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Is Anxiety Causing Your Panic?

We live in a fast pace, chaotic world. We are over stimulated and sleep deprived. We aren’t eating whole, nutritious foods, or taking time for rest and relaxation. Eventually, the brain just starts into over drive, with an increase in fast brain waves (beta waves) that make you feel fearful and panicked. Your adrenal gland …

Got Brain Fog?

There seems to be an increasing incidence of people who complain of brain fog. What exactly does this mean? You have probably experienced times when you just couldn’t think clearly. Your memory seems lacking. You can’t remember why you walked into that room. You can’t find your keys.There are many reasons why this may be …

An Epidemic of ADHD

Over the many years I have practiced medicine, I have seen a definite increase in the number of children and adults that are not able to focus and concentrate in school and work. There are many reasons for this uptick in the condition we call “attention deficit disorder. “ Let’s explore a few.The health of …

What We Believe Impacts Our Lives

Our family and the social/cultural environment in which we grew up have impacted all of us. Lots of beliefs were instilled in our young minds that we tend to carry for many years into our adulthood. Some examples are:Heart disease runs in our familyAll of the children in our family struggled in schoolYou aren’t smart …

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 …

Can We Heal Our Body By Healing Our Thoughts?

Early in my medical career I realized that some people got well and others didn’t. The same situation but different outcomes depending on the person’s belief system. I then began noticing my own belief system, my thoughts, and the impact they had on the patients I served. I have always been a pretty positive, optimistic …

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 …