Bloating and Distension: Myths, Misconceptions, and the Microbiome

February 21, 2024
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Join us as Tom Fabian, Ph.D., CNTP, explains how GI-MAP™ testing can help you demystify the misconceptions related to bloating and distension.

Abdominal bloating and distension are highly prevalent symptoms associated with a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions. Emerging research is yielding surprising new insights into the pathophysiology underlying bloating and distension, including altered interactions among the microbiome, dietary factors, the immune system, and the neuroendocrine system.

This emerging understanding not only poses a direct challenge to some of the long-held assumptions about the causes of bloating and distension but also provides new opportunities for gaining important clinical insights from GI-MAP testing that allow for improved, targeted treatment approaches for these common symptoms.


Thomas Fabian, PhD, CNTP

Dr. Fabian is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function, chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focus is on the clinical application of microbiome research in the integrative and functional medicine space. He received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has worked as a biomedical researcher in the biotechnology industry, and more recently, as a consultant in the microbiome testing field. Currently, Dr. Fabian serves a consultant and science advisor with Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory, and he is also a Science Advisory Board member with Designs for Health. In addition, he is certified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver.

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