Hidden gut and health problems caused by gallbladder

Most people don’t think about their gallbladder unless painful gallstones require them to have surgery. However, even if there are no obvious symptoms, the gallbladder can still cause gut problems or chronic inflammatory issues. In fact, when people have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms that are difficult to resolve, gallbladder issues are one of the most common…

Nine factors that can block weight loss

Some people easily lose weight simply by cutting out sweets and working out regularly. For others, especially those with a chronic health disorder, weight loss is much more difficult while weight gain is far too easy, even if they are doing everything “right.” Weight gain and weight loss resistance are very common symptoms among people…

Taking statins a “waste of time?”

That was the conclusion of one of the researchers in a controversial new study which indicated that high cholesterol does not shorten life span. Previous studies have even shown a link between statins and an increased risk of diabetes. Almost 70,000 people participated in the study with results showing that elevated levels of “bad cholesterol”…

Various root causes can lead to gut problems

Functional medicine has long been aware that gut health is foundational to overall health. Although the reason wasn’t fully understood for decades, it was clear that the gut was the seat of the immune system and chronic inflammation. Recent research has paved the way for understanding just how integral gut bacteria is to health. Improving…

Chronic inflammation can kill motivation

It is tempting to label those who have no motivation as “lazy.” However, not wanting to engage in life is a red flag that one’s natural state of health is out of balance and that it’s time to investigate an underlying health condition. Researchers have now discovered that chronic low-grade inflammation negatively impacts activity in…

Identifying and reversing brain inflammation

The chances are good that those who suffer from autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid also have some degree of brain inflammation. Symptoms that indicate brain inflammation include brain fog, fatigue, low motivation, and depression, but there can be more debilitating symptoms depending on the diagnosis. Neuroinflammation can be diagnosed as subtle, moderate, or severe, as well…

New lab test could validate chronic fatigue syndrome

Most doctors don’t believe chronic fatigue syndrome is a real condition or they misdiagnose it as a psychiatric issue. Those who suffer from the debilitating symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) often find themselves the butt of jokes or the object of medical ridicule simply because there is no lab marker to diagnose it…

Inflammation can be underlying cause of depression

Over 16 million people suffer from depression making it one of the most common mental disorders in the US. One in eight Americans over the age of 12 are taking antidepressants, representing a 65 percent increase in the last 15 years. These are troublesome statistics given that most doctors are not addressing the root causes…