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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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Jun 1, 2020

What is the most powerful method to overcome your thyroid symptoms? Treating the cause. Shockingly, many patients are told their thyroid is the problem when it is not. Amy struggled with thyroid medications for a year and a half and experienced no improvement. She was incorrectly labeled hypothyroid, so the meds didn’t work. Let’s discuss how you can double-check if your diagnosis is correct, and how simple gut therapies may treat the cause of your symptoms. https://drruscio.com/1-powerful-way-to-overcome-your-thyroid-symptoms

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

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May 27, 2020

Optimize your carb timing, sleep, and fasting for performance and body composition, and learn about antioxidants, peptides, and hydrogen-rich water with fitness expert Kris Gethin. https://drruscio.com/performance-body-composition-anti-aging

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

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May 25, 2020

Can you get enough probiotics from food? Yes for maintenance but likely not enough to have a clinical effect. Let's compare the number of probiotics contained in fermented foods vs. the amount in probiotic supplements. https://drruscio.com/can-you-get-enough-probiotics-from-food

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

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May 20, 2020

Healing mold illness and mold remediation doesn’t have to be difficult. Join me and Dr. Jill Crista as we discuss mold inspection and mold removal tips, the connection between mold toxicity and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and mold illness treatment options. https://drruscio.com/mold-remediation-best-natural-mcas-treatments

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

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May 18, 2020

Aimee Gallo is our new health coach. Learn more about Aimee’s health and fitness coaching background, and how she can help you improve your gut health and reach your health goals. https://drruscio.com/health-coaching-scientifically-validated-and-cost-effective-care

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

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May 13, 2020

Mold treatment and home assessment can get expensive and complicated really fast. In today’s podcast, Dr. Ami Kapadia shares her refreshingly simple approach to helping her mold patients recover.

In this episode, we cover: Which tests to use to identify a mold health problem. How to assess your home for mold, and how to choose an appropriate professional to help. A straightforward mold treatment approach.

If you or someone you love has been affected by mold or environmental illness, you won’t want to miss this episode. https://drruscio.com/treatment-of-mold-toxicity

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

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May 11, 2020

Tiffany, a Whole30 nutrition coach, read my book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You and found a lot to help her clients. She learned that:

  • the gut matters, no matter what her clients present with.
  • clients need individualized support, rather than trendy fads.
  • the elemental diet may help some of her most stubborn cases.

https://drruscio.com/nutritional-practitioners-use-hghy

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

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May 6, 2020

Our guest this week is James Maskell, author of "The Community Cure" and champion of making Functional Medicine affordable for all. One of the main discussion points that he brings to the table is that of community based treatment. When people come together in groups to work on their healing they are more successful, this model simultaneously solves a major symptom that is often overlooked, loneliness. He also discusses his findfunctional.com website offering, which I think is actually a fantastic idea. You input data into a screening system and the screening helps direct you to the level of care requisite with your needs: health coach, nutritionist, functional medicine doctor, and also will save costs and improve efficiency. https://drruscio.com/finding-a-functional-medicine-doc

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

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May 4, 2020

Rachel had tried probiotics from time to time but didn’t see any meaningful result. When her functional medicine doctor wanted to put her on antimicrobials for her IBS C symptoms, not her preference, she decided to give it one last try and took all three categories of probiotics together, as recommended in Healthy Gut Healthy You. She finally improved after years of suffering. While category two probiotics are known for helping IBS D symptoms, that does not mean they don’t help with IBS C. https://drruscio.com/best-probiotic-for-constipation

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

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Apr 29, 2020

Dr. Tom Guilliams joins us to elaborate on his paper that was just published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine about “Dysbiosis or Adaptation: How Stable Is the Gut Microbiome?” In the interview, we discuss how the changes we see on a stool test may not be the cause of problems, but may instead be a symptom of a deeper underlying dysfunction. We agreed that what makes you feel best is likely the best approach for your gut, especially when it comes to bowel motility. Because the gut changes rapidly in response to diet and lifestyle influences, we also discuss how to best nurture an adaptable gut microbiome. https://drruscio.com/?p=56683

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

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Apr 22, 2020

Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) means taking the stool from a healthy donor and transplanting it into the colon of the host (a sick individual). There is excellent evidence to support the use of FMT for clostridium difficile and emerging evidence for the treatment of IBD. The data for IBS is still unclear. It’s best to try other therapies first. https://drruscio.com/?p=56682

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

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Apr 15, 2020

Aaron Alexander and I have a fascinating discussion about what happens to your mind and overall sense of being when your body is physically aligned. We touch on a few of the 5 movement principles from his book The Align Method that help develop a stronger body and sharper mind. Aaron does a great job of providing simple things that you can do, and actually framed in a quite attractive manner that can improve, as I'll share in the episode, hip mobility, shoulder mobility, and just keep your body more fluid, and also how that ties in with having a more fluid, flexible, present, and happy psyche. https://drruscio.com/?p=56582

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

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Apr 13, 2020

Dr. David Brady joins us to discuss some exciting developments in the way of testing for SARS CoV-2. Right now most testing for Coronavirus is occurring by way of major hospitals, Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory is changing that by offering serum testing to smaller institutions like general practitioners and alternative healthcare providers. In addition, at home stool testing kits will be made available for consumers. The more we know about who has the virus, who has had it, and who has developed immunity to it, the more quickly we can get people back to work and learn more about how this virus behaves in various individuals. We also discuss some natural agents, like vitamin C, melatonin, and quercetin, that may help to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms in some patients. https://drruscio.com/?p=56951
My book Healthy Gut, Healthy You is available at https://drruscio.com/getgutbook/
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Apr 8, 2020

The listener questions episodes have been really enjoyable and I hope you will continue to submit your questions. Chances are if you have the question, so do many more people in the audience. Keep them coming!

In this episode, I discuss answers to your questions about:

  • Sugar and the microbiota
  • Why prokinetics are recommended only after antimicrobial treatment
  • How long to try the Low Sulfur Diet before moving on to other therapies
  • Feeling bloated from drinking water on an empty stomach
  • Losing hope in functional medicine
  • Pulsing probiotics
  • The role of satiety and hunger with dysbiosis

https://drruscio.com/?p=56272

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

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Apr 1, 2020

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Joe Pizzorno, who is, in short, a founding father of the movement of natural medicine. We’ll be discussing environmental toxins.

There are a few, very interesting hypotheses Dr. Pizzorno puts forth. Environmental toxins have not really abated the way that there has been an improvement in sugar and calorie consumption, and this could be what's ultimately driving increases in a litany of diseases. In this one example, obesity and diabetes, which, according to his comments, are still going up, and what might be happening is these toxins are actually deranging the function of insulin receptors. So, a pretty interesting couple hypotheses, and some data to support it, that he puts forth.

He also gives a few simple ways of screening for toxins and opens the door into a simple method for detox therapy and also references two books that he’s written to give more advice here on the topic, one for a lay audience, and one for clinicians. So, really, a very interesting conversation today with Dr. Pizzorno. https://drruscio.com/?p=56270

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

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Mar 25, 2020

Dr. Tommy Woods brings some practical and pragmatic analysis to something otherwise confusing. The utility of gene testing (or lack there of). He helps to pick apart and debunk the case for gene testing in an evidenced-based way. We talk about risk, size, effect size, MTHFR, weight, and cardiovascular genetic testing.

The overall message is that gene testing does more harm than good. It causes worry and fear. And this has a negative impact because when you're told you have a bad gene or a bad polymorphism of a gene, this has a negative psychological ramification while offering no clinical or treatment benefit.

I’ve come across many patients who have wasted a lot of time, energy, and money, chasing down genetic testing to try and feel better and in my experience, basing treatment on genetics just never ends up being successful. This discussion is not about pointing fingers at practitioners or patients, everyone is doing their best with what they have, but more to educate people that there is not strong enough evidence to support the utility of these tests. https://drruscio.com/?p=56101

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

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Mar 23, 2020

I like to think of red light therapy, these devices that you can buy and use in your home, as a way of replacing the long-term exposure we should be having to natural sunlight (but don’t because of our predominantly indoor, sedentary  lifestyle).

Even when we were hunter-gatherers outside in the shade, we were getting this long-term exposure to natural light. And that actually has a hormetic effect on our mitochondria, making them better able to produce antioxidants. This might be one of the key mechanisms as to why there has been documented such a litany of benefits to using a red light therapy device.

We’ll discuss best uses for red light therapy like anti-aging, exercise, inflammation, etc. and give you some protocol guidelines. Some of the research behind thyroid is absolutely staggering. https://drruscio.com/?p=56268

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

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Mar 19, 2020

This podcast episode reviews the research data that suggest that probiotics reduce the intensity and duration of upper respiratory infections. Because of this benefit, probiotics may support immune function during an illness. https://drruscio.com/?p=56754

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

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Mar 18, 2020

In today's episode, we are joined by Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-range Kids and started a foundation called Let Grow. We discussed this very important concept of anti-fragility which essentially means if we don't expose children to risk it can actually cripple their development. She discusses the pros and cons of sheltering children and brings to our attention some resources that are thankfully now available for parents, teachers, and school districts, to start moving back to an older way of approaching children's responsibility and safety. It seems that the media has instilled fear in parents and there has been a loss of balance as a result. These days it is common for parents not to let kids out of their sight for fear of kidnapping or abduction, however Lenore helps us understand that the statistics show that this is extremely rare. Kids need to take risks, get dirty, and try things on their own. https://drruscio.com/?p=56098

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

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Mar 16, 2020

Today we will cover listener questions, including …

  • Should you eat high carb while treating SIBO?
  • Is libido affected by high intensity training in a fasted state?
  • Most protein powders cause gut symptoms, what should I do?
  • Can you take Iberogast if you have ulcers and acid reflux?

https://drruscio.com/?p=56091

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

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Mar 11, 2020

In today's episode, I am joined by mold expert, Doctor Jill Crista. She discusses some fascinating theories regarding what happens in mycotoxicity or this syndrome in which your body is inundated with not actually mold itself but the toxins that are produced by mold or fungus. She describes symptoms that help you determine if there's an increased likelihood that you may have been, or currently are, being exposed to mycotoxins. Lastly, she outlines some helpful testing and treatment strategies. I’m already looking forward to a Part II. https://drruscio.com/?p=56096

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

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Mar 9, 2020

Most elemental diet products have been out of reach for people with whey intolerance (or allergy), that’s why we created Elemental Heal Whey Free. The elemental diet is a unique pre-digested, hypoallergenic formula that helps heal the gut. Research shows that an elemental diet can lower inflammation in the gut and joints and starve overgrowth of bacteria and fungus (decreasing SIBO). There are a few different ways to use the elemental diet, contrary to popular belief, it does not have to be all or nothing for two weeks in order to see benefit. If you have already improved your diet and used probiotics but still have symptoms, an elemental diet should be considered. https://drruscio.com/?p=56095

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

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

Mar 4, 2020

In today's episode, we are joined by Susan Bratton who is a sexual health specialist. We discuss the importance of nitric oxide production and how it is critical for optimal blood flow. She shares some opinions on citrulline versus arginine, two of the more popular supplements that can help to promote nitric oxide production. And made some very interesting tie-ins to how your oral health and your oral microbiome have a fairly sizable impact on nitric oxide and therefore your ability to experience arousal both for men and for women.

Susan also laid out some ways of reframing sexual health, partner connectivity and intimacy. I hope you’ll try some of these exercises if you are experiencing some of those initial feelings of complacency. Certainly some very helpful techniques for couples who've been together for many years. https://drruscio.com/?p=56100

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

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

Mar 2, 2020

The elemental diet is a unique pre-digested, hypoallergenic formula that helps heal the gut. Research shows that an elemental diet can lower inflammation in the gut and joints and starve overgrowth of bacteria and fungus (decreasing SIBO). There are a few different ways to use the elemental diet, contrary to popular belief, it does not have to be all or nothing for two weeks in order to see benefit. Most elemental diets contain around 60 grams of carbs per serving. Our Low Carb Elemental Heal formula contains added healthy fats and only 20 grams of carbs per serving. https://drruscio.com/?p=56093

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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