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by Michael Stanclift, ND Patients with digestive problems aren’t always taken seriously by primary care providers. Often cases are dismissed with the nebulous diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), when the problem hasn’t been adequately worked up and given the proper attention. A recent study in Scientific Reports found that up to half of patients diagnosed with IBS also have a treatable and consequential condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO in and of itself has many underlying causes, and…

by Michael Stanclift, ND Patients with digestive problems aren’t always taken seriously by primary care providers. Often cases are dismissed with the nebulous diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), when the problem hasn’t…

Articles, Foundational, Functional Medicine

Metabolic detoxification (detox)—or biotransformation—is a physiological function that removes toxic substances of endogenous or exogenous origin from the body. Because the function and regulation of this process varies from person to person, different people can have a different sensitivity to toxic substances and their effects on the development of a variety of diseases such as liver conditions, fertility problems, and cancer. Along with sex, age, and lifestyle, genetics play an important role in this variability. But do we actually know…

Metabolic detoxification (detox)—or biotransformation—is a physiological function that removes toxic substances of endogenous or exogenous origin from the body. Because the function and regulation of this process varies from person to person, different…

Foundational, Nutritionists, Video

Our protective skin is constantly facing environmental insult such as solar UV radiation. Oxidative stress can damage skin components and accelerate skin aging. Learn how we may support our skin by boosting skin’s antioxidant capacity via a phytonutrient-rich diet.

Our protective skin is constantly facing environmental insult such as solar UV radiation. Oxidative stress can damage skin components and accelerate skin aging. Learn how we may support our skin by boosting skin’s…

Blogs, Foundational, Functional Medicine

by Melissa Blake, ND Metabolic detoxification is a complex set of coordinating systems working together to neutralize and eliminate toxic substances from the body. It is an amazing and intricate design. As suggested by design expert Irene Au, just like any good design, “when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.” Patients know far too well just how much it does stink. Excess toxic burden (too much in, not enough out) has been associated with…

by Melissa Blake, ND Metabolic detoxification is a complex set of coordinating systems working together to neutralize and eliminate toxic substances from the body. It is an amazing and intricate design. As suggested…

Blogs, Foundational, Nutritionists

by Noelle Patno, PhD L. plantarum 299v is a probiotic globally recognized for having Level 2 evidence for the improvement in severity of abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome and a large study preventing C. diffficile-associated diarrhea in antibiotic-treated patients.1 A new review2 on the 30-year anniversary of the isolation of this strain was recently published summarizing the current knowledge on this unique probiotic strain. This article features the main highlights of the reviewed science on probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299v.  Characteristics of the strain: 2  Plant-derived. L. plantarum 299v belongs to the group of lactic acid bacteria, and these types are commonly…

by Noelle Patno, PhD L. plantarum 299v is a probiotic globally recognized for having Level 2 evidence for the improvement in severity of abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome and a large study preventing C. diffficile-associated diarrhea…

Blogs, Foundational, Integrative

by Lewis Chang, PhD A century ago, the global average life expectancy of humans was around 32 years. Today, it is 73. Because we live much longer, aging is now a major risk factor for a myriad of modern-day chronic illnesses. For scientists to study aging-related health issues, one must find a scientific way to measure aging, a quantifiable biochemical marker that reflects our biological age, so to speak. Having the ability to detect changes in such a biomarker will…

by Lewis Chang, PhD A century ago, the global average life expectancy of humans was around 32 years. Today, it is 73. Because we live much longer, aging is now a major risk…

Foundational, Integrative, Video

Gastroenterologist Dr. Marvin Singh describes his philosophy on bringing patients back to health. Understand that the gut is the tattletale of the body; having symptoms in the gut does not always mean it is a gut problem. Dr. Singh discusses the importance of assessing the anti-inflammatory capacity of the microbiome, understanding the diagnostics, remembering the lifestyle basics, and talking to the patients. By “dialing things back a bit,” we better see all the factors that are happening in a patient…

Gastroenterologist Dr. Marvin Singh describes his philosophy on bringing patients back to health. Understand that the gut is the tattletale of the body; having symptoms in the gut does not always mean it…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Suzanne Keyes, PharmD Webinar summary More than 70% of physician office visits involve a drug therapy. Often these drug therapies can lead to nutrient depletion. Nutrient depletion unfortunately can lead to new and/or worsening of initial symptoms. In this 15-minute talk, Suzanne Keyes, PharmD shares her experience with helping patients find relief to their drug-induced nutrient-depletion symptoms. Dr. Keyes gives specific examples of which bioactives help balance certain prescription drugs. You will walk away…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Suzanne Keyes, PharmD Webinar summary More than 70% of physician office visits involve a drug therapy. Often these drug therapies can lead to nutrient depletion. Nutrient depletion…

Articles, Foundational

Probiotic Strain L. paracasei Lpc-37® Reduced Stress in Healthy Adults Scientists have been searching for “psychobiotics,” probiotics that can modify the gut-brain axis,1 and now a recent publication using a robust clinical trial design demonstrated a probiotic strain that improved the stress response. Previous preclinical studies demonstrated that Lacticaseibacillus paracasei Lpc-37 (Lpc-37), formerly known as Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37 prevented the development of certain behaviors associated with chronic stress.2 This “psychobiotic” candidate was selected from other probiotic strains for clinical effects on perceived stress…

Probiotic Strain L. paracasei Lpc-37® Reduced Stress in Healthy Adults Scientists have been searching for “psychobiotics,” probiotics that can modify the gut-brain axis,1 and now a recent publication using a robust clinical trial…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Amy Coleman, MD. Webinar summary Amy Coleman, MD provides a high-level overview of the gut-skin connection. She discusses how leaky gut can lead to a number of inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis and eczema. Dr. Coleman provides her steps to heal the gut and lead to skin relief. In her steps to heal the inflammatory response, she includes specific diets as well as bioactives to heal the mucosal lining and support digestion and liver…

View this 2-minute webinar preview with Amy Coleman, MD. Webinar summary Amy Coleman, MD provides a high-level overview of the gut-skin connection. She discusses how leaky gut can lead to a number of…

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