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…

The evolving epidemic of autoimmune disease

Research now shows that autoimmune disease – a condition in which the immune system attacks the body – impacts more people than heart disease and cancer combined. Unfortunately, few medical doctors know how to help patients who are suffering from this modern epidemic because they may not be able to identify its symptoms, properly screen…

Do you have chemical sensitivities? Tips for improving

Do perfumes or heavy fragrance make you gag or trigger your inflammation or autoimmune symptoms? Do scented products, gasoline fumes, car exhaust, tire stores, new rugs or carpet, or other sources of chemical odors give you headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms? You are not alone. An increasing number of people suffer from migraines, rashes, fatigue,…