Juston Jaco, MS, MPH, CNS, CKNS is a student at the University of California San Diego in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program. After graduating from the University of Michigan with Highest Honors in Environment, Juston served as an AmeriCorps service member in California where he built outdoor garden classrooms in urban school districts. At the same time, he completed a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States. This year he graduated from the first Nutrition cohort at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and became a Certified Nutrition Specialist with the support of Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and her team at the Functional Nutrition Residency Program. He hopes to utilize what he has learned at the Sandy Hook Clinic in a research setting to provide proactive and progressive solutions that go beyond pharmacy and surgery in a research setting.
According to a study released just last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network Open), having high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the body is associated with a 49% increased risk of death within 10 years.
My first EOE patient in the early 2000’s was fortunately, already diagnosed by a very savvy Yale gastroenterologist. I hadn’t heard of EOE at that time, but quickly learned about this highly challenging and potentially disabling mixed IgE allergic condition. It was clear immediately that functional medicine was the solution, and despite my lack of awareness of EOE, I had much to offer my first patient. Since then, we’ve seen more and more EOE patients in clinical practice, unfortunately, due to the meteoric rise of this condition. Fortunately, our tools continue to benefit.
This month’ blog is a story both painful and hopeful. Our own Juston Jaco MS, current team member in our residency program for nutrition professionals, shares his from-the-heart decades of experience with a challenging allergic condition – eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).