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Dr. Ruscio Radio: Health, Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Health nutrition and functional medicine; practical, evidenced-based and cost-effective information for optimum digestive, thyroid, immune and hormonal health. Dr Michael Ruscio shares the most effective and efficient techniques for using diet, nutrition and functional medicine to improve digestive, thyroid, immune, hormonal and overall health.
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Jan 15, 2020

When used correctly, probiotics are a powerful therapy with a surprisingly long list of health benefits. But for many health care consumers, the results of probiotic therapy can be suboptimal due to lack of information or poor probiotic quality. I’ve recently published a comprehensive, 43-page guide to getting the most out of your probiotic supplements on my website. I’ve also developed this podcast series to highlight some of the key takeaways that you need to know about probiotic therapy. This episode is part 1 in a 3-part podcast series. Imbalances of the gut microbiota are becoming increasingly common and can cause distressing digestive symptoms and an array of seemingly unrelated symptoms and conditions. These include mood, energy, skin, joint health, metabolism, sleep, immune function, hormone balance and thyroid health. Thankfully, probiotics can help to correct these imbalances and relieve symptoms. Hundreds of research studies provide evidence for these benefits. https://drruscio.com/?p=48993

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Jan 13, 2020

What’s the difference between a brain game and a classic game like Monopoly? Unlike other games, brain games are specifically designed to drive structural and functional changes in your brain, leading to improvements in cognitive speed and accuracy. Not all brain games are created equal, however. In this episode, Dr. Henry Mahncke shares some of the exciting clinical research behind brain games developed by BrainHQ, including one study that showed a 48% reduced risk of a car crash for seniors who practiced one type of brain game! https://drruscio.com/?p=48991

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Jan 8, 2020

Do you need to perform expensive blood testing to determine ‘what nutrients you’re deficient in’? Probably not. Ensuring you have adequate nutrients on a daily basis is not only cheaper, but may be a better long-term strategy. Today I speak with Marty Kendall, who’s developed a simple system to assess where you have holes in your diet. https://drruscio.com/?p=48764

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Jan 6, 2020

Excess fluoride from fluorinated drinking water has been linked to hypothyroidism in a recent systematic review (a high-quality summary of many studies). The review also found that the fluoride had other health effects like dental and skeletal fluorosis. Fluoride may disrupt the thyroid by inhibiting the ability of iodine to function in the body. Other sources of fluoride include processed beverages and foods, Teflon pans, and pesticides. Best steps to take: filter your water and focus on healthy nutrients. See the video for more details. https://drruscio.com/?p=48762

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Jan 1, 2020

Psychedelics are coming up more and more in the conversation about future mental health therapies. Under the right conditions, some psychedelics can facilitate valuable perspective shifts. But is the media getting carried away? What precautions should be in place? In this episode, researcher and clinical psychologist Dr. Peter Hendricks shares an objective take on the so-called “classic” psychedelics and what to know. We discuss their potential impact on addiction, trauma, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. You’ll also hear what it would look like to take a psychedelic when carefully guided by a therapist. https://drruscio.com/?p=48749

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 30, 2019

If you have hypothyroidism, your gut could play a role in your symptoms. Namely, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) may be present too. About 30% of people who have hypothyroidism have low stomach acid, according to high-quality research. Low stomach acid can increase your risk of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The science also shows a direct link between SIBO and hypothyroidism. When trying to improve how you feel, consider healing your gut with probiotics and possibly supplemental hydrochloric acid. Learn more about what to do in this video. https://drruscio.com/?p=48747

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 25, 2019

Without high-quality sleep, we are susceptible to a wide array of health problems. Pediatric dentist Dr. Kevin Boyd is on a mission to improve sleep and breathing in children, by using dentistry and orthodontia to treat their teeth and jaws as early as possible. In our conversation, you’ll hear why and how to intervene if you suspect issues for your child, and some options to explore for adults. https://drruscio.com/?p=48741

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 23, 2019

Metabolic conditions like diabetes are on the rise, and the need for blood sugar management is critical. In this episode, Dr. Eran Elinav shares the science behind a new test that predicts your personal sugar level rise to foods, based on data from your microbiota, blood, body composition, and other clinical details. In the research, the personalized diet generated by the algorithm was slightly more effective in balancing blood sugar than following a diet created by an expert. Learn more about what steps you can take! (Plus, hear details on the first-ever vaginal microbiome transplant.) https://drruscio.com/?p=48739

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 18, 2019

Healing from hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s or other thyroid issues can be overwhelming. What if you had a thyroid community cheering you on to meet your health goals? Ginny Mahar and Danna Bowman of Thyroid Refresh have created just that, inspired by their own experiences with thyroid conditions. They’ve also put together “the eight Rs,” a series of eight daily rituals designed to make your health practices fun and sustainable. In this episode, we discuss the rituals, common pitfalls, and your best mindset for healing! https://drruscio.com/?p=47963

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 16, 2019

One of the most impactful changes I have made lately is improving my sleep, namely my sleep timing. This was inspired by tracking my sleep using an Oura Ring. If you have not tracked your sleep, I highly recommend you do. Even though I am generally not a big advocate of tracking, this is one area I feel is worthwhile. In today’s episode, I talk with the CEO of Oura Ring, Harpreet Rai about the many health benefits of sleep. Learn areas you can optimize using sleep tracker data (everyone is different). A great night of sleep is a huge health win, supporting everything from physical recovery to mental clarity. https://drruscio.com/?p=47961

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 11, 2019

Sometimes, bands of scar tissue—called adhesions—can form in your body and stick to your organs or tissues, as a result of surgery, trauma, or inflammation. This may cause complications like intestinal blockage, restricted breathing, or difficulty moving muscles. In the gut, SIBO, IBS, IBD, and conditions like hiatal hernia may be influenced by this restriction. Fortunately, a technique called visceral therapy (also known as visceral manipulation and massage) can help. In this episode, a specialist in visceral therapy, Dr. Jason Wysocki, shares his insights about how it works and who is most likely to benefit. https://drruscio.com/?p=47952

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 9, 2019

Today we will cover listener questions, including…

  • Protocol suggestions for redundant colon
  • IBS – Smart test
  • Acid blockers
  • Heidelberg test
  • SIBO and the ileocecal valve
  • SIBO and histamine

https://drruscio.com/?p=47950

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 4, 2019

Conventional weight loss advice often revolves around counting calories. However, although caloric intake does have a high correlation with weight gain—or loss—the counting approach hasn’t proven effective for most people. Neuroscientist Dr. Stephan Guyenet shares what is more likely to work: shifting your food quality and food environment. By understanding common craving triggers and how your brain causes you to feel full, you can painlessly lower your caloric intake. Get his tips for best results in this episode. https://drruscio.com/?p=47207

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Dec 2, 2019

Valerie was diagnosed with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and her doctors said it was forever. She felt discouraged but kept looking. After trying a few unsuccessful protocols, she discovered Healthy Gut, Healthy You and followed the steps. She noticed digestive improvements after taking the three key categories of probiotics, and was able to add in new foods using Intestinal Support Formula! Best of all, she learned how to rebound from setbacks. Hear her story in today’s video. https://drruscio.com/?p=47204

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 27, 2019

The CBD industry is booming. But which claims about its benefits are grounded in solid evidence? In this episode, my guest Dr. Alex Capano—who received the first doctorate ever in cannabinoid science—is our guide to CBD for health. She’ll walk us through important definitions, the differences between isolate, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum, whether CBD is effective for healing your gut, and more. https://drruscio.com/?p=46745

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 25, 2019

Today we will cover listener questions, including…

  • Sun Exposure
  • Probiotics and long-term antibiotics
  • What probiotics to take for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Probiotic research Anemia

https://drruscio.com/?p=46743

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 20, 2019

How do you optimize your health using data? In this episode, Dr. Dan Stickler shares how he and his team use data to help patients overcome their health obstacles and maximize performance. Genetics and other forms of testing, health tracking devices, and highly individualized service all come into play. You’ll also learn about peptides—molecules from the body that can be introduced for targeted outcomes—that he’s finding the most useful for gut health, cognition, and anti-aging. https://drruscio.com/?p=44101

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 18, 2019

The elemental diet is a proven way to starve bacterial overgrowths and give your gut a chance to rest. It also likely starves fungal overgrowths. Our new Elemental Heal formula tastes better than ever and has less carbs per serving. In this video, learn why the elemental diet works and easy, flexible ways to get started with it. Also, get the details on a great addition to the Elemental Heal shake, MCT oil powder. https://drruscio.com/?p=44099

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 13, 2019

Anything we can do to improve our gut health through lifestyle is a big win. Guest Dr. Sarah Ballantyne a.k.a. the Paleo Mom shares her research-backed tips to support your microbiota, like optimal light exposure, sleep, and vegetable diversity. Hear her clever way to (manageably!) cook 30+ vegetables in a single week, and what nutrients your healthy gut bacteria love. https://drruscio.com/?p=44093

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 11, 2019

Paige had always been full of energy, and it was perfect for her firefighter career. Then she noticed more fatigue and lack of sharpness. Luckily, her department happened to be doing a health program that revealed Paige’s hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. But thyroid medication didn’t seem to be helping, and she was already on the paleo diet. What more could she do? With further luck, Paige came across the Healthy Gut, Healthy You protocol. Hear the simple steps she took to heal her gut and get her energy back. https://drruscio.com/?p=44077

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 6, 2019

Conventional health literature often focuses on a supposed connection between sodium intake and blood pressure. But sodium plays an important role in our health and even regulation of other electrolytes. Join me and my guest Robb Wolf as we discuss recent research, why sodium may be unfairly villainized, and guidelines on salt intake to shoot for. https://drruscio.com/?p=41555

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Nov 4, 2019

Many factors can contribute to hair loss in women—from genetic predisposition to hormonal changes—and can show up differently than in men. In this episode, Dr. Alan Bauman, a hair restoration physician, shares his top three hair loss treatments for women that go beyond nutrition, and many more details. A key point: Whether you’ve pinpointed the exact cause of the loss or not, you can still begin to test these treatments. Treating an underlying issue may not reverse the hair loss. It’s important to act as early as possible with hair-loss specific treatment for the best chance to stop the progression. https://drruscio.com/?p=40610

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Oct 30, 2019

Is Roundup—a popular herbicide that contains glyphosate—safe to have in your food? Probably not. In this episode, we go in depth on what the evidence shows, with returning guest and research microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. The good news is, there are simple steps you can take to build resilience in your health, even if you can’t avoid consuming it completely. https://drruscio.com/?p=40612

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My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Oct 28, 2019

We know the effects of gut damage can manifest as a wide array of symptoms. From constipation to bloating to fatigue and brain fog, a damaged gut can create a domino effect of not feeling well. In this video, you’ll hear the story of how I resolved my digestive issues after a parasitic infection, and what I do daily for gut health maintenance. https://drruscio.com/?p=41566

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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Oct 23, 2019

Several key psychedelics—MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine—are being actively studied as therapeutic aids in conditions like depression and PTSD. Others, like marijuana and ayahuasca, also show promise. In this episode, Dr. Will Siu and I discuss psychedelics as healing agents. We cover their effects, the latest research, important points to be aware of, and their potential future in mental health care and beyond. https://drruscio.com/?p=40604

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My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/

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