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Gilbert’s Syndrome – The Hidden Cause of Gut-Brain Issues


About Maria from True Foods Nutrition

Maria Allerton is a fully qualified Clinical Nutritionist who runs a busy Health Clinic in Sydney. Maria uses a functional medicine approach to find the real causes of illness. She is a firm believer in the principle of ‘food as medicine’ and focuses on diet, nutrients and lifestyle when addressing the conditions of her patients.

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  1. Shona Saunders says:

    My son is 17 and has had high bilirubin his entire life. Recently, however, he began experiencing symptoms. It started out as stomache pain, fatigue, and headaches. We saw a Dr who did x-rays and a CBC and everything was fine. Two weeks later, he was still feeling bad. Second opinion said he was constipated. He began to experience body aches, hair loss, and confusion. Third visit said GS. However, I am not so sure that it is it. All my research and even the doctors said GS is mild. My son is losing weight and hair and I am so concerned. We are going for another appointment in a couple of weeks. I am going to have his thyroid tested and CRP, ANA. My kid should be out with his friends, not frailing away.

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Hi Shona,
      Sorry to hear about your son. If you would like help to get to the root causes of his issues please book in with Eliza Blackwood on my team.

  2. Nancy says:

    I have GS but I’m more concerned about my 20 year old daughter. Of course she inherited the “bad” genes from me but her dad does not have GS. I have found conflicting information on whether or not being heterozygous for the UGT1A1 genes can cause problems. She’s got the whole list of GS symptoms (horrible periods, anxiety, panic attacks, bowel issues, sleep issues, intolerance of hormonal birth control, etc). Before I invest in the course, is it possible to be heterozygous and affected? Or should I be looking at other things to help her?

    • Maria Allerton says:

      Hi Nancy, yes I have several clients who are heterozygous and still have symptoms. The genes can still express depending on toxic load, environment, stress and many other factors. I recommend the course to anyone who is having the symptoms regardless of the genes. Hope that helps.

  3. Angela Taylor says:

    I’m really struggling, been told I have gastroparesis. My bilirubin is over 20. I have Gilbert’s. I believe that Keto/carnivore can help with my insulin resistance and highish blood pressure, but also it can be bad for Gilbert’s,especially the higher fat content. Please advise. I also had a large fibroid and hysterectomy 14 years ago. Yes possibly oestrogen dominance. Not sure what to do for the best. 🙏

  4. Tahir says:

    I am also a medical student having the same condition , all i saw in this article was so satisfying and detailed i am so pleased to study it, now i want to know more about the history and exam findings of the pain like the onset frequency duration character progression aggreviating relieving factors association and management etc so if u plz guide us about pain

  5. Graden says:

    Hi there. It seems that not only do I have Gilbert’s syndrome, but also poor methylation. What specific liver function tests can I ask my functional doctor about in order to test each phase of liver detox? Thanks!

  6. Tiffany says:

    I have had high bilirubin on most of my blood tests and was told I have Gilbert’s syndrome. I’d like to confirm with DNA and also have family members check theirs. We have all done 23and me so I have the raw data but just not fully sure how to review the snps for Gilbert’s? Do you have direction/advice on that?
    Thank you!

  7. Kelly sapio says:

    SO happy to come across your work. I was born with jaundice, high bilirubin starting in puberty, and later in life developed gallstones that caused chronic pancreatitis which then led to an aneurism in one of the arteries leading to my Pancreas. I really have suffered the trifecta here and am trying now at 56 years old to manage this so no further damage can be done. Doctors always dismiss the Gilbert’s Syndrome as “nothing to worry about”. I do not drink much because it makes me so ill but doctors always seem suspect be cause of my high liver enzyme readings. Where do I start with additional testing or supplements to help alleviate symptoms?

  8. Tammy says:

    Good Day.
    I have GS but have been told it’s not a problem for years. I have really struggled over the years with moods, anxiety, on edge feeling, low moods and not able to function normally life is a big struggle for me a lot of days.
    I now believe it is all related to my GS and the Dr is wrong but I don’t know where to start to help myself as my Dr won’t hear anything about it.
    I asked for more testing, but was told no as it wouldn’t achieve anything anyway and was a waist.
    Could you please help me with where to start?
    I eat very healthily, and take supplements my naturopath recommended.

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