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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: March, 2020
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/

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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/

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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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