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: Adrenal Stress with Dr. Ricky Brar
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Ricky Brar talks about adrenal stress and gut health and getting to the source of the issues.
Dr. Ricky Brar is a Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Living Proof Institute. His role is to empower you with the knowledge and motivation to achieve your health goals. He is passionate about helping you regain your health and get to the root cause of your issues regardless of your diagnosis.
His functional medicine journey started as a patient. After working with several practitioners, he got to the bottom of his energy and digestive issues using functional medicine and has not looked back. Now he hopes to help others recover from their health challenges effectively and efficiently.
Main Questions Asked:
- What are the blind spots we have about adrenal health?
- How do we manage our blood sugar properly?
- Why is adrenal fatigue not accepted as a diagnosis?
- How can we manage our adrenal health more effectively?
Key Points made by Dr. Ricky:
- Adrenal health is often the cause of many disorders that can be easily misdiagnosed.
- Life stress places the burden on the adrenal glands but isn’t necessarily the cause of adrenal fatigue.
- Gut overgrowth and gut infections can reduce the nutrition the body gets and may not be obviously related to adrenal function.
- Insulin resistance and blood sugar can also cause adrenal stress and issues. If you can’t skip a meal without feeling negative effects you have a problem.
- You can have a gut infection without any digestive issues.
- You can address the adrenals with supplements but it won’t affect the source of the issue which is the gut.
- The gut is the primary source of good health.
- Functional medicine is focused on the question “Why?”.
- Consuming carbs causes your body to produce insulin, but because the typical diet is so carb focused your body can become insulin resistant.
- Insulin resistance will lead to weight gain and inflammation, brain fog, and other issues.
- Insulin resistance begins becoming a problem in your twenty’s and thirty’s and can take many years to manifest on blood work.
- Your diet should reflect your lifestyle – if you’re not active in the morning don’t rely on carbs to get your day started.
- If you’re thirsty, you should have drunk water an hour ago. Same with hunger.
- Exercise alone won’t mitigate stress – adequate sleep and rest are important as well.
- Adrenal fatigue is a state – it’s a maladaptation to a particular set of conditions.
- Look for ways to reduce stress and your reliance on stimulants like caffeine.
- Stimulants should be used as a performance booster, not as a crutch to support your lifestyle.
- Find your blind spots and seek out functional testing – there is a lot going on within your body that you won’t be able to find otherwise.
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Aug 05 2016
Rank #4: Should You Go Keto? Intro to Ketogenic Diets with Ellen Davis
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Ellen Davis talks about the positive health effects of a ketogenic diet.
Ellen Davis is the creator of KetogenicDietResource.com, a website showcasing the research on ketogenic diets. She is a member of the American Society of Nutrition and is finishing her Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition. She recently released the second edition of her ebook titled “Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet”. She is currently writing several books on treating diabetes with a ketogenic diet.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is a ketogenic diet?
- What can a ketogenic diet do for us? How can it switch our metabolism?
- Would a ketogenic diet help with autoimmune disease?
- Can you give us a day in the life on a ketogenic diet?
- Can we jump right into a ketogenic diet, or is it better to take a gradual approach?
- How will we feel on a ketogenic diet?
- Is weight loss typical with a ketogenic diet?
- Once someone starts eating a ketogenic diet, what happens if they deviate from the diet – say they are at an event and eat foods that are not part of the diet?
- What foods are the most important in a ketogenic diet and which foods are avoided?
- What are some of the most common myths regarding the ketogenic diet that you are aware of? Is there any research behind the ketogenic diet?
Key Points made by Ellen:
- A ketogenic diet is low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. Ketogenic means the body switches from burning sugar for energy to burning fat for energy.
- Most people have chronic elevations of sugar and insulin which eventually leads to insulin resistance. This is mainly from eating too many carbs.
- Ketogenic diets are extremely anti-inflammatory, and very healthy for us – despite what we’ve been told about fat being ‘bad’.
- Most health conditions improve on ketogenic diets, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, MS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Ketogenic diets have been used for the past 40 years as a treatment for epilepsy.
- The ketogenic diet cuts out most of the foods that contribute to autoimmune diseases and helps heal the leaky gut – known as the root cause of all autoimmune disease.
- Ketogenic breakfast example: two eggs, spinach, veggies, two strips of bacon.
- Ketogenic lunch example: green salad with 2-3 ounces of meat, full fat salad dressing, or chicken/tuna salad on cucumber or tomatoes.
- Ketogenic dinner example: appetizer of pate, small piece of fatty fish like salmon, green veggies sautéed in butter.
- If you have a lot of blood sugar problems and insulin resistance you should start into the diet slowly to prevent ‘reactive hypoglycemia’ – feeling like you have low blood sugar, except the blood sugar level is actually normal when you measure it.
- At the start of a ketogenic diet you’ll probably have sugar cravings and feel tired while your body is switching over to fat burning mode. Usually this lasts a week. After this your energy will be great, you’ll feel clear headed, and you’ll probably have little to no pain in your body.
- Most people will lose weight on a ketogenic diet.
- When you ‘cheat’ on the ketogenic diet you’ll switch from fat burning mode back into sugar burning mode. This is not terrible, but it will slow down your healing and will usually take a few days for your body to switch back to fat burning mode once you start eating properly again.
- The foods to eat on a ketogenic diet are: whole meats; green veggies, butter, other types of natural fat (like duck fat, olive oil, coconut oil).
- The difference between a ketogenic diet and the Paleo diet is the ketogenic diet does not allow high starch veggies or dried fruits.
- A high fat ketogenic diet will NOT clog your arteries and give you heart disease.
- Ketosis is NOT dangerous. It’s not the same thing as ‘ketoacidosis’.
- A ketogenic diet is NOT bad for your kidneys and will NOT damage your kidneys.
- You should NOT do a ketogenic diet if you have mitochondrial defects, kidney disease, or serious liver disease.
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Feb 13 2015
Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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:
Jan 06 2017
Rank #8: Histamine Intolerance with Dr. Janice Joneja
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Janice Joneja talks about histamine intolerance.
Dr. Janice Joneja holds a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology. She is a registered dietitian in Canada and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the USA. She has held faculty positions at several universities, including the University of British Columbia. For 13 years she was head of the Allergy Nutrition Clinic at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre.
She is also the author of eight books and dietetic practice manuals on food allergy. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, as well as in popular magazines. She is a respected lecturer at universities, colleges and hospitals internationally, and regularly appears on television and radio call-in shows as an expert in her field.
Main Questions Asked about Histamine Intolerance:
- What is histamine?
- What is histamine intolerance?
- What are some of the symptoms that indicate histamine intolerance?
- What really causes histamine intolerance?
- Does histamine intolerance improve?
- Where can we find accurate information about histamine intolerance?
Key Points Made by Dr. Janice about Histamine Intolerance:
- Histamine is an important chemical within the body that protects the body when it is under threat, assists in digestion and other functions.
- The symptoms of allergy are principally due to an excess of histamine in the body.
- Histamine intolerance (HI) is the body’s inability to handle and mitigate its histamine levels. This often makes a person assume they are having an allergic reaction to something when that isn’t the case.
- HI symptoms include: itching, swelling, a drop in blood pressure, a heightened heart rate that can lead to feelings of an anxiety attack, runny eyes and nose, headaches, fatigue, confusion, loss of consciousness, heartburn, and reflux.
- Some people can’t produce enough of the enzyme that breaks down excess histamine – this can possibly be genetic.
- Some people produce too much histamine in response to normal circumstances.
- Chronic inflammatory infections can also lead to HI.
- Certain foods will also contribute to an increase in histamine level. Examples include: fermented foods like cheese and yogurt, overripe vegetables, certain fruits, fish, shellfish, and certain food additives like sulfites.
- It can be difficult to diagnose HI because of the variety of potential symptoms. You have to rule out the underlying factors first.
- The best place to start is to go to your doctor to rule out some potential causes of their symptoms, and from there try a low histamine diet.
- Depending on the root cause of a person’s histamine excess, the intolerance may be something that can be dealt with or it could be a long standing condition.
- Women going through hormone fluctuations can also trigger the symptoms associated with HI.
- The most important thing in accessing information about HI is to go to an expert source that has been working in the field for a number of years.
Resources Mentioned for Histamine Intolerance:
Mar 03 2017
Rank #9: Lose Weight and Balance Cortisol: The Adrenal Reset Diet with Dr. Alan Christianson
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Alan Christianson talks about how to lose weight and balance cortisol with simple diet and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Christianson is an Arizona-based Naturopathic Physician who helps people overcome adrenal and thyroid disorders and achieve lasting fat loss. He authored the New York Times bestselling books: “The Adrenal Reset Diet” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease”. Dr. Christianson is the founding physician behind Integrative Health.
Main Questions Asked:
- What is the underlying cause of weight gain?
- What do you mean by ‘survival mode’?
- What are the most common internal stressors?
- How do we get ourselves out of survival mode?
- What is the diet you recommend to help keep the cortisol rhythm intact?
- What are some symptoms if we’ve eaten too many carbs?
- What are some symptoms of we need to eat more carbs?
- What are other easy ways people can regain their adrenal rhythm?
- You explain the clinical trial on your diet in your book. Can you describe the results?
- How much do our genes control our body weight?
- What are three easy and actionable things we can start doing today to help our cortisol rhythm?
Key Points made by Dr. Christianson:
- The body has a capacity to prepare for danger. This ‘survival mode’ causes us to store more weight more easily.
- Survival mode causes more fat to be stored around our organs to prepare us just in case we go through a period of food shortage.
- There are many invisible triggers for survival mode – artificial light, pollutants, processed foods, and how we schedule our lives.
- Pollutants (even sound pollution) and processed foods (including fructose and high fructose corn syrup) are the most common internal food stressors.
- Cortisol is the main stress hormone and it also manages blood sugar.
- The foods we eat have a big impact on our cortisol rhythm.
- Avoid wheat, dairy, eggs, processed foods, and sugar – this is nothing ‘new’.
- It’s what ‘to do’ that’s new – think of carbs as a tool. The timing of your carbs makes all the difference…have more of them later in the day…and less of them earlier in the day.
- A diet too high in carbs causes erratic blood sugar. These people are hungry all the time and never really full or satisfied.
- A diet too low in carbs causes insomnia or poor sleep.
- It’s best to eat carbs later in the day for better sleep.
- Diet alone can help adrenal rhythm, plus there are other adrenal strategies depending on the patients cortisol needs.
- There are three different patterns of cortisol imbalance – too high, too low, and backwards.
- The clinical trial for the 30 day diet showed it helped to correct all three patterns of cortisol imbalance.
- Research on identical twins proved weight has no genetic component.
- Start today: Take a deep breath. Belly breathing helps balance cortisol.
- Start today: Get bright light first thing in the morning. Go outside for half an hour within an hour of waking up, or use a light box that is 10,000 LUX or stronger. Bright light helps balance cortisol.
- Start today: Journaling. Get your emotions and thoughts down on a piece of paper and reflect on it. This can help balance cortisol.
May 15 2015
Rank #10: 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 #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: Daily Supplements with Josh Gitalis
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Josh Gitalis talks about daily supplements and why everyone should be taking them.
Josh is a Clinical Nutritionist and is an expert in the fields of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. As a leader in his field, Josh teaches Clinical Nutrition for several natural health colleges and is the first Canadian nutritionist to be accepted into the Institute for Functional Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.
Main Questions Asked:
- What’s the difference between essential and nonessential nutrients?
- What are some common misconceptions about supplements?
- What can you say about junk research?
- What are the most important daily supplements we should be taking?
Key Points made by Josh:
- The traditional daily supplements are vitamins and minerals. Other supplements include probiotics, herbs, and glandulars.
- One of the first deficiencies discovered was scurvy.
- Supplements can be used for maintenance and therapeutic purposes.
- Essential nutrients must be consumed in your diet, whereas nonessential nutrients can be produced naturally within the body.
- Common misconceptions about supplements are that we don’t need them or that they don’t actually work.
- Our environments and diets have changed the way we get nutrition over the past hundred years.
- Nutritional supplements make up the deficiencies our bodies face every day.
- A single study isn’t sufficient to draw conclusions from, but the media often runs with a story if it will get viewers.
- Supplements and the effectiveness depend on the proportion in the body.
- Not all supplements are created equal. You often pay for what you get.
- The dosage on the label is usually wrong since it’s targeted towards the lowest common denominator.
- Most people require between 4,000 and 10,000 IU’s of vitamin D. The only way to know exactly what the optimal amount to take is to do a blood test. The odds are good that you are vitamin D deficient.
- Supplementation protocols should be tailored to each individual person.
- Most supplements are short term solutions. They either speed up or slow down the body’s natural processes.
- Supplementation protocols are meant to supplement a proper diet.
- Vitamin D, probiotics, a high quality multivitamin, and a balanced essential fatty acid are good supplements for everyday use.
- Consult a naturopath or functional medical doctor to schedule an assessment to learn what kind of supplements you should be taking.
Aug 19 2016
Rank #13: Bacteria and Brain Health with Dr. David Perlmutter
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. David Perlmutter explains the importance of gut bacteria and your brain health.
Dr. Perlmutter is an amazing doctor and a pioneer in his field. He’s a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He’s the author of many books, including Grain Brain – The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers, and his latest book is Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life!
Main Questions Asked:
- Can we do anything to keep our brain healthy?
- Will they ever consider the bacteria inside us another organ?
- What treatment do you recommend after a course of antibiotics?
- Besides LPS testing what other tests do you recommend to assess gut health and leaky gut?
- What are your big tips for us?
Key Points made by Dr. Perlmutter:
- In neurology there have been no meaningful treatments for autism, Alzheimer’s – until now.
- Gut health has a huge role on the brain health.
- We have 3 pounds of bacteria in our gut and they help our immune system, our nervous system, our hormones, and so much more.
- Changing the destiny of your brain happens mainly through changing your diet.
- For the first time we are considering the Microbiome – the bacteria that live in us and on us – as a vital organ.
- In Ontario they are now doing research on autism and how the chemicals created in the gut by gut bacteria affect a child’s brain.
- In Arizona they are doing research on treating autism using fecal microbial transplants.
- We are dramatically overusing antibiotics in North America. Always ask yourself if you really need to take antibiotics or not.
- Broad spectrum antibiotics are like a weapon of mass destruction to the intestinal bacteria.
- You should take a broad spectrum probiotic during your course of antibiotics, and continue taking it for a few weeks after your round of antibiotics is finished.
- Fermented foods and probiotic foods are teaming with good, healthy bacteria for brain health.
- Prebiotic foods have high levels of nutrients to feed the probiotics in the gut.
- Your dinner table should contain both probiotic foods and prebiotic foods.
- Bad bacteria creates inflammation in the intestines, which then causes leaky gut, which causes more inflammation in the body, and this fuels degenerative disease like cancer, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
- Leaky gut can be measured with an LPS test (lipopolysaccharide testing). When LPS levels are high it indicates you have a leaky gut and bacteria products are in your bloodstream and creating inflammation and damage – including damage to your brain.
- High levels of LPS is implicated in Alzheimer’s, autism, ALS, and even major depressive disorder.
- Depression may be caused by a leaky gut! The way to keep serotonin levels in balance is to keep your gut health in check as 90%+ of the serotonin in your body is manufactured in your gut.
- You are at high risk of having leaky gut: if you were born by c-section; if you’ve taken an antibiotics once every 2-3 years; if you are more than 20 pounds overweight; if you have diabetes (type 1 or 2); if you have food sensitivities; if you have celiac disease; if you have an autoimmune disease; if you have chronic diarrhea; if you have IBS.
- If you’ve had your tonsils out as a child, or tubes in your ears, you’ve likely already been bombarded by antibiotics and now have leaky gut and bacteria imbalances which predispose you to potential future brain problems.
- Research is being done on Type 2 Diabetes with fecal microbial transplants and finding that after transplant the gut bacteria are reprogrammed and the diabetes gets cured.
- Keep an open mind about brain health. Answers are out there and we are learning so much nowe about the brain-gut connection. Educate yourself as much as you can.
- Stop eating carbs and sugar. Stop eating artificial sweeteners.
- Eat more fermented foods – cultured yogurt, kimchi, kombucha.
- Eat more healthy fat – it’s your friend!
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Aug 21 2015
Rank #14: 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 #15: How to Live Pain Free with Jamie Glick, MS, PT
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Jamie Glick discusses how to eliminate low back pain and live pain free.
Jamie explains why low back pain is so prevalent in our society today. He talks about the medical model versus the functional model for back pain and why it’s vitally important to find the root causes of back pain.
Jamie is a licensed physical therapist and graduate of the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy. He has over 15 years experience with a private practice in Huntington, NY.
Jamie specializes in spinal rehabilitation in his physical therapy practice and has also completed 17 full marathons to date.
Main Questions Asked:
- What are the common misconceptions and misunderstandings people have regarding their diagnosis and treatment of low back pain?
- Many patients with back pain are told by their doctor to rest their back…just lie on the floor or lie on the couch until their back pain goes away. Why is this NOT an ideal approach when dealing with a spine problem?
- What do you mean by muscle imbalance and how do we develop imbalances in our postural muscles?
- How did you come up with your rehabilitation program for your e-book? Why is it different?
Key Points made by Jamie:
- The medical model vs. the functional model.
- MRIs and x-rays can show abnormalities in the spine, but this doesn’t mean it’s the root cause of your pain.
- Research shows that 70% of people have abnormalities in their spine according to MRI but which do not cause any symptoms.
- Functional model – figuring out and fixing the muscles that are pulling and creating abnormal forces on your spine and causing your back pain.
- The piriformis muscle can often be the root cause of low back pain and sciatica.
- Bed rest causes atrophy or shrinkage of your back muscles and research has never proven bed rest to be helpful beyond 24-48 hours. Keep moving!
- Muscle tightness and muscle weakness occurs in patterns. Janda proved which muscles are tight and weak in virtually 100% of people.
- This rehabilitation program is different because it combines the work of Janda with McGill to stretch the right muscles and then strengthen the right muscles.
- Some of the commonly prescribed back exercises are actually bad for your back.
- Jamie’s easy 3 step rehabilitation program: Step 1 = stretching the right muscles. Step 2 = strengthening the right muscles. Step 3 = advanced exercises.
- Jamie’s website
- Jamie’s blog
- The Pain Free Podcast
- Dr. Carri’s book Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again!
Thank you for listening!
Sep 12 2014
Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: The Root Causes of Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Kimberly Sanders
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Kimberly Sanders explains how you can get to the root cause of autoimmune disease.
Dr. Sanders is a naturopathic doctor in Connecticut and specializes in rheumatology and autoimmunity. Her passion is finding the underlying cause of immune dysfunction and restoring balance to the immune system with functional medicine.
Main Questions Asked:
- What causes autoimmune disease?
- What are some of the infectious triggers for autoimmune disease?
- How is gut health related to autoimmune disease?
- What can be done to treat the gut in autoimmune disease?
- Can you give an example of a case from your private practice of a patient that had an autoimmune disease and how you treated them?
Key Points made by Dr. Sanders:
- Autoimmune disease is a wide spectrum of things. It can attack many different systems.
- The way I describe autoimmune disease is like when you get a virus, a cold, your immune system kicks in to attack the virus. Now imagine that your body thinks that you are a virus: your own tissues, body, heart, and joints. What would happen if your immune system got confused and started to attack yourself as though you are a virus?
- Some common examples of autoimmune diseases are the arthritis family such as rhumatoid arthritis. Also, Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. There are even some theories that say how autism could be an autoimmune disease meaning the immune system may be attacking the brain as though it were a foreign object.
- The causes of autoimmune disease are multi-factorial meaning that there are so many things that can happen but the current theories of autoimmune disease really point to a genetic predisposition that gets set off, or it could be some environmental trigger.
- We really try to find what these environmental triggers are and remove them as much as possible.
- For me, triggers are the fun and rewarding part because it’s different for everyone. Two people with rhumatoid arthritis may have symptoms that are almost identical but through the course of knowing the patient, their triggers are entirely different. That’s what keeps it interesting.
- The Big 5 Triggers: 1.) The gut is the most common trigger; 2.) Other infections. Not just in the gut but potential viruses lingering in the bloodstream. We know with psoriasis, strep tends to be a trigger. Children with PANDAS often have a history of strep. A flora imbalance in the mouth. Any type of cell that looks like the gut which we call mucosa but that really extends to the lung, sinuses, mouth and even vaginal. It’s really widespread; 3.) Hormone imbalance. The common example here is Hashimoto’s. It’s very often linked to high estrogen or an estrogen imbalance, it’s not in balance with progesterone. Estrogen being out of whack can also affect patients with Lupus or rhumatoid arthritis; 4.) Neurotransmitter imbalance. There’s a growing field called Neuro-Endo-Immunology. This is how the nervous system and brain chemicals are connected to the immune system. Stress, anxiety, and mood disregulation definitely go hand-in-hand with these patients who are so inflammed; 5.) Heavy metals and enviornmental toxicity. That has a lot of effects on the immune system. Things like BPA and GMO foods that we’re seeing so much more of now than ever before do play quite an integral role in the autoimmune process.
- When I talk to somebody and I’m trying to learn what their triggers are, I’m really trying to screen them then decide which of those 5 triggers are the most important at that time. Oftentimes, it’s not just one – that’s what makes it so complex.
- It’s very important for the patients to understand how the gut impacts what’s going on in the rest of the body. Specifically for autoimmune patients, they need to understnad that the immune system is primed in the digestive system.
- We have an immense amount of immune cells lining the gut and the job of those immune cells is to look at the food that you eat and make sure there are no pathogens or bugs like food poisoning. It’s there to protect you from something you may get from the environment. That’s the purpose of having an immune system so engrained in the digestive tract. It’s the first security gate to allow things into the bloodstream.
- With that understanding, it then seems to make sense that if something is wrong in your digestive system, that’s how the connection occurs with the immune system.
- Then we get into the idea of the microbiome and what’s happening with the bacteria in the gut. What it really comes down to is a certain type of immune cell called a regulatory T cell. They regulate the immune system. When the immune system is overactive such as in an autoimmune disease, the regulatory T cells’ job is to calm them down.
- Those immune cells are increased by the presence of good, friendly bacteria. Lactobacillus, the bifido group, and all of our probiotic flora increase the amount of regulatory T cells that we have in our gut.
- On the flip side, the more infections we have like yeast, parasites or an overgrowth of bad bacteria, those regulatory T cells come down in number and that allows the immune system to run rampant.
- It’s a crucial balance between healthy probiotic flora and reducing these pro-inflammatory bad bacteria that allows these regulatory immunue cells to be in good number.
- There’s also the question of leaky gut. Think of your gut lining like a really tight fence. When you eat something, it should be digested into very tiny molecules that then are allowed into the bloodstream. Now imagine the fence opening up and it’s more like a chain link fence with these big holes. Now when you eat something, it’s allowed to enter the bloodstream in a larger form. The immune system gets revved up by that. It doesn’t like large particles entering the bloodstream and it starts to attack them and when the immune system gets so revved up like that, combined with someone who has a genetic predisposition to have an autoimmune disease anyways, it sets the stage for an autoimmune disease to occur.
- The gut really is the focus for most autoimmune patients. If I can’t distinguish where to start with someone, I’ll start with the gut.
- It’s your place to go back to. It truly does control so many systems. The gut does control the brain chemicals, the neurotransmitter balance, the hormones, and it controls the toxicity in getting rid of that.
- We have stool testing for the lower intestine, breath testing to evaluate the health of the small intestine. I’ve seen a high number of patients not producing enough stomach acid. What that does is it allows food to enter the intestines undigested. That is then food for the bad bacteria so that can be a predisposing factor to why these infections come about.
- Food sensitivities and reactions are a major cause of leaky gut or at least a contributing factor. When looking for triggers, it’s important to evaluate food intolerances and some of the biggest culprits are gluten, dairy, and soy.
- The cycle has to be broken somewhere. Usually the patient has to go through a certain period where they’ll eliminate some things with the goal of healing the gut with the hopes of bringing those foods back at some point.
- Case Study: 48 year old female with rhumatoid arthritis. She had been on conventional medication for a while but didn’t feel comfortable so in conjunction with her doctor, she decided to stop and came to our clinic with the hope of finding a natural alternative.
- Main complaints: Pain in hands, feet and knees; some swelling, red, hot joints; fatigue
- During the intake, the triggers were pointing to digestive complaints she’s had her whole life: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, heartburn. She also has a significant history of anxiety and depression.
- I was most interested in the digestive and nervous systems. To look at the brain chemicals to see if the history of anxiety and depression may be impacting the immune system and possibly even the digestive complaints.
- Typically on the first visit while waiting for testing to come back, I get them started on a pretty strong anti-inflammatory protocol using different anti-inflammatory supplements and diet techniques.
- For this patient, we started with a stool test and a neurotransmitter test. She was starting to feel pretty well just on the anti-inflammatories but the stool test showed very low-levels of good flora, especially the lactobacillus family and a high level of a certain organism called Prevotella which is a virus that’s being linked more and more to rhumatoid arthritis when it’s found in the digestive system. Her neurotransmitter panel showed a little bit of an imbalance in her adrenaline markers.
- Treatment started with natural antibiotics and probiotics. It’s a little controversial but I choose to do both to eradicate that bacteria and also to enhance her good probiotic flora. Also trying to work on her adrenaline markers.
- Adrenaline is made in the adrenal gland. Low adrenaline may be linked to adrenal fatigue. It’s usually from chronic stress. I did some counseling with her to figure out where her stress is coming from and just working with her on stress management techniques like meditation, exercise, and basic things.
- She’s doing really well. Her anxiety, joint pain and digestive system are so much better. Just by eradicating this bacteria and boosting her good flora levels.
- If a patient is on conventional medication, I think the best thing to do is to use functional medicine and natural medicine very safely making sure that nothing interacts with the medications to get the person to a place where they’re feeling stable and well because when it comes to naturopathic medicine, our number one factor when we take our oath is: Do no harm. So if a patient goes off of their medication, pain will relapse for a certain period of time because you’ve removed the band-aid essentially. While that seem like a good thing to do in the long-run, the momentum starts to shift towards pain and inflammation in such a strong way that using natural medicine to stop that momentum and turn it around can be a little difficult.
- What I typically say to a patient in that case is let’s combine functional medicine, natural medicine with your prescriptions for now and get you to a place where you’re feeling great. Once you’re feeling great for a certain period of time, and that timeframe depends on the patient, then let’s have a conversation with your rheumatologist about starting to slowly cut down. That way, we’re in a bit more control of the situation and I feel like there’s a forward momentum towards healing that even though we start to pull out some medication, the body may be in such a forward motion towards getting well that it may have less of a negative impact.
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Oct 02 2015
Rank #19: Stop Binge Eating with Dr. Glenn Livingston
In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Glenn Livingston talks about how to stop binge eating and overeating.
Dr. Livingston is a psychologist disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer the overweight and/or food obsessed patient. He’s spent several decades researching the nature of bingeing and overeating via work with his own patients and a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants. Most important, however, was his own personal journey out of obesity and food prison to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.
Main Questions Asked about Stop Binge Eating:
- What was your own personal journey with obesity like?
- Why do people in our culture have such trouble with binge eating?
- Is it possible to stop binge eating?
- Is there anything else the listeners should know to stop binge eating?
Key Points Made by Dr. Glenn about Stop Binge Eating:
- Glenn was exercise bulimic when he was younger, as he got older and couldn’t exercise as often his eating habits began to catch up to him.
- Food can be tied directly to emotional issues like loneliness and stress.
- Addictions are linked to the survival drive we all share, you have to identify and separate the impulse in order to prevent it from dominating your behaviour.
- Name your impulses – Glenn named his “my inner pig”.
- The food industry is incentivised to put as many calories in as small a space and as enticing a product as they possibly can.
- Our culture treats addiction with uncertainty which really undermines our abilities to deal with the addiction.
- Make the decision and set a hard rule around your food; winners don’t give up, they analyze what went wrong and then get back up again.
- Create a food plan that you can own. Take responsibility for it.
- Use four categories to create your plan: Things you will never do again; things you will always do; things you will do under certain conditions; and things you can do in an unrestricted way. Start with one rule and then add more as you go along.
- Evaluate your plan and make sure it provides a nutritious but tasty diet.
- Step back and consider one food that really triggers you, make a rule based off that one food and identify the source of your impulse as your inner enemy. This will give you a chance to make a better choice.
- Stopping addictive behaviour doesn’t require you to understand everything about it. Just clarify your plan and you can begin to ignore your impulses.
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Dec 16 2016
Rank #20: 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