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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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Jan 12, 2022

Health technology tools such as the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device can help you improve your metabolic health by providing a picture of how your lifestyle factors – including diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and sleep – affect your blood glucose levels.

However, these tools are only as good as the user’s mindset and basic understanding of the science behind the numbers.

Dr. Ronesh Sinha explains how to regard the CGM as an opportunity to learn about your body rather than getting stressed about single data points, and how to cultivate healthy glucose levels through a balanced lifestyle.

https://drruscio.com/glucose-levels-and-lifestyle-factors 

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 
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Jan 10, 2022

There are a lot of incentives in the functional health marketplace to rely on lab testing to make treatment decisions. Unfortunately, this model often serves the bottom lines of lab companies better than it serves patients.

At the clinic, we use a science-guided framework that is oriented to improving clinical outcomes rather than just focusing on lab results.

Our patient-centered approach speaks for itself. Listen in as Dr. Joe, Gavin and I discuss.

https://drruscio.com/which-functional-medicine-tests-to-avoid 

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 
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Jan 5, 2022

Today we will cover listener questions including:

  • What is the role of hunger and satiety in digestive problems?
  • Do elemental diets help gastritis or ulcers?
  • What are your thoughts about taking probiotics while doing immunotherapy cancer treatment?
  • Is pea protein ok on a low sulfur diet?
  • Does frequent nausea mean I have gut issues?
  • What is a good starting dose for DHEA?
  • Does taking HCL stop normal acid production?

https://drruscio.com/listener-questions-hunger-pea-protein-probiotics-dhea

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 
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Jan 3, 2022

Anyone who’s dealt with symptoms of mold toxicity such as brain fog, insomnia, fatigue and digestive disturbances has likely also experienced the fear and worry that often arises in response. These psychological symptoms can make an already distressing situation even more stressful.

In this podcast episode, I provide an update for listeners about what happened after mold was discovered in a second home in Austin. I describe how I navigated my way through a variety of related concerns and how this process mirrors the diligence and analytic scrutiny that I bring to helping patients at the clinic.

https://drruscio.com/personal-mold-updates 

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 
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Dec 29, 2021

High quality health research provides evidence that is robust, ethical, and can be used to support good healthcare decision-making. It improves the lives of patients by enabling healthcare providers to effectively determine the root of problems, make informed decisions about patient care, and avoid the guessing games that can plague attempts to diagnose complex health issues.

However, when a study (such as the one we discuss here) is plagued with methodological flaws, it adds little to the existing scientific knowledge base, and has scant value to offer patients trying to get better and clinicians who are trying to help them.

This podcast episode is a look into our clinical evaluation process that tells us what’s actually going on with patients and how we can best help them, rather than cherry-picking data that supports an already-decided conclusion.

https://drruscio.com/food-allergy-vs-low-fodmap-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 
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Dec 27, 2021

When a group of researchers looked at 1800 patients to see which condition was most strongly associated with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), they were surprised to find hypothyroidism at the top of the list. A number of other studies over the last few years have pointed to a significant connection between bacterial overgrowths in the gut and thyroid health. Most importantly (and shockingly for many), research has now shown that probiotics, which improve gut health, SIBO, inflammation, and absorption of medication, can also help to normalize TSH levels, improve persistent hypothyroid symptoms like fatigue, and reduce the need for levothyroxine and other thyroid meds. Watch this quick video to learn more about the SIBO-thyroid connection and how you can use this information to improve your health.

https://youtu.be/AjxWVbzVY_s 

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 
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Dec 22, 2021

Weight loss is a perennial struggle for many people, and it’s not because they haven’t tried every approach available (including counting calories, restricting carbs, and increasing the amount of exercise they get).

Today’s podcast guest, obesity expert Dr. Barbara Corkey, explains that many people have difficulty losing weight due to factors that go beyond behavioral change. These include the changing macronutrient content of food, additives in carbs that may be affecting our metabolism, and the resulting rise in metabolic disease.

We discuss how individual differences affect the ability to lose weight, the role of genetics and heredity, and how to sort through all of the noise to find the weight loss approach that works best for you.

https://drruscio.com/why-some-people-cant-lose-weight

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 
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Dec 20, 2021

Sleep is a cornerstone of health, and the field of sleep medicine encompasses a variety of devices, therapies, products, and lifestyle modifications to help those with sleep disorders.

However, it can be difficult to navigate your way through all of the research and content on sleep health.

On this podcast, physical therapist Zac Cupples and I break down the approaches in a hierarchical fashion from simple, inexpensive, and easily accessible to more complex, making it simpler to identify the ones appropriate for your needs.

https://drruscio.com/personalizing-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://ruscioinstitute.com 
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Dec 15, 2021

This podcast episode is one in a series that reviews the current state of research on various aspects of gut health. I delve into recent studies on Crohns’ disease and elemental diet, the relationship between H. pylori and GERD, Aloe extract for IBS, the association of SIBO and heart failure, and much more.

https://drruscio.com/gut-health-research-updates-1

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 

Dec 13, 2021

MCT oil is a nutritional supplement widely used for weight loss, cognitive health, improved metabolism and keto diets. It offers many benefits for those who are unable to break down dietary fats and is helpful for lowering blood sugar, improving insulin resistance, and supporting cognitive function, as well as for patients with Alzheimers and Crohn’s disease.

Although safe for most people, MCT oil poses potential risks for people with certain health conditions. Learn how to maximize its benefits and reduce side effects when incorporating it into your diet.

https://drruscio.com/how-much-mct-oil-per-day/

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 

Dec 8, 2021

Beth had a long history of gastrointestinal issues, a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue and several food intolerances… to name a few. She was taking thyroid medication as prescribed, but it didn’t seem to help. Then, she started working with Dr. Joe Mather from our clinic, who worked through our science-based, algorithmic process to find a better way. Beth and Dr. Mather worked together, focusing on implementing a new diet, beginning probiotic therapy and using other evidence-based tools. Not only was she able to safely discontinue her thyroid medication, but she soon saw improvements in fatigue, constipation, metabolic issues, food tolerance, heavy metal toxicity and more. Listen in as Dr. Joe and I detail step-by-step how our model helped to make this happen. You’ll also hear Beth tell her story in her own words.

https://drruscio.com/stop-thyroid-meds-case-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
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Dec 6, 2021

What’s the best diet for brain health? Research into this topic is still preliminary and suggests a few different approaches. However, eating to control inflammation and manage blood sugar is most important. Here, we’ll dive into the best dietary strategies for improving cognition, mood, beating brain fog and more.

https://drruscio.com/best-diet-for-brain-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

Dec 1, 2021

There is much existing clinical research on probiotics, and more studies are emerging on a regular basis. In this podcast episode I review 10 studies that examine the effectiveness of probiotics for improving gut health, liver function, mood, sleep, children’s issues, and more. I also cover pointers for practitioners to keep in mind when prescribing probiotics for patients.

https://drruscio.com/probiotic-research-updates-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

Nov 29, 2021

Blood glucose holds keys to many important health markers including metabolic health, insulin levels, and our risk for chronic disease.  The Continuous Glucose Monitoring device provides a simple, non-invasive way to track your blood glucose in real time, and see how your diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors affect your levels.

Kara Collier, co-founder of Nutrisense, discusses this important innovation in personal health tracking.

https://drruscio.com/continuous-glucose-monitoring

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

Nov 24, 2021

The protozoa Blastocystic hominis, long thought to be a cause of IBS, is receiving renewed attention in the functional and integrative medicine field. A growing body of evidence shows that Blasto may be benign in its impact and, in fact, may not even be a parasite as was previously assumed.

In this podcast episode, I review a sampling of studies that examine the prevalence of Blasto in patients with IBS, and consider the effects of treatment on both Blasto and symptomology.

The takeaway for practitioners is we should always treat the patient rather than the lab result, and even consider a more conservative approach to recommending labs for gut symptoms.
https://drruscio.com/blastocystis-treat-or-not

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

Nov 22, 2021

Sleep is as important for our overall health as diet and exercise, and yet many people struggle to get a full night’s rest on a regular basis. Prolonged bouts of insufficient sleep can lead to brain fog, mood issues and fatigue.

But when it comes to improving sleep quality, there are many approaches, therapies, and devices to choose from.

In this podcast, I talk sleep medicine with Dr. Nik Hedberg, D.C. We compare our personal experiences with myofunctional therapy, mouth taping, mandibular advancement devices, home sleep tests, and more.
https://drruscio.com/sleep-medicine-advances

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

Nov 17, 2021

If you have SIBO, it’s important to choose a diet that will help you get your symptoms under control while you work on healing the bacterial overgrowth that’s at the root of the problem.

But selecting a diet that fits your needs can be challenging.

In this article, I break down the various dietary options for SIBO and explain how to decide which one is right for you.
https://drruscio.com/sibo-diet/

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

Nov 15, 2021

Monitoring your progress on a keto diet is essential to helping you meet your health goals, whether you want to lose weight, increase your energy levels, reduce inflammation or improve brain and heart health.

On this episode of the podcast I speak with Jim Howard, developer of the Biosense Ketone Breath Monitor. The Biosense offers a convenient way to measure your blood ketone levels throughout the day without the hassle of finger prick testing.

We discuss different factors that affect ketone measurements, how tracking your ketone levels can help you uncover your physiological responses to diet and lifestyle factors, how to prepare your body for keto, and more.
https://drruscio.com/ketosis-breath-monitor

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

Nov 10, 2021

Today’s podcast is another in a recurring series devoted to questions from listeners.

We have a diverse batch of questions today. Listeners inquire about the potential relationship between diabetes and thyroid function, whether the COVID vaccine has a negative impact on gut health, whether POTS reactions and headaches are common symptoms of fasting, and more.

There’s something here for everyone. Listen and learn.
https://drruscio.com/questions-thyroid-diabetes

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

Nov 8, 2021

The health of the pelvic floor is key to our overall health in important ways. My podcast guest today is pelvic health expert Jandra Mueller, and she explains how gastrointestinal issues such as IBS and SIBO, hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, erectile dysfunction and trauma can all impact the health and tone of the pelvic floor, and how stigmas around normal bodily functions can present obstacles to patients seeking the help they need.

Jandra dispels some myths and fears around pelvic floor issues, and discusses a variety of non-surgical interventions for pelvic floor concerns that can improve wellbeing and quality of life for patients.
https://drruscio.com/pelvic-floor-dysfunction

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

Nov 3, 2021

Choosing the right kind of exercise is complicated by the number of exercise fads out there and the amount of time that you have to devote to any one method.

In today’s podcast, my guest, exercise expert Sal Di Stefano, makes the case for resistance training and why it’s superior to cardio for helping people lose weight, build muscle mass and bone density, even improve growth hormone levels and stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
https://drruscio.com/resistance-training

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

Nov 1, 2021

When it comes to keeping our brains healthy, one of the tools at our disposal is far from new. In fact, it has been around since the beginning of human history.

The health benefits of fasting are well-established, and it turns out that the brain may benefit from the metabolic reset that fasting enables. Keto diets fall into this same category. A combination of the two may be able to help ward off a variety of degenerative conditions and help us maintain brain health as we age.

In this podcast, Dr. Matthew Phillips, a clinical neurologist, talks about his research and experience with using fasting to address Alzheimers, Parkinsons, epilepsy and other conditions. Our discussion offers food for thought on the use of dietary interventions to improve metabolic health.
https://drruscio.com/fasting-brain-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

Oct 27, 2021

If you’re a woman with hormonal trouble, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 80% of women will have some form of hormonal imbalance at some point in their lives. Hormonal imbalance in women can include garden variety women’s health problems like PMS, to more serious conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis.

In this article, let’s explore the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, the causes and consequences of hormonal imbalance in women, and how to restore balance.
https://drruscio.com/hormonal-imbalance-in-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://ruscioinstitute.com/
Looking for more? Check out https://drruscio.com/resources 

Oct 25, 2021

Food sensitivity testing is one of the diagnostic tools most widely recommended by functional medicine practitioners to their patients, and it has blossomed into a lucrative industry that nets millions of dollars per year for companies that market these home testing kits to consumers.

But the science behind these tests is flawed. In this podcast, I discuss how getting to the root of food reactions relies on evidence-based trials that ultimately helps patients heal without asking them to spend thousands on faulty testing.

Other podcast highlights include a case study from an FFMR subscriber who helped a patient with known environmental exposure by applying the principles of the FFMR (and without testing).

Also featured are rapid research briefs from the FFMR plus with a look at why iron deficiency even without anemia can be a significant clinical issue requiring active treatment, and dietary interventions for treating eosinophilic esophagitis.
https://drruscio.com/food-sensitivity-testing-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 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 

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