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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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Now displaying: February, 2020
Feb 26, 2020

In this episode I spoke with Dr. Tina Beaudoin on the topic of water, and it was shocking to me to learn that there are actually far more toxins and pollutants in our water than I originally thought, and apparently it's fairly regular to have violations occur to the upper acceptable limit for water toxins. This is something that organizations are working to lobby to reform and improve. Dr. Beaudoin mentions a few websites that you can visit to get specific information about the water supply in your community. Knowledge is power and your voice counts with these issues. Lastly, we discuss some recommendations on affordable and effective water filtration systems that can be easily installed in your home for clean and safe drinking water. https://drruscio.com/?p=56030

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Feb 24, 2020

There is a desperate need for better training in the world of SIBO treatment. Allison Siebecker, a known SIBO expert, now offers a SIBO training course for practitioners. She supplies an algorithm that provides a roadmap through which to apply the available treatments (which is the difference between success and failure). Patients are often given too many things to try at once with no process to follow and end up feeling lost and more symptomatic than when they started.

In this course, Dr. Siebecker goes so far as to give clues as to when to consider things like adhesions or limbic retraining and even tips that go as far-reaching as how to correctly order a barium swallow if you're suspicious of it and want to rule out adhesions in a patient. Dr. Siebecker is a colleague whom I trust and agree with and I highly recommend going through her training. https://drruscio.com/?p=56031

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

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Feb 19, 2020

Dr. Eric Trexler and I discuss sleep and how to dial in your diet for optimal body composition. The aim is to help people realize eating behaviors that are thwarting their body composition and making sure we don't tell someone to just blindly cut calories or encumber them with tracking, which can seem difficult, and arduous, and painstaking. There's also a great answer to the question of age-associated weight gain, meaning is this just something that as you age, your metabolism slows and you gain weight? No, there's actually a very empowering ray of hope there. And a few helpful nuggets about sleep. Dr. Trexler is an accomplished academic. He has a foot in both academia and publications having published over 40 papers and real-world applications having coached many people. He brings a very nice balanced and experienced perspective to the conversation. https://drruscio.com/?p=49011

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

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Feb 17, 2020

Immunoglobulins reside in the lining of your intestinal tract and help to bind, neutralize, and deactivate irritants and toxins in the gut. When your immune system and/or gut is compromised, it is helpful to supplement with immunoglobulins. This additional support helps to protect your immune system from getting triggered by these various irritants.

Research tells us that immunoglobulin supplementation can help those who struggle with SIBO, IBS, leaky gut, Histamine issues, H. Pylori, inflammation issues and more. They’ve been shown to benefit those who have tried many other therapies and failed to see results.

The best way to trial immunoglobulins is to start an initial assessment for 2-3 weeks. You may plateau around 8-9 weeks. Maintain the plateau for 1-2 months and attempt to wean off or find the minimal effective dose. They can also be used when in a flare.

Good news for vegetarians, there are egg-derived immunoglobulins available. https://drruscio.com/?p=56026

Apply to be a Health Coach with the Ruscio Institute here: https://drruscio.com/healthcoachjob

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

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Feb 12, 2020

What are the best testing methods and treatments for parasitic and gram-negative bacterial Infections in the GI? Dr. Anne Hill shares some of her go-to lab tests and we have a healthy debate about the absolute need for lab testing in general. In terms of treatment, we agree that addressing the gut first with diet, probiotics, and potentially antimicrobials are the best place to start. Dr. Hill also talks to us about MCAS and mold issues that she sees regularly in her clinic. One key takeaway is that you can and should test your home environment if you suspect mold. While this may sound like a rigorous and expensive endeavor it doesn’t have to be. https://drruscio.com/?p=55758

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

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Feb 10, 2020

There are two types of autoimmunity that may be responsible for patients who (to put it simply) don't respond to any therapies. Anti-phospholipid syndrome and/or autoimmune dysautonomia may be driving this. I talk with Dr. Schofield about some of the symptoms, history and findings that may indicate these conditions.

We talk about testing (impart a few cautions with functional medicine tests) and we talk about treatment considerations. Some of these are things that we're familiar with - gluten-free, dairy-free, low histamine, improving one's gut health, mass cell activation syndrome supports, etc.

Dr. Schofield is starting to experiment with oral immunoglobulin therapy and also uses intravenous or IVIG as something that can be quite helpful for patients who have otherwise been unresponsive.

We dig in pretty deep in this episode so I hope you’ll find it very informative and helpful. https://drruscio.com/?p=56025

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

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Feb 5, 2020

The Carnivore Diet advises one to only consume animal products. Anecdotal reports suggest this diet can be helpful for those with autoimmune conditions and sensitive guts. However, a degree of caution should be exercised with any new diet because people tend to flock to the new and novel. Today I speak with physician Paul Saladino, MD who has been using this diet in his practice for over a year. We discuss what to do, what to avoid and how you can experiment with this diet safely. https://drruscio.com/?p=55754

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

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Feb 3, 2020

If you are looking for more motivation to make healthy changes and find themselves struggling with compliance, Brain Wash by Dr. Perlmutter is a fantastic resource. In this episode, Dr. Perlmutter discusses how modern day unhealthy choices will create this over-reliance of the amygdala in the brain at the expense of the prefrontal cortex - the amygdala is more emotional based and the prefrontal cortex is more logic or reasoning based. For those of us who are stuck in this cycle of making bad choices, going to bed too late, drinking too much, eating unhealthy food, not exercising, there may be this unhealthy habit related stimulus in which inflammation may be a main driver that causes this skewing of what parts of the brain are activated. The book helps one better understand what the source of some of these bad habits are and what one can do to change them. https://drruscio.com/?p=56009

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

Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources

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