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February 27, 2018

Colon Cancer Screening: What Are the Options?

Colon cancer is currently one of the most common cancers in the United States, superseded only by breast, lung, and prostate cancer. (1) Screening is crucial for helping doctors detect colon cancer in its early stages, when it is more treatable. However, there is significant controversy over what constitutes the best colon cancer screening method, and research shows that doctors are failing to provide their patients with balanced information about all the screening options, thus preventing patients from making informed decisions. (2) Read on to learn about the pros and cons of the available colon cancer screening methods and how you can help your patients determine the best screening type for their unique needs.

February 21, 2018

The Hypothyroidism-SIBO connection

Do you see a lot of patients with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? While the underlying causes of SIBO are diverse, one that has received more attention in the literature lately is low thyroid function. Read on to learn how hypothyroidism can impair gut motility and contribute to the pathophysiology of SIBO.

February 13, 2018

The Link between Insecticides and Diabetes

Statistics from the EPA indicate that more than one billion pounds of insecticides are used per year in the United States in agricultural, lawn, garden, and home applications. (1) Alarmingly, emerging research indicates that our overzealous use of insecticides may be contributing to rising rates of diabetes. Read on to learn about the link between insecticides and diabetes and how avoiding these toxins can help protect your metabolic health.

February 7, 2018

The Epidemic of Physician Burnout

Shocking new statistics indicate that more than 50 percent of physicians suffer from burnout. Physician burnout significantly reduces the quality of life of physicians and has serious implications for patients. Read on to learn about the causes and consequences of physician burnout and how a collaborative, functional approach to healthcare can help physicians recover from burnout and reclaim their passion for medicine.

January 24, 2018

Is There a Gut–Kidney Axis?

Gut got your kidney? Emerging research suggests another gut–organ connection: the gut–kidney axis. Read on to learn how the gut influences kidney function, its role in chronic kidney disease, and how we can manipulate our gut microbes to promote healthy renal function.

low-fodmap diet
December 20, 2017

Is a Low-FODMAP Diet Best for Digestive Disorders?

Do patients come to you with stubborn digestive disorders? When basic dietary changes aren’t enough, removing certain types of carbohydrates called FODMAPs from the diet may be helpful. Read on to learn the evidence for a low-FODMAP diet, how to implement it, and why it should only be used as a short-term therapeutic strategy.

sperm count
December 13, 2017

Environmental Factors Affecting Sperm Count

Sperm counts in men have declined precipitously over the past four decades. A growing list of environmental factors has been implicated in this alarming phenomenon. Read on to learn about the environmental toxins and dietary factors that lower sperm count and how simple lifestyle changes can be used to improve male reproductive health and raise sperm count.

Prostatitis
December 6, 2017

The Functional Medicine Approach to Prostatitis

The incidence of prostatitis, a painful, psychologically distressing condition in which the prostate gland becomes swollen and inflamed, is rising rapidly among men of all ages. The conventional medical approach to prostatitis focuses primarily on symptom management, utilizes drugs with serious adverse effects, and does little to address the underlying causes of this condition. Fortunately, Functional Medicine offers an innovative, multifaceted approach to prostatitis that addresses the root causes of this condition and offers hope for a full recovery. Read on to learn about the underlying causes of prostatitis and why Functional Medicine is the best approach for treating this difficult condition.

health coach
November 29, 2017

The Importance of Health Coaches in Combating Chronic Disease

Whether you’re considering becoming a health coach or are a practitioner feeling overwhelmed with helping patients make lifestyle changes, this article is for you. Read on to learn why health coaches are essential to combating the epidemic of chronic disease that we face today.

estrogen microbiome
November 15, 2017

The Gut–Hormone Connection: How Gut Microbes Influence Estrogen Levels

Emerging research indicates that the gut microbiome plays a central role in the regulation of estrogen levels within the body and thus influences the risk of developing estrogen-related diseases such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Read on to learn about the connection between gut microbes and estrogen levels and why correcting dysbiosis may be key for preventing and reversing estrogen-related conditions.

proton pump inhibitors
November 8, 2017

Eight More Reasons to Avoid Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors are routinely used to treat acid reflux, peptic ulcers, and indigestion. Yet it seems that every week, a new study is published showing that PPIs have another nasty side effect. Read on to learn eight more reasons we should avoid using PPIs in clinical practice.

fibromyalgia ldn
November 1, 2017

Is Low-Dose Naltrexone a New Treatment Option for Fibromyalgia?

Do you have patients suffering from fibromyalgia who have had very little luck with conventional treatments? Read on to learn what low-dose naltrexone might have to offer for this complex disorder.

stress management
October 18, 2017

The Role of Pleasure and Play in Stress Management

Are your patients burned out and dispirited? All too often, we underestimate the role of pleasure, play, and social connection in alleviating stress. Read on to learn my recommendations for helping patients incorporate these crucial components into their lives.

IBS
October 11, 2017

Is IBS a Gut–Brain–Microbiome Axis Disorder?

IBS is an extremely common gastrointestinal disorder that significantly reduces patient quality of life. Treatment options for IBS have long been limited to symptom management. However, a new understanding of IBS has recently emerged, in which a dysfunctional gut–brain–microbiome axis is responsible for the development and progression of the disorder. Read on to learn how a dysregulated gut–brain–microbiome axis promotes IBS and what therapeutic measures can be used to modulate this axis and reverse the course of the disease.

iodine deficiency
October 4, 2017

Is Iodine Deficiency a Bigger Problem Than We Think?

Iodine is important for thyroid health, fetal growth, mental health, and more. However, iodine intake is decreasing, especially in certain populations. Read on to learn the impacts of low iodine intake, who is at risk, and how to treat iodine deficiency.

iron overload
September 27, 2017

Does Iron Overload Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?

Iron plays an essential role in many physiological processes, including oxygen transport and mitochondrial energy production. However, more iron is not necessarily better! The overaccumulation of iron in the body, a condition referred to as iron overload, has been implicated in the development of several chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Read on to learn why iron overload promotes the development of diabetes and heart disease and how iron reduction strategies can be used to beneficially alter the course of these diseases.

heart disease
September 20, 2017

The Gut–Heart Connection

As the prevalence of heart disease continues to rise, researchers are hard at work trying to discover the mechanisms at play. One factor to emerge in recent years is the gut and its associated microbes. Read on to learn how gut ecology can influence heart health and heart disease.

Antibiotics
September 13, 2017

Antibiotics: Risks and Alternatives

Antibiotics are one of the cornerstones of modern medicine. But this once lifesaving medication has been overused, with catastrophic results—including antibiotic-resistant bacteria, disrupted gut microbiomes, and associated chronic health problems. Read on to learn about the perils of abusing antibiotics and what alternatives medical professionals can consider.

Pesticides
September 6, 2017

How Environmental Toxins Harm the Thyroid

The prevalence of thyroid disease has skyrocketed within the past few decades. According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. This alarming trend begs the question—what is responsible for the epidemic of thyroid dysfunction? A growing body of research indicates that exposure to environmental toxins is a key piece of the thyroid disease puzzle. Read on to learn about the types of toxins that are harmful to the thyroid and how you can help your patients minimize their toxic exposures and protect their thyroid health.

eczema
August 23, 2017

A Functional Approach to Eczema

Do patients come to you with eczema that conventional therapy fails to treat? While eczema is a multifactorial disease, addressing the underlying causes offers great potential for achieving remission. Read on to learn how to treat eczema with a functional approach.