Episode 4: Unlocking Gut Health: Functional Medicine Approaches with Dr. Ann-Marie Barter

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In this episode, Dr. Anne Marie Barter joins the show to discuss gut health and her experience practicing functional medicine in Colorado. Dr. Barter specializes in working with patients who have neurotransmitter disorders, such as anxiety and depression, as well as adrenal issues.

Dr. Ann Marie Barter is a graduate of the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, an accredited 4- year Doctoral program that is considered a leader in evidence-based medicine, and the first Chiropractic school to be awarded a federal research grant.

Her expertise in Functional Medicine expanded from basic metabolic function starting in the gut to working with patients with thyroid issues and hormonal imbalances to those with serious symptoms from toxic exposures such as heavy metals and various mold species. As well, she sees many patients suffering emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression stemming from neurotransmitter imbalances. She is a firm believer in the “test-don’t-guess” method of diagnosis and uses many gold-standard diagnostic methodologies such as the GI Map, OAT and DUTCH tests to help get to the root cause of her patients’ symptoms. Not satisfied with helping just those in her immediate area, in 2019 Dr. Barter launched her first podcast. She regularly chats with experts from a variety of natural health specialties about a range of topics spanning all things functional medicine. In 2020 she added a YouTube channel to her repertoire to complement her podcast. In 2021 she changed the name of her show from the Fearless Health Podcast to the Gut Health Reset. She still discusses functional and alternative medicine with different experts, she just now focuses the show on the gut, since that is where our health (and its inverse) begins, after all.

Dr. Barter has enjoyed being a featured guest on many of her colleague’s shows and podcasts as well as being a panelist on the annual Quit Sugar Summit. She is a Tier 1 Certified Practitioner with the Gluten Free Society as well. She keeps current with the latest in physical adjustments as well and has completed the 18 hours required for certification by The Running Clinic for: New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries. This training course has been delivered more than a hundred times, on 5 continents! It has been developed using the most recent scientific evidence, it questions several current unjustified practices. The techniques learned in this class help Dr. Barter better assess her patients and aid in making recommendations for avoiding future running-related injuries.

In 2020 Dr. Barter launched her own line of therapeutic-grade nutraceuticals called The Barter Protocol. With it she aims to provide safe, reliable, and effective non-pharmaceutical options for common physical issues as well as specific concerns such as IBS, leaky gut, and SIBO. In addition, her nutritional supplement line includes neurotransmitter support and natural detoxification.

When she’s not at work or recording her show she is an avid skier and mountain biker, so she can regularly be found playing in the foothills and mountains near her home in Golden, Colorado.

Dr. Barter also delves into the complexities of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), noting that it can have various causes and symptoms such as bloating, severe food restrictions, constipation or diarrhea. She often runs stool tests to determine the root cause of IBS in her patients. She has found that many IBS patients have experienced trauma in their pasts.

The conversation also touches on the role of stress in gut health and how addressing stress can be just as important as antimicrobial treatments when rebuilding a healthy gut microbiome.


Other episodes you'll enjoy:

• Episode 3: Revolutionizing GI Care: A Conversation with Dr. Shannon Scholl
• Mini Podcast: Testing for celiac disease in people suspected of having IBS by Onyx Adegbola, MD PhD
• Episode 2: The LOW FODMAP Diet For IBS
• Episode 1: Regaining Control: A Journey to Better Gut Health with Dr. Cecilia Minano

[00:00:00] Introduction Of Dr. Anne Marie Barter And Topic Of Discussion: God Health
[00:03:46] Alternative Medicine Approach To Treating IBS Symptoms And Causes
[00:06:04] Common Findings In Stool Testing For Digestive Issues
[00:07:11] Common Issues Seen In IBS Patients: Leaky Gut, Digestive Enzyme Problems, Gallbladder Issues, Anxiety, And Depression
[00:09:09] Why This Health Professional Won't Run Food Sensitivity Tests At The Beginning Of Treatment
[00:12:50] Changes In Gut Health And The Challenges Of Maintaining It
[00:18:10] Approaching The Diagnosis And Treatment Of SIBO: Considerations And Symptoms
[00:20:34] Gut Repopulation And Mold Detection In Treating Chronic Infections
[00:22:11] Personal Experience With Antimicrobial Herbs And Strict Diets For Health Results
[00:27:45] Tips For Managing Diarrhea: Fiber And Binders Help

Key Takeaways:
Dr. Anne Marie Barter discusses the importance of addressing trauma and diet when treating patients with gut health issues. She also mentions the use of neurotransmitters to help with gut movement and the importance of dosing antibiotics appropriately for sensitive patients. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of the gallbladder in gut health.
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