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 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 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 came down with nasty digestive symptoms while in college. I recall a bad episode of food poisoning which may have helped trigger the condition, but i’m not entirely sure what the cause was. 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 classes. 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 more. I went from being a strong college baseball player to struggling with severe digestive symptoms, fatigue, and weight loss which ultimately brought an end to my career.
After coming down with this gut disease I saw numerous top doctors, tried many treatment options (both natural and pharmaceutical), and experimented with 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 variety of foods, socialize with friends more, and 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 symptoms 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 share my knowledge. My goal is to create content and products that can improve quality of life. 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 quailty sources.
I believe I am a trustworthy source for a number of reasons:
1. 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, to be isolated from your friends, and to experience the numerous symptoms that come with this condition.
2. I have been fortunate to learn from a few amazing doctors. I’ve had the opportunity to see doctors at Cedars Sinai GI Motility Clinic and other Integrative gastroenterologists like Dr. Vijaya Pratha who use alternative treatment approaches.
3. I have experience with both pharmaceutical and natural treatment methods. As someone who has had a severe case, I’ve had to use both types of treatment approaches. I’ve learned to stay as natural as possible, but sometimes using pharmaceuticals may be necessary.
4. I 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 no perfect solutions.
5. I am committed to improving quality of life. This means that I will only talk about products that can help you and share information that is accurate.