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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, 2022
Feb 28, 2022

Recent clinical trials on the use of probiotics with children found evidence of effectiveness for colic, intestinal infection, atopic dermatitis, and upper respiratory infection. New benefits were identified for adults, as well.

The studies include a look at the benefits of dead vs. live probiotics, which should be of interest to anyone who has ever forgotten to put the bottle back in the fridge.

Evidence continues to mount for the potential of probiotic supplements to address a wide variety of health conditions in people of all ages.

https://drruscio.com/probiotics-respiratory-infection-studies 

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 

Feb 23, 2022

If you’re facing a diagnosis of autoimmune skin disease, like psoriasis or scleroderma, you may want to start paying attention to your gut and take action. One of the first steps you can take is to switch to an anti-inflammatory diet and make simple lifestyle changes. Studies show that steering clear of gluten, getting exercise or movement, and being outside in the sun absorbing Vitamin D can reduce inflammation and intestinal permeability. This can also reduce symptoms like lesions, rashes, and blisters that are commonly associated with autoimmune skin diseases. Continue reading to find out more about the surprising autoimmune skin disease-gut health connection.

https://drruscio.com/autoimmune-skin-disease/ 

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 

Feb 21, 2022

While there are a few ways to assess the presence of Hashimoto’s, thyroglobulin (Tg) antibody tests, in particular, can suffer from false positives. This may mislead patients into thinking they have Hashimoto’s. It's crucially important to move over to a model of treating patients and not treating only labs. In this podcast, I speak about a patient who was told he had Hashimoto's disease, but his symptoms, health history, and response to treatment were telling a different story. Listen in now to hear the outcome.

https://drruscio.com/hashimotos-disease-testing-treating 

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 

Feb 16, 2022

There are many symptoms associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Some directly affect the digestive system, such as diarrhea, bloating, and indigestion, while others like fatigue, brain fog, and joint pain can seem vague with no evident cause. Here’s an overview of why SIBO causes so many symptoms, what the treatment is, and how poor gut health may be the root cause of your fatigue and other non-digestive symptoms.

https://drruscio.com/sibo-fatigue/ 

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 

Feb 14, 2022

When Jeff came into the clinic, his primary symptom was chronic, non-responsive brain fog. The strategies we used to finally clear this fog included improving Jeff’s breathing, modifying his fitness program, and making his diet LESS restrictive by increasing his carb intake.

This case study is a great example of a personalized diet making a huge difference. If you’ve been following a strict low FODMAP or low carb diet and you’re not noticing an improvement in symptoms, you may, like Jeff, be someone who actually feels better with more carbs in your diet.

We also integrated a few key supplements which were NOT “brain supplements,” but which helped to regulate some of the imbalances that were likely leading to Jeff’s brain fog and digestive symptoms.

Watch Jeff’s story and learn exactly how we were able to improve his sleep, energy, digestion, and cognition without restrictive diets or brain boosting supplements.

https://drruscio.com/restrictive-diet-pitfalls 

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 

Feb 9, 2022
A scientifically validated tool for diagnosing gut dysbiosis has recently appeared on the market.

Developed by a pair of researchers in Norway, the GA-map® test enables clinicians to quantify a diagnosis of IBS or IBD based on lab markers rather than relying on symptom reporting. This makes it possible to determine appropriate treatment for gut issues with a greater degree of specificity and accuracy than ever before.

https://drruscio.com/ga-map-test-for-dysbiosis 

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 

Feb 7, 2022

It’s an all-too-common experience in healthcare for patients to feel unheard and unseen by healthcare providers, who can sometimes prioritize lab results over their patient’s experience. And this isn’t limited to conventional medical doctors or specialists. It happens in functional medicine, too.

And when it happens, the patient is profoundly underserved.

In this video, I speak with Danielle, a former patient who explains how her gut symptoms resolved when all the pieces (including the psychological one) came together in her treatment. It’s an eloquent example of how treating the whole patient leads to optimal results.

https://drruscio.com/limbic-retraining-helps-resolve-gut-symptoms 

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 

Feb 4, 2022

At the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine, we personalize care based upon a four-part order of operations:

  • History
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment response
  • Lab work

In the third and final video of my patient education series, I explain how our process ensures a science-driven, patient-centered model that results in better outcomes than a model based upon emotion, algorithms, and marketing.

https://youtu.be/ATyZ19IL7Q8 

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 

Feb 2, 2022

One of the core principles guiding our work at the clinic is the idea that treating the patient - rather than just lab numbers - leads to better outcomes and at less cost.

In the second video of my 3-part patient education series, I explain how relying on lab work - from allergy testing, SIBO tests, and adrenal cortisol tests - rather than treating the symptoms, is less likely to result in benefits to the patient - and may even cause harm.

https://drruscio.com/food-allergy-lab-testing-vs-diet-change-video-2 

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 

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