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Is Gut Health a Thing or is it a Marketing Ploy?

 

Find out whether (or not)  gut health is a bunch of hyped up nonsense!  

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Have you Heard of the New Fad Called the "Meat Diet"?

 

Otherwise known as the Carnivore Diet, here's what I think about it.  

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Is Gluten Evil?

 

Find out here the real story behind gluten and why it is so controversial! 

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The Why and How of Autoimmune Diseases

Maryanne was diagnosed with 3 different autoimmune diseases.   When she came to my office she had been suffering for many years and was taking several prescription medications for her various symptoms.Her fingers ached as she typed her very first email to me.   Even a computer search was difficult because she had also had a bout with Iritis (inflammation of the Iris) along with fatigue because her thyroid was chronically sluggish from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

So where did I focus? So much going on! So much to do! So much to heal!

From Multiple Sclerosis to Lupus to Rheumatoid Arthritis, to Hashimoto’s, I have seen so many cases of various autoimmune disorders in my practice. What they all have in common is that they all improve when gut health improves.

So how does one improve gut health? By reducing inflammation, balancing the gut flora and healing leaky gut. Also by eating a therapeutic diet that reduces inflammation and antibodies in the body. This...

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Hashimoto’s, Thyroid, Gluten and the Gut

Kaitlyn first came to see me suffering with extreme fatigue, insomnia, and a feeling of “unwellness” many years ago. She had a young child and worked part time but felt very fatigued all of the time. She was health conscious and followed a vegetarian diet with her husband and fed her whole family that way.

The first thing we did together was to run some bloodwork and to check into how her digestive system was working with Functional Medicine Testing. Through the allergy testing we found that she was allergic to most vegetarian protein foods such as dairy, beans, gluten (seitan – in meat substitutes) and soy. And her thyroid levels were way too low. She decided to add in clean animal proteins (grass fed beef, organic free range poultry and wild clean fish) and she went on prescription thyroid medication and with some fluctuations began to feel better.

After a period of stress and adjusting her thyroid medications a few times, we decided to test for Thyroid...

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When a Flare Happens: Stress and Autoimmune Disease

Maureen had been working with me for about 6 months for her Crohns disease and we had gotten her to a pretty stable place and she was able to incorporate the diet changes into her life and was happy with the results. However, she had recently taken on some new stressful work projects, plus was having some trouble with her teenaged son and not surprisingly she had a flare of her autoimmune disease.

Flare-ups happen with autoimmune diseases. They do. And they are worse when there is stress involved. OR stress actually causes the flares. Not surprising that Maureen would have a flare with the added stress in her life. Though most of my patients who have a flare will find that if they are still on the protocol, their flares will be less frequent, less intense and shorter in duration. And then it becomes a bit easier to pinpoint what contributed to the flareup. Those cookies you ate while you were having an emotional eating session, the extra hours of work you have taken on, the loss of...

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Why does Gut Health Affect so Many Things? Especially Autoimmune Diseases?

Evelyn, age 51, sat tearfully in my office. Her hands were in constant pain and she had trouble buttoning her clothes and typing on the computer.  She had just been diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease and her rheumatologist had prescribed some heavy duty immune suppressing pharmaceuticals for her condition. He told her she was to be on medications for the rest of her life. Evelyn found me so that together we could unravel the cause of her autoimmune disease and hopefully find a way for her to heal and at the very least manage her condition. When I asked her about her digestion, she mentioned having lots of gas, cramping and bloating every time she ate. This was still happening even after she gave up eating gluten on the advice of a friend!

I personally have skin in this game against autoimmune disease! I watched my mother suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 30 years! At the end of her life she was utterly dependent on opioids and naproxen to manage her pain....

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Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease

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Erin, a 50 year old mother of 3 with a demanding full time job , sat in my office one day   last year feeling overwhelmed and sick.  Her job required that she spend a lot of time on the computer . Her hands were becoming so sore that she was finding it difficult to type on the keyboard. Every sentence felt like a Herculean effort.  In addition to the gas and bloating in her gut that bothered her, she was having knee pain on both sides so it was becoming difficult to run. Running was her favorite form of exercise!    And she was just so tired! When her schedule permitted, , she would go to bed at 9PM and still wouldn’t wake rested. Her life was a mess! She was not feeling well and wondered if this was the beginning of the end! Would she always feel this way, she wondered?

After we ran some bloodwork, I discovered that she had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. While we addressed the thyroid, I decided it was important to...

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Leaky Gut – Sounds Gross! What is it?

I grew up having to swig Pepto Bismol in order to stop my digestive problems long enough to go to a slumber party with my friends without having excruciating stomach cramping ,bloating, and all around feeling sick. But I didn’t realize I was reacting to certain foods until I was much older. Because my immune system was so weakened from having so many unidentified food reactions, I caught every cold, viral infection and bacterial infection that went around. And our family doctor always prescribed antibiotics. Which almost always caused diarrhea.

As I got older I did the usual stuff, took probiotics, stopped eating wheat and dairy, etc. Then at some point the horrible bloating and stomach cramping started up again, brain fog set in, and the fatigue hit me big time. And I am a busy woman with a family and had so much to do. I would try to push and muscle my way through the fatigue but eventually I would just have to go to my bed and crash for an afternoon. Then a routine blood...

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Digestive Health, the Microbiome, and its connection to all things

For decades naturopathic doctors have known about the link between gut flora and health. Harvard and other institutions are now in the process of mapping the microbiome so as to determine links between health and gut flora balance. Fantastic news that Harvard is finally catching up to the naturopaths with their research! We are also finding that GI tract health is also related to inflammatory responses in the body, neurotransmitter balance, detoxification, and immune system balance.

So for this reason, naturopathic doctors take a very nuanced approach to treating digestive disorders. Identifying and eliminating food allergies and intolerances is an important step towards healing the gut and eliminating inflammation and intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”.   Our protocols have helped conditions such as IBS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, Ulcerative Colitis, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), Chronic constipation or diarrhea, GERD,...

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