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 the BioHealth Laboratory SIBO #900 Lactulose Profile.

    • Interpreting the BioHealth Laboratory SIBO #901 Glucose Profile.

    • 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)

       FODMAPS Diet

       SIBO Specific 

  • 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. 

  • Bonus Module:

    “How To Interpret a Great Plains Laboratory Organic Acids Test (OAT)” – Pre-recorded lecture presentation.