Autoimmunity

Short-Chain Fatty Acids: A New Tool for Systemic Inflammation

Short-Chain Fatty Acids:  A New Tool for Systemic Inflammation

To continue the conversation about probiotics and gut health, I dive deeper to explain what short chain fatty acids do and how they impact our overall health.

Why Does Food Hate Us So Much?

Why Does Food Hate Us So Much?

Why do so many of us struggle with how we feel after eating?  Many people feel bloated, get indigestion, or get diarrhea after eating, and can't figure out why.  There are many possible reasons for this, and things we can do about it!  Get some insight on what's going on and some quick tips to help.

Autoimmunity: Early Detection Can Change Your Future

Autoimmunity: Early Detection Can Change Your Future

There is a good chance you will find some degree of autoimmunity in any random person off the street - one out of five Americans currently suffer from autoimmune disease.  Their immune system loses the ability to determine self tissues from non-self tissues and launch deliberate attacks against them.  This can come in many forms such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few. Some simple tests can help you stop or slow the progression.  If you have concerns about your status or have a family history of autoimmune disease, this article is for you!

Fitbit Captures Patient Recovery

Fitbit Captures Patient Recovery

I wanted to take a moment and share a recent case study that I find to be particularly interesting.  Most of the time when I work with a patient we start with a set of symptoms or even a known medical condition.  Some tests are ordered, results observed and a plan of action is set in motion.  An improvement in symptoms, and/or a follow up test weeks or months later tells us if our efforts were effective.  But an interesting thing is starting to happen.  My patients are coming in wearing a Fitbit or some other handy device that measures all sorts of things about their daily physiology.  This provides for both of us some powerful feedback in real time as to how the strategies we are employing are actually working.  The basis of this piece is in regards to just such a patient experience. 

Leaky Gut Syndrome... I'm leaking from where now?!

Leaky Gut Syndrome... I'm leaking from where now?!

Is anyone else out there fascinated with the colon… Or is it just me? And why on Earth would I want to talk about “Leaky Gut Syndrome” anyway? It is a rather eloquently named pathology don't you think? Contrary to the graphic image that it hints towards, Leaky Gut Syndrome does not have anything to do with that synthetic fat substitute that came out in the 80’s which caused anal leakage. I suppose that would be called "Leaky Butt Syndrome." Leaky Gut Syndrome is much more dangerous than that. And here’s why: