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Viruses: An Introduction

Welcome to our virus series of blog articles. ​In this first part of the series, we introduce viruses: how they function, how they cause disease, how they can benefit us, and an introduction to testing. For an abbreviated version of this article with a video,CLICK HERE. In subsequent articles, we will review immune function and competence, strategies for prevention and

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Thyroid Series: Hyperthyroidism and Solutions Part #2

Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This is the first of our series, in which we introduce the thyroid, its function, what can go wrong and what are the various conditions of thyroid disease. In subsequent articles, we will look at the various conditions of the thyroid and how to address each one. We hope you will stay

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Thyroid Series: Hyperthyroidism and Solutions Part #1

Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This article covers hyperthyroidism and how to address it using Functional Medicine and diet. Next week we will discuss other FM approaches to hyperthyroidism. In our Thyroid Series, we cover the basics on the thyroid here and hypothyroidism here and here. In future thyroid series articles, we will look at other conditions

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Thyroid Series: Hypothyroidism & Solutions Part #2

Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This is the first of our series, in which we introduce the thyroid, its function, what can go wrong and what are the various conditions of thyroid disease. In subsequent articles, we will look at the various conditions of the thyroid and how to address each one. We hope you will stay

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The Thyroid Series: Hypothyroidism & Solutions using Functional Medicine Part #1

Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This is the first of our series, in which we introduce the thyroid, its function, what can go wrong and what are the various conditions of thyroid disease. In subsequent articles, we will look at the various conditions of the thyroid and how to address each one. We hope you will stay

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The Thyroid Series: What is the Thyroid? An Introduction

Welcome to our Thyroid Series of blog articles. This is the first of our series, in which we introduce the thyroid, its function, what can go wrong and what are the various conditions of thyroid disease. In subsequent articles, we will look at the various conditions of the thyroid and how to address each one. We hope you will stay

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Gallstones Part #2

Last week we wrote about gallstones and why they develop. In this week’s part 2 on gallstones, we will discuss solutions and ways to prevent gallstones. Please read on!TREATMENT For Gallstones:Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the most common way to treat gallstones. Cholecystectomy has a low surgical risk and is the most common elective abdominal surgery performed in

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Gallstones Part #1

This week we write about gallstones and why they develop. In next week’s part 2 on gallstones, we will discuss solutions and ways to prevent gallstones. Please stay tuned for part 2 next week.INTRODUCTIONGallstone disease is quite common, affecting up to 15% of adults (Di Ciaula, 2018).Gallstones are small, hard deposits that form inside the gallbladder. The gallbladder is under

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Using Bees to Recover from Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Lyme, Fibro and MORE!

Want your pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia or Lyme disease to FINALLY go away without the use of drugs with side effects? This is Dr. Diane writing and I have suffered in my past greatly from pain, fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. I avoided all pharmaceutical medications throughout my healing journey and today I am free from disease. Part of the fundamental piece

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PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 2: The Solutions

Last week, we wrote about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and what causes it (here). This week, we talk about the solutions to PCOS. SOLUTIONS TO PCOS There are many things we can do in Functional Medicine to address root causes of PCOS and we will discuss them below. ----- But the most effective treatments for PCOS are: ----- ----- DIET &

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PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Part #1: The Causes

This week, we discuss Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and what causes it. Next week, please read on for our article on the solutions to PCOS.WHAT IS PCOS?Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that affects women. It involves reproductive and hormonal disturbances, primarily anovulation (when a woman does not ovulate) and high levels of androgen or male hormones in women (Diamanti-Kandarakis

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Addressing Trauma & PTSD using Functional Medicine Part #2

Last week, we wrote about trauma and the many ways in which it can physiologically affect the body (see here for the full article). This week, we focus on solutions to address trauma using Functional Medicine.SOLUTIONSTO TRAUMAIs there a Functional Medicine approach? What does Functional Medicine do in cases of trauma or PTSD?In Functional Medicine, we will assess the general

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Addressing Trauma & PTSD using Functional Medicine Part #1

This week we are writing on trauma:Trauma is not uncommon. One study in the US found that 74.2% of women and 81.3% of men reported experiencing at least one traumatic event in their lifetime (Mock SE, 2010).How does trauma affect the body and how we can resolve it using Functional Medicine?TRAUMA: a psychological, emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing

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Autoimmunity & the Gut Part #4: Predicting Autoimmunity

This week we continue to look at autoimmunity and gut health. This article focuses on possible ways of predicting autoimmunity by looking at specific gut bacteria.Dr. Alessio Fasano, whom we wrote about last week, has said that the reason someone develops autoimmunity or AI later in life is due to gut bacteria and a change somehow in the composition of

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Autoimmunity & the Gut Part #3: What is the Connection between Autoimmunity & the Gut?

The Microbiome-Autoimmune Connection, Part 3: Dr. Alessio Fasano’s work on Autoimmunity This week we will review the groundbreaking work of Dr. Fasano and autoimmunity. Autoimmunity is when the immune system becomes overactivated and attacks the body’s own tissue. What causes this attack? Read on for more details. These are three steps that can cause an autoimmune condition: a genetic tendency an

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