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Yes, I agree about GI docs’ reluctance to recommend food to patients being likely tied to the wide variety of digestive sensitivities and, honestly, preferences and opinions. For example, now that I am well into my seventies, I am not too concerned with things like long term side effects although I can appreciate your concerns about antibiotics and Roundup. Docs have all referred me to nutritionists for specific diet guidance. Of course nutritionists have their own opinions and biases—usually openly stated—which makes it easier to find one that is more compatible with our own—e.g. no vegans for me!!
What kind of kefir do you drink? Dietician told me much of it is high fodmap so I haven’t tried it. Doesn’t much of it have dairy and lactose in it? I am going to try making my own yogurt with lactose free milk in a pressure cooker. I think some milk is now supposed to be free of antibiotics too.
Thank you for letting me know! I am still using the Premarin cream which takes care of targeted problems in “that” area. But am now going to ask my doctor about options “like estradiol” that could possibly help with my digestive system as well.
Ask your primary care doctor if he or she can recommend someone. I think that what the previous person says could be true—about many functional doctors not being MDs. But my primary care doc recommended a functional/integrative MD at the University of MN Medical Center he knows and trusts. Actually I think even Mayo now has an integrative medicine department.