019: SIBO-Rosacea Connection w/ Dr. Leonard Weinstock

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A lot of people with rosacea are struggling to understand what is causing it. It’s a condition that can make you feel self-conscious and frustrated. My personal experience has taught me that to understand rosacea, you need to understand its underlying causes. One of the major causes, we’re learning, is small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). My guest today, Dr. Leonard Weinstock, is an expert on this and I am so happy he joins us to help break it all down.

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Dr. Weinstock is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine with his own private practice. He’s also an associate professor in clinical medicine and surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials on the subject of gastroenterology. His particular research focuses on SIBO and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS).

When inflammatory chemicals leave the gut and end up where they don’t belong, so many other problems can occur, such as rosacea. It’s crucially important for anyone with rosacea to listen to all their body’s symptoms, not just the ones on the skin. That way they can address the root cause of the problem.

Have you seen a link between SIBO and rosacea? Leave a comment!

 

In this episode:

  • How SIBO can cause rosacea
  • Understanding that a problem in the gut, like SIBO, will manifest as a problem elsewhere
  • What to consider when taking medication for GI issues and rosacea

 

Quotes:

“It all comes down to what’s happening in the lining of the intestine, what kind of cells are being attracted.” [4:40]

“It is important to consider both with and without GI symptoms that your GI tract is the trigger.” [9:55]

“Gut health is important. Not only is it diet related, because if you have this increase in intestinal permeability because of bacterial overgrowth, you want healthy products that heal the gut linings.” [14:46]

 

Links

Find Dr. Weinstock online

Rosacea and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth: Prevalence and response to rifaximin

Do I Have SIBO? article on Gluten Free School

 

“Gut health is important. Not only is it diet related, because if you have this increase in intestinal permeability because of bacterial overgrowth, you want healthy products that heal the gut linings.”