One-size-fits-all protocols fail many patients with gut symptoms

Gastrointestinal problems are some of the most common complaints functional medicine practitioners face from new patients. However, many practitioners treat the gut with a one-size-fits-all protocol — probiotics, digestive enzymes, gut supplements, and a gut-healing diet that cuts out all the “bad” foods. Unfortunately, many patients continue to suffer because a cookie-cutter approach doesn’t work…

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Patients’ chronic anxiety, sleep issues, and hyper sensitivity often linked to brain inflammation

Many of our patients today suffer from chronic anxiety and nervousness. They also may be overly sensitive to quick movements or motions (perhaps they have to close their eyes during the roller coaster ad at the start of a movie), light, sounds, crowds, emotions, and other stimuli that overwhelm them. These patients often do not…

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Brain inflammation underlies chronic depression

Traditional treatment for chronic depression typically involves medications that impact brain neurotransmitters — brain chemicals responsible for mood, motivation, behavior, and mental activity. However, many patients with depression do not respond well to pharmaceutical treatment or natural remedies such as 5-HTP or Saint John’s Wort. While the conventional medical model insists on sticking with these…

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How Einstein’s brain revolutionized our understanding of common brain-based symptoms and disorders

For many years we thought brain function was only about neurons, synapses, and neurotransmitters. However, recent developments in neuroscience have shown us how the brain’s immune cells, which outnumber neurons 10 to 1, are vital to how well the brain functions. We have Albert Einstein’s brain to thank for that discovery — his brain had significantly more immune cells…

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