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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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Apr 4, 2022

Today we will cover listener questions, including…

  • Trouble losing weight even with a raw vegan diet and juicing, what to try next?
  • Can probiotics help prevent food poisoning when traveling?
  • Is hair mineral testing accurate?
  • Does SIBO cause lower T3 and sex hormones?
  • What causes random acute throat tightening when eating?

https://drruscio.com/listener-questions-weight-loss-sibo-hormones 

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 

Mar 30, 2022

New gut health research is here and is providing insights into what may (or may not) help reduce the symptoms of GI conditions like Crohn’s disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis, SIBO, and colon cancer. Now is the time to hear what the evidence shows about interventions like the low FODMAP diet, Vitamin D, prebiotics, curcumin, and rifaximin. Listen to the podcast.

https://www.drruscio.com/latest-gut-health-research-sibo-ibs-more 

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 

Mar 28, 2022

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that commonly causes digestive symptoms like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and appetite loss.

For Kyle, his main symptom was abdominal pain with everything he ate. He also was experiencing constipation, bloating, low energy, headaches, and low back pain that traveled down his legs.

After trying different remedies on his own and seeing no improvement, he sought the help of Dr. Joe, the Clinical Director of the Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine.

Listen in as they discuss Kyle’s health journey and how triple therapy probiotics, abdominal massage, and the Gupta Program ultimately helped him feel better.

https://www.drruscio.com/how-to-manage-crohns-disease-and-optimize-gut-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://ruscioinstitute.com 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Mar 23, 2022

Podcast guest Richard Jacobs has done his own exploration into viruses by interviewing several virologists on his Finding Genius podcast and for his book, Finding Genius: Understanding Viruses: 30 Questions, 25 Geniuses, 100 Amazing Insights. The data collected provides insights that may be familiar, like how viruses are connected to various conditions and diseases. However, some information in this podcast may be new to your ears. Listen in to our discussion and prepare to hear new information about viruses.

https://www.drruscio.com/what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-viruses 

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 

Mar 21, 2022

New IBS research presents interesting findings that may help both patients and providers identify the true underlying cause of IBS symptoms. Listen to the podcast to hear about the common types of misdiagnoses of IBS and how our clinic will integrate this data into our treatment model.

https://www.drruscio.com/underlying-causes-of-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://ruscioinstitute.com 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Mar 16, 2022

Though it’s often overlooked or misunderstood, there is a strong gut-thyroid connection. This may make it tricky for patients to pinpoint what’s causing their symptoms of brain fog, fatigue, gas, bloating, and anxiety.

In this podcast, I walk through the treatment of a patient of mine, Beth, whose labs showed she had hypothyroidism, but despite taking thyroid medication and trying a variety of diets like autoimmune paleo and low FODMAP, she still wasn’t feeling relief. Tune in to learn how we helped her feel better by looking at the whole picture: her labs, symptoms, health history, and her response to treatment.

https://www.drruscio.com/thyroid-disorder-gut-issue 

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 

Mar 14, 2022

Are you thinking of taking digestive enzymes for your digestive symptoms? Digestive enzymes are one of the most frequently recommended supplements in the wellness industry for digestive health, but does research support their use for IBS?

There isn’t a lot of research to go by, but what’s there does suggest that enzymes improve IBS symptoms like bloating and abdominal pain. Let’s explore what digestive enzymes are, what research actually shows about their effectiveness for IBS symptoms, and how to choose and use them.

https://drruscio.com/digestive-enzymes-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://ruscioinstitute.com 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Mar 9, 2022

When stress, chronic pain or illness, a sleep disorder, or an imbalance in gut bacteria are present, a good night’s sleep can be difficult to achieve. Knowing that sleep is imperative for our emotional and physical wellbeing, it’s crucially important to uncover what can help those experiencing poor sleep. In this podcast, I speak with neurologist Dr. Stasha Gominak about her research about the connections between gut health, vitamin intake, and sleep. Listen in now.

https://www.drruscio.com/vitamins-for-sleep-does-it-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://ruscioinstitute.com 
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Mar 7, 2022

When Julie came into the clinic, she was doing many things right - like cutting out certain inflammatory foods and managing stress levels. However, her symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and distention were disrupting her life.

Dr. Joe Mather, medical director of The Ruscio Institute for Functional Medicine, focused on finding the root causes of her symptoms to help formulate a treatment plan and help her feel better.

Some of these treatments included eating an anti-inflammatory diet, incorporating a gut-healing supplement powder, and beginning a binder protocol to detox from mercury and mold exposure.

If you’re trying everything to heal and are still not feeling better, you may, like Julie, need to trust what your gut is telling you and dig deeper to find the root cause of your symptoms.

Watch Julie’s story and learn how the specific dietary, supplemental, and environmental changes we recommended improved her digestion and overall well-being.

https://www.drruscio.com/unexplained-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 

Mar 2, 2022

Advances in epigenetics show exciting potential for helping to treat disease and slow the aging process.

Podcast guest Dr. Kara Fitzgerald has made an important contribution to this field with a new study of epigenetics and aging. Her groundbreaking clinical trial found that biological age can be reversed by more than 3 years by introducing simple diet and lifestyle modifications. In short, genetics do not necessarily determine our health destiny.

Listen to our discussion and prepare to have your assumptions about aging and disease challenged.

https://drruscio.com/epigenetics-and-aging-study 

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 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 

Jan 31, 2022

Scientific research tells us that treatment approaches in functional medicine are best decided by looking at patients and their symptoms rather than allowing lab results to dictate those decisions.

In this video series, I provide a short checklist to help educate patients and clinicians about best practices.

Video 1 discusses why weeding out unnecessary tests reduces costs and improves health outcomes.

https://youtu.be/bwGd8H2wTmc 

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 

Jan 26, 2022

Today we answer listener questions, including:

  1. Is leaky gut real or is it a theoretical marker?
  2. Without a functioning thyroid gland, can healing gut issues make a difference in my need for thyroid meds?
  3. Could the Prep Diet for SIBO tests provoke a false positive?
  4. Do your probiotics absorb well in the small intestine?
  5. What is the appropriate probiotic dosage for young children?
  6. Is NMN (an anti-aging supplement) helpful for IBS?
  7. Are thyroid supplements like selenium and l-carnitine safe to take with thyroid medication?
  8. What’s your advice on how to treat Lyme and co-infections if antibiotics and vitamin C don’t work?
  9. I had great results with a probiotics product, but the results were short-lived. Why?

https://drruscio.com/listener-questions-nmn-for-ibs-is-leaky-gut-real 

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 

Jan 24, 2022

The latest batch of clinical research into probiotics therapy includes findings about the effectiveness of probiotics for children with IBS and other conditions, respiratory tract infections, atopic dermatitis, athletic performance, C. difficile, chronic diarrhea, and more.

I also discuss the importance of moving away from strain-specific and species-specific bias in probiotics use, the pitfalls of an overly cautious approach to probiotics dosing, why we at the clinic address gut health before attempting to optimize micronutrient levels, and the value of probiotics for preventive health.

https://drruscio.com/probiotics-research-updates-3/ 

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 

Jan 19, 2022

The first installment of our monthly patient support call covers a lot of ground. We discuss:

  1. The use of probiotics vs. yogurt for treating SIBO
  2. Addressing emotional trauma to help patients find relief from physical symptoms
  3. Time frames for using antimicrobials to improve gut health
  4. Constipation as a symptom, and the role of antimicrobials in addition to diet and other approaches
  5. A case study describing how a single symptom led to a diagnosis of mold illness in a 73-year-old man (and a motorcycle chase!)

Questions from patients allow us to showcase the clinic’s research arm, put progressively more resources into making sure that our diagnostic and treatment process is sound, and ensure that science is thoroughly integrated into our clinical model.

Join us every second Friday with your questions, or just listen in.

https://drruscio.com/clinic-podcast-probiotics-emotional-work-suicidal-thoughts 

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 

Jan 17, 2022

Today’s podcast episode features the latest gut health research, my thoughts on how these studies fit into what we’re doing at the clinic, and how I use the information in the studies to consider whether we’re practicing in accordance with current science or if we need to consider modifying our approach.

This latest batch of studies examines:

  • The impact of low FODMAP diets on IBS
  • A meta-analysis of the efficacy of rifaximin in treating SIBO
  • A prospective study of IBS patients who derived benefits from a gluten-free diet even though they were not strictly compliant with the diet
  • The relationship between the oral microbiota and SIBO
  • A study of patients with leaky gut whose symptoms improved 3,000% with a low FODMAP diet as compared to a gluten-free diet

…and more. Listen and learn.

https://drruscio.com/gut-health-updates-leaky-gut-low-fodmap-sibo-gluten-free 

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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