Digestive Disorders

Advanced Health -  - Integrative Functional Medical Clinic

Advanced Health

Integrative Functional Medical Clinic located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Over 55 million Americans are affected by chronic digestive disorders. They become chronic when GI symptoms last for more than three months and requires ongoing care. They are also often difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to cure. At Advanced Health we take a holistic approach to chronic digestive problems. We do not first jump to starting pharmaceutical medications since they are not curative but plagued with many side effects. We believe “food is medicine” and utilize it in better understanding the root cause of the illness. Book at appointment today at Advanced Health. We specialize in digestive disorders and taking a holistic approach to patient care.

Digestive Disorders

Over 55 million Americans are affected by chronic digestive disorders.  They become chronic when GI symptoms last for more than three months and requires ongoing care. They are also often difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to cure.


Chronic digestive disorders cause a person to be unable to easily digesting food, absorb nutrients, and nourish their cells. When cells are not adequately fed, they become tired and eventually organ damage occurs.  Physically, a person suffers from fatigue, mood shifts, hormone imbalances, body aches, joint pain, and brain fog. Their daily quality of life really suffers.

At Advanced Health we take a holistic approach to chronic digestive problems. We do not  first jump to starting pharmaceutical medications since they are not curative but plagued with many side effects. We believe “food is medicine” and utilize it in better understanding the root cause of the illness.

Integrative functional medicine physician, Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. specializes in how the digestive system works and reversing chronic gut disorders.

Osteopath Julie Duggan B.Sc. optimizes the mobility and function of the digestive system by restoring the communication between the organs, muscles, bones, and connective tissue. Julie balances the nervous system and restores blood flow to the gut so inflammation and pain are automatically reduced.

Nutritionist Nicole Bianchi N.C. helps clients create personalized meal plans while health coach Katie Schmidt MPH help clients better understand the connection between eating and how creating sustainable habits directly helps resolve digestive problems.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an extremely common gut disorder, with a high percentage of patients being women.  IBS is disabling increasing lost time from work or school by three folds. It can make a person more susceptible to other GI conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or colon cancer.

IBS is associated with a hypersensitive colon where a person develops abdominal pain and irregular bowel habits with certain foods and medications. It is worsened by stress and hormone imbalances. Heartburn, excess gas, urinary or sexual issues may also occur.

At Advanced Health Dr. Bhandari works collaboratively with osteopath Julie Duggan, nutritionist Nicole Bianchi N.C., and health coach Katie Schmidt MPH to effectively treat IBS.  Dr. Bhandari first defines the root cause of the gut sensitivity and the personalized treatment plan. The team then supports the patients and helps drive quick and effective results.

GERD

GERD (also called dyspepsia or gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when poorly digested food leaks backwards from the stomach and into the esophagus.  It occurs with overeating, consuming hidden food allergens, or when there is decreased stomach acid and/or digestive enzymes production.

Poorly digested food mixed with stomach content (i.e., acid, bile) can leak back into the esophagus and causes any of the following symptoms: belching, trouble swallowing, chest pain, hoarseness, sore or itchy throat, dry cough, nasal congestion, bad breath and taste.  Long-term heartburn damages the esophagus, teeth, and respiratory tract leading to major complications like bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagitis, cancer, nasal polyps, asthma, or allergies.

The most effective way to treat GERD is to make the right dietary changes which align with what the body needs. At Advanced Health we create personalized treatment plans which address the underlying cause of GERD and help resolve the problem permanently.

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract where the immune system believes gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is the enemy.  The intense inflammatory reaction caused by ingesting gluten harms the gut lining leading to difficulty digesting other food, absorbing essential nutrients, and properly feeding our body’s cells.

The inflammation eventually spreads outside of the gut and affects many other organ systems triggering joint pain, skin rashes, nerve problems, headaches, mood shifts, and learning disorders. Celiac disease can be fairly debilitating for a person. The most effective way to manage these food sensitivities is to avoid food sensitivities and instead switching to fresh plant-based nutrient-dense food + dietary supplements.  

At Advanced Health Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D., Julie Duggan B.Sc., Nicole Bianchi N.C., and Katie Schmidt MPH work closely with patients with chronic digestive disorders.  They collaborate closely together and create personalized treatments customized to the clients’ unique condition. With an early diagnosis, patients can experience rapid improvement and even complete restoration of their health.

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