clinical ‘cause & effect’ – don’t miss it in your practice
In your practice you’ll likely encounter clients who are taking prescription medications. We see it all the time in the Functional Nutrition Alliance Clinic. And while it’s not within the scope of our practice at the Functional Nutrition Alliance to advise people whether or not they should be taking pharmaceuticals, it is within our scope […]Read More
What the Heck is Mucosal Tolerance?
Several years ago, when attending live seminars was still a regular occurrence, I spent the day in an air-conditioned basement-level hotel conference room in San Francisco. You know the scene… little white hotel notepad on the table, pitcher of ice cold water, sweater at the ready to combat the chill, and healthy snacks hidden in […]Read More
On Our Minds: At-Home Allergy Testing
As we see more and more people experiencing unresolved signs and symptoms, it becomes easy to understand the allure of at-home testing, and the promise that testing will not only reveal a root cause of suffering, but provide a quick-fix solution. The conversation surrounding the use of at-home allergy testing for food sensitivities continues to […]Read More
Be Aware and Act Flax!
While October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, that does not mean that our awareness and action should be relegated to one month out of the year. This is especially true because several types of cancer, as well as low thyroid function, and a host of other signs and symptoms, have one big thing in common that deserves our attention…Read More
Helping Alzheimer’s Patients with Cognitive Decline: Plugging the Metaphorical Holes in the Roof
Learn how functional medicine is helping Alzheimer's patients improve their cognitive decline.Read More
Crohn’s Through a Functional Lens
Crohn’s Disease is classified as autoimmune. As you know, autoimmunity is a condition in which the body produces an immune response against its own tissue constituents. Before we talk more about Crohn’s, let’s put autoimmunity into a bit more context so you and I can both grasp how profoundly this is impacting not just our […]Read More
Anxiety, Gender and Digestion—It’s all connected!
Not too long ago, in the mid-20th century, doctors began to describe a stereotypical patient who came to them with chronic digestive issues—they were anxious, often female, and “neurotic.” According to Maya Dussenberry, and the research done for her book “Doing Harm” (one of my favorites), the “stereotype that women’s symptoms are likely to be […]Read More
gut loving Labor Day – How to!
I don't know about you, but a potluck or barbeque, like those held every Labor Day, can trigger surprising digestive explosions (similar to what you might see in the sky on the 4th of July!). You may know what I mean, but never put any rhyme or reason to it. It's just become, over the years, a part of your independent right to both celebrate and suffer. Today, on the first day of this month of September, as we lean into Labor Day here in the states, I'd like to share my top four tactics for loving Labor Day (and letting it love you).Read More
Love Your Liver
BUT WHY CLEANSE THE LIVER? Your liver is a powerhouse of activity. It's the biggest internal organ in your body and has hundreds of functions. One key role is acting as the gatekeeper for your entire system, filtering all toxins and foreign substances from the bloodstream, breaking them down, and excreting them. Some of the toxic substances that your liver has to contend with are produced right within your body! These include excess hormones and neurotransmitters. Other substances come from your environment ~ what you eat, what you breathe and even what you put on your skin.Read More