SIBO Mastery Syllabus
Module 1 - Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – Clinical Issues and Comorbid Conditions:
• The role of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) in chronic gastrointestinal problems.
• SIBO and its comorbid conditions.
• SIBO and its relation to other chronic health disorders.
• Common causes of SIBO (intro):
– Including Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection – testing, pathogenicity and treatment.
• The pathogenicity of SIBO (intro).
• The basics of SIBO testing – why the right diagnostic tests are so important in the diagnosis.
Module #2 – Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – Diagnostic Testing and Laboratory Reviews:
• Lactulose and its mechanism of action.
• Glucose and its mechanism of action.
• Correctly performing SIBO tests.
• Interpreting Lactulose SIBO Profiles.
• Interpreting Glucose SIBO Profiles.
• Hydrogen versus Methane dominant SIBO.
• Reading between the lines of inconclusive SIBO tests.
• Correlating the lab tests to a person’s symptoms.
Module #3 – Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – The Pathogenicity of SIBO and Addressing Five Core Elements of SIBO for Successful Treatment:
• Pathogenicity of SIBO, including Migrating Motor Complex (MMC) dysfunction, cytolethal distending toxin (CDT), autoimmunity and total gut dysfunction.
• The role of digestion in SIBO.
• The role of mucosal immunity in SIBO.
• Microbiome imbalance in SIBO.
• The role of the large intestine, liver, gallbladder and bile acids in SIBO.
• The role of binding agents in SIBO treatment.
Module #4 – Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – Comprehensive Antimicrobial Treatment and Additional Necessary Interventions:
• The role of antibiotic therapy for SIBO.
• Natural botanical and other supplement interventions for SIBO.
• Supplements and other interventions for addressing the five key elements of SIBO treatment – Digestion, motility, bacterial overgrowth reduction, intestinal toxin adsorption and colonic elimination.
• Constipation remedies and die-off prevention.
• The critical role of dietary intervention in SIBO (intro).
• Not everything that appears as SIBO is SIBO – other clinical considerations beyond SIBO (intro).
Module #5 – Dietary Intervention for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO):
• The role of dietary intervention in improving chronic gastrointestinal disorders associated with SIBO and other chronic digestive problems.
• Overview of Special Diets:
-Food IgG Elimination
-Gluten Intolerance versus Celiac Disease
-The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
-Gut Associated and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS)
Module #6 – Other Common Gastrointestinal Disorders, e.g. Chronic Candida - Emphasis on The Organic Acids Test (OAT) and Evaluation for Fungal (candida, mold) Metabolic Toxicity.
• Integrative and functional medicine laboratory testing for chronic GI disorders.
• In-depth analysis of candida toxicity and why a practitioner cannot solely rely on stool or blood testing for the detection of chronic candida.
• Correlating findings on the Organic Acids Test (OAT) from Great Plains Laboratory to those on a stool pathogen screen and/or comprehensive digestive stool analysis.
• Treatment options and protocols using prescription antifungals and natural remedies, including treatment approaches for mild, moderate, and severe candida overgrowth.
Module #7 – The Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen and Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis in Digestive System Assessment with Emphasis on Commonly Encountered Parasitic Infections:
• The role of gastrointestinal pathogen screening and interpretation of findings.
• The role of comprehensive digestive system analysis and interpretation of findings w/emphasis on markers of digestive inflammation and dysfunction.
• Common parasitic and amoebic infections, including Blastocystis hominis, Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia.
• Antibiotic and botanical interventions for successful clinical outcomes.
Module #8 - The Role of Clostridia Bacteria in Digestive and Non-Digestive Health Problems – Integrating Information from the Organic Acids and Stool Pathogen Tests:
• Clostridia bacteria and various health problems.
• Clostridia difficile overview – it’s more than just a gastrointestinal disease-causing pathogen.
• Clostridia bacteria toxins and how they negatively affect the brain and nervous system.
• HPHPA and 4-cresol toxins from clostridia bacteria as a culprit for dopamine neurotransmitter inhibition.
• Clostridia and mitochondrial dysfunction.
• Treatment options – medications, natural remedies and protocols.
Module #9 – Digestive System Detoxification as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach for Complex Patients or Clients:
• What to do when testing is inclusive, but your patient/client still has gastrointestinal symptoms.
• How to incorporate a bowel detoxification program to improve the clinical outcome of your complicated patient/client.
• Step by step guide to bowel detoxification
• What supplements to use including botanicals, detox drinks, etc.
• What complications can occur with a detox, and how to manage common problems in doing a bowel detoxification program.
“How To Interpret a Great Plains Laboratory Organic Acids Test (OAT)” – Pre-recorded lecture presentation.