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: 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: What if my family, friends or doctor disapprove?

A: Disapproval can be hard to overcome but not if you use a little logic. Consider that none of the people telling you that it’s not going to work are actually feeling your pain. Let’s face it- it’s a lot easier for them to give you advice than it is for you to live with the pain, discomfort and embarrassment of your condition.

One satisfied patient came up with a brilliant solution for this problem.

The patient asked the naysayer: “What will you say to me if it works?”

That decided it, she said. Does it really make any difference what doctor I use as long I feel better?

Check out one patient’s success story about going to a variety of different doctors before she found Dr. Patrick.

Q: If I see Dr. Patrick will I need to take supplements? 

A: Yes, no and maybe. Supplement use depends on several factors that are unique to each patient and their healing process. “Yes”, during the times your body needs to ‘supplement’ the digestive process; “no” when we use our neurological approach to improve your digestion (instead of supplements); or “maybe” if you need them for a short period of time.

We have found that once your digestion and overall health has improved, your body may not need many, if any, supplements to sustain feeling better.


Q: What if I am taking medications?

A: Dr. Patrick has helped many patients improve their health to the point that their medical doctors  can reduce or or eliminate 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 pressurehigh cholesterolblood sugar problems and chronic bowel problems.

Frequently Asked Digestion Questions

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:  How can I learn if I am gluten sensitive?

 A: If you suspect you are gluten sensitive, eliminating gluten altogether from your diet seems like a logical place to start. And you may find you feel much better. With most DIY processes however there is a caveat. Many people who feel better eliminating gluten from their diet may not be gluten sensitive at all but carbohydrate intolerant. That could explain why you are still experiencing digestive issues even when eliminating gluten.

The only way to know for sure is to be lab tested or have a biopsy. If you are interested in knowing what is causing your digestive problems, whether it is gluten or something else, we can order the proper test(s) for you, or you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Patrick to figure out the right next step for you. For more information about gluten testing click here.

Q:  It seems like I have food related allergies but my doctor says I don’t? Why?

A: Traditional scratch or blood tests for food allergies only recognize the elevation of specific antibodies. If you test positive you have a ‘true allergy” and avoidance is the only treatment. If you test negative however then you may have a food intolerance or sensitivity.  This explains why you still have allergy-like reactions but test ‘negative’. The good news is there are ways to overcome food intolerances and sensitivities so that you can eat some of your favorite foods again; click here “Is your Bowel Allergic to your Food?”

Q: Do I have a gall bladder problem?

A. If you are having gall bladder symptoms, such as tan colored stools and constipation, and you have not had your gallbladder removed that can be good news. Because in many cases surgery can be avoided. Many gallbladder issues are the result of poor fat digestion. When this happens gallstones and biliary sludge build up, but can be dissolved with the right dietary changes, along with specialized supplements to support the liver and thin the bile. If you are suffering from gall bladder symptoms, read more 

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: 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: Do probiotics make you gain weight?

A: A number of patients have asked me “can probiotics cause weight gain”. I really don’t have any evidence that would support the idea that probiotics cause weight gain, but we do know that overweight people have different gut bacteria than thin people. Right now we don’t know if people who are heavier have different bacteria because of what they eat, or if they are heavier because of the bacteria that lies in their gut. For a more extensive discussion of this issue, please go the the following article Probiotics! Is Your Gut Bacteria Making You Gain Weight?

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: Are there 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 is SIBO?

A: SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. This is a condition where excessive amounts of bacteria are present in the small intestine. SIBO often occurs with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

Read more about SIBO 

Q: Are Tan Colored Stools Normal?

A: While tan colored stools are a common complaint, tan colored stools are not normal and can be a sign of a number of digestive problems from something as insignificant as taking in too much fat, or  serious gallbladder disease. Learn what causes tan colored or light colored stools and what you should do about tan colored stools in this article on tan colored stools and this article on what the color of your stool can tell you.

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