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Eat Local This Summer


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 [...]

Eat Local This Summer2019-08-13T23:03:14+00:00

What to Eat While Traveling


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 [...]

What to Eat While Traveling2019-08-08T18:01:07+00:00

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


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 a TSH Test Isn’t the Final Word on Thyroid Disease and Early Detection2019-08-14T18:59:19+00:00

Depression and Iron: Could the Solution be Simple?


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 groups, with a recent survey of teenagers in the United States revealing that 36% of girls and 14% of boys experience depression [...]

Depression and Iron: Could the Solution be Simple?2019-08-07T18:57:37+00:00

Aches and Pains? There’s a Cream for That!


Updated: Apr 26 If you have visited The Care Group recently with sore muscles or joints, you may have received a sample of No More Aches Cayenne Plus Cream. Dr. Guillory discovered this cream, made by Taspen’s Organics, at the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market. He stopped at Taspen’s stand and rubbed a dab [...]

Aches and Pains? There’s a Cream for That!2019-07-12T17:05:18+00:00

Why Should You Love Your Liver?


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 [...]

Why Should You Love Your Liver?2019-06-24T22:01:19+00:00

Beyond Food Allergies: The Range of Food Reactions


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% [...]

Beyond Food Allergies: The Range of Food Reactions2019-06-24T21:55:10+00:00

How Can We Better Treat Joint Pains?


A shocking 1 in 4 US adults suffer from joint aches and pains—according to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).[1] That equates to 54.4 million Americans. Even more surprising is that most of these people are not old—they are under the age of 65 and active in the workforce.​Joint [...]

How Can We Better Treat Joint Pains?2019-08-07T18:58:47+00:00

Stress Upsetting Your Digestion?


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 [...]

Stress Upsetting Your Digestion?2019-06-24T21:27:03+00:00

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


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 [...]

Why Vitamin D Might Cause Erectile Dysfunction and How to Fix It2019-06-24T21:29:35+00:00

High Intensity Health: An Interview with Mike Mutzel


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 [...]

High Intensity Health: An Interview with Mike Mutzel2019-07-12T17:03:13+00:00

New Study Links Gluten Sensitivity to Leaky Gut


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 [...]

New Study Links Gluten Sensitivity to Leaky Gut2019-06-24T21:34:40+00:00

Leaky Gut and Systemic Inflammation


It is estimated that about 80% of all of the body’s immune defenses—the white blood cells—are located in the intestinal tract. These white blood cells are like the bouncers at a club. Their job is to allow all of the good guys into the body—the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids, for example—and [...]

Leaky Gut and Systemic Inflammation2019-06-24T21:36:50+00:00

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?


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 [...]

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?2019-08-07T19:06:32+00:00

Normal Digestion 101 The Basics


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 [...]

Normal Digestion 101 The Basics2019-08-07T19:16:28+00:00

What Causes Your Gut to be Leaky?


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. I would [...]

What Causes Your Gut to be Leaky?2019-08-07T19:31:21+00:00

The Gut Microbiome


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 [...]

The Gut Microbiome2019-08-07T19:38:54+00:00

IBS and Leaky Gut Syndrome


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 about [...]

IBS and Leaky Gut Syndrome2019-08-07T19:57:40+00:00

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


  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, [...]

The 4 R’s: Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate, Repair2019-08-07T20:04:19+00:00

Colostrum for a Leaky Gut


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, it [...]

Colostrum for a Leaky Gut2019-08-08T17:49:17+00:00

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


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 [...]

Dr. Gerard Guillory explains benefits of a gluten-free diet – Fox 31 Interview.2019-08-08T17:49:22+00:00

Protect Your Heart – Donate Blood!


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. [...]

Protect Your Heart – Donate Blood!2019-08-08T17:49:28+00:00

Are GMOs Creating Leaky Guts?


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 cheese [...]

Are GMOs Creating Leaky Guts?2019-08-08T17:49:43+00:00

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


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 groups, with [...]

Low Iron, Depression, and Anxiety – A Simple Solution.2019-08-07T21:24:39+00:00

Join the Functional Medicine Movement


People are fed-up. Our community is tired of paying astronomical amounts to greedy insurance companies for bare-minimum coverage. You should know – as providers, we are just as outraged as you are.So what do we do? Start a rally? Throw our hands up in the air and resolve that’s just the way it is?We want [...]

Join the Functional Medicine Movement2019-08-08T17:50:07+00:00

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


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 [...]

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+00:00

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


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 #5 – 3 Ways to Protect Your Brain from Stress2019-08-08T17:50:18+00:00

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


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 #4 – 10 Ways to Exercise Your Brain Today2019-08-08T17:50:24+00:00

Brain Health Series #3 – Foods for Your Brain


The previous article in this blog series introduced the idea that concentration and memory can be influenced by lifestyle habits. In this article, we take a closer look at the influence of diet on brain health. This is an interactive series. If you have a question about how to protect your brain as you age, [...]

Brain Health Series #3 – Foods for Your Brain2019-08-07T22:15:56+00:00

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


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 [...]

Brain Health Series #1 – How do you protect your brain as you age?2019-08-08T17:50:38+00:00

Safe Summer Grilling


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 [...]

Safe Summer Grilling2019-08-08T17:50:43+00:00

Aspartame and MSG Increase Risk of Serious Illness


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 [...]

Aspartame and MSG Increase Risk of Serious Illness2019-08-14T18:59:07+00:00

Medical Students Enhance Your Patient Experience


In 33 years of private practice, the Care Group has evolved with the functional healthcare movement. As a physician, it’s my job to stay on top of the latest information to provide our patients with cutting-edge care. One way we strive to achieve this goal is through our student program.Over the years, our team has [...]

Medical Students Enhance Your Patient Experience2019-08-08T17:50:51+00:00

Police Shootings: A Physicians View


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 [...]

Police Shootings: A Physicians View2019-08-08T17:51:00+00:00

The Care Group's 2017 Top Health Resources


Updated: Apr 26, 20192017 was an amazing year at the Care Group. Our patients continue to achieve higher levels of health, energy, and vitality. One way we empower our community to reach optimal health is through sharing cutting edge wellness resources from our providers.As we look back at 2017, we invite you to revisit the [...]

The Care Group's 2017 Top Health Resources2019-08-08T17:51:05+00:00

Discover the Secret to Stopping the Common Cold


It is that dreaded time of year again—cold and flu season!Do you ever cringe at the sight of a coworker’s pile of tissues or the sound of his rattling cough, dreading that he might reach out to shake your hand? Do you let out a reluctant sigh after tucking a coughing child into bed, knowing [...]

Discover the Secret to Stopping the Common Cold2019-08-08T17:51:11+00:00

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


Updated: Apr 26, 2019Are 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 health, sanity, [...]

Save Your Money, Save Your Health: The How-to Guide on Curating Your Vitamin Cabinet2019-08-08T17:51:16+00:00

Studies Suggest Calcium May Not Strengthen Bones


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 [...]

Studies Suggest Calcium May Not Strengthen Bones2019-08-08T17:51:26+00:00

Surprising Dangers of Heartburn Medications


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 [...]

Surprising Dangers of Heartburn Medications2019-08-08T17:51:32+00:00

Electric-Assist Bikes: A New Way to Explore Colorado


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 [...]

Electric-Assist Bikes: A New Way to Explore Colorado2019-08-08T17:51:36+00:00

Magnesium: An Underappreciated Nutrient for Brain Health


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 [...]

Magnesium: An Underappreciated Nutrient for Brain Health2019-08-08T17:51:41+00:00

3 Habits to Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep


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 [...]

3 Habits to Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep2019-08-08T17:52:06+00:00

Is Adrenal Fatigue a Real Thing?


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 [...]

Is Adrenal Fatigue a Real Thing?2019-08-08T17:52:34+00:00

Iodine – Healthiest Diets May Lack this Vital Mineral


Updated: Apr 26, 2019If you are like many of my health-conscious patients who seek to eat a wholesome diet, you may be at risk for iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency was a common problem until the 1920s when they started adding iodine to salt. Then the problem virtually went away. Now iodine deficiency is making a [...]

Iodine – Healthiest Diets May Lack this Vital Mineral2019-08-08T17:52:39+00:00

A Holistic Approach to Thyroid Disease


Updated: Apr 26, 2019Feeling 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 place your fingers on [...]

A Holistic Approach to Thyroid Disease2019-08-08T17:52:44+00:00

Intermittent Fasting


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 [...]

Intermittent Fasting2019-08-08T17:52:49+00:00

Could it be SIBO?


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 [...]

Could it be SIBO?2019-08-08T17:52:54+00:00

What is the Low-FODMAP Diet?


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 [...]

What is the Low-FODMAP Diet?2019-08-08T17:53:00+00:00

Vitamin D


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, [...]

Vitamin D2019-08-08T17:40:41+00:00

Is Gluten-Free a Fad?


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 [...]

Is Gluten-Free a Fad?2019-08-14T18:58:46+00:00