors from the Cedars Sinai GI Motility Clinic and other Integrative gastroenterologists like Dr. Vijaya Pratha who use a holistic approach for treating patients. I understand that there is still a lot of uncertainty about the condition and have experience with both pharmaceuticals and natural treatment methods. I have experimented with tons of different supplements.
I also keep up to date on the latest research by attending SIBO symposiums and checking out new scientific journals. When I write on my blog I either site scientific studies to back up my information or write about experiences I have had as a sufferer. I have found that a combination of experience and science is the best way to go. I do my best to stay open minded and question even the research because I know that there are not perfect solutions yet. Lastly, I am committed to the goal of improving quality of life. This means that I will only talk about products that have helped me or experiences I have had that made my condition better.