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: 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 #3: 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 #4: What Nobody Ever Tells You about Bio-Identical Hormones with Dr. Anna Cabeca
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Cabeca explains what nobody ever tells us about bio-identical hormones and their effects.
Dr. Cabeca is a board certified Gynecologist and Obstetrician, as well as board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, an expert in Functional Medicine, and an expert in women’s health. She specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and natural alternatives, successful menopause and age management medicine.
Main Questions Asked:
- Can you explain what the Women’s Health Initiative was and what that did to the whole area of hormone treatment for women?
- Can you talk about some of the common myths and misconceptions about hormone replacement therapy versus bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
- Can you explain the pros and cons of hormone testing (blood tests, saliva tests, etc) and what you actually do in your practice?
- Do you have any herbal alternatives for patients who are not comfortable with the thought of using bio-identical hormones?
Key Points made by Dr. Anna:
- What we found out from the Women’s Health Initiative study was that women on estrogen alone had no significant increase of breast cancer and may have a protective effect on colon cancer and bone health (this is using oral hormones because using transdermal is different). But the Premarin-Provera group (Prem-Pro group) showed an increase in breast cancer risk. This created this early halting of the study, headlines everywhere, and women were told to stop their hormones.
- This whole Women’s Initiative study led us to this fear of hormone replacement. What we continue to look at in the research is the risks of bio-identical hormones. Everything else is case specific.
- In my practice, if I have a patient who’s sedentary and going to McDonald’s three times a day, that is not a person I’m going to give any hormones to. I need to see commitment with lifestyle changes, detoxification programmed within her dietary regimen. I need to see therapeutic lifestyle changes because we don’t have magic pills whether they’re bio-identical or synthetic.
- Myth: Bio-identical is 100% benign and safe. Reality: Too much or too little is still a problem. And in someone with significant inflammatory issues, diabetic issues, etc., we’re going to run into problems. I’m not saying I haven’t used them in these situations but I have a very functional medicine practice so there are many spokes on the wheel that are being addressed at the same time.
- There was a study done in France by Dr. Fournier that looked at bio-identical progesterone compared to synthetic Progestins. What it found is that bio-identical progesterone did not increase the risk of breast cancer. However, the Progestins did have an increased risk.
- Progesterone is good for our brain, our bones, and our breasts. Progesterone in and of itself can help with fibrocystic breasts, breast tenderness, PMS. We really need it with or without a uterus.
- Progesterone is helpful for our moods as well. It helps downregulate the brain’s GABA receptors so there’s more GABA available which is our calming neurotransmitter.
- Bio-identical progesterone supports our immune system so if we have immune diseases, we want to make sure we’re on some beneficial, helpful progesterone. It’s neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and a natural diuretic which helps with that estrogen dominant PMS weight gain before your period so using bio-identical progesterone can help you there. It helps us get a natural deep sleep and when we have a uterus, it helps stabilize the endometrium. These are all beneficial effects of progesterone.
- Say I have a 58-year old menopausal female who has been without her period for six years, feeling fatigued, low energy, anxious, heart palpitations, moodiness, has loss of sex drive, losing hair, maybe some muscle aches, mid-belly weight gain and overall feels that she’s not aging well, she hurts when she wakes up in the morning, is unable to stop the weight gain despite not changing her habits over the last decade. What do I do about this? I would do blood testing to see what’s going on with her thyroid. Look at total estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone. In total look at a sex hormone binding globulin, look at DHEAs as I’m looking at it in the blood. That would be a hormone panel in addition to some inflammatory markers that I always add in. For example, vitamin D, hsCRP, hemoglobin H1C.
- I may do a salivary test to look at her adrenal pattern throughout the day. I’ll look at a 4-point cortisol throughout the day to see what’s going on throughout the day.
- If you’re taking hormones the testing is different. Depending on how you’re taking the hormone, we’re going to see it differently in the blood, in the saliva, in the urine. It’s important to recognize that the way we’re getting it needs to be taken into account by the measurements when we’re reading the results. It can be really confusing and this is why you need to go to a hormone expert who is used to looking at these panels, and used to looking at the optimal blood levels. Or what are the limitations in salivary testing? What are the limitations in urinary testing? And blood testing? For example, if you’re on a transdermal estrogen patch, we’re not going to see it as significantly in the blood as we will in the saliva.
- So with that said, we do have to be careful in how we’re using our labs to adjust your dosages. That comes down to the art of medicine. Our clinical history, our clinical physical evaluation, and your symptoms scores.
- There are plusses and minuses to each method. That’s why we say “Treat the patient, not the labs”, yet the labs will guide us and they need to be done the same way, the same point in your cycle, the same time of day, same after hormone administration each time you test if for comparison. At least we can control that and see if there are any differences or increases.
- We’re very consistent when we take it and that’s a pet peeve when people send me lab results. I ask them when they took their hormones, what day of the cycle they were on, what time of day it was. Sometimes I want to look at it at different points in a menstrual cycle but that’s a key importance of hormone testing.
- For those who are no comfortable with bio-identical hormones than an herbal alternative is maca.
- Maca is composed of very specific proteins called macaeens. It’s rich in arginine which increases nitric oxide which increases blood vessel health and circulation, hence, which is how Viagra works. It’s an adrenal adaptogen and very alkalinizing.
- There are many other things that we use too but one thing is certainly detoxing the liver. So a detoxifying diet using alkalinizing foods and using healthy fish oils. I’m a big fan of oysters as far as foods go. Oysters, seaweed sushi, Brazil nuts. Those are my standard food prescription because there are so many good nutrients specific to those foods that are beneficial to the menopausal and andropausal woman and man.
- Other herbs I use for the menstrual cycle is chase berry, black cohosh, soy isoflavins but I find the use of a combination approach with anti-inflammatories like tumeric and other natural anti-inflammatories like Cat’s Claws which is another great anti-inflammatory and immune supported herb. These combinational approaches will help us in a very holistic way, bring things to center and bring things to balance.
- Even if we’re giving bio-identical hormones, our body has to detox them well.
Nov 13 2015
Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Natural Cures for Arthritis with Ellen Kamhi
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Ellen Kamhi talks about arthritis and inflammation, and natural remedies to halt arthritis in its tracks.
Ellen has been involved in Natural Medicine since 1964. Ellen is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and is a board certified holistic nurse. She’s written many books, and is a TV and radio host.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is some of the research about where arthritis comes from?
- Can you explain what stealth pathogens are?
- What are some of the herbs that can be used to help with inflammation?
Key Points Made By Ellen:
- Over the years, I’ve seen many patients no longer have arthritis.
- When we talk about the word “cure” what we mean is the reversal of all symptoms, no longer have the pain, or if disfigured, a discontinuation of further breakdown in the joint structure. Also, the reversal of blood indicators.
- There is a vast amount of knowledge available in mainstream medical publications on where arthritis comes from, like the Journal of Rheumatology.
- Things that cause inflammation in the body are linked directly to leaky gut.
- If you want to reverse a disease, you have to take responsibility for the causes.
- Very often toxins are in the food you eat. If you’re not eating organic and are eating your food allergens, these can trigger a response.
- Are you eating packaged foods? If there are words there you cannot pronounce or sound like chemicals, they probably are.
- The first step is a cleansing diet. For those who don’t want to do that, perhaps their physician and medication is the right route for them.
- People who want to use natural remedies have to take responsibility for what they put into their mouths and what they do with their body like exercise and movement.
- Stress reduction is helpful and effective like mind-body work, massages, and rubbing a tennis ball on the bottom of your foot.
- Take active action in your life.
- Some herbs to use to clean toxins out of liver are milk thistle, dandelion and burdock root.
- Stealth pathogens are microorganisms that can encase themselves and hide such as lyme disease. They are able to hide from the immune system by covering up the white blood cell receptors that would normally indicate that there’s an invader and should be destroyed.
- Another problem that causes things like autoimmune disease is the overuse of antibiotics. This causes the development of resistant strains.
- Some natural remedies such as berberine actually downregulates the pump and does not allow the microorganisms to use it and that’s why it’s an excellent natural antibiotic which doesn’t cause anti-resistant strains.
- Either you change your lifestyle and the initiating factors or the disease will continue to advance.
- When looking at non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to bring down the pain of arthritis, the problem is they actually increase leaky gut syndrome and in that way they make the disease process worse and not better!
- One of many great herbs to use is curcumin. It’s well-proven to have anti-microbial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects. It’s sort of like the wonder herb. If combined with piperine (from black pepper) you get a much better absorption.
- Other herbs to help with the inflammation of arthritis are boswellia, white willow bark, external topical agents such as ginger compresses.
- For autoimmune types of arthritis, the best combo is rehmannia, rosemary or rosmarinic acid, and cordyceps. These all help deactivate the autoimmune response.
Jul 31 2015
Rank #8: 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 #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: Heal Your Body (Heal Your Mind) with Dr. Kelly Brogan
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Kelly Brogan explains how you can ease psychiatric symptoms when you heal your body first.
Dr. Brogan is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell, and has a B.S. from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Science. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms.
Main Questions Asked:
- A lot of people are having mental problems and you’re going to explain to us that when you heal your body, you heal your mind.
- Can you talk about thyroid imbalances?
- Can you talk about some of the other imbalances that masquerade as mental illness that patients should know about?
- Can you talk about the importance of healthy fats in the diet?
- Can you tell us about your program – Vital Mind Reset?
Key Points made by Dr. Brogan:
- People are waking up to the limitations of the conventional model of medicine.
- Typical symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, changes in sleep, feelings of malaise and disconnection almost always these “psychiatric” symptoms are accompanied by a host of physical symptoms whether it’s gut dysfunction, skin issues, hair loss, a number of different autoimmune-related symptoms.
- I became interested in the psychiatric pretenders which are these reversible physiologic imbalances that can masquerade as psychiatric, and in the wrong hands, garner you a psychiatric diagnosis and potentially a lifetime of treatment with psychiatric medication.
- The two that I see most in my practice with the most relevance are blood sugar imbalance and thyroid dysfunction.
- There’s a simple anecdote. It’s cold turkey – the elimination of sugar while dramatically increasing natural fat intake. You can shift it in a week to 10 days. Something you’ve been doing for 40 years, you can largely heal your body in such a short period of time.
- If you look at the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism and you look at the DSM diagnostic criteria for depression, they match up almost one-to-one.
- When you heal your body, you can dramatically reduce the signal of psychiatric symptoms.
- I always start with the same interventions which are very low commitment and low risk. It’s dietary first and always. Then we look at what else we can do to heal your body.
- Some other big ones that mimic mental illness are food intolerance, micronutrient deficiency, and sex hormone imbalance.
- Depression is a symptom – not a diagnosis and not a disease. If you think of it as a disease or a diagnosis, you could really miss an opportunity to discover what that symptom is telling you about your body.
- That’s all I do for my patients is hold the space for them to discover their own potential for self-healing.
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Mar 18 2016
Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: Master Your Metabolism with Dr. Jade Teta
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Jade Teta talks about how to master your metabolism and live a healthy lifestyle by mastering your hunger, energy, and cravings.
Dr. Teta is an integrative physician, author and sought after expert in the realm of metabolism and self-development. He spent the last 25 years immersed in the study of strength and conditioning, hormonal metabolism and the psychology of change and success. He has written several books including the best sellers, “Metabolic Effect Diet” and “Metabolic Aftershock”. He has also contributed both the exercise and sports nutrition chapters for “The Textbook of Natural Medicine”.
Main Questions Asked:
- How do most people approach their diet and metabolism and why is it incorrect?
- What does metabolism actually mean in everyday terms?
- How can you master your metabolism?
- What kind of exercise should you do in order to master your metabolism?
- How can you improve your willpower?
Key Points Made by Dr. Teta:
- Much of the information most people have about how their metabolism works is wrong.
- You need to master your metabolism first instead of the common idea of eat less/exercise more in order to master your metabolism.
- Research has indicated that popular diets do not work and in many cases will result in weight gain over time rather than weight loss. After a diet 95% of people will gain back all the weight they lost and 66% will actually gain more weight than they lost.
- Your metabolism is just the way your body seeks balance. Hormones are the tools of your metabolism.
- When you are stressed, your body produces cortisol and adrenaline which signal to your brain to react to the stress.
- Your metabolism is changeable and can be corrected. There are signals your body’s metabolism is unbalanced. HEC, your hunger, energy, and cravings are the biofeedback your body uses to indicate what state your metabolism is in.
- Ask yourself if your HEC is in check.
- Your metabolism is like a pendulum, if you push on it by exercising more and eating less your metabolism will react by making your more hungry and more tired.
- There are foods that can help suppress cravings and hunger, for example: chicken and broccoli.
- Everyone’s metabolism is different and needs to be addressed for each person in a customized way.
- Macronutrients have varying effects on your metabolism.
- Protein, fibre, and water are effective at satisfying hunger. Carbohydrates, starch, salt, and fat are effective at satisfying cravings.
- Start with protein, fibre, and water as a meal and see how your HEC reacts. Adjust based off of how your body responds.
- A good meal should satisfy you for around 4 hours.
- Any form of exercise will have an effect on your metabolism. Long term exercise like jogging is great for cardiovascular health but will directly impact your HEC.
- Your exercise has the power to stabilize your metabolism or unbalance it.
- For people who are out of shape short, intense exercise or short, low intensity exercise is most effective at lowering body weight. A mix of both is best for keeping your HEC in check.
- Intense and short exercise routines tend to suppress your appetite.
- Willpower is like a battery and can be exhausted. Your will can be trained and improved. The more you think negative thoughts about yourself, the faster your willpower will be drained.
- Train your will by exposing yourself to small doses of things like dessert. Practice eating things you are weak to by eating a few bites and leaving the rest.
- Don’t try to do everything at one time or you will drain your will and staying power rapidly. Choose one new activity like walking and add that to your routine. Add more later, once you’ve made that a habit.
Key Resources Mentioned:
Jun 10 2016
Rank #15: Mental Health with Dr. Christina Bjorndal
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Christina Bjorndal talks about mental health.
Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND is an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders. Having overcome many mental health challenges, Dr. Chris is a gifted speaker and writer who has helped many patients achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. She has completed three books on mental health as well as a 10-week course and in-person retreat on mental health.
Main Questions Asked Mental Health:
- Can you talk about your story of regaining your mental health?
- What are some of the underlying factors that you look for when a patient comes in struggling with some kind of mental health issue?
- What can you tell us about the hormonal system?
- How do you look at neurotransmitters?
- Now what about detoxification?
- How do you address the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health?
Key Points made by Dr. Chris about Mental Health
- My story started with an eating disorder in high school (just as a side note, I was taking antibiotics the year prior). At the time there was no mention of the relationship between the gut microbiome and mental health.
- I was an overachiever which served me well until my third year of university when I found myself paralyzed by anxiety and debilitated by depression. I was treated with some success with antidepressants but a few months later I suffered a full-blown delusional psychotic manic episode. I was given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
- I basically pushed the diagnosis into a corner, ignored the whole thing, and went back to being the overachiever who had it all together. But I didn’t, this all culminated in a suicide attempt that left me in a coma with kidney failure.
- While on dialysis I was given a book to read by Marianne Williamson called A Return to Love. In it there’s a quote about surrender, which impacted me greatly because what I realized is that I didn’t love and accept myself, so I began to look for other ways and to find answers to what was going on with me.
- I went to a public forum and listened to a lecture by Dr. Abram Hoffer. I became his patient and started on a nutritional protocol, and shortly thereafter I began to feel relief from depression and anxiety which I hadn’t in the 15 prior years. I made a career change to naturopathic medicine to help others.
- First, I explain that there are four aspects to people: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual; and that western medicine is focused on the physical.
- I also explain that there are three macro-systems comprising the physical: neurotransmitters, the neuro-endocrine system, and organs of detoxification.
- With respect to the hormonal system, we need to understand that every hormone, when out of balance, can have symptoms like mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood swings, etc.
- Most times, people are adjusting the neurotransmitters, but I find that in most cases we have to look at the three macro-systems to find the root cause.
- When we talk about hormones, we’re talking about sex hormones, stress hormones, thyroid, insulin, al.; which are often overlooked, especially in mental health. This was the case for me.
- In addition to the patient’s symptoms, I will assess them using an objective questionnaire to give me a sense of the degree to which they are experiencing symptoms of, for example, depression.
- From the perspective of neurotransmitters, diet is a big piece. For example, serotonin, one of the main transmitters implicated in mental health, is derived in the body from tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid meaning we can’t make it ourselves.
- There are certain nutrients that are essential building blocks for these neurotransmitters. If you’re not getting them through your diet, there’s no ability for you to make them on your own.
- I think from a root cause perspective we always have to ensure that we’re eating the right foods, although supplementation is often required.
- I don’t prescribe tryptophan because serotonin production is not its primary object; in fact, if we’re under stress, then tryptophan goes to make quinolinic acid which can be considered a neurotoxin. Thus, managing stress is another big part of the mental health puzzle.
- The environmental piece, and the connection with the organs of detoxification is extremely important.
- People mostly think of mental health conditions resulting from a deficiency. Something to consider is that perhaps there’s something from the environment that is blocking a receptor so that the hormone or neurotransmitter cannot get into the cell to do its job.
- We talk about the gut, or our digestive system, as our second brain; its health is a very important piece of the puzzle. The relationship, or balance, of bacteria in your gut is really important in our overall health and helps our organs of detoxification.
- It helps to have regular bowel movements. If not, what can happen is that the liver works diligently to get toxins out of your body, which can now be eliminated through the bowel or the urine; if the stool sits in the large colon and there’s an imbalance in bacteria, there are bacteria that end up breaking up the chemicals that the liver worked to get rid of, and these end up being reabsorbed giving you another toxic hit.
- This in turn contributes to inflammation and to leaky gut syndrome.
- All these factors play a role, and it relates back to our prior use of medications, to our levels of stress, to the level of stomach acid that we have. We always want to look at what’s happening from a digestive perspective as well as the liver and the colon.
- So, for me, it started with the physical piece, but I still had to work on my thoughts and emotions. I teach people how to manage their mind so they’re not at the mercy of it. It’s important to understand that there is something called psychoneuroimmunology which means, basically, that your thoughts create neuropeptides, which then affect the hormones being produced in the body, which in turn can affect how you feel.
- It’s been a really important piece of my healing to learn how to manage my thoughts.
- I teach a Four R Process. The first R is to recognize the nature of the conversation going on in your head. The second step to refrain from following these thoughts any further. You refrain by relaxing into the present moment with your breath. The last R is to resolve to repeat this process.
- Learning to move ourselves from a sympathetic, or stressed, state into a parasympathetic, or relaxed, state is extremely important. So many functions in the body require you to be in a parasympathetic state to benefit fully, digestion is one of them. You could be eating the most pristine, organic food but if you’re in a sympathetic state you may not be getting the full benefit of the nutrition.
- Another important thing I want people to know is that ultimately learning to love and accept yourself is a really important part of this puzzle.
Resources Mentioned for Mental Health
Dr. Carri’s interview with Kelly Brogan : Heal Your Body (Heal Your Mind)
Aug 23 2019
Rank #16: 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 #17: Digestive System Health with Kristin Thomas
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Kristen Thomas explains how to restore digestive system health.
Kristen Thomas is a certified functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and holistic health coach with additional training in digestive system health, hormone balancing, SIBO, thyroid conditions, detoxification, and stealth infectious disease. She has lived through chronic illness and reversed her own ulcerative colitis and other health challenges such as leaky gut, food sensitivities, hormone imbalance, and a half-dozen gut infections.
Main Questions Asked about Digestive System Health:
- How did you heal your digestive system from ulcerative colitis and gut infections?
- What gut testing did you do and what infections were found?
- What are some of the signs and symptoms that can hint at a potential digestive health problem that people may not necessarily associate with the gut?
- What are the most common digestive issues that you see in your practice?
- What is the baking soda test?
- What are three things that listeners can start doing today to begin to improve their digestion?
- What are some of the things that you see most people are not doing?
- What are some of the things that you have people do or change in their lives so that it sets them up for success so that they are chewing their food?
Key Points made by Kristen about Digestive System Health:
- I started to do some research in terms of how I could turn to food as medicine because, at that point, I just knew that a lot of foods weren’t working for me, and I saw a pretty direct correlation between when I ate foods and my ulcerative colitis symptoms flaring up, so I figured that was the first place that I could begin.
- I began to eat I guess we could call a Paleo Diet – clean meats, veggies, fruits, things like that. Within two weeks, I felt a world of difference.
- I started working with several functional holistic practitioners who could help me dig in even further, so I continued on the food journey, continued to fine tune my diet, ran some food sensitivity testing, ran some in-depth testing to find out what other pathogens and infections were causing this inflammation in my body.
- Each time I ran one of these (stool) tests, which is every six to twelve months, I found that I was peeling back the layers even deeper and really getting more into what else was going on in my digestive system.
- As I addressed each major pathogen, like the parasite and H. pylori and candida, I was finding less and less major things. Those were showing up on my tests and it was more so just a little bit of bacteria imbalances here and there, but I was able to even more easily address.
- The vast ways that digestive system issues can present themselves in the body really go well beyond just basic stomach pains and constipation and things like that. A lot of things that can also signal a potential digestive health issue are things like poor sleep, parasites, low energy, and general infections which can raise cortisol levels.
- Irritability and depression and anxiety, a lot of mood-based and brain-related conditions can arise out of all this. The mind-gut connection is extremely strong. If things in the gut aren’t too happy, then things up in the brain aren’t going to be happy, too. The concept of our gut being our second brain couldn’t be more true.
- The last one that I typically see with people that’s this kind of hidden sign of digestive health issues are skin rashes or irritation.
- Constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux are typically the most common things that I hear people say right off the bat that they have.
- We’re not sitting down as much to have meals, taking the time to chew, sitting at the table for an hour to really enjoy our food.
- Sit at the dining room or kitchen table with your family, friends, whoever you live with and actually focus on having great conversations, focus on the smell of your food, focus on chewing your food and just being present. Those are two of the biggest thing that people can start to do.
- Generally, rule of thumb is chew about 30 chews per bite, depending on what the food is. If you’re chewing meats or tougher veggies or nuts or seeds, absolutely you should be chewing about 30 bites and just making sure that that’s fully soaking your food before you swallow it and go on to your next bite.
- Stress has such a huge impact on our digestive system. Become present with your meal, take a couple of deep breaths before you even dive into your food to become present, leave all those stressors and all the worries on your mind behind, even if for the next 20 minutes.
- Smelling your food and just becoming closer with it can really help to shift your body into that rest-and-digest state so that your body can divert its resources to the digestive tract.
- I love the idea of gratitude. For somebody who wants to bring that to a pre-meal activity, that’s fantastic.
- One of the easiest and, arguably, cheapest way is to begin to go on that process is just by writing down your foods and starting to listen to your body and what is going on.
Resources Mentioned for Digestive System Health:
Jan 18 2019
Rank #18: Functional Nutrition with Andrea Nakayama
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Andrea Nakayama explains functional nutrition and how to master your genes with it.
Andrea Nakayama is a functional nutritionist and educator leading thousands of clients, students, and practitioners around the world in a revolution reclaiming ownership over one’s own health. In the curriculum of Holistic Nutrition Lab, her online school for practitioners, Andrea teaches the science and art of the functional nutrition practice through the lens of where food meets physiology.
Within her own clinic at the Functional Nutrition Alliance, Andrea and her team of nutritionists work with the chronic ailments most providers pass over, and she is regularly consulted as the nutrition expert for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of world-renowned doctors.
Main Questions Asked about Functional Nutrition:
- What is functional nutrition?
- How did you get into doing functional nutrition?
- What do you consider non-negotiables and what are your favorite tools to help patients work through them?
- What are some of the most common misconceptions about genetic testing?
Key Points Made by Andrea about Functional Nutrition:
- Functional medicine is about looking at the systems of the body in a holistic way. Functional nutrition is about filling in the gaps in diet and lifestyle modification.
- Functional nutrition works on the third tier of diagnosis and focuses on customizing the diet so that it’s more appropriate to your unique factors.
- The patients who see the best results are the ones that really buckle down with their nutrition. Modifying the protocol is about finding what’s best for the particular patient.
- After Andrea’s husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor while she was pregnant, she discovered her passion for making sure that the patient is seen as an individual and not just a diagnosis.
- Clearing the muddy water is about removing the most common inflammation causing foods. It’s a journey to discover your non-negotiables, the things that are particular to you in lifestyle and nutrition that you need to have optimal health. A non-negotiable can be things like bedtime and water consumption.
- Patients are usually looking for a quick fix, but the truth is it usually takes a lot of self-care and discipline to make the right changes.
- A single genetic test is not particularly useful when it comes to how to optimize your health in a functional way. Genomics takes into account the environment and the epigenetic expression, which gives a better picture. Owning your non-negotiables is how you shift your epigenetic environment.
- Lifestyle is how you manipulate your genes in a good way.
- Not all dietary recommendations are appropriate for you. You should work with an allied functional practitioner to help you make sense of what’s best for you.
Resources Mentioned for Functional Nutrition:
Oct 13 2017
Rank #19: Bioidentical Hormones with Karim Merani
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Karim Merani explains bioidentical hormones.
Karim Merani has a Masters degree in Pharmacy, from the Leicester School of Pharmacy in Leicester, UK. He’s been a pharmacist in Canada for 6 years, and has been involved with compounding since registering.
He currently sits on the Board for the Association of Compounding Pharmacists of Canada, and has previously served as President of the association. Karim owns and operates 4 independent pharmacies in the Ottawa area, where his main focus of practice is bioidentical hormone replacement, topical pain management, and pediatrics.
Main Questions Asked about Bioidentical Hormones:
- What do you mean by compounding pharmacy?
- How are bioidentical hormones different from synthetic hormones?
- Are bioidentical hormones safe?
- What are the potential benefits of bioidentical hormones?
- How does a patient know if they need bioidentical hormones or not?
- Do you need a prescription to buy hormones?
- What are some possible side effects of bioidentical hormones and how would someone know they are been dosed too high?
- What makes your compounding pharmacy different?
Key Points Made by Karim about Bioidentical Hormones:
- Compounding pharmacies focus on customized medications tailor made to meet specific needs. They often change the delivery method of a medication for those who can’t take the normal form.
- Compounded bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources, usually yam, rather than synthetic. Bioidentical hormones are processed much more efficiently by the body.
- Many of the fears associated with hormone replacement therapy often confuse the two types of hormones – synthetic verses bioidentical.
- Bioidentical hormones that we use today are very different from the synthetic hormones used in the 1980’s.
- Generally speaking, bioidentical hormones are safe but there is some necessary work that has to be done to ensure they are safe. Start low and go slow when it comes to dosage.
- Hormone therapy is effective for menopausal or perimenopausal women, but it also has uses in treating osteoporosis and fatigue.
- Not everybody experiences the symptoms of hormone imbalance the same way.
- The primary methods for testing for hormone therapy is saliva or blood testing, with saliva testing being more accurate. There is a newer third test, a urine test, but it’s not proven to be effective yet.
- Dosing accurately is the most important aspect of hormone treatment which is why saliva testing is the most common method.
- You need a prescription to buy hormones and should definitely avoid buying hormones from sources on the internet.
- Bioidentical hormones are mainly derived from yams due to the increase in the number of people sensitive to soy.
- Topical hormone creams need to be composed of a particular base cream to ensure the medication is absorbed properly into the body.
- Progesterone is typically applied to an area of the body with a higher amount of fatty tissue; estrogen is usually applied to an area like the forearm. It’s recommended to avoid applying the cream to the abdomen area.
- High doses of progesterone can cause fatigue. High doses of estrogen can lead to irregular heart rates or hot flash type effects.
- Hormone therapy is not a wonder drug – it takes time for the treatment to work.
- Hormone therapy is sometimes covered by insurance but it will depend on the composition of the hormones in particular.
- The collaborative approach is often the best one. When the doctor, the patient, and the compounding pharmacist work together you will get the best results.
Resources Mentioned for Bioidentical Hormones:
Sep 15 2017
Rank #20: 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