Category «Functional Medicine»

Preventing and Treating Respiratory Infections…Naturally!

We are well into cold and flu season so here are some helpful hints about how to stay healthy, and if you do “catch a cold” or “get the flu” here are some natural supplements that you may find beneficial.  Many of these can be found at your local health food store. Prevention Vitamin D3 …

What’s Causing All Your Abdominal Bloating?

Have you ever eaten something and within a few hours realized that your stomach is so bloated that you can’t button your pants? It’s not uncommon for my patients to tell me that they wake up with a flat belly and by the end of the day they look six months pregnant. Do you have …

Is it Leaky Gut?

I think all of us can understand when something is leaking and it shouldn’t be. Leaky gut is also called increased intestinal permeability.Our intestinal system is supposed to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. If we are consuming foods that are inflammatory, they can cause a break in the normal defense of the cells …

All Disease Is Disordered Function

Is this a new idea or can we go back in time to Willoughby Wade, a British physician, who coined the term “Functional Medicine”. In an article published in The Lancet on July 1, 1871, he says, “What is disease? The conclusion is that all disease is disordered function. Here, then, I say, is the …

Are You Digesting Your Food?

That may seem like a silly question, but the truth is that many of us are not adequately digesting proteins, fats and carbohydrates.What are some of the symptoms of maldigestion?Bloating after eatingIndigestionGreasy, foul-smelling stoolsDiarrhea after eatingHeart burnA sense of fullness after eatingExcessive belching immediately after eatingMultiple food allergies/or sensitivitiesUndigested food in stool What are some …

You Really are Unique: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Principles are fundamental truths upon which a system of belief operates. Principles are not just guessing, but are based on reproducible guidelines.Functional Medicine is guided by six core principles:Biochemical Individuality: Each human being is unique at every level of being and that includes physically, mentally, emotionally and spirituallyPatient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatmentSearch …

The Negative Effect of Stress on Your Gastrointestinal Tract

We are all affected by the stresses in life. Stress is a threat to the homeostasis in our body. The threat can be either real or perceived. And it is our response to these life stressors that impact our physiology.Excessive stress results in alterations in brain-gut interactions (“brain-gut axis”) that can lead to many GI …

Health Starts In The Gut

Most of the people who come to our clinic for help actually have an underlying cause of their symptoms that starts in the gut. Healthy function of your gastrointestinal system is vital to improving your health.A healthy microbiome (gut bacteria) helps you digest your food, protects you from infections and keeps your immune system regulated …

Fatigue: The Great Energy Bandit

Your adrenal glands secret hormones that are necessary for life. Cortisol, which is extremely important for keeping our body systems in balance, is one of these hormones. The functions of cortisol:controls the immune system and plays a role in preventing infectionsmaintains normal blood sugarregulates blood pressurea reliable indicator of the amount of stress in your …

Why is an Elimination Diet Important?

As a practicing functional medicine physician, I always start with the basics: food. If you are suffering from: digestive issues – bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux chronic pain fatigue joint and muscle aches and pain chronic sinus congestion generally “not feeling well” An elimination of certain foods from your diet can help you begin …