Reversal of Cognitive Decline: A Validated Functional Medicine Approach

A landmark study was published last month showing the therapeutic value of a functional medicine approach to memory loss and cognitive decline related to neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) on a small group of aging patients. This is the first…

12 Common Endocrine Disruptors and 4 Other Environmental Chemicals

What are “endocrine disruptors”? What are “xenoestrogens”? In this segment, we examine the 12 most common endocrine disruptors according to the Environmental Working Group and 4 other common environmental chemicals we come in contact with daily and review…

Common Chemical Exposures and Impacts on Human Health

What chemicals are you exposed to on a daily basis? What is your chemical load? Does it matter? Are you exposed to harmful chemicals right now? Are your kids being exposed? In this 4-segmented series of part 7, we examine the effects of common environmental chemicals…

Gluten Summit Recap

Wow! I hope all of you got a chance to listen to some of the experts that spoke in the Gluten Summit last month. Dr. Tom O’Bryan did an excellent job in gathering some of the world’s leading researchers and medical experts in the field of gluten sensitivity…

Management of Autoimmune Disease in Functional Medicine

In this issue, we discuss the strategies used to manage autoimmune disease in functional medicine, including dietary and lifestyle strategies and the use of key supplements targeting the major areas of immune dysfunction and autoimmune reactions as identified by the most current literature and described in part 6. Management of Autoimmune Disease in Functional Medicine:   A Different Approach to Autoimmunity When you look at the dysregulation of the immune system that occurs in autoimmunity, we know there are several systems …

Intestinal Permeability (What is Leaky Gut?)

In this issue, we discuss a common clinical condition known as intestinal permeability in the literature, also known as “leaky gut”.  We discuss the most common signs and symptoms associated with this condition, reliable testing methods for this and review the literature on the leaky gut—autoimmune connection. Is leaky gut syndrome real? By now, most people have heard of leaky gut syndrome but are still wondering if this is real or if this is folklore medicine.  Leaky gut syndrome is …

The Gluten Sensitivity, Leaky Gut and Autoimmunity Connection

In parts 4, 5 and 6 of this series, we examine the connection between gluten sensitivity, leaky gut and autoimmune disease. In this article, we focus on gluten sensitivity. What is gluten sensitivity and how is it different from celiac disease? What are the most common symptoms…

Insulin Resistance, Dysglycemia and Diabetes

In part 2, we learned that the same physiologic processes that drive biological aging are the same processes that lead to chronic disease, increased risk of poor quality of life and shorter lifespan.  In order to slow down biological aging, we need to reduce our risk of developing chronic disease.  In the next few articles in this series, we will review the major mechanisms of chronic and degenerative disease. Take the Insulin Resistance Quiz:   Do you suffer from any of …

Assessing Biological Aging

“The mean telomere length serves as a marker for the biological age at the cellular level, with shorter telomeres defining the increased biological age.”1 In part 1 of this series, we discussed the concept of biological aging and how this differs from chronological aging.  We examined some of the research of Bruce Ames, Ph.D., and the evidence supporting the view that mitochondrial decay or dysfunction leads to accelerated aging and most of the degenerative diseases we see in the elderly …