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In this episode, Dr Nirala Jacobi invites Dr Allison Siebecker on the show.

Dr Siebecker is a highly respected Naturopathic Physician and internationally recognized SIBO expert.  Listen in to this episode for a plethora of clinical pearls.

This is a comprehensive discussion about SIBO, and as such listeners are invited to watch the the many professional SIBO educational videosavailable on our website – such as Free 90 minute Advances in the Treatment and Management of SIBO Webinar – before diving into this episode.

Topics discussed include:

– What brought Dr Siebecker to Naturopathic Medicine and SIBO specialisation.
– How the MD and ND worlds are amalgamating, sharing information, and maximising collaborative SIBO research, treatment, and patient outcomes.
– Methane dominant SIBO treatment.
– Diets appropriate to SIBO management.
– The IBS check – a blood test that is available in the United States, that tests for – SIBO caused by post-infectious gastroenteritis.
– Prokinetics and when to use them.
– Historical conventional antibiotic use in SIBO treatment as compared to now.
– SIBO retesting and re-treatment recommendations.
– Stress and its effect on the enteric nervous system and secretory IgA.
– Diet, lifestyle, herb, and nutrient based treatment options for SIBO.
– Atrantil – how Dr Siebecker has found using this herbal blend clinically for methane dominant SIBO gas reduction and healing leaky gut.

Texts talked about include:

– Functional Gastroenterology – Dr Steven Sandberg Lewis
– Breaking the Vicious Circle – Elaine Gottschall

Resources – Dr Allison Siebecker’s website
SIBO Summit 2016 – Recordings available of expert speakers

Thanks for listening, and catch you next time!

The SIBO Doctor podcast crew



Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc, has worked in the nutritional field since 1988 and is a 2005 graduate of The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), where she earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters in Oriental Medicine.  She was the co-founder and former medical director of the SIBO Center for Digestive Health at NUNM Clinic and has specialized in the treatment of SIBO since 2010.

Dr. Siebecker is passionate about education- she is Instructor of Advanced Gastroenterology at NUNM, Board of Advisor for the GI Health Foundation, Co-Founder & Curriculum Coordinator of the 2014-2016 SIBO Symposiums, teaches continuing education classes for physicians, and is the author of the free educational website

In 2005, 2013 and 2015 she received the Best in Naturopathy award from the Townsend Letter, for her articles: “Traditional Bone Broth in Modern Health and Disease”, “Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Often Overlooked Cause of IBS” and “SIBO: Dysbiosis Has A New Name”.  Dr. Siebecker is currently writing a book synthesizing the SIBO data into one source.

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Dr Nirala Jacobi BHSc ND (USA)

Dr. Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND (USA) graduated from Bastyr University in 1998 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She practiced as a primary care physician in Montana for 7 years before arriving in Australia and is still a licensed physician in the USA.

Dr Jacobi is considered one of Australia’s leading experts in the natural treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a common cause of IBS. She is a national and international speaker on this topic and her annual SIBO Webinars and SIBO Master Classes are popular and well-attended.

She frequently lectures on her Bi-Phasic SIBO diet and herbal approaches for the treatment of SIBO.  Dr Jacobi is the medical director of SIBOTest, an online testing service and educational portal for practitioners.  She also has a busy practice in northern New South Wales and offers mentorship sessions for practitioners

"Since specialising in SIBO our practice has grown enormously, people are seeking us out for the treatment. Specialising in SIBO as a business owner has…what do I say…made us busy!"

"Because there are the clearly defined treatment protocols to follow, the treatment outcomes are excellent."

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Natalie Cruttenden Resonance Complementary Therapies

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