Remember the first time you heard about FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplantation) and maybe it sounded promising yet kinda viscerally challenging? It’s come a long way from humble beginnings and has since covered a lot of health territory (and FMT preparations are increasingly standardized, with some pretty cool research happening well beyond the limited C diff application.).
Climate Change Series Part 2 – How FxMed Already Supports a Healthier Planet and How We Might Do Even Better
If you’re motivated – like we are – to preserve planetary health, you’ll hopefully be reassured to know that the Functional Medicine (FxMed) principles you’re likely already adopting are also helping you reduce your own climate impact.
Allergic Sensitization Can Occur Through The Skin
Mom’s Fluoride Exposure Associates with Lower IQ in Kids
Vitamin K From Foods Improves Warfarin Effectiveness
Osteocalcin as a Mediator of the Stress Response
Wait, non-alcoholic fatty liver due to… (gut bug) alcohol!?
Soot Particles Travel from Lungs to Other Organs, Including the Placenta
Some of the most extraordinary work happening in medicine right now comes from the GrowBaby team of Leslie Stone, MD and her daughter, Emily Rydbom, CNS. In their mostly Medicaid model, they’ve adopted a systems approach to pregnancy, and thereby doing so, have remarkably improved outcomes. Their rates of autism, eczema, ADHD, premature labor, gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension fall well, well below national averages.
Are you thinking about age management with your patients these days? I am. And I’m thinking about it regarding myself, quite frankly. To that end, I just had a tour-de-force conversation with clinician researcher Joe Raffaele, MD. Can we halt, or even reverse, the biological aging process? There are an extraordinary number of variables to consider here, but the take-home appears to be YES.
It’s high time a solid, clinician and consumer-friendly book is delivered on the oral microbiome, is it not? Cass Nelson- Dooley began researching the topic years ago, and is now arguably one of the foremost leading experts on integrative interventions for oral health. I interviewed her on New Frontiers years ago, and she’s blogged previously on oral endotoxemia.
Sesame Allergy Underdiagnosed and More Challenging to Avoid
E. coli Strain May Cause Urinary Tract Infection
Stress During First Trimester is a Risk Factor for Adverse Birth Outcomes
Higher BMI Associated with Increased Brain Atrophy
Infant Gut Microbes Predict Temperament – a Human Study
Connecting Gut Microbes and Bone Health
Surprisingly, indoor air can often be more polluted than outdoor air. Particles from home heating and cooling systems, tobacco smoke, off-gassing from furniture and building materials, and mold spores can all contaminate indoor air. Of course, outdoor air pollution can also make its way indoors when windows are open – traffic pollution particles in built-up areas and next to roads, chemical pesticide sprays in agricultural areas, and even mercury and ozone that are carried by wind over long distances.
Alcohol often plays a part in many people’s health journey. Sure, when abused it can be detrimental to health. However, can social drinking actually have some benefit or protective effect in preserving brain health?
If you’re practicing functional medicine, you’re aware of (and likely prescribing) the autoimmune paleo diet. You’re pulling folks off of many foods, lowering carbs, reducing or eliminating lectins (including nightshades). In my conversation with Dr. Datis Kharrazian, we talk about his impressive PhD research (under the guidance of Aristo Vojdani, PhD) in stratifying who’s at risk for lectin intolerance.