I left for sunny California last Thursday for the Neurogastroenterology & Motility Scientific Meeting in Huntington Beach! I spoke about Food and IBS. I was very happy to talk and share my thoughts about IBS, diet and FODMAPs with some very interesting gastroenterologists from all over the world. An extra perk: I met Mark Pimentel, one of the key small intestinal bacterial overgrowth researchers and Bill Chey, one of the top IBS docs in the US.
Honestly, my head is spinning with knowledge and it will take me a while to decipher it all and see how it fits with what I do with my clients in practice.
From sunny California, I headed straight to sunny Chicago! No palm trees here..boo
But…I am excited because I am now at the 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium. There is quite a bit of talk about diet and IBS–topics such as non celiac gluten sensitivity, FODMAPs and wheat intolerance due to amylase trypsin inhibitors (ATIs). ATIs are found in wheat and are linked with baker’s asthma, intestinal inflammation and worsening of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. There are many different perspectives–almost different research ‘camps’ when it comes to theories about diet and gastrointestinal symptoms. What I have learned over the last week…that this is a very exciting time in digestive health. Research is blossoming! But it is far from simple and there is much work to be done. Our food, our environment, the microbes in our gut, our genes…they all play a part in why some people have sensitive digestive tracts.
Today, I stumbled upon 3 of the Monash researchers at the conference: Simone Peters, Emma Halmos and Jessica Biesiekierski. I had met them on my past trip to Melbourne to learn more about FODMAPs. Jessica will be talking tomorrow about her research on FODMAPs. These woman are my heroes!
That’s all for now!