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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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Oct 20, 2021

We speak frequently about the importance of an evidence-informed, gut-first approach for addressing chronic symptoms both inside and outside the GI tract. And the more research and clinical experience we compile, the more we find that a wide range of concerns can be improved by looking at them through the lens of gut health. 

On this podcast, I summarize clinical reviews and case studies from the June 2021 issue of the Future of Functional Medicine Clinical Newsletter that treat mold toxicity and environmental illness by addressing diet, GI health, and thyroid.

I discuss a case study of a patient with psoriatic arthritis that was resolved in a month, a review of studies highlighting the role of diet and supplements for treating IBD, and new findings about the symptomatology and treatment of Blastocystis hominis.
https://drruscio.com/mold-toxicity-ffmr/

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://ruscioinstitute.com/
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Oct 18, 2021

The Ruscio Institute uses an evidence-based clinical model as the foundation for our treatment protocols. This means not only incorporating the most current research into treatment decisions, but also applying a critical eye to research studies rather than accept their conclusions at face value.

Today’s podcast looks at studies on the possible role of autoimmunity in IBS and SIBO, whether antibody levels are a valid marker of gut dysbiosis, low FODMAP diets for IBS, and more.

Listen as I explain how we blend critical thinking with clinical research to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
https://drruscio.com/does-autoimmunity-cause-sibo

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://ruscioinstitute.com/
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources

Oct 13, 2021

The Future of Functional Medicine Review was launched to provide clinicians with the resources and skills to help patients heal from challenging symptoms, and to help steer the field toward a more evidence-informed approach and away from excessive reliance on labs and supplements.

On today’s podcast, three clinicians join Dr. Ruscio to discuss their successes using the principles of the FFMR to treat hundreds of patients.

Listen and learn how the FFMR encourages practitioners to cultivate an internal “anti-virus software” that keeps them questioning and learning, and how clinician and citizen scientists can use the FFMR to positively and inexpensively grow their functional medicine education or clinical practice.

https://drruscio.com/better-results-with-functional-medicine

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/ resources 

Oct 11, 2021

Stress and its associated symptoms such as impaired sleep, depression, PTSD, and lowered cognitive performance are among the most pressing mental health issues of our time. Many turn to stimulants and other substances to help them cope. 

A wearable technology developed by neuroscientists may hold answers. The Apollo Neuro, based on decades of research, uses touch therapy in the form of sound waves to deliver a gentle vibration to the skin and helps the wearer shift mood and energy level.

https://drruscio.com/managing-moods-and-stress-wearable-technology 

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit 
https://ruscioinstitute.com/ 

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

Oct 6, 2021

If you experience ongoing stomach discomfort such as burning sensations, heartburn, nausea, or peptic ulcers, or gastritis, chances are you may have a helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, infection. H. pylori infection is a risk factor for many health conditions and shouldn’t be left untreated.

Today’s podcast gives you the rundown on H. pylori, a bacteria that can live in the stomach or digestive tract. About 10 - 20% of those infected with it will experience symptoms.
https://drruscio.com/h-pylori-probiotics/ 

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Oct 4, 2021

Do you struggle with a thyroid disorder? Are you a clinician treating patients with hypothyroidism and struggling to get optimal results? In today’s podcast, we showcase some of the most essential clinical pearls when it comes to treating thyroid disorders taken from a recent issue of the Future of Functional Medicine Clinical Newsletter.
https://drruscio.com/how-to-successfully-treat-thyroid-disorders

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 29, 2021

Dr. Anna Cabeca, OB/GYN, Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine expert believes in whole health, powerful immunity, and a great sex life at any age.

In this podcast, Anna shares the tools that she developed through her investigations into balancing female hormones, improving brain health, and improving sexual health in and around menopause. Our wide ranging discussion in the podcast today touches on the advantages of a ketogenic diet for older women, the importance of having more oxytocin in your life, the benefits of bioidentical progesterone, why gratitude is good for your health, and so much more.

Her message about paying attention to your intuition and not accepting suffering as a way of life will resonate with listeners.
https://drruscio.com/how-ketosis-can-benefit-the-brain

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/ resources 

Sep 27, 2021

Keto diets have become very popular for weight loss, and many people swear by them for addressing a variety of health issues. However, there are pitfalls associated with being on these diets for extended periods of time.

Sara Gottfried, MD, is an expert on women’s hormonal health, and in this podcast she discusses the reasons why a keto diet can be stressful to adrenal balance, the gut microbiome, and overall wellness, as well as the best way for women to approach short-term keto dieting.

Listen as Sara breaks down the importance of moderate carb intake, and the connections between food, hormones, and a seasonal approach to diet.
https://drruscio.com/keto-diet-for-women

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 24, 2021

If you live with food intolerances, symptoms such as headaches, GI issues, brain fog, and fatigue may be a source of frustration.

Food intolerances are often linked to underlying gut health or immune issues. They are often short term and can be addressed with diet and lifestyle adjustments.

Learn about some of the most common food intolerances and what causes them, as well as tips to help you start feeling better.
https://drruscio.com/common-food-intolerances/

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 22, 2021

The scientific understanding of COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, and the research now tells us that there is a link between gastrointestinal dysbiosis and the symptoms of long haul COVID.

On today’s podcast, I speak with Dr. Leonard Weinstock, a gastroenterologist and clinical researcher. We discuss his latest findings about long COVID, mast cell activation, and the relationship to gut health.

For COVID-19 patients who are suffering with severe chronic symptoms post infection, these findings could change the way this condition is treated by highlighting the role of restoring microbial balance.
https://drruscio.com/how-to-improve-long-haul-covid 

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 20, 2021

Probiotics are beneficial for everyone’s gut and immune health, but they hold promise for helping with some conditions that are specific to men. Early data show that probiotics can improve specific male health concerns such as sexual dysfunction and prostatitis, and may even be useful for the increased risk of heart disease faced by men as well as a variety of other conditions such as sleep, depression. and cognitive function. All probiotics products are not created equal, so it’s important to read labels and learn how to distinguish between good, mediocre, and even harmful products. Watch the video and learn more.
https://drruscio.com/best-probiotics-for-men/ 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 17, 2021

We frequently see patients who have tried multiple different treatment combinations for hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but have not seen improvement in their symptoms. Often, this is because the underlying issue is actually not related to the thyroid, but to the gut. In today’s short video, I’m going to break down one recent example of how treating an imbalance in the gut microbiome helped one of our patients, Kathy, to finally recover from intense fatigue. You’ll see how the gut-focused herbal treatment approach used by Dr. Joe Mather not only led to reduced levels of thyroid antibodies but significantly improved Kathy’s quality of life.
https://drruscio.com/how-to-heal-hashimotos-by-treating-the-gut 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 15, 2021

The benefits of probiotics for gut health are well-established. But did you know that they’re effective for a wide range of other conditions as well?

Today’s podcast is a review of recent research into probiotics, and the findings are exciting: new insights into the benefits of probiotics for health issues as diverse as skin conditions, cognitive impairment, depressive disorders, and prevention of traveler’s diarrhea.

There’s also new information about the advantages of probiotics for babies and young children, including diarrhea prevention and treatment in preterm infants. Probiotics are even effective for treating jaundice, colic, allergies and ear infections. If you’re a parent, you may want to share this information with your probiotics-hesitant pediatrician.
https://drruscio.com/updates-in-probiotics-research/ 

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://ruscioinsitute.com/ 

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

Sep 13, 2021

In today’s podcast, our medical director Dr. Joe Maher and I hold our first clinical roundtable to update our audience about new research and clinical updates. You’ll learn about our clinical model and training program for new doctors and staff.
We touch on treatment advances including:

  • An abdominal massage protocol that is revolutionizing treatment of GI issues
  • The effect of anti-microbial therapy on thyroid antibodies
  • Limbic retraining and improved food tolerance
  • A self-manipulation technique for hiatal hernias

We also discuss implications for the 34% of hypothyroid patients who may have been misdiagnosed, and delve into who may need to discontinue levothyroxine (under the care and supervision of their doctor). 

https://drruscio.com/new-functional-medicine-therapies 

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://ruscioinstitute.com/ 

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

Sep 8, 2021

If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, you may be among the 34% of patients who may be incorrectly diagnosed. Symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, depression and insomnia are often associated with hypothyroidism, but they may actually be related to other causes such as gut issues or female hormone imbalances. In today’s podcast I discuss a new clinical review that investigates outcomes for patients who were prescribed thyroid hormones as a result of a healthcare provider’s misdiagnosis. I also provide recommendations for those who think they may be incorrectly diagnosed, including tips for reading your lab report and how to work with your doctor to discontinue thyroid hormone treatment (if appropriate).
https://drruscio.com/incorrect-hypothyroid-diagnosis 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 6, 2021

If you struggle with symptoms of brain fog such as difficulty concentrating, losing items, making basic decisions or thinking clearly, read this article about its root causes and treatment options.

Brain fog is closely related to gut health and is often caused by brain inflammation. Addressing issues such as food sensitivity, gut imbalances, liver dysfunction and more can help improve symptoms and restore mental clarity.
https://drruscio.com/brain_fog/ 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Sep 1, 2021

Mold toxicity and sensitivity from exposure to moldy food or “sick buildings” can cause chronic illness and be associated with a wide range of symptoms, from allergic reactions to respiratory problems to digestive issues and inflammation. But these symptoms can also be linked to other causes, such as a gut imbalance or thyroid disorder.

Testing and treatment for mold-related illness should be approached with caution, because the wrong test can delay a proper diagnosis.

In today’s article, I review considerations for mold testing and mold-related illness treatment and share my recommendations.

https://drruscio.com/mold-toxicity/

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/

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

Aug 30, 2021

If you struggle with fatigue, brain fog, or sleep apnea, or if you have a child who struggles with sleep disturbances or snoring, listen to this episode with Dr. Brian Hockel about oral airway health, sleep, breathing, and head posture. 

For children, early problems with tongue, teeth and jaw positioning can impact physical, mental and emotional growth. But noticing early signs and taking steps to correct any oral airway issues can make a huge difference. And for adults, addressing oral airway health with simple, at home exercises (myofunctional therapy) can help to improve breathing, sleep, energy levels, and more.

https://drruscio.com/signs-of-poor-oral-airway-health

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/

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

Aug 25, 2021

Hear about my personal journey through sleep medicine, and some of the unfortunate issues I encountered when I started investigating sleep optimization. I hope this serves as a helpful example of how quickly patients can be subjected to expensive testing, invasive treatments, and unnecessary fear when an evidence-based hierarchy isn’t in place. In addition to my story, I’m sharing a number of tips and insights for those who do struggle with sleep issues and/or symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, or mood disturbances.

https://drruscio.com/whats-going-on-with-sleep-medicine

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/

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

Aug 23, 2021

There’s a lot of confusion about the role of thyroid hormone replacement medication in the treatment of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s disease. Learn why thyroid medication alone may not be enough to resolve symptoms, common pitfalls of treatment, how to incorporate gut healing into your strategy, and more.
https://drruscio.com/hypothyroidism-medication/ 

My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Aug 18, 2021

Triple Therapy Probiotics offer the most powerful, synergistic health benefits for your gut, brain, and beyond. Now, they’re available in convenient, all-in-one powder sticks-- no refrigeration required. Learn more about why we recommend triple therapy, and how this new breakthrough can help you.
https://drruscio.com/all-in-one-triple-therapy-probiotic-breakthrough 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Aug 16, 2021

Taking a sauna has long been a relaxing therapeutic modality in the spa, fitness and wellness communities, but did you know that sauna therapy offers important health benefits as well?
The heat stress of saunas sets in motion a biochemical cascade of healing effects that can help improve cardiovascular issues, autoimmune disorders, and mental health as well as supporting detox and weight loss.
Today’s article discusses how sauna therapy affects the body and breaks down why they work, and covers practical tips for getting your sauna on.
https://drruscio.com/sauna-therapy/ 

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

If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://ruscioinstitute.com/

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

Aug 9, 2021

On today’s podcast, I speak with Dr. Todd Maderis, ND, about the connection between Lyme disease and the gut. Abdominal pain, constipation, and discomfort are among the symptoms of Lyme that can complicate treatment for an already complicated disease. “Probably two-thirds of my patients that do walk in the door that either have a Lyme diagnosis or suspect they have Lyme, they're having GI symptoms,” says Dr. Maderis.
We also discuss other issues - including mold and allergens - that can factor into Lyme treatment, and how to address them. https://drruscio.com/lyme-disease-and-your-gut 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Aug 4, 2021

If you have a chronic cough, frequent throat clearing, or a persistent sore throat, you may have a type of reflux disorder called LPR or “silent reflux” -- whether or not you also experience heartburn. On today’s episode of the podcast, hear an audio read of our guide to identifying silent reflux and treating it naturally and effectively.
https://drruscio.com/silent-reflux 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Aug 2, 2021

Listen to our complete guide to the differences between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, including symptoms, causes, and testing and treatment options. Can SIBO or leaky gut contribute to IBD? Do elemental diets help? And did you know that the specific location of your abdominal pain can help to differentiate between Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis? Listen for answers to these and more questions.
https://drruscio.com/ulcerative-colitis-vs-crohns/ 
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/ 
If you're in need of clinical support, please visit https://austinfm.com/ 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

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