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Is your brain not working but your neurologist says you’re fine?

Is your brain not working, severely impacting your quality of life, but it’s not bad enough to warrant medical treatment? It is very distressing when you become increasingly moody, you keep losing your keys or forgetting where you parked the car, or you’re tired and always in pain. However, chances are if you see a doctor or neurologist for these issues, testing will show you’re fine. You may even be told it’s normal to feel that way. In functional neurology we take ... Read more

Food quality, not calories, matter in managing weight

If there is one thing Americans love, it is a prescribed diet, and the internet abounds with rules for grams of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, genetic and body type diets, calorie counting, and so on. But a recent 12-month study found focusing on whole foods and ditching sugars and processed foods resulted in weight loss and improved health for the subjects. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed it didn’t matter whether the diet was low-carb, low-fat, ... Read more

Boost SIgA, or “nature’s vaccine,” to improve immunity

In the midst of flu season, many people’s attention turns to the flu vaccine. But there is a way to improve your immunity against not only the flu, but also other viruses, bacterial infections, yeasts, environmental toxins, food sensitivities, and even autoimmunity. The secret lies in what immunologist Aristo Vojdani, PhD calls nature’s vaccine — secretory IgA (SIgA). SIgA are immune cells that are the first line of defense between you and the world. They primarily reside in mucus membranes, including the ... Read more

Plenty of sunlight needed for a good night’s sleep

It’s now common knowledge that nighttime exposure to computer, tablet, and TV screens sabotages sleep —the light they emit simulates sunlight, thus suppressing sleep hormones. However, plenty of daytime sunlight is vital for good sleep. Most of us don’t get near enough. Research shows the average person spends less than an hour a day outside. For shift workers it’s even worse. Lack of exposure to sunlight inhibits production of melatonin, a hormone that puts us to sleep. A Finnish rat study observed one ... Read more

Best Labs for Thyroid Evaluation

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The Cholesterol Hoax

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3 Tips for Wellness Success in 2017

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A functional medicine viewpoint on birth control pills

If you take birth control pills, it’s important to understand how oral contraceptives can affect your hormone balancing, your liver, your thyroid, and your brain. This functional medicine viewpoint can help you make an informed decision about contraception, or give you insight into buffering potential consequences. Birth control pills flood the body with an unnatural amount of hormones that are also synthetic. This can imbalance the body in a number of ways. Your body’s hormone balance depends on finely nuanced communication between the ... Read more

Maternal PCOS can raise the risk of autism in children

Researchers have discovered that polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS  is linked with an almost 60 percent greater risk of giving birth to a child who will develop an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As many as one in ten women of childbearing age have PCOS, a hormonal disorder, and it can affect girls as young as 11. It is the most common female hormone imbalance in the United States. Although the exact link between maternal PCOS and autism isn’t clear, the findings support the notion ... Read more

Five things doctors don’t tell you about depression

Do you suffer from depression? People succumb to depression for different reasons. It’s important to look for the underlying cause of your depression. Consider these five: 1. Poor communication between brain cells Depression happens when neurons in certain areas of the brain don’t communicate well with each other, or “fire.” This causes poor brain function and symptoms of depression. Many factors cause poor firing in the brain, which I’ll talk about more in this article. The primary question when you have symptoms of depression is, ... Read more
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