Functional Medicine Blog

Could it be SIBO?

2020-02-06T23:17:33+00:00October 1st, 2016|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019 SIBO 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 [...]

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 [...]

Is Antibacterial Soap Harmful?

2020-02-06T23:07:43+00:00May 12th, 2016|

Updated: Apr 26, 2019 ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS DISRUPT HORMONE FUNCTION I 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 [...]

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 [...]

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