Functional Nutrition Insights from FxNA
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
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A few years ago, I attended the Cleveland Clinic Grand Rounds where Dr. Dale Bredesen spoke about the reversal of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Even if you’re not interested in dementia and it does not or has not affected your life or your work, read on. There was something poignant that the good […]Read More
Functional Nutrition Tip: The Power of STORY
If I were to ask you how you got interested in the field of nutrition, you’d likely tell me a story. Maybe you were sick. Or you watched your partner, child, parent, or dearest friend suffer. Perhaps you’re motivated by global pain and suffering, and, for your own unique reasons, you felt called to be […]Read More
Functional Nutrition Tool: Sleep Assessment
Sleep is what I call a “Non-Negotiable.” It must be addressed. Right away. In fact, one of the principles that helped me solve the “unsolvable” cases and help guide people to resolution even when they’d been everywhere and done everything is this: If they’re not sleeping, pooping, and their blood sugar isn’t stable, you (as […]Read More
Functional Nutrition Matrix
I find that when I don’t understand how to solve a problem, what helps me most is a framework. When it comes to clinical care, yes, we’d all like the simplicity of protocols, solutions and quick-fixes. But if you’re like me, you’ll find that the band-aid approaches rarely work. (If you think about the 80/20 […]Read More
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Functional Nutrition in Practice
In a recent discussion with some Full Body Systems graduates, I asked them to describe what nutrition means to them. Some answers identified the bioindividual approach to care that I teach in Full Body Systems—to go slow and meet patients where they are with their needs for dietary change. And some others discussed nutrients directly—like […]Read More
The Chemistry of Coffee
Although caffeine is found in over 100 plants worldwide, its effects are most potent in coffee. This potency stems from coffee’s high concentration of two other stimulants–theophylline and theobromine. Like caffeine, these two other stimulants are classified as alkaloid compounds that naturally occur in both plants and animals. Coffee is primarily consumed for its mood […]Read More
How to Discuss Essential Fats
When it comes to nutrition, we know that one size does not fit all. Your keto diet may wreak havoc on your partner’s body, and their vegan diet may lead to depletions for their sister. It’s just the truth about nutrition… different bodies have different needs for myriad reasons. But what about food itself? Are […]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