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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 …

Do you want to get well?

Functional Medicine is often the answer to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases for the following reasons:The sharp increase in the number of people suffering from complex, chronic diseases such as:diabetes/insulin resistanceheart diseasecancermental illness/dementia, cognitive declineautoimmune disorders, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroiditisConventional medicine is oriented toward acute care, treatment of trauma that is focused …

Brain Health Is Dependent on Gut Health

Did you ever feel like that you knew in your gut (gut feeling) that something was not quite right? Were you aware that your gut bacteria (microbiome) might influence your mood? It is common for depression and anxiety to be present in people with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease …

Why I Love To Practice Functional Medicine

All my life I have aspired to a higher calling. First, it was to traditional medicine, and I answered that call by becoming a pediatrician. After more than a decade of work as a practicing pediatrician, I became greatly disturbed by the lack of understanding of the underlying causes of the suffering of so many children.  …

Most People Have Adaptive Muscle Shortening-Do You?

When a muscle is forced to remain in a shortened position for a long period of time it becomes chronically shortened…and that leads to pain. Poor posture is the most common cause of adaptive muscle shortening (AMS). When you slump your head and shoulders forward day after day, you are heading straight for pain. Whether …

Fall Foliage Hikes… Don’t Miss Out!

Autumn Leaves

With the arrival of autumn, everyone is talking about the changing colors and the fall festivities. When we think of fall, we think of hiking, biking, and many other outside activities. It all sounds so exciting and enjoyable, but then you remember the soreness that follows, or back pain that accompanies it.Don’t let those thoughts …

Assess Yourself for Jaw Problems

Check-out your jaw action before you face a pain or bite problem. You can use a mirror to assess yourself. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or friend to help you observe your jaw position and movement. Here’s a list of what to look for: Slowly open your mouth as wide as …

Are You Heading for a Nursing Home?

Significant numbers of nursing home residents could return home to normal living if they received the following therapies— ​restoration of the body’s soft tissues ​training in correct breathing ​training in safe exercise/movement for older adults. Good musculoskeletal function can be restored with movement therapies and manual therapies. The sad part is that most nursing home …