Rank #1: The Magnesium Miracle with Dr. Carolyn Dean
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Carolyn Dean explains the many benefits of magnesium.
Dr. Carolyn Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years and is the leading expert on magnesium. She is a medical doctor, a naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, and inventor who has authored and co-authored over 35 books including The Magnesium Miracle. She is passionate about helping people of all ages achieve optimal health by taking a holistic approach to wellness.
Main Questions Asked about the Magnesium Miracle:
- How do people become magnesium deficient, and why isn’t it more well-known?
- Should calcium be balanced with magnesium?
- What tests do you recommend for accurately measuring magnesium?
- What are the different forms of magnesium?
- Could you start taking magnesium and vitamin C to help detox instead of gross powders?
- How does magnesium deficiency relate to anxiety and depression?
Key Points made by Dr. Carolyn Dean about the Magnesium Miracle:
- Magnesium is a cofactor for about 700 to 800 different enzymatic processes in the body.
- Genetic mutations can be driven epigenetically by too much or too little of a nutrient.
- Soil has become depleted due to industrial farming.
- A hundred years ago, we would get 500 milligrams of magnesium in our daily diet – now we barely get 200 milligrams.
- A deficiency could result in heart palpitations, leg cramps, migraine headaches, and stomach spasms that feel like heartburn.
- 65 conditions due to magnesium deficiency could be misdiagnosed as serious diseases for which doctors prescribe strong drugs.
- Proper testing for magnesium is not done in modern medicine.
- Only 1% of total body levels is found in veins, which is there to protect the heart.
- Measuring serum magnesium is not a good test because it gives a false normal.
- 6 of the 8 steps of the cycle that makes energy require magnesium.
- Many medications deplete this important mineral and make the condition worse.
- Many drugs have fluoride to make them more powerful, like the statins, Cipro and Prozac that can cause tendon rupture.
- Athletes get depleted of minerals and try to replace with Gatorade which is just sugar and salt.
- Mineral depletion in athletes weakens them, resulting in infections for which they get antibiotics, which can cause tendon rupture due to deposition of fluoride from drugs.
- Fluoride in drugs binds to magnesium to form an insoluble, brittle compound, magnesium fluoride which gets deposited in tendons and bones.
- If you must take Cipro, you need to take a lot of magnesium to replace the loss.
- People with stress end up with elevated blood pressure and then prescribed diuretics which further deplete them of potassium.
- Magnesium is a calcium channel blocker but instead doctors put high blood pressure patients on calcium channel blocking meds, diuretics and ACE inhibitors.
- Deficiency also leads to elevated blood sugar and cholesterol, so high blood pressure patients often end up with these conditions as well.
- Low magnesium is a risk marker for diabetes.
- High blood pressure patients on statins may end up with heart failure due to extreme depletion as a side effect of all the meds they are on.
- We should be taking an equal ratio of calcium to magnesium to prevent heart and kidney diseases that result from an imbalance of calcium to magnesium.
- It is the safest mineral – too much can just give you a laxative effect.
- Tested with magnesium RBC test or better still the ionized magnesium test.
- You levels need to be above 6.
- It’s best to start supplementing slowly and see how you do.
- Magnesium chloride is a good form as it is highly absorbable and avoids the laxative effect.
- Magnesium also helps with detox because it helps the liver enzymes, specifically the CYP450 detox enzymes.
- Any type of anxiety should first be treated with magnesium, not strong drugs.
- It is the best sleep “medication”.
- Magnesium gives you energy in the day and calms you down to sleep at night.
- It relieves anxiety and depression.
- It balances serotonin and works on many levels in the body.
- An Epsom salt bath (or footbath) is another great way to get more magnesium.
Resources Mentioned for the Magnesium Miracle:
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Mar 16 2018
Rank #2: How to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself with Dr. Alejandro Junger
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Alejandro Junger explains how you can restore your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Dr. Junger was born in Uruguay. He graduated from medical school there in 1990 and moved to New York City for his postgraduate training. He completed three years of training in Internal Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital and three more years of fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital.
The drastic change in lifestyle and diet resulting from his move to New York City soon showed up as irritable bowel syndrome and depression. Becoming a patient of the system he was practicing was such a shock that it started his journey in search of an alternative solution to his health problems.
His findings are the subject of his first book “Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself”, where Dr. Junger describes how he became aware of the toxicity of our planet. He also explains how detoxification and cleansing have been around for thousands of years, but the knowledge has been lost, and right now it’s more important than ever to reclaim this information. Most importantly, “Clean” is a manual for readers to learn how to turn on and work with their own detoxification systems to restore and maintain optimal health.
Main Questions Asked:
- Can you share your personal health journey?
- What is the ‘gut’?
- In your book ‘Clean Gut’ you talk about the root cause of disease. Can you tell us more about this?
- What are some of the most common toxins were exposed to from our food?
- Can you describe your Clean Gut Program?
- What are some success stories from the Clean Gut Program?
- Who should do a cleanse?
- Who should NOT do a cleanse?
- How often should we do a cleanse?
Key Points made by Dr. Junger:
- After moving to New York and working crazy hours during his medical training and eating ‘fast foods’ he slowly started to lose his health.
- He gained weight, started having allergies, and was diagnosed with depression and irritable bowel syndrome.
- It was through cleansing and detoxification that he was able to restore his health – and more!
- The gut includes: the intestinal tube; the intestinal wall; the nervous system within the intestines; the immune system within and around the intestines; and the intestinal bacteria. It’s very similar to the roots of a plant.
- Health and disease originate in the intestines.
- We’re putting a lot of things in our intestines – what we eat and drink – that nature never designed to be in the intestines. This is why humans have diseases that are not seen in any other animals on the planet.
- Leaky gut upsets the immune system and the nervous system and triggers the downfall towards chronic disease.
- If you take a bird’s eye view of a supermarket you’ll see that 90% of what is sold comes in a box or bag or wrapper.
- These things have chemicals/preservatives in them that keeps those ‘foods’ from rotting. These are similar to antibiotics because they kill the good bacteria in your gut.
- The Clean Gut Program is based on the 5 R’s.
- Remove = remove the things that shouldn’t be in your diet: toxins, chemicals, gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, coffee, grains and sugary fruit.
- Restore = restore the good nutrients we need.
- Reinoculate = reinoculating your gut with good bacteria.
- Repair = repair the wall of the intestines, or the leaky gut; L-glutamine can help this.
- Relaxation = relaxation is usually forgotten about and stress can destroy the functions of your body.
- Many problems have greatly improved or and completely resolved after cleaning up the gut, including autoimmune diseases.
- Detoxification programs and gut repair programs are contraindicated for patients on specific medications that need to be tightly controlled (such as the blood thinner Coumadin, antiepileptics, antisezure medications, insulin dependent diabetics), advanced cancer patients, and women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. Everybody else can benefit from a detoxification or gut repair program.
- For the general public it’s best to do a 21 day detox program once a year.
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May 08 2015
Rank #3: Reducing Inflammation with Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guests Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet Lewis talk about reducing inflammation.
Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet have a long history of helping people achieve their maximum potential. Dr. Stephen Lewis stays current on the latest research pertaining to nutritional supplements and optimal health. Janet Lewis is a Certified Natural Health Consultant with a unique perspective on alternative and complementary nutrition from studying with numerous national leading alternative health experts.
Paramount in their education was their trip to China while studying with traditional Chinese medical doctors. Dr. Stephen Lewis and Janet know the importance of proper nutrition in the healing process and maintenance of the human body. They incorporate the latest medical research into the decisions made while helping people with their nutritional decisions. After seeing a growing public need, they teamed up with Doctor’s Nutrition to offer extremely low cost blood work to determine the most appropriate nutritional products that are only available through a doctor’s office.
Main Questions Asked about Reducing Inflammation:
- What is inflammation?
- Where do cytokines come from?
- How does someone spot food that is non-GMO?
- What are some other ways for us to start reducing inflammation?
Key Points Made by Dr. Stephen and Janet Lewis about Reducing Inflammation:
- Inflammation is not necessarily “bad” – it’s the body’s natural reaction to injury.
- Certain foods will also cause inflammation due to cytokines and can lead to chronic disease.
- There are two major issues that we need to deal with: toxicity in our environment and bodies, and genetically modified foods causing inflammation.
- Soy and corn are the most modified crops in North America and they make up large portions of the average diet.
- Wheat and gluten sensitivity are major causes of chronic disease and inflammation.
- In the US non-GMO food is typically labeled USDA Certified Organic.
- In Canada non-GMO food is much harder to spot – a label that says “organic” can still contain GMO foods.
- Digestive enzymes and probiotics will help your GI tract heal.
- Filtered water, more rest, and a sense of humor can help with reducing inflammation.
- One way to tell if you’re suffering from inflammation is from your bowel movements, you should eliminate 20-30 minutes after each meal.
- Stick with the probiotics, it takes time to heal the damage done by inflammation. Many problems go away when you feed your body properly and detoxify your body.
- America is the sickest developed nation in the world.
- Increase nutrients, decrease toxins, repair the gut leakiness and replace that with friendly digestive enzymes.
Resources Mentioned for Reducing Inflammation:
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Apr 14 2017
Rank #4: Treating Depression without Medication with Dr. Peter Breggin
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Peter Breggin talks about treating depression without medication.
Dr. Breggin is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist. He is called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. His work provides the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and shock treatment, and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies.
Dr. Breggin’s books include “Toxic Psychiatry”, “Talking Back to Prozac”, and his newest book is “Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions”. It presents a new theory about the origins of our most painful emotions and how to triumph over them.
Main Questions Asked:
- Can you tell us about the background behind psychiatry and all their medications?
- How is a drug compared to a placebo? What does it all mean?
- Can you talk about the antidepressants? Do they work better than placebo? What are their long-term effects?
- What are the alternatives for people who need help? Can you talk about treating depression without medication?
- Can you give us an example from your private practice?
Key Points made by Dr. Breggin:
- This whole wave is fundamentally driven by the profit motive of pharmaceutical industry – including the structure of the diagnostic manuals and the scientific research written by ghost writers paid by the drug companies. It’s hard to wrap your mind around it.
- Many of the studies done on these drugs are only weeks long (example, Prozac research was 6 weeks long on the drug), and yet people are being put on these drugs for years and we have no idea about the long term effects.
- Adderall crushes a child’s spontaneity, their sparkle, their sociability. And they don’t learn, they don’t grow, and their growth is stunted.
- Often then they cannot sleep and get ‘depressed’ and are put on antidepressants.
- Drug companies can do as many studies as they want, and then choose the one or two that favor their drug to help get FDA approval.
- It doesn’t take much to get drugs approved – the standards of the FDA have become too loose.
- Long term effects of antidepressants cause a huge amount of depression; a loss of interest in life, sex, love, life, play, and occupation. This happens without you even realizing it so you should ask a close family member if this is happening to you.
- Numerous studies have shown that all the drug classes of antidepressants actually atrophy and shrink the brain. Except these effects are being ignored.
- There are no long term positive studies for any psychiatric drug. For every class of drug there are long term studies showing loss of quality of life and increased disability.
- First and foremost, it is your right to refuse to take these drugs. Just don’t start antidepressants.
- I have a book to help people understand how back their drugs are and how to get off their medications called “Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal – A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families”.
- For treating depression without medication you must open your mind to all the ways you can overcome all the things that distress you, including: psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling.
- It’s very important for spouses and families to work together in counseling.
- For parents who want to help their kids: develop your sense of moral authority which most parents lack nowadays plus lavish unconditional love on them.
- You the parent hold the key to your child’s success. Be sure you are the cure for your child’s problems.
- For adults you probably have some issues from your childhood that need to be explored and dealt with.
- Other things that can help with treating depression without medication: meditation, relaxation, spirituality and connection with God, nature and immersion in nature, among others.
- Even if you have damage to your brain know that you are NOT your brain. You have a God-given spirit and being and essential human worth. You are a source of love.
- It’s important to take charge and take responsibility for your life. Become the loving person you want to become.
- My new book contains a whole new theory about guilt, shame, and anxiety in our lives, and how to become the person you want to be.
- Don’t put up with being drugged into submission. Life is about love and doing and being.
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Mar 25 2016
Rank #5: Earthing and Grounding with Dr. Stephen Sinatra
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Stephen Sinatra talks about earthing grounding.
Dr. Stephen Sinatra is known as America’s #1 integrative cardiologist. He’s also certified as a bioenergetic psychotherapist, and nutrition and anti-aging specialist. Dr. Sinatra integrates psychological, nutraceutical and electroceutical therapies in the matrix of healing. He is the founder of www.heartmdinstitute.com, an informational website dedicated to promoting public awareness of integrative medicine.
Main Questions Asked about Earthing Grounding:
- What is grounding and how long has it been around for?
- What has your research shown?
- What are the easiest ways to ground?
- Is there any reason for someone to not ground?
- Are there any resources for grounding you would recommend?
Key Points Made by Dr. Sinatra about Earthing Grounding:
- Basically, grounding is putting your bare feet on the bare earth.
- The Earth is teeming with electrons, and grounding absorbs the energy of the Earth through the feet and conducts it throughout the body. The electrons function as antioxidants in the body.
- Being disconnected from the energy of the Earth could be causing the increase of the frequency of disease in North America.
- The research behind grounding has shown the connection between inflammation and being separated from the Earth.
- Heart rate variability is a message from your heart that it is out of sync with the rest of your body.
- Grounding brings the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in sync.
- Heart rate variability is a strong indicator of cardiovascular disease.
- Grounding can also help reduce blood viscosity.
- Leather footwear is one of the simplest ways to ground. The key is to not have a nonconductive material between your feet and the Earth.
- Maybe you should avoid grounding near a power generation station.
- The electromagnetic environment is causing a lot sleep difficulties, so sleeping grounded can help promote good restorative sleep.
Resources Mentioned for Earthing Grounding:
Oct 28 2016
Rank #6: Vitamin D 3 Deficiency with Carole Baggerly
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Carole Baggerly talks about Vitamin D 3 deficiency.
Carole is the founding director of GrassrootsHealth and the leader of the D*action project, an international project designed to solve the world’s vitamin D 3 deficiency epidemic.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is vitamin D 3 deficiency and how prevalent is it?
- What are the symptoms of vitamin D 3 deficiency?
- Why isn’t my doctor testing me?
- Who is most impacted by vitamin D 3 deficiency?
- What can we do about it?
- Vitamin D3 and K2 together?
- How can our listeners find out more about you?
Key Points made by Carole Baggerly:
- Vitamin D 3 deficiency is a world-wide problem. Its prevalence is probably 80-90% of the world’s population everywhere and it is very serious because Vitamin D 3 is used in absolutely every cell in our body.
- One of the big questions that we always get is – “Why do we have this deficiency? How did this happen?”
- The really, really, really simple but really basic answer is – we’re out of the sun.
- If one wants to use the sun for getting Vitamin D 3, the hours at which the UVB rays that are available from the sun, is really between the hours of 10 and 2, the times when you’re told to stay out of it – and our message is that please do use the sun, but the safe message is – don’t burn.
- In general, you don’t know if you have a Vitamin D 3 deficiency. The biggest effect that we see, though…is that within literally weeks of people starting on a Vitamin D 3 regimen that gets their serum levels up….weeks….people talk about having less pain.
- So, generally, musculoskeletal type pain or overall body pain or people who have fibromyalgia even, report considerably less pain. That’s almost the only symptom that an individual user will notice.
- We have a video on our website done by Dr. Robert Heaney, called “Why Test?” and I encourage people to see that.
- You have to test or you don’t know what an appropriate dosage is for a given individual and even then, the way you have to test is you do a baseline test, you figure out what it is, you give some Vitamin D 3 supplement and you measure again in about 3 months to see how did this individual respond?
- I have done a lot of work in Canada and worked with many, many delightful people there and one of the reasons that I think the government stopped providing the testing was quite honestly, the doctors did not know what to do with the results.
- I think it would be very beneficial in Canada to provide a lot of education to the medical profession about: Here’s what Vitamin D 3 does, here’s what it takes, etc., etc., etc. and then to reinstitute testing across the board.
- I think we all are impacted by Vitamin D 3 deficiency in different ways. We are running a “Protect Our Children Now” project, which is aimed at getting pregnant women to get their serum levels up to at least 40 ng/ml to help prevent pre-term births.
- I’m just amazed at what we have recently found out, by collaborating with a number of researchers, it looks like multiple sclerosis could almost go to zero if people got enough Vitamin D 3 and in pregnancy, or early childhood, it could be prevented.
- One of the other issues that we get asked about a lot is toxicity. It’s really hard to get in a toxic range. The actual numbers for toxicity for a serum level would be right at 200 gm/ml or 500 nmol/l, which is what they measure in Canada.
- It’s very hard to get there and the measure of toxicity would be to be hypercalcemic. You have too much calcium in your blood or urine and the way to solve the hypercalcemic problem is to stop taking Vitamin D.
- GrassrootsHealth is engaged in quite a lot of nutrient research beyond just Vitamin D 3. There are a lot of things that impact our bodies, that work together, and one of the things that we all know about nutrients, like Vitamin D 3 and Vitamin K, is that they work together, so if you take twice as much Vitamin D 3 with Vitamin K, your results of either would be different than if you just took one of them, so you have to do that kind of balance thing.
- We have seen within our research, back again to our cohort, a reduction of about 80% of all cancers, and the dominant ones, of course, are breast and prostate and colon cancer, but an 80% reduction, so, it’s just kind of like a no-brainer. It’s cheap, it’s safe and it’s effective, so there really needs to be a massive campaign – no holds barred, saying HEY EVERYBODY – get your serum levels up!!!
- The estimate from a health stand-point is that if Vitamin D 3 deficiency were solved, we would save the world about 35% of all of its healthcare dollars.
- I would really encourage people to again, if they feel comfortable doing it, knowing that they can take anywhere between 4,000 International Units up to 10,000 International Units a day and be in a safe range – GO FOR IT!
- We started the action cohort project in 2009 because so many people around the world were saying “Hey, I’d do this, but my doctor won’t order the test for me”, and so we created a scientific project with our researchers.
- The project consists of offering to anybody who wants to pay for the test the opportunity to do a Vitamin D 3 test, twice a year, each 6 months, and fill out a health questionnaire.
Key Resources Mentioned:
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Apr 15 2016
Rank #7: How to Supercharge Your Brain with Dr. David Jockers
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. David Jockers talks about his book: “SuperCharge Your Brain: The Complete Guide to Radically Improve Your Mood, Memory and Mindset.”
Dr. Jockers is a chiropractor, nutritionist, exercise physiologist, certified strength & conditioning specialist, and member of the Performance Enhancement Team for the Maximized Living Wellness Advisory Council where he had the privilege of traveling to London to help the USA athletes win the gold in 2012.
Main Questions Asked:
- How did you get interested in supercharging the brain?
- What is the brain fog epidemic?
- Isn’t poor memory just a normal part of aging?
- What is the worst brain destroying poison?
- What are the top three superfoods that can supercharge our brains?
- How does stress damage the brain?
- Is there any truth to “if you don’t use it you’ll lose it”?
Key Points made by Dr. Jockers:
- Brain fog includes declining memory, losing your keys, forgetting why you walked into a room, and just not feeling your best mentally.
- Brain fog is an early warning sign of brain degeneration. If not treated it can lead to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Having a ‘senior moment’ is a warning of brain degeneration – it’s not considered normal aging.
- Find your big ‘why’ – why you want to be healthier and live longer.
- The worst brain destroying poison is gluten. Research proves it damages the gut and the brain.
- Avoiding wheat, barley, oats, kamut, spelt, rye, and other forms of gluten is important for brain health.
- Keeping your blood sugar stable with healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, and butter from grass fed cows) can also keep your brain sharp.
- The top three superfoods for supercharging your brain are: Pacific or Alaskan sockeye salmon (wild caught – not farm raised); raw chocolate/cacao; organic blueberries.
- Superbrain smoothie recipe: blend together frozen organic blueberries, coconut milk, and high-quality protein powder.
- Too much stress will cause cortisol levels to elevate – this damages and shrinks the brain.
- Getting good sleep and positive self talk can help keep stress from harming you.
- “If you don’t use it you’ll lose it” is true for the brain. Your brain works on plasticity – it can rewire itself on a regular basis and needs to be stimulated on a regular basis.
- Learning new things can help strengthen your brain.
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Jan 23 2015
Rank #8: Getting to the Root of Thyroid Problems with Dr. Lauren Noel
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Lauren Noel talks about getting to the root causes of thyroid problems.
Dr. Lauren Noel, better known as “Dr. Lo,” is a licensed naturopathic doctor and expert in natural medicine. Her areas of expertise are digestive disorders, thyroid & hormone imbalances, and autoimmune disease. She has been a frequent guest/lecturer on health radio shows and medical conferences, and she is the host of Dr. Lo Radio, a top rated podcast on iTunes that has attracted over 1 million listens. Dr Noel owns Shine Natural Medicine in Solana Beach, CA, where she treats patients locally and all over the country.
Main Questions Asked:
- Can you share your thyroid story with us?
- What are some of the common symptoms of a thyroid problem?
- What are the five different patterns of thyroid problems?
- What is the best way to test for thyroid function?
Key Points made by Dr. Lo:
- Some of the most common symptoms of thyroid problems include brain fog, poor memory, hair loss, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, poor circulation, and osteopenia.
- Most traditional doctors never get to the root of thyroid problems.
- Pattern #1: Sluggish pituitary function. This can be seen on blood testing with a low TSH and low T4.
- Pattern #2: Sluggish thyroid function. This can be seen on blood testing with a high TSH and low T4.
- There are many different toxins that can affect the thyroid and cause it to be sluggish and weak.
- Pattern #3: Under conversion due to stress. This is when the body has a difficult time converting T4 into T3. This can be seen on blood testing with high T4 and low T3.
- One of the main causes of under conversion is cortisol imbalance due to chronic stress.
- Another cause of under conversion is exercising too much. Yes, too much exercise causes too much stress to your body!
- Pattern #4: Insulin surges and blood sugar imbalances. Blood sugar imbalances, from skipping meals or eating too much sugar or carbs, can also cause under conversion.
- Pattern #5: Nutrient deficiencies. The three most important nutrients for thyroid function are zinc, selenium, and iron.
- You may eat a great diet, but if you do not digest well you could still have nutrient deficiencies.
- Good food sources for zinc include pumpkin seeds and oysters.
- The best source of selenium is Brazil nuts. Eat 3-4 a day to get your daily dose of selenium.
- Bonus Pattern #6: Too much reverse T3. This is usually from too much bad bacteria living in your intestines. Reverse T3 is an inactive thyroid hormone.
- Get the right tests run. Dr. Lo recommends testing TSH, Total T4, Total T3, Free T4, Free T3, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies – anti-TPO (thyroperoxidase) and anti-TG (thyroglubulin) antibodies.
- The best way to test your cortisol is with saliva testing – 4 saliva samples though out the day so your cortisol curve can be mapped out.
- To test your blood sugar: fasting glucose, insulin, HbA1C, and triglycerides.
- To test nutrient deficiencies Dr. Lo uses Spectracell Labs’ Micronutrient Testing.
- 80-90% of low thyroid is actually caused by an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. This is why it’s important to have antibody testing done.
- With Hashimoto’s the TSH often will go up and down for a while, putting you on a symptoms rollercoaster.
- You can control Hashimoto’s by fixing your leaky gut, and finding and fixing your immune triggers.
- Gluten sensivity can be the underlying cause of Hashimoto’s and thyroid problems.
- The best test to diagnose gluten sensitivities is Array #4 by Cyrex labs.
- You have no idea how good you can feel once you get the root cause and heal your body. You’ve been designed to feel amazing!
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Feb 06 2015
Rank #9: The Cure for Acid Reflux? with Dr. Norman Robillard
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Norman Robillard explains the cure for acid reflux.
Dr. Robillard is a man on a mission! Over 100 million people have SIBO-related conditions including IBS, Acid Reflux, LPR (reflux into the larynx), Rosacea, Asthma, Fibromyagia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmunity, Leaky Gut and many more. His goal is to inspire 10 million people to get off drugs and off antibiotics via holistic and dietary solutions.
He is the Founder of The Digestive Health Institute and is a gut health expert. He is the author of the Fast Tract Digestion series and creator of the science-based, non-drug and antibiotic therapy, Fast Tract Diet for SIBO and its related conditions.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is SIBO and how can it cause heartburn, reflux, and GERD?
- How do proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) cause SIBO and thereby fueling heartburn?
- Do medications actually create more SIBO?
- Can you talk about the specific diet that you put together?
- Would your diet completely eradicate SIBO and be the cure for acid reflux?
- Do you have to stay on the diet for the rest of your life?
- How long after starting the diet should you see a difference?
Key Points made by Dr. Robillard:
- You should suspect SIBO if you have abdominal pain or cramps, or altered bowel habits like diarrhea, constipation as well as gas and bloating, and reflux, flatulence, nausea, dehydration and fatigue.
- Some people have more severe symptoms like weight loss, failure to thrive for children who don’t grow as they should for their age, difficulty digesting fats, anemia, and bleeding.
- By definition, SIBO is when there’s an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria in your small intestine. When they look at these bacteria, most are strains that should be in your large intestine so they’re migrating from that area where we have a lot of bacteria to help us digest all of these complex carbohydrates to our small intestine which should have fewer bacteria.
- The biggest thing in terms of the cure for acid reflux is avoiding consuming too many hard-to-digest carbohydrates which fuel SIBO.
- I started doing research on how we digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. When I got to the small intestine, a light bulb went off involving gut bacteria. I remember two important points about these intestinal bacteria: they get the bulk of their energy from carbohydrates and most of them produce a lot of gas.
- A theory popped into my head: perhaps these excess dietary carbohydrates, if you consume too many, will be malabsorbed and were promoting a kind of gut dysbiosis.
- According to this idea, acid reflux occurs due to microbe induced gas pressure. Imagine a volcano in your intestines and reflux is the lava overflowing into your stomach and forcing its way into the esophagus. Stopping the pressure is the cure for acid reflux.
- When you think about your digestive tract, it is compartmentalized. So where exactly these balloons of gas producing bacteria are occurring may be different for different people.
- Some people don’t want to go through all the testing so I tell them that you can try the diet and see how you feel. Other people really want to know. You can get a lot of information from testing.
- I break it into three buckets. One type of treatment is treating the symptoms. You can use antibiotics. The last one is diet. I would preface it with science-based diet because we now have much more science going on in studying diets and how they can improve functional gastro-intestinal disorders.
- I think diet-based solutions make better sense as a cure for acid reflux.
- The Fast Tract Diet limits all fermentable carb types, not just some. It’s a quantitative approach so you’re not cutting everything out but you’re limiting it in terms of grams that you consume per day of the carbohydrates that will be available for these bacteria to use to overgrow.
- The first step is to cut back on the amount of these fermentable carbohydrates. That’s what the Fast Tract Diet does.
- I’ve been doing this for 10 years and I must say that my digestive system is very, very tolerant now. I almost never get any kind of acid reflux. Once in a while an occasional belch. Even when I eat some of the foods I shouldn’t around holidays or on occasions. I know that I can go 3 or 4 days eating the way I shouldn’t but if I persist eventually my symptoms will come back.
- Does that mean I can’t eat the way I used to? Yes, but I can on the short term because I have my digestive health intact because of the way I eat on a regular basis.
- You really have to look at what the problem is and then you can better assess how effective a dietary control would be and what’s the timeline you’re looking at.
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Jan 22 2016
Rank #10: What You Should Know About Vitamin K2 with Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue talks about what you should know about vitamin K2 – an often overlooked nutrient and common nutrient deficiency.
Dr. Kate is a renowned expert in the field of naturopathic medicine. She is THE leading authority on vitamin K2 and author of the book “Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life”.
Main Questions Asked:
- Can calcium be harmful for us?
- What is the Calcium Paradox?
- What does K2 do in the body?
- If vitamin K2 is so important how was it overlooked for so long?
- Is your book only for people who take calcium supplements?
- What are the symptoms of K2 deficiency?
- Do we have to worry about getting too much K2?
- Is there a test to measure our K2 levels?
- What health conditions can K2 help?
- What should listeners look for in vitamin K2 supplements?
- Can K2 help brain health?
- Can K2 help kidney disease?
- Can K2 help fertility?
Key Points made by Dr. Kate:
- The calcium paradox is even though calcium is good for us it’s not good if the calcium ends up in your kidneys or in your arteries or other soft tissues where it shouldn’t be.
- Vitamin K2 helps direct calcium to where it’s supposed to go, and even helps remove calcium for where it shouldn’t be.
- We need calcium but we need it in the right places.
- K2 activates certain proteins to help guide calcium into your bones and teeth, and help bind calcium and remove it from tissues where it shouldn’t be.
- K2 also helps with cancer prevention and protection, and helps insulin sensitivity in diabetics.
- Vitamin K1 is not the same as K2.
- K1 is found in green leafy vegetables and affects our blood clotting.
- K2 is not found in green leafy vegetables and does not affect blood clotting. It’s very often overlooked and mistaken with K1.
- Deficiencies of K2 are very common.
- K2 is a fat soluble vitamin and best found in grass fed animal products – grass fed egg yolk, grass fed meat and butter.
- K2 can be found in certain fermented foods because of the bacteria, like Gouda and Brie cheese.
- Vegans and vegetarians can get their K2 from natto – a Japanese fermented soybean food.
- The job of vitamin D is to help calcium get absorbed into your bloodstream from the foods you eat, and the job of K2 is to direct the calcium from your blood and into your teeth and bones.
- Studies show that people who take calcium supplements have a far greater risk of heart attacks and strokes because the calcium builds up in the arteries.
- If you take calcium and/or vitamin D supplements you should also take K2 supplements.
- Symptoms of K2 deficiency don’t usually manifest until it’s very advanced, like osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.
- Other signs of K2 deficiency you may notice include excess tartar build up on your teeth; facial wrinkling; and varicose veins.
- Studies show that K2 deficiency is quite widespread.
- K2 is quite non-toxic and will not build up in the body like other fat soluble vitamins can.
- There is no test outside of the research setting for K2, but because K2 deficiency is so widespread and K2 is non-toxic you’re safe to increase your dietary intake or take a supplement.
- K2 can help kidney stones, osteoporosis, osteopenia, atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer (especially prostate and lung cancer).
- When it comes to buying supplements make sure you’re getting K2 and NOT K1 – look at the fine print on the ingredients label.
- There are 2 different types of K2 – MK4 and MK7. They both work but they need to be taken at very different dosages. If the label does not indicate the specific form of K2 then don’t buy it.
- MK7 dosage is 120-180 mcg (this is the one usually available in Canada).
- MK4 dosage is 1,500-3,000 mcg.
- K2 can be very helpful for brain health. It seems to prevent the damage associated with loss of blood flow, like from a stroke or ultramini-strokes.
- K2 can help for overall kidney health and for patients on dialysis. It can also help prevent kidney stones.
- K2 can help fertility and can boost testosterone levels in men.
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May 29 2015
Rank #11: Hormonal Balance with Bridgit Danner
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Bridgit Danner talks about hormonal balance.
Bridgit Danner runs an online women’s health community called Women’s Wellness Collaborative. She has worked extensively in the fertility field, and has worked with many professional women in helping them find health within their busy lives. Bridgit became passionate about women’s health after her own postpartum health crisis. With the help of life coaching, holistic nutrition, functional medicine and whole food cooking, she was able to recover from postpartum depression, epstein barr virus and adrenal dysregulation. Bridgit loves to share the tools and skills she’s learned, along with the tools of other experts, to help women everywhere find the energy and balance they crave.
Main Questions Asked:
- Talk about endometriosis and painful period.
- Should women suffering with painful periods and endometriosis have hope?
- Are the hormones involved when it comes to painful periods and endometriosis?
- Talk a little bit about xenoestrogens.
- What are some of the signs and symptoms if someone has estrogen dominance?
- What are some things our listeners can start doing today to help with their hormonal balance?
- What are some of the other common sources of xenoestrogens?
- How do we get these xenoestrogens out of our bodies?
- What should our listeners know about hormonal balance?
Key Points made by Bridgit Danner:
- The most common reasons for menstrual pain have to do with nutrition and toxicity.
- If you are low in magnesium, a mineral needed for the uterus to cramp smoothly, that can be a factor. Dehydration can be a factor. Too much inflammation from your diet and maybe not enough Omega 3’s from fish can be an issue.
- Toxicity is a factor. Some women find just detoxifying their diet and their lifestyle helps their hormonal balance quite a bit.
- There is hope for women who are suffering from Endometriosis and painful periods. So many women are accepting of the cramps, thinking that is just them, and their cycle – but these cases can be resolved easily to restore hormonal balance.
- In treating endometriosis, it can be a bit more complicated, but adding in some high quality turmeric, anti-inflammatory immune regulating supplements, even medicinal mushrooms can be helpful.
- Hormones can be involved in painful periods, as in the case of some teenage girls with bad periods who have very high levels of hormones. In a case like this, hormones may play a role, but a normal amount of hormones shouldn’t make for a painful period.
- As for endometriosis, they are still trying to figure out why it happens. There is probably a genetic component, it could come from back-flow of uterine blood or it might be an autoimmune disease. Hormones may be involved but they are not to blame.
- When talking about xenoestrogens, they are everywhere, but there is a lot that we can control. We can control the cleaning products in our homes, we can control the quality of food, we can read labels and start to learn things.
- One thing to look for on a label is the word “Fragance”, that is always a xenoestrogen. It looks so innocent – it’s just a word….“Fragrance”, “Perfume” “Parfum”. It’s in everything, but it is a xenoestrogen.
- The structure of some of these chemicals looks to the body, and acts in the body like a hormone, so it stimulates those receptors, and there are reactions.
- If we can’t de-tox hormones out because there are too many or because our de-tox pathways are in trouble, then we are storing those toxins in fat. This can be over-stimulating in our cycle, which can cause estrogen dominance.
- Some of the signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance are excess body weight or trouble losing weight (the body is making more estrogen and holding on to it).
- You can also have very heavy periods, or skipped cycles if you aren’t ovulating or you are under stress, and the body isn’t producing enough progesterone to balance out the estrogen. Infertility can also be a symptom of estrogen dominance.
- To help with your hormonal balance, start with getting the toxins out, eating organic foods, hydrating, exercising, even just talking a walk in nature/
- Stress management can also be helpful. Women need to nurture themselves – learn to be with friends in a healthy way, go for walks, get up early to meditate, read a book at lunch, take a bath at night, dry brush your skin, use essential oils to relax – this should all be a part of our daily lives.
- Xenoestrogens can be also be found in canned foods (cans are lined with BPA), thermal cash register receipts (have BPS, a cousin of BPS), beauty products (make-up).
- There are two systems that support detoxing – the liver and the gut.
- The liver needs a lot of nutrition to do its job – you have to nourish the body. Detox by eating broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions, garlic, eggs (if you tolerate them) liver, lemons (especially in the morning), and greens (leafy greens, green powder and juices).
- Lying in the sun is good for detox, because Vitamin D is good for supporting the liver and hormonal balance.
- The gut removes toxins – we need to move our bowels and not have our bowels irritated. Having a wide variety of fibrous foods is good for the gut and hormonal balance. Buy a leek, learn to cook fennel.
- Fermented foods are good, so having kombucha tea, kimchi, or sauerkraut is helpful. Try probiotic supplements, exercising, sweating – they are all a good way of detoxing and regaining hormonal balance.
- Our hormone system is very delicate and often our cycle is one of the first things to tell us that something isn’t right, so pay attention to the signs, like spotting, heavy periods, migraines every time you have your period.
- Using hormonal birth control depletes nutrients and is hard on the liver and can cause difficulties with fertility once you have gone off of them. There are more and more natural birth control options available.
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Apr 08 2016
Rank #12: How to Cure Inflammation with Lyn-Genet Recitas
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Lyn-Genet Recitas talks about “The Plan” and how to cure inflammation.
Lyn-Genet Recitas is the NY Times and International Bestselling author of “The Plan”, a groundbreaking nutritional protocol which has been published in over 15 countries. Her next book, due out January 2017, is called “The Metabolism Plan” and will focus on The Plan and exercise. She helps people reach their best health by finding their chemical responses to food, not counting calories via her book and protocol, The Plan. Lyn-Genet and her team of doctors and nutritionists have helped over half a million people regain their health and reach their goal weight all while eating over 2,000 calories a day.
Main Questions Asked about How to Cure Inflammation:
- Can you talk about The Plan and how healthy foods can cause weight gain?
- Who would be a good candidate for The Plan?
- How much exercise should we be doing?
- How can The Plan help hormonal balance?
- Does The Plan mean someone won’t be able to eat the “bad” foods again?
Key Points Made by Lyn-Genet about How to Cure Inflammation:
- Weight gain can be tied to physiological responses and can come from seemingly healthy foods.
- Your body’s particular chemistry will react differently to certain foods.
- When your body gains weight or you get sick from eating a healthy food, that’s your body’s signal that you shouldn’t eat that food.
- Weight gain after eating healthy foods is often caused by a histamine response.
- Our response to certain healthy foods changes as we age, especially over the age of 35.
- Every person is eating on average three to four foods that their body reacts badly to.
- We are taught to push through pain or weight gain; we should instead listen to what our bodies are telling us.
- Inflammation is the basis for all weight gain, serious disease, and early aging.
- When people exercise too intensely or with the wrong type for their body, tests show a possible weight gain, a decrease in thyroid and metabolic function, and an increase in blood pressure. You have to find the exercise that is right for your body.
- Intense exercise increases cortisol, so if you exercise at the wrong time it could actually cause weight gain because the body interprets the exercise as stress.
- Most people can achieve an optimal body composition with just 20 minutes of exercise every other day.
- The primary benefit of The Plan is to manage cortisol.
- By cutting a food out temporarily you can allow your body to heal. The amount of weight you gain from a food is a good indicator to how long you should be avoiding it.
- If you eat a particular food every day, you are increasing your chances of becoming sensitive to that food. Rotate your food selection, when you lose weight the foods your body reacts to will change as well.
Resources Mentioned for How to Cure Inflammation:
Dec 02 2016
Rank #13: Restore Gut Health with Dr. Jillian Teta
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Jillian Teta talks about how to restore gut health.
Dr. Teta is the author of “Natural Solutions for Digestive Health” and creator of the Fix Your Digestion gut restoration program—an online, do-it-yourself comprehensive system that can be used by anyone with digestive distress or digestive disorders to feel better.
Dr. Teta is the President of the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NCANP), and practices at the Naturopathic Health Clinic of North Carolina in Winston-Salem.
Main Questions Asked:
- What needs to be in place to have good digestion?
- What kinds of things happen to our digestive fire as we grow older and what can we do about it?
- How do bitters play a part in digestion?
- How should we eat and prepare dandelion greens?
- How does the second brain affect the digestive system and how does it change when we get older?
Key Points Made by Dr. Teta:
- The digestion system acts as a central hub and impacts the immune system, the second brain, and the endocrine system.
- The health costs associated with digestive problems in North America is huge.
- You have to eat for your unique body and take your symptoms into account.
- Your overall health can be improved by increasing the health of your GI tract.
- Your ability to create stomach acid is reduced as you age.
- Travel and stress have a greater impact on the GI tract as you age.
- Take six to ten deep breaths before eating. This stimulates the nervous system and prepares the body to consume.
- Slow down the eating process, eat with the mouth closed; put down the electronics and pay attention to what you’re eating.
- Bitter foods or apple cider vinegar can be used to supplement your digestive fire.
- Tannins found in bitter foods stimulate the production of acids and keep the body regular.
- Dandelion, apple cider vinegar, and coffee are bitter supplements.
- Raw dandelion is extremely bitter but can be sautéed to make it more appealing.
- The second brain monitors all the important factors in the digestive tract. It operates independently of the central nervous system.
- As we age, our nervous systems have less flexibility and adapt to stress differently.
- A good way to balance the second brain is to take a walk in a natural environment and practice being present, also known as forest bathing.
- Relaxing in conjunction to appropriate exercise is important to maintain flexibility in the nervous system.
- Getting adequate sleep is also very important.
- Drugs that reduce stomach acid also reduce the digestive tract’s ability to absorb nutrients and increases the risk of infection.
- Stomach acid is one of the major defenses your body has against pathogens.
- Take care of your microbiome by eating a lot of prebiotic fibres.
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Sep 09 2016
Rank #14: Overcoming Anxiety and Emotional Eating with Food and Nutrients with Trudy Scott
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Trudy Scott discusses how to overcome anxiety and emotional eating with food and nutrients.
Trudy provides some great tips on uncovering the reasons for why so many people suffer with anxiety, and explains why it’s important to get to the root, underlying cause of your anxiety.
Trudy is a Food Mood Expert and nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of real food and amino acids for eliminating anxiety and emotional eating.
Trudy is the author of The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings.
She is also the creator and host of The Anxiety Summit, a wildly popular virtual gathering of international experts sharing research and nutritional solutions for anxiety.
Main Questions Asked:
- Why is caffeine bad for people with anxiety?
- How does gluten trigger anxiety?
- What are the four anti-anxiety food solutions?
- What are the benefits of grass fed meats?
- What is pyroluria? How does it cause anxiety?
- Is there a test for pyroluria?
- What lifestyle factors are important for preventing and treating anxiety?
Key Points made by Trudy:
- Caffeine can be the underlying cause of anxiety, and can trigger full blown panic attacks.
- Research for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder showed that cutting out coffee from the diet eliminated anxiety within a week in people who previously showed no improvements with medications or therapy and were drinking 1 ½ to 3 ½ cups of coffee per day.
- Gluten and coffee are common cross reactive foods.
- There is a big connection between gluten sensitivity and mental health, especially anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders.
- Gluten sensitivity continues to be under recognized and undertreated as a cause of mental health problems.
- Gluten limits the body’s ability to use tryptophan – the building block of serotonin.
- Gluteomorphins act like opiates and can make it very difficult to stop eating gluten.
- Eating real, whole foods can lower your risk of anxiety and depression.
- Trudy uses four different diets with her clients to match their unique biochemistry; three of them are gluten-free.
- Gluten is bad for everyone. Nobody can digest gluten, and it serves no nutritional purpose, so everyone should really be gluten free.
- Grass fed meat contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, zinc, iron, and lots of amino acids.
- Common symptoms of pyroluria include: feeling tense or anxious; lack of dreams or having nightmares; morning nausea; poor appetite; poor sense of smell.
- Zinc, vitamin B6, and evening primrose oil are the key nutrients to stop pyroluria.
- Testing for pyroluria can be inconclusive – that’s why using the pyroluria questionnaire is helpful along with seeing how you respond to the supplements listed above.
- Key lifestyle factors to help anxiety include: getting good sleep; getting regular exercise.
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Oct 17 2014
Rank #15: What You Should Know About Gut Microbiome with Dr. Jill Carnahan
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Jill Carnahan talks about what you should know about your gut microbiome.
Dr. Jill received her medical degree from Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago and her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Engineering at the University of Illinois. She is board-certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. In 2006 Dr. Jill was voted by faculty to receive the Resident Teacher of the Year award and elected to Central Illinois 40 Leaders Under 40. In 2010, she founded Flatiron Functional Medicine in Boulder, Colorado where she practices functional medicine.
Dr. Jill is also a 10-year survivor of breast cancer and Crohn’s disease and passionate about teaching patients how to “live well” and thrive in the midst of complex and chronic illness. She is also committed to teaching other doctors how to address the underlying cause of illness rather than just treating symptoms through the principles of functional medicine.
Main Questions Asked:
- How did you get involved in Functional Medicine?
- How does autoimmune disease relate to our intestinal health?
- How do the bacteria that live in us and on us influence our health?
- What is leaky gut? What causes leaky gut?
- How do I know if I have SIBO?
- How do I get tested for SIBO?
- How do I get tested for yeast overgrowth?
- How do I get tested for leaky gut?
- How do we heal a leaky gut?
- How do we maintain healthy intestinal bacteria?
Key Points made by Dr. Jill:
- It was through her personal health journey with breast cancer and Crohn’s disease that Dr. Jill got involved with Functional Medicine.
- Autoimmune basically means your body starts to think of itself as dangerous and starts attacking itself.
- Crohn’s disease is when the body attacks the lining of the digestive tract, basically causing ulcers though the entire digestive tract.
- Autoimmune disease always starts along the gut lining. This is because 80% of our immune system is here.
- The bacteria in our gut, whether they’re healthy or not, will determine our health.
- There are always three pieces to any and all autoimmune diseases: 1. Genetic predisposition; 2. Environmental triggers (like toxins, stress, gluten, infections, etc); and 3. Leaky gut (aka: intestinal permeability).
- Everyone with an autoimmune disease should stop eating gluten and whatever other foods they have food sensitivities to.
- The most common food sensitivities are dairy, sugar, corn, soy, alcohol, and yeast.
- Zonulin is a little trap door between every cell that lines the intestines, and if this trap door stays open then the microbes in the intestines and the food in the intestines leaks into the bloodstream directly. This is what ‘leaky gut’ is.
- Zonulin is directly triggered by gluten – whether you have gluten sensitivity or not.
- Bacteria wear a coating called LPS which is a big trigger for autoimmunity and inflammation.
- A big part of healing autoimmune disease is to assess and heal the gut first.
- Gas, bloating, and constipation and/or diarrhea are not normal, and are common signs of SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
- The majority of bacteria should live in the colon – not the small intestine.
- The toxins that are created from SIBO can cause fatigue, brain fog,
- Yeast overgrowth is another common cause of leaky gut.
- Common symptoms of yeast overgrowth include rashes, psoriasis, craving sweets, bloating, diarrhea, and for women these symptoms are worse around their period.
- An Organic Acids urine test can show markers of bacterial and yeast overgrowth in the intestines.
- Stool testing can also be helpful to determine bacterial and yeast infections, as well as parasite infections.
- The ‘poor man’s test’ for SIBO would be to try FODMAPs foods – for 24 hours eat the foods highest in FODMAPs and if you feel worse and have terrible abdominal symptoms there’s a pretty good likelihood you have SIBO and/or yeast overgrowth.
- Other signs of leaky gut include: rosacea; chronic unexplained iron deficiency; B12 deficiency; multiple food allergies; worsening environmental allergies; weak peeling cracking fingernails; eczema; and psoriasis.
- Healing a leaky gut first begins with identifying what the problems are – not just throwing probiotics at it.
- The first place to start is with diet – Paleo Diet is the best place to begin.
- Herbs and medications can be used to kill off microbial overgrowth.
- Probiotics are definitely necessary – the right kind of probiotics for the right patient.
- Inflammation often needs to be addressed with L-Glutamine, DGL, and even organic ghee.
- Diet is the most important factor to maintaining healthy intestinal bacteria.
- If you have an autoimmune disease you have to stick to your healthy diet 100% for life.
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Apr 03 2015
Rank #16: Fitness After 45 with Elizabeth Phinney
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Elizabeth Phinney discusses the importance of fitness after 45.
Elizabeth explains how she could not find a fitness program for a 45 year old woman and so she developed one herself!
Elizabeth specializes in inspiring men and women to recognize the power they have in their own aging. Through her Get F.I.T. Workshop she inspires people to want to eat better and exercise more.
One vehicle she uses is a meditative strength training technique she created called BodSpir for Fitness After Forty Five. Elizabeth is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2000, and a member of the Experts Industry Association.
Main Questions Asked:
- After all these years of training people, what’s the one thing that you have learned above all others?
- How did you get started in Personal Training?
- Where did the name BodSpir come from and how did you develop the methodology?
- What was the most surprising thing you learned that you weren’t expecting when you started training people?
- What is the biggest resistance you find in people exercising?
- What is the one lesson you wish everybody understood that would change their lives forever?
- What is the difference between exercise and activity?
- What are the four cornerstones to healthy and energetic aging?
- How about inflexibility? How does that relate to the aging body?
- There’s been a lot of controversy in the fitness industry about whether or not to stretch. Why do you think it is so important?
- If there was one recommendation to give for people about eating and their diet, what would it be?
Key Points made by Elizabeth:
- When you give to your body your body will respond back to you in kind.
- BodSpir is meditative strength training – exercising in rhythm with your breathing.
- The biggest resistance people have is they do not take the time or will not dedicate the time to themselves for exercise.
- Elizabeth created her fit workshops to help inspire people to exercise and find the core reason they want to exercise.
- You actually have much more control over your health than you really know.
- Being active is not the same as exercising. Exercise is something you do that is solely for your body to become stronger and healthier.
- The four cornerstones to healthy and active aging – Hydration, Exercise, Rest, Eating.
- Hydration – drink pure water until your urine is just a slight tint of yellow.
- Exercise – give your body an hour a day of exercise solely for the purpose of maintaining good health and good flexibility.
- Rest – rest your body for at least 8 hours daily, including sleep and meditation.
- Eating – the food in your mouth determines the future of your body.
- Stop eating junk food and processed food for one week and see how your body responds.
Thank you for listening!
Sep 26 2014
Rank #17: Using Essential Oils for Health and Wellness with Dr. Janae Devika
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Janae Devika talks about how to use essential oils for health and wellness.
Dr. Janae Devika is a Family Nurse Practitioner whose main focus is functional medicine and medical nutrition. Dr. Janae has been practicing the healing arts for over 16 years, and has experience as an herbalist, massage therapist, meridian tapping coach, health and wellness coach, and essential oils practitioner. Dr. Janae is also a holistic chef extraordinaire. It is her passion is to educate, inspire and empower people to heal their bodies while falling in love with their food. She helps people to redefine and heal their relationship with their food, their health, and their bodies and rekindle their passion for living a delicious life.
Dr. Janae is the creator of Café Janae, a health and wellness company that focuses on detoxification, therapeutic nutrition and stress management as primary interventions for preventing and reversing chronic disease. In her exciting and informative classes, Dr. Janae has taught thousands of people how to look better, feel better and live better by upgrading all aspects of their lives. Dr. Janae has written 21 whole-food recipe books, and dozens of her shows have been featured on television.
Main Questions Asked:
- Where do essential oils come from?
- How do we know if we’re buying a good quality essential oil?
- How can essential oils help us mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually?
- Does it matter if essential oils are heated or not?
- What’s the difference between an essential oil and a fragrance?
- How can we use essential oils for natural cleaning products?
Key Points made by Dr. Janae:
- Essential oils are the aroma molecules of plants. They’re also the protection mechanism and the immune system of the plant.
- Essential oils can be used medicinally to heal the body, as well as for mental, emotional, and even spiritual healing.
- Orange essential oil can be used to lift your mood, and can help with attracting abundance into your life.
- Most essential oils are made from a process of distillation.
- One drop of peppermint essential oil is the same potency as 25 cups of peppermint tea.
- It takes 65 pounds of rose pedals to make only one tablespoon of rose essential oil.
- There’s three different ways to use essential oils: breathe them in (safest); use them topically (also safe); some can be used internally (use caution here).
- Rosemary essential oil can help with memory, recall, and alertness.
- Both rosemary and peppermint oils can be used for an energy boost and to get off of caffeine.
- Because they are fat soluble, essential oils can pass directly and easily into your cells and brain.
- Lavender is very relaxing and can be used for depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Lavender has also been proven to dramatically reduce your stress levels.
- All essential oils have an energetic signature – this can be seen with Kirlian photography.
- Helichrysum can be used for pain – physical pain or emotional pain.
- Most essential oils are heat sensitive so it’s not good to heat them up.
- Essential oils and fragrances are not the same. Fragrances are made in a lab synthetically and even though it may smell the same it doesn’t contain any of the medicinal properties that the essential oil would.
- Look for essential oils that are organic and medicinal grade.
- Non-toxic disinfectant cleaner: In an 8 ounce squirt bottle put one ounce of vodka (100 proof), 7 ounces of distilled water, and 50 drops of essential oil – a great smelling and powerful disinfectant combination is eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, and orange oil.
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Dec 19 2014
Rank #18: A Leaky Gut and the Gut-Brain Connection with Dr. Vincent Pedre
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Vincent Pedre explains leaky gut and the gut-brain connection.
Dr. Vincent Pedre is the Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health and Founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, and a Functional Medicine-Certified Practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. He is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, also certified in yoga and Medical Acupuncture. He believes the gut is the gateway towards excellent health. For this reason, he wrote the book, Happy Gut—The Cleansing Program To Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Eliminate Pain—which helps people resolve their digestive and gut-related health issues.
Main Questions Asked about Leaky Gut:
- Can you talk about what a leaky gut is, how can we test for it and why is it bad?
- Can you talk about how so many different diseases have their foundations in inflammation and immune system imbalance and that having underlying gut issues can impact the body in multiple different ways?
- When patients come in to see you, do you actually test for leaky gut or do you often times assume they probably have a leaky gut?
- Can you tell us about the mind-gut connection?
- What are your favorite exercises to stimulate the vagus nerve?
Key Points made by Dr. Pedre for Leaky Gut:
- The gut is this amazing organ system that is divided into different zones and starting with of course the mouth. Everybody forgets that the mouth is part of their gut and it’s so important to chew and break down your food mechanically so that you can absorb the nutrients more easily.
- When we talk about leaky gut, we’re mostly talking about what’s happening in the small bowel, but also it can happen in the colon. It becomes quite significant in the colon because of the type of bacteria that exists there.
- Leaky gut has been a term that has been used in naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine for a long time. But, in Western medicine, really thought that this was not real and that it was made up and it didn’t exist until the science and research finally caught up.
- A lot of studies have been looking at the effects of endotoxin on our health and what they find is that as endotoxin levels rise, then the risk for metabolic syndrome, which is basically an intolerance to glucose or resistance to the hormone insulin that tells the body where to put the glucose into the cells so it can be used for energy. Sugar levels start to rise. Insulin levels start to rise. That leads to obesity, especially central obesity or visceral obesity, puts on more fat in the middle. It becomes this vicious cycle so basically there’s this whole interconnection between leaky gut, inflammation, insulin resistance and obesity.
- That goes back to genetic individuality, predispositions. Sometimes you get a lot of crossover and it could also have to do with the type of imbalance that has been created. For example, if you get yeast overgrowth as a result of having been on either several rounds of antibiotics or you can even create your own yeast overgrowth by eating a diet really high in sugar and refined carbohydrates over a period of time. You’re feeding that part of the microbiome and you can generate your own yeast imbalance.
- What I found over time is that not every patient that has some sort of systemic manifestation of a gut issue is coming in complaining of gut problems.
- I think the patient story and what their experience is is so important because sometimes it’s discordant with the test results. Then you have to decide, well, who do I trust more? The test or the patient? I feel like it’s a balance, and that’s where medicine is an art and it requires a bit of creativity and instinct.
- I also have really gotten into doing organic acids testing because I find that that helps fill in a piece of that puzzle that sometimes can be missed in the stool test.
- You really have to have a wholistic approach to a patient with gut issues and really listen to them and acknowledge their story because I think that part of it. How did they get to that point where they’re in front of you in your office telling you this story? Go back in time and look at how did all of this start? What was happening in their life at the time? Was there travel? Was there foreign travel? You have to think parasites and all sorts of things.
- We can start with the vagus nerve that runs from the brain all the way down and innervates starting from the bottom third of the esophagus, pretty much all the internal organs and the gut, all the way almost to the very end. The vagus controls a lot of the signaling in the gut. You really need a good vagal tone to have healthy gut digestion.
- What’s really fascinating about this is what they’ve seen in patients with traumatic brain injury. The patient with traumatic brain injury, within 30 minutes of the injury, their gut is becoming leaky and endotoxemia starts to go up.
- I think the most fascinating stuff is the metabolome and the fact that we get nerve transmitters that are produced by the gut microbiome. Like lactobacillus produces GABA so you need a healthy amount of lactobacillus bacteria in the gut to control anxiety, to feel even healed.
- Butyrate from butyrate-producing microorganisms in the large intestine controls our ability or influences our ability to form memory and to learn, your brain-derived neurotrophic factor. I thought that is really amazing that there is this symbiosis where a healthy gut microbiome influences neuroplasticity in our ability to learn and form memory.
- Once you get a leaky gut, it affects the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, so you get a leaky blood-brain barrier. Now the brain is not protected from toxins that could be in circulation from the leaky gut.
- One thing that vagus nerve dysfunction can also cause is constipation. Getting the vagus to work properly again is really important for so many things: protein, digestion, constipation, gut barrier integrity. All that stuff.
- One of those simple things that often times I think gets forgotten about that patients can take all the digestive enzymes and bitters and hydrochloric acid and probiotics. They can do all of that stuff and the fiber and the healthy diet. But we can’t forget about exercising the vagus nerve. As you said, it can be as simple as gargling. Gargling until you get a tear in your eye and do that minimum twice a day after you wake up, before you go to bed, more if better.
- We’ve been constantly in fight or flight in a way that I think we’re desensitized to the fact that our bodies are overcharged in so many ways, smartphones, constantly on the computer. We’re on this very on, on, on all the time. What I find is that people become desensitized to stress, and they don’t even acknowledge it and sometimes I actually have to tell a patient, “Do you realize how much you’re carrying and how full your plate is?” That’s stressful. Whether you sense it as a mental stress, I think it’s a biophysical stress on the body to carry all of that.
- I love getting people out into nature because when you’re out in a forest or a park surrounded by trees, that has been shown to lower cortisol levels and helps get you more into a parasympathetic state. Taking the shoes off and walking bare foot on the grass, feeling the earth, rounding to the tremendous magnetic energy field of the earth can really help us get more into a parasympathetic state.
- The reason I connected yoga is because in yoga, we studied the energy centers of the body, the chakras. Three of the main chakras in the body crisscross the gut, the root chakra, the second chakra and the third chakra, which is the power center, the solar plexus. The gut encompasses some major energy centers, and it’s all about grounding and being connected to this earth, to each other, being in community.
- Where I look at things is the importance of how we can cross the divide and see how we can integrate everything together but always going back to root cause. I think that to me is a really important message is to not discount the role of the gut even if you don’t have any gut issues.
Resources Mentioned for Leaky Gut:
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Feb 15 2019
Rank #19: Eat Right for Great Thyroid Health with Magdalena Wszelaki
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Magdalena Wszelaki discusses how to eat right for great thyroid health.
Magdalena shares her personal thyroid story and provides some great tips for those suffering with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s.
She’s had a long history of hormonal challenges from a highly stressful life in advertising – starting with Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (both are autoimmune conditions which cause thyroid failure) and then adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance. Today, Magdalena is in full remission, lives a symptom-free awesome life and teaches woman how to accomplish the same with her various online coaching programs.
Magdalena is a certified nutrition coach, speaker and educator. She is the founder of Thyroid Diet Coach – a nutrition coaching practice dedicated to helping women rebalance their hormones with nutritional and lifestyle changes.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is your personal thyroid story?
- Why are people not being diagnosed properly for their thyroid problems?
- How did you fix your thyroid problems and Hashimoto’s?
- What are the most common diet mistakes that people with thyroid problems and Hashimoto’s makes?
- What are three practical diet tips that anyone can try starting tomorrow?
- What are your mindset tips to help prevent people from overwhelm?
Key Points made by Magdalena:
- A combination of heavy amounts of stress, poor diet, and weak immune system set Magdalena up for autoimmune disease.
- The TSH range is too broad. It’s best to have your TSH under 2.0.
- Doctors rarely do the other tests to properly diagnose thyroid problems: Free T4, Free T3, TPO (thyroperoxidase) antibodies, TG (thyroglobulin) antibodies.
- Most common symptoms of thyroid problems: weight gain, puffy face, water retention, foggy brain, brittle nails, dry skin, hair falling out, constipation, etc.
- Even if you’ve already been diagnosed as hypothyroid, you’ve probably never been tested for Hashimoto’s. 8 out of 10 hypothyroid cases are actually Hashimoto’s.
- The three key things Magdalena did to heal her thyroid: address food intolerances; do a thorough detoxification; really address stress.
- Even if you’re already eating well you may still be making diet mistakes.
- The big seven foods that are the most common triggers are: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, goji berries), yeast; also minimize sugar consumption.
- Don’t assume that being vegetarian or vegan is right for your thyroid health.
- Cruciferous vegetables, as long as they’re cooked (lightly steamed), are perfectly fine your thyroid.
- Do not overly rely on supplements – food will have the biggest effect on your health, including your thyroid health.
- Get off the big seven foods we already mentioned.
- Surround yourself with foods you CAN have rather than what you cannot have.
- Always start your day with really healthy breakfast. Consider eating dinner for breakfast.
- PFF breakfast = protein + fiber + (healthy) fat.
- Surround yourself with a good support team.
- Try these changes for 2-3 weeks and see how your feel.
- If you feel overwhelmed you need more support from a healthcare professional to help guide you.
- Print off a list of the foods you CAN eat and stop focusing on the foods you cannot eat.
- Take it step by step and work on one meal at a time. Master one meal and then move onto the next.
- Journal what you eat, how you feel, and what your poop looks like. This can be a powerful tool to help spot patterns and drill deeper into the root causes of your thyroid problems.
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Oct 24 2014
Rank #20: The Autoimmune Fix with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Tom O’Bryan talks about The Autoimmune Fix.
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a world expert on gluten and considered the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for treating chronic disease and metabolic disorders from a Functional Medicine Perspective. He holds adjunct Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He is the visionary behind “The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth”, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on the Gluten connection to diseases, disorders, and a wide-range of symptoms and ages. His 2016 critically acclaimed ground-breaking book, “The Autoimmune Fix” outlines the step-by-step development of degenerative diseases and gives us the tools to identify our disease (or dis-ease) process years before the symptoms are obvious.
Main Questions Asked about The Autoimmune Fix:
- Can you talk about some of the statistics about autoimmune disease in North America?
- What inspired you to write the book?
- Tell us about the Betrayal series?
- What should someone expect once they implement your protocol?
- Is there anything else that we haven’t talked about yet that you think is important?
Key Points Made by Dr. O’Bryan about The Autoimmune Fix:
- When we combine the various autoimmune diseases into one statistic, it is growing rapidly and is the most common cause of many other diseases.
- Every degenerative disease is a disease of inflammation and the inflammation is caused by an autoimmune function.
- We should be treating the cause of a disease, not just the symptoms.
- There are three components to an autoimmune disease – the first is genetics; the second is an environmental trigger that sets it off; the third is damage to your intestine, or leaky gut.
- Nine out of ten newborn babies have an average of 283 toxic chemicals in their bloodstream when they are born.
- You can arrest the development of autoimmune disease by healing the gut.
- Every patient with hormone imbalances has food sensitivities that they don’t know about.
- Studies have found that wheat has a key role in autoimmune disease and is the trigger that breaks the weak link.
- Many people have elevated antibodies in their system years prior to having symptoms of autoimmune disease.
- Testing the levels of your antibodies can give you a Positive Predictive Value of developing an autoimmune disease. This will give you a chance to address the problem before it gets worse and years before it becomes a full fledged autoimmune diagnosis.
- It can take up to 17 years for cutting edge research to reach a local doctor’s office.
- A particular gene, HLDRB1 can mean that you are vulnerable to developing an autoimmune disease in response to vaccines which may be why vaccine movements have started recently.
- Autoimmune diseases can actually be reversed if you follow the correct protocols. You should be able to notice a change for the better within three weeks.
- You can’t fix what you can’t know.
- Our environment is generally so toxic, we are not only killing off the majority of the wildlife on the planet but humanity as well.
Resources Mentioned for The Autoimmune Fix:
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