What We Do
“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963)
What we do – IBS Clinics aims to be your partner in care.
We focus on you, taking the time to understand your health concerns and anything that appears to affect your symptoms. Then – explaining everything as we go – we work with you to develop, implement and review a comprehensive treatment plan.
You can expect to leave your first IBS Clinics consultation:
Feeling that you’ve been really listened to (maybe for the first time!)
With a plan for treatment and how we will review progress
With a good understanding of your treatment
Knowing what to expect from the treatment as well as how to get the most out of it
Your next consultation will focus on the outcome of any dietary changes, the results of any tests and will include a full explanation of any results received from the lab. We will give you full copies of all test results.
Further follow-ups take place typically at 3-5 week intervals and are determined by both by progress in achieving symptom relief and your preferences.
The consultation process
After you book your first consultation, we’ll email a detailed health questionnaire for you to complete as fully as possible and return to IBS Clinics with copies of any relevant test results from your GP or specialist.
The questionnaire enables us to get a good picture of your health concerns before your initial consultation, so we can make the most of the time. We ask you for a full personal history with timeline of symptoms, and to answer questions that give us a picture of which aspects of your body’s function we need to focus on. The questions cover all aspects of the body’s fundamental organising systems and core clinical imbalances that form the basis of Functional Medicine practice. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, ask us if anything isn’t clear and, please see our web page about Functional Medicine for more information.
The questionnaire is an editable document, so you can complete it easily on your computer and simply email it back.
We’ll review the information you provide before your first consultation, so that we can focus fully on your health concerns when we meet.
Your initial consultation
Your nutritionist will start by reviewing your full personal health history, and asking any questions raised by your responses on our questionnaire.
She will then read back the key aspects of your case history to ensure total understanding, and explain the possible causes of your condition. Then we will work together to agree a plan of action. If you’ve already received a diagnosis from a health professional, the plan will address your health concerns straight away.
Otherwise, we may suggest tests in order to identify biochemical imbalances. We may also recommend diet and lifestyle changes as well as nutritional supplements.
It’s a collaborative process and we encourage you to ask questions.
We will also give you homework. This is likely to involve a trial elimination of common culprit foods or tests for, say, stomach acidity or stool transit time. If we have agreed to order clinical tests, these will be sent to your home (or, if you prefer, an alternative address. By the way, all tests arrive in unidentifiable packaging). We will also provide recipes and dietary guidelines and direct you towards relevant books, websites and other appropriate resources.
According to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) a drug is defined as an “article intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.”
Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, herbs, or homeopathic remedies are not classified as drugs. However, these substances can have significant effects on physiology and must be used carefully.
At IBS Clinics, we provide nutritional support and make individualised recommendations in order to improve the quality of your diet and to support your body’s physiological and biomechanical processes.
We determine quality by considering the:
The product ingredients used
The manufacturing process
And how the different ingredients interact.
We only recommend supplements that meet our high standards.
While these may be more expensive than the supplements stocked by pharmacies or health food stores, we are able to guarantee their purity, quality, bioavailability (ability to be properly absorbed and utilised by the body) and effectiveness.
It’s not that supplements bought elsewhere have no value, however, but, please be aware that you are not guaranteed the same level of quality if you purchase your supplements elsewhere.The quality and effectiveness can vary widely.
IBS Clinics follows a functional approach to nutrition as outlined by the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). As part of this, we use laboratory tests to help ascertain functional imbalances in the body. We may recommend these tests to help us devise the most appropriate treatment programme for you. However, you are under no obligation to undertake these tests.
As these tests can be very detailed and specific the laboratories pay us a small amount (around £20 per test) to finance the time required to properly analyse the results.