Dr. Andrew Hubbard, ND

Dr. Andrew Hubbard, ND My mission it is to help patients with gastrointestinal problems discover a life outside of pain using safe and effective integrative treatments.

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Gut Healing = Skin Healing Case Study Update (2/2)In one of my previous posts I discussed a severe case of eczema treate...
07/16/2021

Gut Healing = Skin Healing

Case Study Update (2/2)

In one of my previous posts I discussed a severe case of eczema treated with a gut centred approach.

Previously, she was only ever offered steroid creams and antihistamines and was dismissed when she asked if her diet might have something to do with it. An all too common scenario unfortunately.

Today we can see complete healing of her skin

Did this happen overnight? absolutely not
Did she have flares along the way? 100%

Whether it’s chronic skin issues, joint pain, fatigue or brain fog the gut is often central to these symptoms. This means finding your way out of these issues often requires you to focus on your gut health first!

So what did we do?

✔️We improved her gut by removing food sensitivities and supporting the gut lining with specific nutrients
✔️We supported histamine, inflammation and immune health by using herbal medicine
✔️We supported her skin barrier by using natural topical agents (and prescriptions too!)and by using specific dietary fats to help with skin moisture

What did she do?

✔️She committed to healing
✔️She had regular follow ups to troubleshoot any issues
✔️She was patient - 9 months between our first visit and the photo on the right

Healing takes time and it looks different for everyone. With the right mindset and support team you can get relief!

*Shared with permission

#guthealing #healingleakygut #guthealth #gutskinconnection #eczemahealing #eczematreatment #eczemarelief #healthyguthealthyskin #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #integrativemedicine

Gut Healing = Skin Healing

Case Study Update (2/2)

In one of my previous posts I discussed a severe case of eczema treated with a gut centred approach.

Previously, she was only ever offered steroid creams and antihistamines and was dismissed when she asked if her diet might have something to do with it. An all too common scenario unfortunately.

Today we can see complete healing of her skin

Did this happen overnight? absolutely not
Did she have flares along the way? 100%

Whether it’s chronic skin issues, joint pain, fatigue or brain fog the gut is often central to these symptoms. This means finding your way out of these issues often requires you to focus on your gut health first!

So what did we do?

✔️We improved her gut by removing food sensitivities and supporting the gut lining with specific nutrients
✔️We supported histamine, inflammation and immune health by using herbal medicine
✔️We supported her skin barrier by using natural topical agents (and prescriptions too!)and by using specific dietary fats to help with skin moisture

What did she do?

✔️She committed to healing
✔️She had regular follow ups to troubleshoot any issues
✔️She was patient - 9 months between our first visit and the photo on the right

Healing takes time and it looks different for everyone. With the right mindset and support team you can get relief!

*Shared with permission

#guthealing #healingleakygut #guthealth #gutskinconnection #eczemahealing #eczematreatment #eczemarelief #healthyguthealthyskin #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #integrativemedicine

A lot of patients can trace their digestive symptoms back to a single infectious event - be it food poisoning, traveller...
05/29/2021
GI Symptoms and Chronic Fatigue May Persist Months After COVID-19

A lot of patients can trace their digestive symptoms back to a single infectious event - be it food poisoning, travellers diarrhea or stomach flu- in which they’ve never really felt well since.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/952114?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=319438HG&impID=3408299&faf=1

Gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic fatigue may persist months after COVID-19 resolves, results of a recent cohort-controlled study suggest.

Arguably the most important relationship to foster is the one between your gut and your brain That gut feeling is real. ...
05/12/2021

Arguably the most important relationship to foster is the one between your gut and your brain

That gut feeling is real. Those butterfly’s in your stomach… well they aren’t in your head

More and more research reveals the importance of the gut-brain connection in mental health outcomes, neurodegeneration (Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s), irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases, post-concussion syndrome and many other challenging health concerns

But how does one foster healthy gut-brain communication?

You can start here:

Feed your gut well
Exercise…not too hard
Breathe deeply..from your belly
CHEW. YOUR. FOOD!
Get out in nature and expose yourself to “green” probiotics

#gutbrainconnection #gutbrainaxis #gutbrainhealth #ibs #vagusnerve #guthealing #guthealth #healthygut #dementia #gutbacteria #leakygut #healingleakygut #brainfog #mentalhealth #braingutaxis #natruopathicdoctor #guelphontario

Arguably the most important relationship to foster is the one between your gut and your brain

That gut feeling is real. Those butterfly’s in your stomach… well they aren’t in your head

More and more research reveals the importance of the gut-brain connection in mental health outcomes, neurodegeneration (Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s), irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases, post-concussion syndrome and many other challenging health concerns

But how does one foster healthy gut-brain communication?

You can start here:

Feed your gut well
Exercise…not too hard
Breathe deeply..from your belly
CHEW. YOUR. FOOD!
Get out in nature and expose yourself to “green” probiotics

#gutbrainconnection #gutbrainaxis #gutbrainhealth #ibs #vagusnerve #guthealing #guthealth #healthygut #dementia #gutbacteria #leakygut #healingleakygut #brainfog #mentalhealth #braingutaxis #natruopathicdoctor #guelphontario

At the end of the day almost all chronic digestive issues boil down to a disruption in these four processes:MotilityImmu...
04/29/2021

At the end of the day almost all chronic digestive issues boil down to a disruption in these four processes:

Motility
Immunity
Gut-brain communication
Microbiome

But we’re often disappointed when affecting only one of these processes doesn’t fix the problem. Gut issues are complex to say the least!

On my first visit with someone I often hear things like:

“I’ve already tried probiotics, they didn’t do anything”

“I don’t know what other foods I can cut out at this point?!”

“It doesn’t matter what I eat I react to everything”

Want solutions to your gut issues? Want to learn more about what works for gut health beyond probiotics and restrictive diets?

Don’t make your gut your latest DIY project - Hire a professional!

Sincerely,

Your digestive landscaper 😉

#guthealthy #digestivehealth #gutissues #gutbrainconnection #gutbrainaxis #irritablebowelsyndrome #gutbacteria #healthygut #guthealing #leakygut #healingleakygut #sibo #gutmotility #naturopathicdoctor #integrativemedicine #digestivedetective

At the end of the day almost all chronic digestive issues boil down to a disruption in these four processes:

Motility
Immunity
Gut-brain communication
Microbiome

But we’re often disappointed when affecting only one of these processes doesn’t fix the problem. Gut issues are complex to say the least!

On my first visit with someone I often hear things like:

“I’ve already tried probiotics, they didn’t do anything”

“I don’t know what other foods I can cut out at this point?!”

“It doesn’t matter what I eat I react to everything”

Want solutions to your gut issues? Want to learn more about what works for gut health beyond probiotics and restrictive diets?

Don’t make your gut your latest DIY project - Hire a professional!

Sincerely,

Your digestive landscaper 😉

#guthealthy #digestivehealth #gutissues #gutbrainconnection #gutbrainaxis #irritablebowelsyndrome #gutbacteria #healthygut #guthealing #leakygut #healingleakygut #sibo #gutmotility #naturopathicdoctor #integrativemedicine #digestivedetective

I have had this conversation with patients too many times to count…There are many reasons why -despite your best intenti...
04/07/2021

I have had this conversation with patients too many times to count…

There are many reasons why -despite your best intentions - that your vitamin d levels are still low despite supplementing with vitamin D

Here are a few common ones:

- you bought a s**tty brand or form
- your gut is inflamed (SIBO, Crohn’s, colitis)
- you weren’t taking enough or taking it consistently
- your skin tone requires you take more

whether you have digestive or immune concerns, are looking to optimize insulin and blood sugars for weight management or you simply want to optimize your vitamin D levels you need to know what they are first!
.
#vitamindtherapy #vitaminddeficiency #vitamindsupplements #sunshinevitamin #nutrientsforguthealth #guthealthnutrition #guthealth #leakygut #healingleakygutsyndrome #sibo #ibs #crohnsdisease #ulcerativecolitis #naturopathicdoctor

I have had this conversation with patients too many times to count…

There are many reasons why -despite your best intentions - that your vitamin d levels are still low despite supplementing with vitamin D

Here are a few common ones:

- you bought a s**tty brand or form
- your gut is inflamed (SIBO, Crohn’s, colitis)
- you weren’t taking enough or taking it consistently
- your skin tone requires you take more

whether you have digestive or immune concerns, are looking to optimize insulin and blood sugars for weight management or you simply want to optimize your vitamin D levels you need to know what they are first!
.
#vitamindtherapy #vitaminddeficiency #vitamindsupplements #sunshinevitamin #nutrientsforguthealth #guthealthnutrition #guthealth #leakygut #healingleakygutsyndrome #sibo #ibs #crohnsdisease #ulcerativecolitis #naturopathicdoctor

March is Colorectal cancer awareness month.If you are man over fifty you should be screened for colorectal cancer throug...
03/03/2021

March is Colorectal cancer awareness month
.
If you are man over fifty you should be screened for colorectal cancer through a colonoscopy!
.
We are seeing rising rates of colorectal cancer in younger men too
.
One of the firsts signs of CRC could be an iron deficiency anemia (low hemoglobin, low rbc and iron deficiency). Men should never be anemic and this should always be further investigated!
.
Initial screening may involve a f***l occult blood test (FOBT) or a F***l Immunochemical test (FIT)
.
Don’t mess around with this s**t - talk to your doctor about screening💩 🧪
.
#colorectalcancerawarenessmonth #colorectalcancerawareness #bowelcancer #bowelcancerprevention #irondeficiencyanemia #guthealthmatters #guthealing #naturopathicdoctors #mensdigestivehealth #menshealth

March is Colorectal cancer awareness month
.
If you are man over fifty you should be screened for colorectal cancer through a colonoscopy!
.
We are seeing rising rates of colorectal cancer in younger men too
.
One of the firsts signs of CRC could be an iron deficiency anemia (low hemoglobin, low rbc and iron deficiency). Men should never be anemic and this should always be further investigated!
.
Initial screening may involve a f***l occult blood test (FOBT) or a F***l Immunochemical test (FIT)
.
Don’t mess around with this s**t - talk to your doctor about screening💩 🧪
.
#colorectalcancerawarenessmonth #colorectalcancerawareness #bowelcancer #bowelcancerprevention #irondeficiencyanemia #guthealthmatters #guthealing #naturopathicdoctors #mensdigestivehealth #menshealth

I’ve started seeing this presentation more and more in my office.The complaint is a persistent, severe nausea, pain and ...
02/24/2021

I’ve started seeing this presentation more and more in my office
.
The complaint is a persistent, severe nausea, pain and vomiting that lasts anywhere from a few hours to days!
.
It’s often severe enough to hospitalize someone
.
Someone may have a bout of this followed by weeks or months of absolutely no symptoms whatsoever - it is cyclic in nature
.
This can go on for years without a proper diagnosis
.
Generally these individuals find that hot showers help alleviate the vomiting and pain
.
What do these patients have in common?
.
Chronic ma*****na use
.
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a newly recognized functional digestive disorder characterized by cyclic vomiting in chronic ma*****na users
.
While stopping ma*****na is the mainstay of treatment, interesting research is highlighting the role of spicy chemicals like capsaicin from chilli 🌶 in reducing the pain and vomiting associated with CHS
.
If you have persistent vomiting, don’t let anyone tell you “it’s just your IBS”
.
Because it’s not
.
#vomiting #ibs #gutpain #guthealing #cannabis #marijuna #nausea #indigestion #functionaldigestivedisorders #capsaicin #naturopathicmedicine #integrativemedicine #gastroenterology #stomachpain #gutproblems #cannabinoids #guelphnaturopath

I’ve started seeing this presentation more and more in my office
.
The complaint is a persistent, severe nausea, pain and vomiting that lasts anywhere from a few hours to days!
.
It’s often severe enough to hospitalize someone
.
Someone may have a bout of this followed by weeks or months of absolutely no symptoms whatsoever - it is cyclic in nature
.
This can go on for years without a proper diagnosis
.
Generally these individuals find that hot showers help alleviate the vomiting and pain
.
What do these patients have in common?
.
Chronic ma*****na use
.
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a newly recognized functional digestive disorder characterized by cyclic vomiting in chronic ma*****na users
.
While stopping ma*****na is the mainstay of treatment, interesting research is highlighting the role of spicy chemicals like capsaicin from chilli 🌶 in reducing the pain and vomiting associated with CHS
.
If you have persistent vomiting, don’t let anyone tell you “it’s just your IBS”
.
Because it’s not
.
#vomiting #ibs #gutpain #guthealing #cannabis #marijuna #nausea #indigestion #functionaldigestivedisorders #capsaicin #naturopathicmedicine #integrativemedicine #gastroenterology #stomachpain #gutproblems #cannabinoids #guelphnaturopath

Antacids aren’t the solution to every upper digestive concern.Unfortunately when many patients seek care for heartburn, ...
02/19/2021

Antacids aren’t the solution to every upper digestive concern
.
Unfortunately when many patients seek care for heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach it’s often the only offered solution to the issue
.
There’s a time and a place for these drugs. The time is generally no more than 8 weeks. They are essential in controlling severe erosion of the esophagus, gastritis and peptic ulcer disease to prevent life threatening complications like a perforated ulcer
.
But...
.
Suppressing acid long term isn’t a smart idea for many reasons
.
For one, it’s our first line of defence against pathogens
.
This is why longterm antacid use increases risk of diarrhea, C. difficile infection and community acquired pneumonia
.
Second, we need stomach acid to digest proteins, activate enzymes and absorb minerals
.
Magnesium and B12 are two very well documented nutritional deficiencies due to longterm acid suppression
.
It is imperative that you look at the underlying causes of digestive upset or inflammation
.
Just a hint - it doesn’t always revolve around stomach acid (low or high!)
.
Just a few other causes of indigestion, nausea, heartburn etc...
.
Motility issues (gastric emptying and accommodation)
Dysbiosis (fungal, proximal SIBO)
Visceral hypersensitivity
H. Pylori infection
Structural (diaphragm, stomach position, tight fascia, lower esophageal sphincter tone)
Overactive Mast cells
.
This is where my work comes in - don’t settle for a pill!
.
#rootcausemedicine #gerd #dyspepsia #indigestion #heartburn #heartburnrelief #sibo #guthealth #probiotics #integrativemedicine #pepticulcer #motility #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #guelph

Antacids aren’t the solution to every upper digestive concern
.
Unfortunately when many patients seek care for heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach it’s often the only offered solution to the issue
.
There’s a time and a place for these drugs. The time is generally no more than 8 weeks. They are essential in controlling severe erosion of the esophagus, gastritis and peptic ulcer disease to prevent life threatening complications like a perforated ulcer
.
But...
.
Suppressing acid long term isn’t a smart idea for many reasons
.
For one, it’s our first line of defence against pathogens
.
This is why longterm antacid use increases risk of diarrhea, C. difficile infection and community acquired pneumonia
.
Second, we need stomach acid to digest proteins, activate enzymes and absorb minerals
.
Magnesium and B12 are two very well documented nutritional deficiencies due to longterm acid suppression
.
It is imperative that you look at the underlying causes of digestive upset or inflammation
.
Just a hint - it doesn’t always revolve around stomach acid (low or high!)
.
Just a few other causes of indigestion, nausea, heartburn etc...
.
Motility issues (gastric emptying and accommodation)
Dysbiosis (fungal, proximal SIBO)
Visceral hypersensitivity
H. Pylori infection
Structural (diaphragm, stomach position, tight fascia, lower esophageal sphincter tone)
Overactive Mast cells
.
This is where my work comes in - don’t settle for a pill!
.
#rootcausemedicine #gerd #dyspepsia #indigestion #heartburn #heartburnrelief #sibo #guthealth #probiotics #integrativemedicine #pepticulcer #motility #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #guelph

Probiotics can be game-changing for those treated with conventional medications for Helicobacter Pylori (HP) infection.F...
01/24/2021

Probiotics can be game-changing for those treated with conventional medications for Helicobacter Pylori (HP) infection
.
For some it’s the difference between developing antibiotic associated diarrhea and subsequent chronic IBS symptoms, and successful treatment with little to no side effects
.
Imagine the following scenario - you’ve been having stomach pain, nausea and burning for a while. You finally discover an H. pylori infection is causing your symptoms. You are then treated with a potent cocktail of drugs known as triple or quadruple therapy. your agony stops in your stomach but then you start to develop lower belly pain, urgency and diarrhea. 6 months later and you are still having the same issue. This is a true scenario, one I often see patients for after the damage has already been done
.
Research on certain probiotic strains has revealed they can significantly reduce side effects associated with these drugs like stomach pain and diarrhea from HP treatment. They can also help improve the likelihood the drug cocktail you are taking will actually work for treating the infection as HP can be a stubborn bug
.
Probiotics can’t help with everything but this is one area they should strongly be considered!
.
PMID: 31554388
PMID: 30985706
.
#probiotics #hpylori #hpyloritreatment #guthealth #guthealing #healyourgut #gutbugs #gutbacteria #irritablebowelsyndrome #ibs #antibioticresistance #integrativemedicine #fxmedicine #naturopathicmedicine

Probiotics can be game-changing for those treated with conventional medications for Helicobacter Pylori (HP) infection
.
For some it’s the difference between developing antibiotic associated diarrhea and subsequent chronic IBS symptoms, and successful treatment with little to no side effects
.
Imagine the following scenario - you’ve been having stomach pain, nausea and burning for a while. You finally discover an H. pylori infection is causing your symptoms. You are then treated with a potent cocktail of drugs known as triple or quadruple therapy. your agony stops in your stomach but then you start to develop lower belly pain, urgency and diarrhea. 6 months later and you are still having the same issue. This is a true scenario, one I often see patients for after the damage has already been done
.
Research on certain probiotic strains has revealed they can significantly reduce side effects associated with these drugs like stomach pain and diarrhea from HP treatment. They can also help improve the likelihood the drug cocktail you are taking will actually work for treating the infection as HP can be a stubborn bug
.
Probiotics can’t help with everything but this is one area they should strongly be considered!
.
PMID: 31554388
PMID: 30985706
.
#probiotics #hpylori #hpyloritreatment #guthealth #guthealing #healyourgut #gutbugs #gutbacteria #irritablebowelsyndrome #ibs #antibioticresistance #integrativemedicine #fxmedicine #naturopathicmedicine

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