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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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Who Wants to Crawl Back from Fatigued to Fabulous?

Many years ago, fresh out of med school I was so fatigued that I needed a 2 hour afternoon nap almost every day because I would have a brown out around 3-5 PM. I would go home from work, crash out, and wake up in time to throw something together for dinner.   Even though I was relatively young I needed to nap just to function and take care of my work and living needs. Even when I would wake up every morning and go for a 3-5 mile run, or go to a yoga class, I would still come home from work and crash.   Something was definitely very off. Thankfully at that time in my life, I was still single and childless. In fact, until I met my husband who at the time already had a 3 year old child, I could not even fathom having the energy to bear or raise a child of my own. Watching my friends have their kids, I just knew I wouldn’t be up to the task because of my chronic fatigue issues.

I DID figure out and heal my fatigue issues eventually, and at the age of 41 my...

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Brain Health and Neurotransmitters Linked to Gut Health

Did you know that the health of your gut can effect your moods? A while ago, someone coined the phrase “Gut Psychology Syndrome” for the effect that a leaky or inflamed gut can have on neurotransmitter production (or lack thereof).   The special diet and protocol have been used for conditions such as autism, epilepsy depression, bipolar disorder, etc. “Grain Brain” is another term used for that brain fog that many people get from eating various grains, including the non-gluten ones.

While the diets and protocols laid out in those excellent books such as “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” as well as “Grain Brain” are a good start, with “leaky gut” syndrome and its associated inflammation, there is no one diet or supplement protocol which works for everyone. We are, after all, unique individuals genetically and spiritually. What works smashingly for one person needs to be adjusted for another. Laboratory results may...

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Heal the Gut! (What???)

So many of the chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases that I see over and over again in my practice can be helped by looking at and focusing treatment on healing the GI tract, or the gut.  Many  of my patients who seem to have disparate symptoms and names for their diagnosed illnesses benefit from this  approach.   Illnesses from arthritis, to Graves disease to Lupus, to Chronic Fatigue to Interstitial Cystitis to Skin conditions, to Chronic Vaginitis, to   Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome ), etc. .  Many  patients are initially skeptical that their  bladder, skin,  joints, thyroid have anything to do with their GI tract.  But so many patients have benefited tremendously from this approach, that often the first place that I and other naturopathic doctors look is  at the GI tract.

The way this works is that the GI tract can itself become inflamed from an intestinal virus, antibiotic...

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