SIBO Specialty Center

SIBO is the missing link for many who suffer from IBS and other chronic conditions.

If you have been struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Celiac Disease, or other autoimmune conditions you have come to the right place.

What is SIBO?

SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.  It’s a condition that affects as many as 84% of people with IBS.  And many of these people suffer in silence unaware of the excellent scientific research that explains the underlying cause of their condition.  Our Mission here at the SIBO Specialty Center is to change that.

SIBO occurs when normal intestinal bacteria end up in an inappropriate location – the small intestine.  The human body is home to about 10 times more bacteria than we have cells.  The large intestine (or colon) is the special location for much of these bacteria.  We rely on a symbiotic relationship with these bacteria for many aspects of health.  Yet the small intestine, especially the upper section nearest to the stomach, should be relatively free of bacteria.

What are the consequences of SIBO?

The symptoms of SIBO can mimic IBS.  People may experience bloating and gas, and may have diarrhea, constipation or both.  Some people experience symptoms like acid reflux, joint pain and fatigue. In addition, many nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine. Thus, in the presence of SIBO, vitamin and mineral deficiencies can occur.  Because of this tendency toward poor nutrient absorption in SIBO, deficiencies can happen even if one is eating a healthy diet. There can be a multitude of symptoms associated with these nutrient deficiencies.

What other conditions are associated with SIBO?

There is published medical literature connecting SIBO with a vast array of other conditions, including:

  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rosacea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • GERD
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Why might other well-intentioned examinations and lab tests have missed detecting SIBO?

SIBO can’t be diagnosed with a blood test or even a stool test.  SIBO detection involves a breath test that fortunately is non-invasive, painless and can be done with a physician-prescribed kit in your home.  The breath test captures distinct gases from the bacterial overgrowth that are exhaled from the lungs.  The testing protocol is straightforward and well validated in the scientific literature, yet still outside the paradigm of many healthcare practitioners.

How is SIBO treated?

There are multiple options for SIBO treatment, including both natural and pharmaceutical approaches.  Here at the SIBO Specialty Center, we custom-tailor a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

About Us

The SIBO Specialty Center is staffed by the Tahoma Clinic North Seattle physicians, Drs. Wendy Ellis and Tabitha Werblud.  Collectively, we have over 20 years’ experience treating digestive conditions of all kinds, utilizing both natural and conventional therapies.  We routinely work closely with other members of your healthcare team, offering an integrative approach not found in many other clinics.

Interested in becoming our patient?

Make a no-cost introductory phone appointment with our physicians at 206-402-4215.

We look forward to speaking with you!