Functional Medicine Blog

The Autoimmune Epidemic

2019-12-03T21:41:10+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

Dr. Guillory shares his opinion on why autoimmune diseases are on the rise. In this presentation, you will learn: - What is an autoimmune disease? - What is the economic impact of the current epidemic? - What is celiac? - What causes autoimmune diseases? - Does diet really matter? - How likely are you to [...]

Blue Light Filter Glasses

2019-11-11T20:56:28+00:00October 11th, 2019|

Recently, the nutritionists and I went to a talk on Circadian rhythms. It was at that discussion where I learned more about blue light filter glasses. After the lecture, I decided to try a pair for myself. They worked great and I want to spread the good news.As a reminder, our circadian [...]

Dietary Fat: Friend or Foe?

2019-11-11T20:56:52+00:00September 19th, 2019|

Tips from our nutritionist, Lisa Biederman, CNTP Dietary fat has been a controversial topic for many years. Most of us grew up avoiding saturated fats like eggs and red meat because we were taught that they raise our cholesterol levels and cause heart disease. However, current research shows that healthy fats have many benefits. [...]

Low Iron, Depression, and Anxiety – A Simple Solution.

2019-09-16T21:15:55+00:00September 9th, 2019|

Food containing natural iron. Fe: Liver, avocado, broccoli, spinach, parsley, beans, nuts, on a black stone background. Top view. I have noticed an increasing number of patients struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mood problems over my 30+ years of practice as a physician. Depression is on the rise in all age [...]

Why Vitamin D Might Cause Erectile Dysfunction and How to Fix It

2019-09-16T21:15:07+00:00August 24th, 2019|

I had a patient quit taking vitamin D because he thought that it caused erectile dysfunction (ED). I have now seen this happen in several men. This seems contradictory, as vitamin D is thought to improve cardiovascular and sexual health: studies actually show that the more depleted a man is in vitamin D, the [...]

Eat Local This Summer

2019-08-13T23:03:14+00:00August 8th, 2019|

Where to find the freshest food in Colorado Heading into the summer months is a great time to consider the benefits of eating local. We live in a time when most foods are available to us year-round. But does this benefit us? Let’s consider a few reasons why eating local is a great option [...]

What to Eat While Traveling

2019-11-11T20:57:11+00:00August 8th, 2019|

Summer often results in a shift from our normal routine - with kids out of school and vacations, it’s a challenge to maintain a healthy diet. Too many changes in our eating can result in a recurrence of old symptoms and/or just not feeling optimal. Whether you take a trip or go on an outing [...]

Why a TSH Test Isn’t the Final Word on Thyroid Disease and Early Detection

2019-08-14T18:59:19+00:00July 12th, 2019|

Thyroid issues are on the rise. It used to be that we saw 3-4 patients per week in our medical office with thyroid disorders. Now, we see 3-4 cases per day. These patients are victims of a wide range of debilitating issues. Brain fog, weight gain, anxiety, and muscle weakness are just a few of [...]

Why Should You Love Your Liver?

2019-06-24T22:01:19+00:00June 24th, 2019|

Updated: Apr 26 In our last blog, we talked about the relationship between IBS, stress, and hormone balance. The liver plays an important role in synthesizing, metabolizing, and eliminating hormones. For that reason, any time a person has hormonal imbalance, we always consider liver health. In this article, we take a closer look at [...]

Beyond Food Allergies: The Range of Food Reactions

2019-06-24T21:55:10+00:00June 24th, 2019|

Updated: Apr 26 One in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy, which equates to approximately 2 in every school classroom. What’s even more shocking is the dramatic increase in food allergies over recent years: according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), food allergies among children increased by about 50% [...]

Stress Upsetting Your Digestion?

2019-06-24T21:27:03+00:00June 24th, 2019|

Updated: Apr 26 The system of hormones throughout your body is like a symphony. The pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, ovaries, testes, and other glands all work together to create a beautiful song. We call the system of hormones in the body the endocrine system, but the endocrine system does not work alone. It works in [...]

High Intensity Health: An Interview with Mike Mutzel

2019-07-12T17:03:13+00:00June 24th, 2019|

Imagine driving to work while learning habits that will improve your mental clarity; working out at the gym while getting tips for a ketogenic diet; watching your child’s soccer practice while learning how to curb your addictions; or washing dinner dishes while listening to strategies to sleep more soundly through the night. All of [...]

New Study Links Gluten Sensitivity to Leaky Gut

2019-11-11T22:16:44+00:00June 24th, 2019|

This is the first study to show - without a doubt - that gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, and systemic inflammation are inextricably related. Stock image of bread skull and crossbones on white background The News: Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center recently published results of a groundbreaking study: the study provides biological [...]

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

2019-11-11T20:54:06+00:00May 9th, 2019|

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a functional disorder of the bowel characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort associated with altered bowel movements. Bowel movements may tend towards constipation, diarrhea, or alternating constipation and diarrhea. Often there is bloating, excessive gas, and mucus in the stool.IBS is a common disorder affecting up to 10-15% of [...]

Normal Digestion 101 The Basics

2019-11-11T20:57:20+00:00May 9th, 2019|

Digestion works like a giant food processor, using both mechanical and chemical means to break down the food you eat into nutrients suitable for your body to use. The digestive system consists of the alimentary canal and its related glands and organs. The alimentary canal is a hollow tube some twenty-seven feet long which goes [...]

What Causes Your Gut to be Leaky?

2019-11-11T22:18:15+00:00May 9th, 2019|

Leaky gut syndrome, also known as increased intestinal permeability syndrome, is associated with a variety of health problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In this article, we look at what can cause your gut to be leaky. Generally, there are three basic categories of factors which can lead to a leaky gut. First are foods. [...]

The Gut Microbiome

2019-11-11T20:54:58+00:00May 9th, 2019|

The gut microbiome represents the total population of microbes which reside in the intestine. The microbial makeup for each individual is as unique as an individual’s fingerprint. The Human Microbiome Project sponsored by the National Institute of Health was established to identify and characterize the microorganisms which are found in association with both healthy and [...]

IBS and Leaky Gut Syndrome

2019-11-11T22:17:24+00:00May 9th, 2019|

Leaky gut syndrome, also known as, increased intestinal permeability syndrome, is a condition that has been associated with a variety of health problems, including irritable bowel syndrome. Although leaky gut syndrome is often considered a “quack” diagnosis by mainstream physicians it is becoming more accepted. Although over 10,000 research papers have been written talking [...]

The 4 R’s: Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, Repair

2019-11-11T20:55:16+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

  The 4 R’s protocol has been used successfully for years in functional medicine. It involves removing anything that is making you sick, replacing anything you are deficient in, re-inoculating the gut with probiotics and repairing any damage to the intestinal lining.The first of the 4 R’s involves removing any allergenic foods, chemical irritants, [...]

Colostrum for a Leaky Gut

2019-11-11T22:17:40+00:00February 6th, 2019|

Colostrum, one of the main ingredients in our leaky gut protocol, is truly a miraculous substance. Colostrum is the first milk that is produced by all mammals just before giving birth. Compared with milk that is produced later, colostrum contains a higher concentration of proteins, growth factors, and antibodies. When newborn babies drink colostrum, [...]

Dr. Gerard Guillory explains benefits of a gluten-free diet – Fox 31 Interview.

2019-11-11T20:57:40+00:00February 5th, 2019|

Gluten is a protein that's found in wheat, rye, and barley. It gives bread a doughy texture. 3 million people suffer from celiac disease - a disorder where the immune system attacks the intestine every time you eat gluten.The only way to know if you are sensitive to gluten is to avoid it for a [...]

Protect Your Heart – Donate Blood!

2019-11-11T20:57:47+00:00January 16th, 2019|

We have known for decades that donating blood can offer protection against heart disease. A 1998 study of almost 3000 middle-aged men in Finland reported that blood donors had an 88% reduced risk of heart attack when compared with non-donors.[1] Since that landmark study, recent research has revealed even more cardiovascular benefits of donating blood. [...]

Think with your Stomach: Probiotics for a Better Mood

2019-08-08T17:49:36+00:00January 15th, 2019|

What would you think if I were to tell you that your intestines—and more specifically, the bacteria inhabiting your intestines—communicate information to your brain that affects your mood? That is exactly what recent medical research and even human clinical trials are telling us: optimizing the bacteria in the human gut (the gut microbiome) can reduce [...]

Are GMOs Creating Leaky Guts?

2019-11-11T22:17:58+00:00January 15th, 2019|

We talk a lot about digestive health in our practice and have a very successful protocol to correct what is commonly known as “leaky gut.” In leaky gut, the intestinal barrier breaks down and allows passage of undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins into the body. Think of the small intestinal lining like a [...]

Medicine Outside the Box: Clinical Experience as Evidence Base

2019-08-08T17:49:53+00:00January 15th, 2019|

Standardized clinical practice guidelines have become the norm in modern medicine. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute publishes guidelines for the management of cholesterol; the American College of Rheumatology publishes guidelines for the management of arthritis; and the American College of Gastroenterology publishes guidelines for the management of inflammatory bowel disease. The list goes [...]

What is Functional Medicine?

2019-08-08T17:50:00+00:00January 3rd, 2019|

“Every patient complaint is a drug side effect until proven otherwise.” – Dr. GWhat happens when the body is not functioning? How do we deal with weight gain, poor digestion, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, allergies, etc.? There are two ways to approach your health.Traditional MedicineThe first approach is the traditional model, often referred [...]

FDA Finds Some of the Most Commonly Prescribed Antibiotics from 1995-2016 have "Disabling Side Effects" – What Should You Do?

2019-08-07T22:05:07+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics were the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the United States from 1995 until 2016.Fluoroquinolone antibiotics (herein referred to as FQ’s) include: ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norafloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin/ Quixin), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), and ofloxacin (Ocuflox/ Floxin/ Floxacin).You might be prescribed FQ’s for: urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, and/ or food poisoning.If [...]

Brain Health Series #5 – 3 Ways to Protect Your Brain from Stress

2019-08-08T17:50:18+00:00September 11th, 2018|

At The Care Group, we love taking care of our patients. We also love when our patients can take care of themselves - after all, that's the point of functional medicine.Many people in our community are concerned about how to support their minds as they age. To address this, we spent the summer delivering you [...]

Brain Health Series #4 – 10 Ways to Exercise Your Brain Today

2019-08-08T17:50:24+00:00August 27th, 2018|

Welcome to the fourth installment of our summer-long series around brain health. Our last article outlined which foods are best for your brain. Today, we discuss how to keep your brain sharp through exercise. A healthy brain needs plentiful gray matter (brain tissue), intricate connections between brain cells (neurons), and good blood flow. Through the [...]

Brain Health Series #2 – The 3 Most Toxic Foods for Your Brain

2019-08-08T17:50:33+00:00July 17th, 2018|

Welcome to the second article in our summer-long series about brain health. In this series, we walk through Dr. G's 4 prong approach to protecting your brain as you age. Today, we discuss the top foods to avoid. For an overview of the 4 prongs, download our guide below.In functional medicine, the first step in [...]

Brain Health Series #1 – How do you protect your brain as you age?

2019-08-08T17:50:38+00:00July 5th, 2018|

You spoke and we listened. After reviewing your survey responses from the spring, we found that many of our patients are concerned about brain health - and rightfully so. That's why we composed this series to guide you through a 4-pronged approach to brain health. Through the end of the summer, follow along with this [...]

Safe Summer Grilling

2019-08-08T17:50:43+00:00May 25th, 2018|

The transition from spring into summer means one thing: it’s grill time! Firing up the grill is a great way to bring family and friends together, and the taste of a grilled steak or juicy burger is hard to beat. But there is a lot of confusion about the health effects of grilled meats. Grilled [...]

Aspartame and MSG Increase Risk of Serious Illness

2019-08-14T18:59:07+00:00May 15th, 2018|

A Doctor's PleaWhat if I told you there were common FDA-approved ingredients that increase symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, dementia, digestive distress, Multiple Sclerosis, brain tumors, and diabetes? Look around. Do you ever wonder why so many people – perhaps yourself included – suffer from difficulty losing weight, dizziness, erratic mood swings, muscle aches, migraine [...]

Police Shootings: A Physicians View

2019-11-11T20:57:59+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Original Post: July 19, 2016Before the dust had even settled on the fatal shootings of 5 police officers in Dallas on July 7th, 2016, 3 more law enforcement officers were ambushed and killed in Baton Rouge on July 17th. These violent attacks have elicited emotionally charged responses related to race relations, legislation, and politics. As [...]

Save Your Money, Save Your Health: The How-to Guide on Curating Your Vitamin Cabinet

2019-09-13T20:39:34+00:00November 9th, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019 Are you tired of spending a fortune on supplements that don’t improve your health? Adding more and more vitamins to your cabinet might feel like a quick fix for optimal health, but it can be overwhelming and expensive. Below is info on how to curate your medicine cabinet to save your [...]

Studies Suggest Calcium May Not Strengthen Bones

2019-08-08T17:51:26+00:00October 12th, 2017|

Older adults are currently advised to consume a total of 1000-1200 mg of calcium per day to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures, but this recommendation has recently come under scrutiny. Two comprehensive reviews of the literature, published in the online version of the British Medical Journal, suggest that neither dietary calcium nor supplemental calcium strengthen [...]

Surprising Dangers of Heartburn Medications

2019-08-08T17:51:32+00:00September 29th, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019Whether you call it heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux—the burning chest discomfort after eating is NO FUN!It used to be that fast-acting antacids like TUMS or Rolaids were the only over-the-counter medications to quell the fire of heartburn. Now there are newer medicines that stop stomach acid production before the burning ever [...]

Electric-Assist Bikes: A New Way to Explore Colorado

2019-08-08T17:51:36+00:00September 12th, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019Fall is a perfect time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather, and get some exercise.Exercise is one of the most amazing therapies for our bodies and minds. It keeps us lean, lowers our blood pressure, keeps our blood sugar balanced, and can free the mind from anxiety. When we exercise [...]

Magnesium: An Underappreciated Nutrient for Brain Health

2019-08-08T17:51:41+00:00September 6th, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26One of our top-selling supplements is a product called Brain Balance, a powder that provides several forms of highly absorbable magnesium. As the name implies, we have seen this product improve memory, focus, and mental clarity but also improve a wide variety of other conditions, including Raynaud’s disease, menstrual cramps, ringing in the [...]

3 Habits to Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep

2019-08-08T17:52:06+00:00August 22nd, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019Sleep disorders affect millions of Americans, with insomnia being the most common of all sleep problems. About 30% of adults experience occasional insomnia, and 10% experience chronic insomnia.[1] More than 35% of adults report that they typically sleep less than 7 hours every night.According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleeping [...]

Is Adrenal Fatigue a Real Thing?

2019-08-08T17:52:34+00:00July 18th, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019 The Hormone Health Network states on their website that “No scientific proof exists to support adrenal fatigue as a medical diagnosis.”[1] A blog on the Mayo Clinic website warns patients, “Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause—such as depression or fibromyalgia—continues to take [...]

A Holistic Approach to Thyroid Disease

2019-09-16T17:09:29+00:00June 14th, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019 Feeling tired for seemingly no reason at all…trouble losing weight…dry skin…hair falling out…constipation. These are the classic symptoms of an under-active thyroid—also called hypothyroidism. What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located just below the surface of the skin in the front of the neck. If you [...]

Intermittent Fasting

2019-08-08T17:52:49+00:00June 1st, 2017|

Updated: Apr 26,2019 Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity in fitness and health circles as the latest dietary trend. Intermittent fasting refers to alternating times of fasting with times of feasting. Intermittent fasting protocols can be grouped into 3 categories: Alternate-Day Fasting. These protocols designate 1-3 days per week (or every other day) to fast. Non-fasting [...]

Could it be SIBO?

2019-08-08T17:52:54+00:00October 1st, 2016|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019SIBO is an abbreviation for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. SIBO is defined as an excessive number or a change in the type of bacteria growing in the small intestine.  In a healthy digestive tract, the majority of bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms inhabit the large intestine (the colon), and only a very [...]

What is the Low-FODMAP Diet?

2019-08-08T17:53:00+00:00August 18th, 2016|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019The low-FODMAP diet is a diet that restricts specific types of sugars, called Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. These sugars are called “fermentable” because the bacteria in the intestines use them as a fermentation source, producing gas as a side product. These sugars also hold water in the intestines, which can [...]

The Ravages of Endocrine Disruptors

2019-11-11T20:58:36+00:00May 12th, 2016|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS DISRUPT HORMONE FUNCTIONI previously posted an article describing a patient who developed thyroid abnormalities after routine use of antibacterial soaps. The key ingredient in these soaps, triclosan, is an example of an endocrine disruptor—an environmental compound that disrupts hormone function in the body. Now, these antibacterial soaps are under review [...]

Vitamin D

2019-08-08T17:40:41+00:00October 1st, 2015|

Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” because our bodies synthesize vitamin D when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. It is also categorized as a fat-soluble vitamin because it is found in a few fatty foods, including fish liver oil, beef liver, and egg yolks. More accurately, [...]

Is Gluten-Free a Fad?

2019-08-14T18:58:46+00:00May 1st, 2015|

Updated: May 3, 2019Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and other grains, such as oats, barley, and rye. The term “gluten” comes from a Latin word meaning “glue,” and it truly does act like the glue that holds baked goods together. Gluten gives a chewy texture to breads, bagels, and pizza crust [...]