Dr. David Martin, MD

I’m a gastroenterologist in private practice in Pinehurst, NC, since 1989. I graduated from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, at Wake Forest University and my gastroenterology training was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

I have a special interest in the dietary treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). I began using the specific carbohydrate diet, which helped patients with chronic diarrhea, whether due to irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. It is a diet that basically eliminated sugar and starches; however, my patients couldn’t sustain it because they were always hungry. I added whole grains, and it seemed to work just as well, and many more patients could follow it.

In 2017, I took away the whole grains from those who couldn’t tolerate them and added healthy fats. Now I find this low-carb diet works very well for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including IBS, GERD, SIBO, inflammatory disease, and helps reverse fatty liver disease.



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