hpa axis dysfunction

Adrenal Fatigue or HPA Axis Dysregulation?

on January 9, 2017 by Chris Kresser 4 comments

Do patients come to you complaining of adrenal fatigue? While widespread in popular health media, the term “adrenal fatigue” is not supported by the scientific literature. Read on to learn why “HPA axis dysregulation” is a much more accurate and useful diagnostic term.


Should You Prescribe Antibiotics for Ear Infections?

on January 4, 2017 by Chris Kresser 5 comments

Ear infections are common in young children and infants. Seeing a miserable child with an anxious parent makes us want to DO something to help—such as prescribing antibiotics. But is that the best course of action? Read on to find out why antibiotics shouldn’t be used for the majority of ear infections, and what to do instead.

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The Underlying Causes of Thyroid Disease

on December 28, 2016 by Chris Kresser 9 comments

Do you see a lot of patients with thyroid disorders? The number of people suffering from thyroid disorders continues to rise each year. Read on to learn more about thyroid disorders and how to address the root cause of disease.


RHR: High Cortisol and Brain Fog

on December 21, 2016 by Chris Kresser 2 comments

Chronically high cortisol levels, which are associated with stress, have been shown to kill brain cells, cause premature aging in the brain, and decrease the rate at which new brain cells are made. In this podcast, you’ll learn how to diagnose high cortisol and how to protect your brain if you’re suffering from this problem.


Low-Dose Naltrexone: A Promising Drug for Hard-to-Treat Conditions

on December 14, 2016 by Chris Kresser 4 comments

Clinicians are increasingly using low-dose naltrexone to treat challenging illnesses such as autoimmune conditions and neurodegenerative disease. LDN is extremely safe and well tolerated, especially compared to the drugs typically used to treat these conditions, making LDN a valuable tool for clinicians and an important focus for ongoing research.


HLA-B27 and autoimmune disease: Is a low-starch diet the solution?

on December 7, 2016 by Chris Kresser 0 comments

Do your patients have an autoimmune disease? Do starchy foods tend to make their symptoms worse? Mounting evidence suggests that individuals who have autoimmunity related to a particular set of genes called HLA-B27 may benefit from reducing their starch intake. Read on to learn why this is.


Breath Testing for SIBO: Limitations and Considerations

on December 5, 2016 by Chris Kresser 0 comments

Diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has increased considerably in recent years, particularly due to its close association with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Yet the prevalence of SIBO is difficult to determine given methodological issues with testing. Read on to learn the various types of tests available and why breath testing remains the best option for clinical practice, despite its limitations.


The Diet-Heart Myth: Statins Don’t Save Lives in People Without Heart Disease

on November 30, 2016 by Chris Kresser 0 comments

Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. In the first article in this series, I explained it’s not the amount of cholesterol in the blood that drives heart disease risk, but the number of LDL particles. In the second article, I discussed the five primary causes of elevated LDL particle number. In this article, I will debunk the myth that statin drugs save lives in healthy people without heart disease, and discuss some of the little known side effects and risks associated with these drugs.

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