We often think of nutrition as things like protein, carbs, and fats. However, movement is an important nutrient also. We need the right balance of movement nutrients (cardio, strength training, and stretching) to maintain optimum health. Additionally, we are now learning that movement is required on a cellular level for healthy cell function. Today we speak with movement specialist, Katy Bowman, to elaborate.
I'm turning over a new leaf in 2017 to answer our listener questions monthly. Today I’ll answer some January questions, and here is what we will cover. Is paleo healthy? Fasting, good or bad? What to do when gluten free doesn’t work. Constipation being caused by prokinetics.
Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that functional medicine is infallible; unfortunately, this is not the case. Today we will discuss how a fairly popular functional medicine lab was found to falsify lab ranges, a change which led to increased treatment recommendations, which were serviced by their sister company’s supplements. This story provides a good example for both clinicians and patients as to why a more conservative outlook on functional medicine is important.
You’ve likely heard something about methylation as it’s an area of functional medicine that is ‘hot’ right now. I’ve been very cautious regarding ‘methylation testing and treatment’ recommendations for a number of reasons. In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and I share some of my concerns. Dr. Kara provides an excellent overview of how we can optimize methylation and do so reasonably and safely. Things you should know: testing is way overhyped, and over supplementation can actually harm you.
Today we speak with Dr. Steven Lin regarding the oral microbiota and the mouth-gut axis. We cover some very important topics, especially for those with fatigue, cavities, or who have any type of oral/dental disease like mouth lesions or bleeding gums. Dr. Lin also shares some simple techniques that can improve the health of one’s oral airway, and therefore improve sleep.
Autoimmunity is a process wherein your immune system attacks healthy tissue and can cause conditions like hypothyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. Today we speak with Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt to cover simple steps toward healing your autoimmune condition. We also make an important clarification that autoimmune conditions can often be described with undue fear and help you understand what a healthy perspective on autoimmune conditions is.
Bone broth has many medicinal properties and is something I frequently recommend to my patients. Today we speak with Dr. Kellyann Petrucci on how to best use this powerful healing tool.
I am very excited to announce that Future of Functional Medicine Review is here! If you are looking to become a better functional medicine provider or learn more about a better model of functional medicine, this is what you have been waiting for. This is our new practitioner training tool and in today’s podcast we will discuss this tool, which involves case studies, research summaries, the practitioner question of the month, and a practice tip. We will discuss cost effective functional medicine, breakthroughs for thyroid autoimmunity, and much more. Please let me know what you think.
For direct access to the Future of Functional Medicine Review click here www.DrRuscio.com/Review
I recently had Robert, who just completed his 4th year of medical school, shadowing in my office. Robert has also been fervently studying functional medicine and seemed to be quite taken with how we are doing things differently in my office than much of what his functional medicine education has taught. I thought it would be insightful to have him on the podcast to share what he had learned after a day in the office.
Today we speak with researcher and gastroenterologist Dr. Leonard Weinstock. We cover how SIBO can be the underlying cause of non-digestive issues like skin conditions, pain and others. We also cover his research and recommendations regarding low dose naltrexone for autoimmune conditions
Today we discuss what the most common causes and treatments are for fatigue with Dr Carri Drzyzga. We also take an interesting turn into brain health and brain autoimmunity’s role in fatigue.
Addressing hormonal imbalances is one of the most important actions a women can take towards well-being. I have also found this to be one of the most effective treatments in the functional medicine arsenal. Today we discuss hormones with gynecologist Dr. Anna Cabeca.
By failing to plan you are planning to fail – and this certainly holds true for healthy eating. Today we speak with Allison Schaaf for tips and techniques on how to meal plan.
Functional medicine providers are becoming increasingly sought after. However, people also have concerns about working with a functional medicine provider – mainly cost and excessive treatment. Let’s discuss some tips for finding a good functional medicine provider.
The health of your gut is very important for your overall health. Your mouth is the first section of your gut and is therefore very important also. But the mouth doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Did you know that problems in the mouth can be an indicator that you have sleep apnea? Also that inflammation in the mouth can create inflammation throughout your entire body? Today we speak with Dr. Mark Burhenne DDS to learn more about this often overlooked section of your gut.
ADD and ADHD affect many children, and unfortunately these conditions are often treated with drugs that contain powerful amphetamines. Fortunately, there are simple and powerful natural treatment options. Today we speak with pharmacist Dr. Phil Carson about natural approaches to ADD and ADHD.
Do you have a hard time making healthy dietary and lifestyle changes stick? If so, this is one conversation you will not want to miss. Kevin Geary and I dissect what underlies things like cravings, bad habits and the inability to stick with a health plan. This was one of my favorite conversations, as we burrow down into deeply seated imbalances we all struggle with, the societal problems from which they come, and how to identify and take steps toward addressing them.
Fibromyalgia typically includes the symptoms of fatigue and pain, but the challenge is that many other conditions also cause fatigue and pain. So how do you know whether you have fibromyalgia and should peruse treatments for fibromyalgia or if you have something like hypothyroid or arthritis? We speak with Fibro-Fix author Dr. David Brady to answer this question.
The first clinical microbiota test was just released, but is it worth doing? Let’s discuss this test’s pros and cons and help you determine if it’s right for you.
What do you do if all of your digestive tests are normal but you still have symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea or nausea? We have spoken a lot about SIBO but today I’m very excited to share with you a conversation with one of the leading researcher in SIFO, Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth. This discussion with Dr. Satish Rao is one you will not want to miss.
Sean Croxton has produced some highly influential healthcare documentaries and podcasts, but he has recently made a shift to another important aspect of the health picture – mindset, beliefs and happiness. In my opinion this is one of the most under-served areas of healthcare at the moment. Sean and I discuss some key issues regarding how to find happiness and how to dismantle any self-limiting beliefs that may be holding you back.
Today we talk with Dr. Allison Siebecker on all things SIBO. We discuss biofilms, small intestinal fungal overgrowth, worms and more.
Have you considered undergoing fecal microbiota transplant therapy? We have previously discussed the science behind this process and what conditions this may work best for. Today we speak with Jen Broyles, who recently underwent fecal transplant therapy, to get a firsthand understanding of what this therapy is like.
Adrenal testing is one of the most recommended tests in functional medicine, but unfortunately, most of the tests recommended are antiquated. Furthermore, most test results are not used correctly. Today Dr. Nick Hedberg joins us to discuss which adrenal tests make sense and, more importantly, how to use them.
Dr. Ruscio’s reads a few excerpts from his coming book. We discuss fiber; is it good, is it bad? Or, is it good for some but not for others, and if so how to know who it will help and who it will harm. Possibly the most important issue discussed is what impact dietary fiber actually has on colorectal cancer.