A work horse laboratory in any functional medicine practice is stool testing. But really gleaning the best insight into our patient’s clinical picture can be tough. What do all of these commensal organisms really suggest? How do they correlate with the inflammatory findings? Of the bell weather bugs (like akkermansia) how can we increase levels? Is there ANY place for microscopy (O&P) and culture in today’s high throughput Omics world?
Take a second and think about this: what clinical presentation would prompt you to prescribe cognitive behavioral coaching, breathwork or meditation? Did GERD make your list? Along with gentle, but powerful botanicals and nutraceuticals (IT’s Motility Agitator, DGL Chewables, Heartburn Advantage), these are cornerstone interventions for GERD in the practice of Victoria Albina, NP, MPH.
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.
Fibromyalgia is a tricky disorder to treat. Patients struggle with chronic pain and fatigue, and practitioners often struggle to find effective interventions. Dr. Erik Lundquist is pioneering research into novel treatments for fibromyalgia. In a new study, he investigates the use of specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPMs) for fibromyalgia patients.
Methylation and sulfuration are complex processes and assessing them in practice takes skill, knowledge, and consideration of multiple genes and other factors. Lucky for us, we have the incredible Dr. David Quig from Doctor’s Data on the podcast today, getting into the nitty-gritty about assessing methylation in clinical practice.
In today’s podcast, I chat with my friend and fellow laboratory geek Mark Newman, founder and president of Precision Analytical (creators of DUTCH), about his recent publication [Evaluating urinary estrogen and progesterone metabolites using dried filter paper samples and gas chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (GC–MS/MS)], smartly published in an open access – and reputable – journal, BMC Chemistry, so it’s available to all, free of charge.
Episode 58: SPONSORED Biocidin – Borrelia Research and Clinical Strategies using Botanical Antimicrobials
Lyme disease (and co-infections) can be tough to treat. The Lyme spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, has adopted loads of devilishly clever cloaking devices – from thriving in biofilm to existing in pleomorphic forms – to ensure survival despite aggressive treatment. Enter botanical therapy. With or without concurrent antibiotics, botanical combinations are an essential component of the FxMed clinician’s toolkit.
Episode 56: SPONSORED Advances in Stool Testing: The GI-MAP™ GI-Microbial Assay Plus with Tony Hoffman
I had loads of fun taking a tour through the wonderment of DSL GI MAP test today with Tony Hoffman, CEO of DSL (and longtime friend of mine!). DSL’s GI MAP stool test is, as CEO Tony Hoffman states, “a clinician diagnostic tool,” not a microbiome test. Yes, of course the GI MAP looks at the microbiome, but it’s not a broad sweep of the myriad bugs taking up residence.
Episode 54: SPONSORED Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Dr. Robert Rountree shares his Expertise (and Powerpoint!)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is an urgent, often unrecognized concern. It’s the hepatic pandemic of the 21stcentury, and there is NO approved pharmaceutical therapy (the race is on, however…). Fortunately for us, there is MUCH we can do in functional medicine – indeed, our toolkit is powerfully effective in turning around NAFLD and even NASH – the next step progression.
Dr. Joel Evans – you probably know him as long-time IFM faculty teaching in the Advanced Practice Hormone Module. He’s also donned a newish hat as KBMO’s Medical Director. Dr. Evans loves the FIT test for delayed hypersensitivities to foods, and states that the addition of complement fragment C3d to their test significantly reduced the incidence of false positive results found on standard IgG testing.