Our Staff

DR PAUL FROOMES


MBS MBBS FRACP MD  Medical Director Essendon Private Hospital Gastroenterology, Senior Visiting Gastroenterologist - Austin Hospital, Melbourne Australia, Founder of the Centre for Irritable Bowel Solutions. Author - IBS The Way Out & Co-author - The Low FODMAP Diet Manual - Blasting Blastocystis. It has taken almost 20 years of clinical practice as a Gastroenterologist, treating people with IBS and constant literature-based research on the relationship between the gut microbiome, the gut mucosal barrier and the enteric nervous system disturbances in IBS for me to have arrived at this inspirational program to free people from the chronic suffering of IBS. The integrated medical approach I take to eradicating IBS, is to use current physiology to understand the root cause of why the gut is in a state of dysfunction and therefore why you aren’t feeling well. Recent evidence has shown that IBS is due to a fundamental, functional deficit in four areas, GUT MICROBIOTA, FOOD SENSITIVITY, GUT WALL INTEGRITY and VISCERAL/SOMATIC HYPERSENSITIVITY, and if all 4 areas are not addressed, any other approach is doomed to failure. 

 

DR JACI BARRETT

PhD, BSc(Biomed)(Hons), MND  Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Nutritionist, Co-author - The Low FODMAP Diet Manual, Editorial Board of the World Journal of Gastroenterology, Lecturer and research dietitian at Monash University. I have a long standing experience and successful outcomes with patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Pre 2005, diet manipulation for IBS was not accepted as an effective strategy. Dietitians were encouraged to increase the fibre content of the diet of IBS patients, often worsening symptoms. My program has been developed over a decade from research leading to significant advances in the area of diet and IBS management, noting the effect of certain dietary components on IBS symptoms, through the micro biome, the production of gas or increases in visceral hypersensitivity. The principle that food can be used as a therapeutic tool underlies the dietary strategies that form the basis of this program.

 

JIM KANTIDAKIS

GDip(Psych), PGDip(Psych), Dip (ClinHypn) Registered Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist and the director and founder of The Gut Centre Pty Ltd. The mind/body connection is of huge importance in IBS and hypnosis programs are now specialised for the treatment of gut disorders, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Over many years working with chronically ill patients, I have developed an interest in helping individuals better manage and cope with their illnesses, particularly those that are gastrointestinal. Under Peter Whorwell and his IBS Hypnotherapy Unit in Manchester, UK, a Gastroenterologist who specializes in treating functional gut disorders, I have developed extraordinary hypnotherapy treatments to train the mind to heal the body in functional gut disorders. These Hypnotherapy treatments are highly effective for individuals with functional intestinal disorders, including IBS, Gastroparesis, and non-ulcerative dyspepsia. My work also offers Psychological treatment for helping people with gastrointestinal disorders better cope and manage their illness, based on evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based therapy and Acceptance and Commitment based therapy (ACT).

 

JAMES ELIAS 

B Psych Management & Marketing, Trained Demartini Method® Facilitator, Aligned Intelligence - Live with Vision. From my research into the psychology of IBS and my experience of working with people with functional gut disorders, there appears to be a strong correlation of someone who is trying (unsuccessfully) to please others, specifically authority figures. There can also be stressors, or events that have occurred in life that have been hard for the purpose to process, making them feel like a victim. Never allowing themselves to live authentically, as they are continually trying to please others and show others their worth, to compensate from their own lack of self worth. Therefore it’s wise to do the method on those authority figures, themselves, and the events that have commenced the symptoms. IBS can result from an inability to comprehend and assimilate significant emotional stresses that have occurred in one’s life. These stressors can be a result of events and significant changes occurring in their life, or ongoing emotional stress around their relationship with authority figures around them. If the lopsided emotions remain around the events or people involved, then this stress will remain as baggage and create symptoms in the body, specifically IBS related illnesses.