Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I expect when I have a consultation with Dr. Patrick?

A: Every patient who comes to Dr. Patrick for care begins their journey towards feeling healthier with a consultation. The consultation is essentially a tool for you to get to know Dr. Patrick and his unique approach to your health and wellness. It also serves to give Dr. Patrick a better understanding of your specific health concerns.

The consultation is a half hour in length during which you will get the chance to express your concerns, ask questions, share you health history and records and get to know the doctor better.

The consultation visit consists of the following:

  •   An opportunity to share the current health problems you are experiencing
  •   A preliminary exam to determine available assessment options
  •   An onsite screening for specific digestion or allergy related problems
  •   A written outline of treatment plan and related costs

Please note that you are advised, but not required, to bring copies of any relevant lab results that you may have, as well as a list of medications you are currently taking.

Having someone you can trust and who cares about you with understanding and knowledge is the first step on the road to recovery.

Take this important step by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Patrick today at 530-899-8741.


Q: Is IBS a disease?

A: While having IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) can be pretty difficult to live with, it is considered a functional disorder rather than a disease. Our experience is that IBS is caused by food intolerances, compromised digestion and/or food sensitivities. Addressing these issues is essential to resolving the symptoms and causes of IBS. Read more about IBS.


Q: Will more fiber help my IBS?

A: It depends. Physicians often recommend increasing fiber for patients with IBS. In some cases that works—especially if you’ve been eating too many refined carbohydrates and white flour. On the other hand, for some people too much fiber just binds them up and constipates them. Learn more about the facts and myths of IBS.


Q: What’s the connection between my food sensitivities and my digestion?

A: Incomplete digestion of foods can aggravate and perpetuate sensitivities. Partially digested food inflames the lining of the bowel and promotes damage to the bowel lining that allows undigested proteins and other food fragments into the blood. When this occurs, your immune system has to clean up the mess. Chronic digestion problems actually cause the immune system to become hyper sensitized and you can acquire more food sensitivities over time. Improving your digestion with the right enzymes can actually improve symptoms for many seasonal sufferers.  Read more about food sensitivities and digestion.


Q: Can sinus problems be caused by poor digestion?

A: Absolutely. Our sinuses are an overflow for detoxification when our liver, kidneys and lungs cannot keep up with an increased toxic burden caused by undigested and purifying food. Frequently patients who come to us for help with their digestion put an end to chronic sinus infections by improving their diet and digestion. Read more about sinus problems.


Q: Why might I need digestive enzymes?

A: As we age, our ability to digest food actually declines because we produce less stomach acid after forty years of age. Also, our modern diet that relies on processed and cooked foods is devoid of natural enzymes that help you digest your food. Over time a diet that is heavy in processed food, and low in fresh vegetables and fruits can lead you to an enzyme deficiency. Read more about why you might need enzymes.


Q: How soon should I expect to see results with the Digestion Relief Center’s program?

A: Some people begin to see results within a few days of starting our program. Others see results in a few weeks. Your improvements will depend on how long you’ve had the problem, how much damage has been done, and how well you follow our instructions for exercises, diet, and enzyme therapy.  How to contact the Digestion Relief Center.


Q: Some people tell me that papain and bromelain are not very effective digestion supplements. Is this true?

A: They’re right. All enzymes have a specific temperature that they work most efficiently at. Both papain and bromelain have their peak activity at temperatures above the temperature of the human body. That’s why bromelain is a great meat tenderizer to use when barbecuing meat, but a poor digestion aid. Contact Dr. Patrick for an appointment.


Q: Is acidophilus a digestive enzyme?

A: No. Acidophilus produces lactic acid in the large bowel which helps prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast in the bowel. Learn more about restoring internal balance.


Q: What effect does diet have on Osteoporosis?

A: Diet and exercise are probably the two biggest things you can change to reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis. Any imbalance, or inability to digest fat, carbohydrates or protein can result in osteoporosis. Too much protein, or too much simple carbohydrate can cause the body to lose calcium and other important minerals that build bone. Poor fat digestion can cause you to lose the ability to absorb your calcium. Inadequate protein digestion will impair the body’s ability to build bone as well. A professional evaluation by our office can help you balance your intake and digestion of essential nutrients. Read more about exercise and osteoporosis.


Q: What are the side effects to antacids?

A: Unfortunately yes, and some of them can be pretty severe. A recent JAMA report showed that people over the age of 50 who took proton pump inhibitor acid blocking drugs for one year had a 2.5 times increased risk of hip fractures.

Read more about antacids and their side effects.


Q: What if I am taking medications?

A: Dr. Patrick has helped many of his patients reduce or get off many of their lifestyle medications - OTC or prescription medications that you might be taking as a result of lifestyle choices. These are medications you maybe taking due to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar problems and chronic bowel problems.

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