LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition was established in 2009 to provide a comprehensive digestive center for patients and health care providers seeking innovative and alternative approaches to digestive care.
We are a unique consultative practice providing patients and health-care practitioners with alternatives and yet comprehensive and innovative approaches to digestive care.
Many of our patients have digestive complaints-among many other complaints. On the other hand, others that feel well seek us to optimize their health knowing that digestive health is crucial to any anti-aging/preventive health program. Digestive system performs hundreds of different duties and is probably the most diversified system in the body. Assuring the gut and digestive system integrity is the core of any “Anti-Aging &Functional Medicine” approach to any-one’s care.
What makes us different is our ability to look at the “whole-person” and not just the presenting symptoms. Everyday, we help the overall health of many patients with digestive symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and gas and more….among whom many also suffer from a variety of other conditions such as low energy & fatigue, hair and skin problems, food cravings, joint pains, low libido, menopausal symptoms, weight-related issues, memory decline, sleep disorders, metabolic diseases, and more.
Consider LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition as “the place to start”. We individualize our approach to each patient’s care. Whether you feel healthy and just want to optimize your health by a preventive approach, or you have any type of symptoms, we have something to offer.
Our SERVICES are generally divided into 3 categories as shown below:
- ANALYTICAL….where physician’s knowledge and thought process and time are required to analyze alterations of body’s physiology and to propose a plan of action.
- TECHNICAL…..where physician’s technical skills such as Endoscopy and Colonoscopy come to use to prevent, diagnose and/or treat structural abnormalities.
- NUTRITIONAL…where a “Customized Nutrition Plan” becomes an essential part of helping each of our patients.
The Diagram below further summarizes the details of our SERVICES
The digestive system with its huge array of functions is very delicate in structure and function and as such remains readily vulnerable to a variety of insults such as:
- Bacterial or yeast overgrowth
- Food & Chemical sensitivities and/or allergies
- Hormone imbalances
- Thyroid conditions
- Sub-optimal lifestyles and eating habits
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Improper balance of gut bacteria
- Chemical and/or heavy metal burden
- Enzyme deficiencies and more…
At LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition, we are committed to bringing you a comprehensive evaluation to address each of these issues-be it food allergies, celiac, or need for a comprehensive hormone evaluation.
The impact of such many insults is increased permeability of the intestinal lining leading to the so called “leaky gut”. This condition allows “large molecules” to enter the blood stream and provoke the immune system. The results of such immune system stimulation may then be inflammation of the gut itself, and more leaky gut-or inflammation elsewhere in the body.
“Leaky gut” & inflammatory conditions of the gut may, therefore, be associated with thyroid conditions, skin disorders, hives, rashes, itching, joint pains, neuropathy, and many more auto-immune conditions.
At LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition, we focus on identifying a variety of factors that contribute to the presence of “leaky gut”. To best accomplish this, we take a “Functional-Medicine” approach to the care of our patients.
A Functional Medicine approach to our patients’ health conditions, will allow us to deeply look into the unique expression of health and vitality for each of our patients.
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine. It works on the belief system that many diseases can be prevented or treated by addressing lifestyle, individual environment and nutrition–before one has to start medications. Some experts believe that it better addresses the health-care needs of the 21st century. Functional Medicine addresses the whole person and not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Traditional mainstream medicine is considered “problem-oriented”; which means that physician’s mind set is focused on identifying the number and complexity of the problems the patient may be having. Treatment may involve one or more prescribed medications. Some experts believe that this approach works best in an “acute care” model.
At Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology, our approach is holistic but it is also Integrative, meaning that we attempt to blend the best of Western medical and scientific research with the concept of whole-body relationships to optimize your health. Our dedication to our patients has resulted in several awards and recognitions for our doctors and facility. In 2013, Dr. Farshid Sam Rahbar, founder and medical director of LA Integrative GI, was award a Patient’s Choice Award, an honor bestowed to physicians who have gone above and beyond in helping their patients. Only 5% of the United States’ doctors and physicians are given this award.
In addition, Dr. Rahbar has also received a Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award. This award is based on patient satisfaction regarding a doctor’s bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up care. Of the nations active doctors, only 3% receive this outstanding distinction.