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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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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 

Jul 28, 2021

Adjusting your sleep schedule can lead to huge improvements in your overall health. Learn how your sleep cycle and circadian rhythm works, what can disrupt your sleep schedule, and get 6 key tips for how to get better sleep.
https://drruscio.com/how-to-fix-sleep-schedule/ 
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 

Jul 26, 2021

Dr. Devin Waterman, the chiropractor I see for my own aches and pains, helps to answer some common questions about chiropractic care. Learn what to look for (and avoid) in a chiropractor, what the research says, and common imbalances that musculoskeletal or chiropractic care can help with. Plus: Our thoughts on the field as a whole.
https://drruscio.com/does-chiropractic-care-work/ 
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 

Jul 21, 2021

Coach PJ Nestler and I talk about the integration between breath, movement, mindset, nutrition, and connection. Learn how you can look at everything in your life as performance, and actively improve your wellbeing with high performance principles and habits no matter where you’re starting from or what your goals are. Plus: How to use extreme stressors like ice baths and sauna therapy without overdoing it, and strategies for adapting your response to fear.
https://drruscio.com/high-performance-principles-for-your-life-and-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 

Jul 14, 2021

Today we will cover listener questions, including…

  • What should I do if I think my supplements for hormone balance are causing depression?
  • Is there a connection between vertigo and SIBO?
  • If I see giardia on a patient's GI MAP test, is it worth targeting and treating separate from other gut issues?
  • Where in your hierarchy would you test for chronic infections and viruses like Lyme, herpes virus, and Epstein Barr?
  • Should urine mycotoxin tests be provoked or unprovoked? I'm hearing mixed messages in the field.
  • Is there a risk to staying on a low FODMAP diet for longer than 3-6 months? 
  • Is it ok to eat nutritional yeast?
  • How should I protect my gut before, during, and after taking an antibiotic?

https://drruscio.com/pcos-vertigo-giardia-testing-for-chronic-infections/

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 

Jul 12, 2021

Antimicrobial agents include broad spectrum plant-based ingredients that are an option in tackling gut-related health problems. https://drruscio.com/antimicrobial-agents 
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 

Jul 7, 2021

On today’s episode, I’m excited to introduce Dr. Hannah and Dr. Omar, the two newest doctors at our functional medicine center. It has been a true privilege to be able to grow this team with sharp, thoughtful clinicians and other individuals who are really committed to providing a more methodical, balanced, and cost-effective approach to patient care. Get to know Dr. Hannah and Dr. Omar, their backgrounds, what led them to this team, and their perspectives on the field of functional medicine and our clinical model. https://drruscio.com/meet-our-new-functional-medicine-doctors/ 
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 

Jul 5, 2021

Autoimmune gastritis causes reduced stomach acid and malabsorption of nutrients, but improving gut health and correcting vitamins deficiencies helps.
https://drruscio.com/autoimmune-gastritis 
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 

Jun 30, 2021

On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Josh Trent about his personal experience being erroneously diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, Josh’s story is very similar to the stories we hear in the clinic every week. Hypothyroidism is a real condition, but it’s frequently misdiagnosed in functional medicine because of a theory about what TSH and T4 lab ranges should be-- even though research and clinical experience continue to disprove this. If you’re wondering about your own hypothyroid diagnosis, lab results, thyroid medication, or how to really get to the bottom of your symptoms and improve your health, I hope you’ll listen to this episode.
https://drruscio.com/the-epidemic-of-false-hypothyroidism-diagnoses 
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 

Jun 28, 2021

Randy shares how he used Elemental Heal to finally recover from ongoing SIBO, fatigue, reflux, inflammation, joint pain, and more. He had tried all kinds of things including diets, medications, and supplements, but results were either minimal, temporary, or would improve one set of symptoms while seeming to trigger another. But when he gave his gut a reset with Elemental Heal, he experienced significant improvements in energy, gut symptoms, and joint pain within days. Hear Randy’s story in his own words, and our whole conversation, in this video.
https://drruscio.com/how-to-improve-fatigue-sibo-and-joint-pain-in-3-days 
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 

Jun 23, 2021

Dr. Titus Chiu breaks down how prior head trauma-- including mild trauma that you may not even have paid much attention to-- can lead to fatigue, depression, insomnia, IBS, food reactivity, and more. He also shares a number of insights into how to heal from prior trauma and post concussion syndrome, the connection between exercise intolerance and the brain, and how to optimize cognitive performance.
https://drruscio.com/how-to-heal-from-post-concussion-syndrome-naturally 
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 

Jun 21, 2021

Looking for a faster and better way to stay up to date on the cutting edge in functional medicine research? If so, this is for you. FFMR Plus consists of a weekly written brief on the newest and most impactful functional medicine studies, and a corresponding audio read with Gavin Guard. This free preview covers new and relevant research on multi-strain probiotics for IBS, parasitic infection as a cause of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, berberine for GI disorders, and more.
https://drruscio.com/how-effective-are-multi-strain-probiotics-for-ibs 
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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