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SIFO – Small Intestine Fungal Overgrowth Symptoms and Treatment

Is SIFO or Small Intestine Fungal Overgrowth Smarter Than a Lab Test? For many years now, patients have been coming in to the office with digestive symptoms and yet all of their "advanced" lab tests come back within normal ranges.  Even with modern SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) testing, many breath and stool tests come back negative. Small intestine fungal overgrowth is often more common than SIBO, but it continues to go undiagnosed. Even worse, you may have a positive breath test result multiple times [...]

GERD, Acid Reflux and Heartburn Without Medication

Natural Treatment For GERD, Acid Reflux and Heartburn Americans spent more 13 billion dollars in 2006 on acid stopping medications.  Nearly 100 million Americans experience acid reflux at least 1 time per month and about 15 million struggle with acid reflux at least 1 time per day.  To put this in perspective, heartburn over-the-counter sales are about equal to over-the-counter sales of antiperspirants! Standard Treatment for GERD, acid reflux and heartburn is the use of an antacid to stop the production or neutralize the acid [...]

Food Sensitivities – Are You Super Sensitive?

Whatt Are Your Food Sensitivities? What are your food sensitivities?  Have you narrowed them down to 1 or 2?  When I ask patients what food sensitivities they think or know they are sensitive too, the #1 reply in my office is dairy.  After that, many patients go on to say how they can’t tolerate any grains, some fruits, most vegetables, sugar, lectins, nightshades and the list goes on.  If you think you or someone are in this boat, there is good news; you are likely [...]

The Low Estrogen Myth – Should I Really Add Hormones?

Are you a female over the age of 25 and having hormonal symptoms?  Maybe a little more estrogen will do the trick right?  Or is it your progesterone that is too low?  Essentially every blood hormone test I have reviewed, (I don’t run blood hormones, which I’ll cover later.) shows low estrogen.  How is it that every woman has completely stopped producing estrogen?  Ever wondered why hormone replacement therapy is all the rage right now? In this article we won’t go over whether or not [...]

Is there a CRPS treatment?

Is there a treatment for CRPS (RSD)? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) aka RSD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy is one of the most challenging chronic pain conditions to experience as a patient and for many doctors the “protocol” is to refer to a pain management doctor almost immediately. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case all the time.  If you are searching for an alternative CRPS treatment, please keep reading. The intense debilitating pain from CRPS/RSD can be life altering and [...]

3 Reasons Probiotics Almost Always Fail

3 Reasons Probiotics Almost Always Fail It's a shocking event each and every time a patient enters my office and I tell them that they can stop taking their probiotic.  In fact, most patients have read so much about the “miraculous” benefits of taking probiotics that they almost immediately start to question my judgement as a physician.   So if almost all natural practitioners, naturopaths and functional medicine doctors prescribe probiotics to their patients, why am I the only doctor in town that doesn’t even [...]

Gallbladder – Can You Save It?

Save Your Gallbladder Gallbladder surgery (aka cholecystectomy) is becoming a more and more common.  In fact, nearly 1 million people undergo gallbladder removal each year.  But is it really necessary? The National Institute of Health reports that only 1% of gallstones become symptomatic per year and that 80% of patients will never develop symptoms from their gallstones.  In layman’s terms, this means that even if you have gallstones, there is close to an 80% chance you should not get your gallbladder removed. That being said, [...]

IUD Discomfort & Complications

IUD Discomfort & Complications I recently had a female patient with a 4 year history of severe abdominal pain, shoulder pain and hip pain.  Over the last few years she was able to see multiple practitioners with varied success, but the abdominal pain always returned.  In order to get any relief she was eating a Paleo diet with multiple FODMAPs restrictions.  If you don’t know what FODMAPs are, it means she pretty much couldn’t eat fruit either. Her diet was very limited to simple things [...]

How to Fix your Progesterone to Estrogen Ratio for the Last Time – Part 3

We covered decreasing your estrogen in part 1 and part 2, but increasing your progesterone is also a way to improve your progesterone to estrogen ratio.  In fact, as we have discussed, it is the most common way practitioners choose to alter the ratio. With progesterone hormone replacement, women often see significant improvement within the first few weeks to months! But what I have found is that simply adding hormones seems to backfire over time.  Sometimes its 6 months, sometimes its 2 years, but most [...]

How to Fix your Progesterone to Estrogen Ratio for the Last Time – Part 2

Some History and Estrogen Shocker #2 Part one of this series explained what the progesterone to estrogen ratio is and that estrogen is the problem in 95% of cases regardless of what your lab tests tell you and that estrogen detoxification is critical. If you read between the lines on that statement, then you may have realized that in my professional opinion, saliva and blood tests don’t seem to be as accurate as we hoped they would be. How did I arrive at this conclusion? [...]

How to Fix Your Progesterone to Estrogen Ratio For The Last Time

One of the most commonly used metrics to assess female hormone imbalances is to look at the Progesterone to Estradiol ratio, often called the Pg/E2 ratio. When this ratio is less than 200 to 1 symptoms of hormonal imbalance can quickly arise. E2 refers to an estrogen known as estradiol, but there is way more to the story than just high estrogen and low progesterone. In fact, while I find the information very valuable, what you do with the information and how to improve your estrogen [...]

Toxic Belly Fat and Stubborn Weight Loss

Your Toxic Belly Fat! Think that last inch or two (or 10) of belly fat is harmless?  You eat “healthy and organic” yet you don’t seem to lose much weight?  One of the reasons so many people struggle with belly fat is because it is actually a temporary protective mechanism against disease.  You may find that you get fatter as you age and that they weight is harder to come off, but guess what? That actually may be a good thing for a little while! [...]

Vitamin E – Hormones and Pain

Vitamin E – Hormones, Health and Pain Vitamin E plays an important role in maintaining your reproductive and hormonal health, but much like Vitamin A, it was demonized by the media as being toxic in excessive amounts and it quickly lost its popularity. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that plays important roles in regulating inflammation, supporting heart health, regulating estrogen levels and it even plays a role in supporting the adrenals. Historically as early as the 1930s Vitamin E was used to improve infertility [...]

Vitamin A & the Autoimmune Connection

With the development of novel probiotics, the recent immune focus on Vitamin D and the fact that everyone is afraid of dying from Vitamin A toxicity, many practitioners and patients have forgotten this critical vitamin that can be depleted with illness, chronic disease and the wrong diet. For a moment forget everything you know about vitamin A, which usually just means you think it is good for your eyes and helps with acne.  While it is critically important for those two organs, Vitamin A is [...]

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