Dysbiosis (say ‘DIS-bi-OH-sis’) is a scientific term that refers to a bacterial imbalance in the bodyread more
Right now in the United States, more than 37 million people suffer from migraine headaches. Migraines are reoccurring, throbbing headaches that typically affect one side of the head.read more
When any type of treatment involves replacing current hormones with new kinds of hormones, there are natural risks you should be made aware of. Specifically from a female perspective, if you’re considering female hormone replacement, it’s important to do your homework to understand the shortcomings.read more
Thyroid disorders refer to conditions that affect the thyroid gland directly, otherwise known as the butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck.read more
Melatonin is a neurotransmitter which is released from the pineal gland and helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm. Release is triggered by darkness, conversely bright lights reduce its production. Clinically the use of melatoninread more
Elements of Functional Medicine
The knowledge base—or “footprint”—of Functional Medicine is shaped by six core foundations.
Gene-Environment Interaction: Functional Medicine is based on understanding the metabolic processes of
Upstream Signal Modulation: Functional Medicine interventions seek to influence biochemical pathways “upstream” and prevent the overproduction of damaging end products, rather than blocking the effects of those end products. For example, instead of using drugs that block the last step in the production of inflammatory mediators (NSAIDs, etc.), Functional Medicine treatments seek to prevent the upregulation of those mediators in the first place.read more
Artificial are sweeteners that are not found in nature, these sweeteners contain fewer or no calories. They are typically used a replacement for sugar in processed foods.read more
Functional medicine approach to tired and wired.
SLEEP AND RELAXATION
Avoid caffeine intake and alcohol 4-5 hours before bedtime.
Follow a regular sleep/wake schedule including weekends and holidays.
Direct Primary Care or DPC was not always a familiar concept for me, and I am sure many of you are wondering exactly what this is. In this post I will attempt to define DPC, compare DPC with traditional fee for service (FFS) medicine, and highlight the benefits for you as the client who chooses to be a part of DPC.read more