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…

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…

Integrating ancient fiber needs into a modern diet

If the produce selection at the local grocery store seems vast, it may be surprising to learn that only a fraction of edible, nutritious, and tasty plant foods are represented on those well-stocked shelves. Westerners typically eat only about 20-50 of the 20,000 species of edible plants, which may be a significant contributor to their…