What is functional medicine? Look for the root cause

You may have noticed the term “functional medicine” becoming more popular. What is functional medicine and how is it different from regular medicine? Functional medicine addresses health disorders by looking at their root causes rather than masking symptoms with drugs or surgery. By looking at root causes, you improve your energy, sleep, vitality, and even…

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Sleepy after meals, can’t lose weight, and always hungry?

If you are sleepy after eating, always hungry, and can’t lose weight, you may suffer from insulin resistance, which raises your risk for diabetes. The good news is insulin resistance is often reversible through simple dietary changes. How do you know if you have insulin resistance? See if any of these symptoms apply to you: Fatigue after…

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Gluten sensitivity can raise your risk of gallbladder surgery

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries today. Did you know simply going gluten-free may lower the risk of needing gallbladder surgery? For people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, gluten triggers a wide range of adverse reactions, from joint pain to poor brain function. In the last several years, research has…

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Breast implants can make you sick. What you need to know

If you have succumbed to mysterious and debilitating symptoms after breast implant surgery, or if you are considering breast implants, take note that both silicone and saline can make you sick. Not only can breast implants break down, leak, or burst, but the body’s immune system may simply reject them. This rejection may lead to autoimmune reactions…

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Prevent post-election autoimmune flares this holiday season

A family gathering this holiday season may feel like reality TV survival show if you have autoimmunity and politically polarized family members. Stress, anger, and fear trigger an inflammatory immune response that can rage on for weeks, flaring attacks against your tissue and sending inflammation coursing through your body and brain. This brings not only…

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Functional medicine tips for election recovery

Weathering one of the most acrimonious elections in U.S. history can be hard on health. Fortunately, functional medicine offers some strategies to help take the edge off. Prolonged heightened stress  fear, anger, and negativity have been shown to harmfully impact the body in the following ways: Raises inflammation. Heightened stress and negativity can inflame joints, cause…

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Move over gluten; new kid on the wheat sensitivity block

Turns out gluten isn’t the only culprit when it comes to an immune reaction to wheat. New research suggests non-gluten proteins are also a source of those immune reactions to wheat. The new suspects are a family of proteins called amylase-trypsin inhibitors, or ATIs  While they make up only four percent of the proteins in wheat,…

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Gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea? Could be SIBO

Do you have gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, IBS…or maybe all of the above? Then you may have SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Doctors have long blamed stubborn gut problems on stress. For the person whose life is dictated by the cruel whims of their digestive system, this can feel like shame and blame. Thanks to…

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