I’ve suffered from Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) for 10 years; I talk about it here. For 9 of those 10 years, I had no diagnosis and no healing plan. I tried more ill-informed treatments that you can shake a stick at, many of them making my condition worse. Basically, I spiraled the drain for 9 years. I lost hope.
My bloating was blamed on everything from uterine fibroids to dead nerve endings in my colon. I became so frustrated that I’d go for YEARS without even trying to treat my unnamed illness. I’d turned over every stone, or so I believed. For the love, I can’t live off of chicken for the rest of my life.
Finally, with the help of good old Google, I stumbled upon the condition called SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). I knew immediately this was what plagued me. Even after a positive SIBO diagnosis in 2016 and several rounds of treatment, I felt alone and isolated. Then, one magical day in June, I discovered the SIBO SOS Summit.🎇
The SIBO SOS Summit is a virtual seminar hosted by Shivan Sarna with the support of Dr. Allison Siebecker. These two women are my heroes and I’d like to give them a cape one day:)
Shivan is a gifted interviewer whose pleasant demeanor draws you in. She is also a SIBO patient. It was clear this was her passion project. She asked smart questions in a way anyone could understand (no medical jargon!). I’ve watched hundreds of hours of interviews on SIBO, and hers are the absolute best. Shivan, I am forever grateful to you!
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Did you just watch? Now you see what I mean, right? Good stuff!
Dr. Allison Siebecker is a beacon of light in a journey that has otherwise been miserable. Her website and research are invaluable. In addition to being an amazing clinician, she is honest and forthright when discussing SIBO; I appreciate that. Her discussions in the SIBO SOS Summit are worth the price of admission!
You Owe It To Yourself To Watch the SIBO SOS Summit
You can purchase and watch the entire summit here. It’s worth ten times the cost (currently $155 for access to all 23 speakers). If you are struggling with gut issues, are diagnosed with IBS, have unresolved SIBO, or continually relapse after SIBO treatment, this summit will be a life changer, I promise!
PS- I know I sound like an infomercial, I’m just a super fan. I get no commission for promoting the summit; I just believe in it.
The rest of this post is my own my takeaways, impressions, and ah-ha moments after watching the experts speak. If you want to learn more about SIBO you can visit Dr. Siebecker’s website here. You can also see my collection of SIBO resources here.
My SIBO SOS Summit Takeaways
- I am not alone. I found my tribe (I’d like to become a former member one day.. haha!).
- There is hope! New strategies and solutions in the treatment of SIBO are on the horizon!
- Curing SIBO is not as simple as “here, take this pill”. SIBO is complex. Symptoms and treatments are unique to the individual. I find this comforting because I’ve tried and failed so many times. Now, instead of feeling like a failure, I believe the treatment has failed ME. I’ll keep digging until I find the treatment that works for me.
- There are other treatment options. You don’t know what you don’t know. I have a new roadmap!
- Diet alone is not the cure. For years I thought if I just followed the SCD (or GAPS, or Low Carb) diet religiously I would eradicate the bugs, I never did. After watching the Summit, I see that diet will reduce the symptoms but I must keep seeking treatment options to heal from SIBO.
- I have a damaged gut. Eating gluten is hindering recovery. If I want to feel better I must stop believing the lies I tell myself. Truth #1: I don’t have celiac. Truth #2: It does not matter, gluten is adding to my inflammation and impeding digestion.
- Eating low FODMAPS forever is not the goal. HALLELUJAH! I look forward to the day that I have eradicated the overgrowth and can begin adding variety to my diet.
- I need to take a prokinetic. I’ve tried them in the past, but never properly understood their purpose. I now know I need to support the housekeeping function known as the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC) in my small intestine. Understanding this will further my recovery.
- SIBO has a ROOT CAUSE— WHAT?!? I had E. coli and h. Pylori and always speculated that they were in some way related to my SIBO, but I never had any proof or validation. I find this so exciting because it means that there is something to treat, an ailment that, if resolved or addresses, may help me heal. This nerdy overview of root causes was helpful to me.
- Keep treating. I’ve quit trying to treat SIBO many times over the last 10 years. Moving forward I will keep treating until I experience symptom relief.
- On the Facebook Live some wonderful soul asked Dr. Siebecker “I get bloated from drinking water, what can I do?” ME TOO! I thought I was the only one! Dr. Siebecker suggested adding electrolytes to your water. IT WORKED!
- Declutter your life. YES. The act of decluttering is powerful. Decluttering is not easy, and I am not done yet, but I can already see that the effort will be worth it. I feel more at peace in the spaces I’ve decluttered. Summer Bock’s discussion in the summit one of my favs.
- BE BRAVE. Beating SIBO takes bravery, courage, and conviction. I deserve recovery (and some chocolate;)
The SIBO SOS Summit and the support of the folks at this Summit have changed my outlook, healed my attitude, and restored my faith in my SIBO Recovery. Thank you!