Proverbs 10:26

            Don’t be a Slug              Outside of young boys wanting to gross out their sisters, few find enjoyment in slugs.  They are slimy and not very exciting. We would never send a slug on a necessary errand as their sluggishness would delay its success and leave be a slimy trail. We recoil at the…

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Post COVID Moldy Schools

Apparently, teachers and students should fear more than COVID19 upon return to long empty school buildings, at least in this Virginia school district.  After months of remote learning, everyone looked forward to Sherwood Forest Elementary returning to in-person learning.  Upon returning, many teachers found disturbing environmental conditions and experienced concerning health symptoms.  With obvious water…

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Quercetin – The Swiss Army Knife – A Review

Quercetin finds itself in a number of Sanctuary protocols due to the multiplicity of benefits it has to offer.   The natural substance boasts among its most well-known functions effects in ameliorating allergies, preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol, assisting in metal detoxification, and providing anti-oxidant protection.  Lesser-known benefits include for those with prostatitis and very mild…

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Proverbs 10:23-25

            Striving for the True Riches             While we may grunt and groan in our strainings after material gains, our efforts only carry our lives to a point both in the here and now and in the life to come.  Wisdom and righteousness to the contrary bear more lasting fruits.             Wisdom grants pleasure now…

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Fruit Microbiomes are Inherited

The scientific world has continued to reveal the effects of our microbiome on our health.  The bacteria, fungi, and even viruses living in our GI tract influence every other body system through various mechanisms.  This collection of internal microbial neighbors begins with ones provided by our mothers at birth.  Well, it seems that even fruits…

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Modulating Tau in Traumatic Brain Injury to Prevent Cognitive Decline

The convergence of pharmaceutical and natural therapies upon one neurologic pathway to modify a brain degenerating process offers hope in traumatic brain injury patients.  While traumatic brain injury, especially when repetitive, often leads to cognitive decline, even dementia, two pharmaceuticals and a few natural agents offer hope.  The anti-inflammatory medications diflunisal and salsalate garner little…

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Proverbs 10:18-22

Words, Words, and More Words Words can no doubt cause trouble in many ways.  At times, they can hide hatred and mal-intent which boils underneath the surface.  They deceive the hearer, preventing them from knowing the speaker’s actual hatred. At other times, the slander of words while intending to hurt another just prove that the…

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Omega 3 Anti-Inflammatory Review

Omega 3’s standout as the most anti-inflammatory of the poly unsaturated fatty acids (omega 9’s also acting as anti-oxidants).  They modulate NF-kappaB (central in the inflammation cascade), help heal leaky gut, treat pain in arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, benefit the cardiovascular system, and even help lower allergic reactions in the current and future generations.  And…

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New Guns Against Coronavirus

When fighting COVID 19 or any threatening disease, we want as many guns pointed at our enemy as possible.  Even a simple form of life like a coronavirus possesses great complexity and thus many potential therapeutic targets. Each target offers many options for guns to strike a mortal blow against our foe.  Options abound- blocking…

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Proverbs 10:17

Heeding the Instructions to Life              When traveling, the driver will find it hard to drive while looking at the map.  Keeping the eyes on the road and a map simultaneously can lead to problems.  If they have someone holding the map and reading it for them, they can find their way to their destination. …

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Curcumin Review

Curcumin stands as a giant among supplements because both the breadth and the strength of the mechanisms by which it alters health for the better seem staggering.  In its repertoire, it boasts anti-oxidant benefit, pain control benefits, general anti-inflammatory benefits, detoxification capabilities, brain protection capabilities, and even anti-Lyme benefits. Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory:  With greater than…

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Mold on Mars

As NASA handles the intricacies of landing on a planet millions of miles away, closer to home they spend our tax dollars to determine whether or not black mold can live on Mars.  Okay, I guess it seems important if we are planning to colonize Mars.  Whether you are looking to buy a new home…

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Proverbs 10:15-16

Neither Riches Nor Poverty Lead to Life              Yes, many live with wealth in their riches on this earth. They have strong cities, even lands with many houses circled around them.  They possess the wealth of cities.              Meanwhile many live in poverty and their lives hurdle towards ruin.                Yes, life comes not…

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Ashwagandha: Supplement Review

Ashwagandha, the herb name that just rolls off your tongue, offers a little something for many varieties of health issues. Sleep improvement and anxiety reduction may be the best-known uses.  Thyroid support, male infertility, athletic enhancement, cortisol lowering effects, and cognitive improvement should not be forgotten however. Sleep and anxiety:  So many are searching for…

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Pathways of Autoimmunity Explained

Understanding must precede therapy as scientists seek to adequately relieve the suffering of millions with autoimmune conditions.  Initial understanding pointed repeatedly to an immune messenger or cytokine called Interleukin 1b as a critical factor in the development and progression of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.   For a number…

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Probiotics in Premature Babies

Probiotics receive a lot of attention these days as we have begun to better understand the role of the microbiome within our digestive tract.  Besides the benefits promoted in the functional medicine world, the world of the neonatal intensive care unit also finds probiotics beneficial to their patients.  As science has advanced its ability to…

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Mycotoxins and Oxidative Stress

Mold toxins, in all their varieties, damage cells and cell structures through a number of mechanisms including speeding up cellular aging.  Like tires, the cells of our bodies or the bodies of any animal for that matter, can wear out sooner due to ongoing damage.  Our cells sustain different types of damage, but oxidative stress…

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Proverbs 10:13-14

May we exemplify wisdom and understanding to the world As Christians walking in a fallen world, may we be known for wisdom and understanding. May it truly rest upon our lips and be shared frequently and freely with others. Strive after understanding so that we can enrich others with wisdom. Yet, even wisdom must be…

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Not All Silver Bullets Work Against COVID 19

The world receives a daily serving of medical education as it waits expectantly for a silver bullet therapy against COVID.  As the public watches the unfolding of the COVID 19 pandemic, each morning comes with an eagerness for reports that might tell us of a wonder drug against this invisible foe. One area which receives…

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Mold in Kid’s Brains

Many skeptics challenge functional MD’s like myself when we diagnose mold toxicity as the explanation for a chronic illness whether in adults or in children.  The refrain goes like this: “Mold is everywhere!  How could that explain the symptoms?”  We understand that patients or their parents desire proof and certainty before embarking on a treatment…

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Proverbs 10:12

The Love Hate Relationship Two different emotions lead to two very different outcomes. Hatred beyond a static existence, taking on a life of its own, self-replicating. Hatred begins as felt strife against another and bears more strife. Hatred stirs and stirs, creating more strife that it feeds off of. In contrast, love denies strife the…

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Testosterone Levels And COVID 19 Risks

COVID-19 opened a whole new world of research including great effort into understanding why men fared worse than women with regard to disease severity.  While women generally suffer from more autoimmune conditions, with this SARS CoV2 virus, men got the short straw.  When this correlation for men continued to pop up from epidemiological studies, the…

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Math and Health Promotion Could Save COVID Lives

Four diseases, common in America, could explain 2 out of every 3 hospitalizations for COVID.  Imagine if we could have lowered those diseases.  Many hospitalizations and many lives could have been saved.  Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure rose to the top of a computer model which took epidemiologic data and COVID mortality data to…

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Proverbs 10:10-11

So many ways to stumble The little boy of yesterday knows that a wink can stir up consequences, but this wink hints at more than an elementary school crush. This wink disrupts justice and makes a deal against truth in the halls of justice. It makes a deal with deceit. Again, the fool who babbles…

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Long Hauler

While mainstream medicine long ignored post-viral chronic fatigue, conventional doctors must now acknowledge the long term effects of Post-Covid Long Hauler syndrome alongside functional medicine providers who show no surprise at this situation.  Functional medicine practitioners like our clinic have long treated patients who report months and years of debilitating physical and mental fatigue which…

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A Little Green Tea for Your Cancer Prevention

Cancer stands out as such a nasty enemy, but a natural substance in green tea appears to strengthen our internal cancer prevention system.  While cancer rates continue to rise, efforts to both treat and to prevent have increased including looking to natural compounds.  Building on prior awareness of the critical role of a protein called…

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Proverbs 10:8-9

Receiving and Walking Wisdom receives commandments from the One who orders all things. Their hearts are open to what is best for them. In contrast, a fool who overflows with babbling only comes to ruin. Their overflow serves neither them nor their listeners. Integrity requires action. Even standing on principles requires the action of standing.…

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Hocus Pocus COVID 19: Magic Tricks and New Strains

While we endure living through the poorly written plot of a science fiction medical thriller – yes I am referring to COVID-19 – we must face the plot twist of viral mutations.  Like it or not, 2021 continues the COVID-19 storyline with the so-called variant strains.  The virus and its ensuing pandemic takes on an…

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Crohn’s Disease Linked to Gut Bacteria

Fighting autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease requires a multi-modal approach including recognition that certain bacteria and certain foods worsen the condition.  Focusing on one bacteria called adherent-invasive Escherichia coli for the moment, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian took prior knowledge which implicated this bacteria and searched for the reasons behind the connection. …

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Proverbs 10:6-7

We fuss and fume. We fight and flurry. We push and shove thinking that our success comes from the American way of hard work. Whether in church, at work, or at home, hard work comes out at the top of most lists of how to get ahead. Here we see that if our heads are…

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Phosphatidylcholine Working to Improve Your Gut AND Brain

We can no longer hide our heads in the sand, denying the reality that the daily food which goes in our stomachs influences every metabolic system of our bodies.  No longer can we deny the role of nutrients like phosphatidylcholine, as described in this article, in the health of our guts or our brains.  Simple…

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Ibuprofen: Good or Bad for COVID 19?

Besides frantically searching for therapies to combat this little coronavirus, scientists also continue searching for those factors which either help or hurt patients during COVID infection.  Many risk factors find their ways into both scientific journals and social media.  The question arose over whether NSAIDS, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, like ibuprofen and naproxen, could help or…

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Low Fat, High Fat? Show Me the Truth

“Tell me doctor, which diet works for everyone?” And the doctor answers: the diet that works for the person eating it.  Despite the myriad opinions on the internet, we are still in the midst of learning which diet types work for different people.  Today we offer another insight into what researchers have found in comparing…

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This Little Piggy Ate Too Much Mold

While the agricultural world pours millions into avoiding mold toxins in animal feed, the medical world refuses to recognize how these ubiquitous toxins might affect human health. With numerous studies in animals on how different mold toxins might lead to various harms, you would expect some concern in humans. Until that concern leads to an…

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Mold Versus Mildew

In caring for patients suffering from mold toxicity, a functional MD like myself must not only care for the patient but guide the patient in caring for their home environment. Being an expert in the former requires understanding the latter even if I can’t become an “expert” in the environmental side. For that reason, at…

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When the Pipes Cause Inflammation in the Fat

Researchers continue to search for the mechanistic connection between obesity and increased inflammation which all agree occurs in our epidemic of metabolic diseases.  UT Southwestern scientist believe they may have uncovered at least one connection.  Fibro inflammatory progenitor cells found in the walls of fat tissue blood vessels could link obesity and inflammation. Countless studies…

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Immune Cells Wear Watches

How do they make armbands small enough to fit on the immune cells wrists?  Wait, they don’t have wrists…. Anyway, my point is that research is uncovering the mechanisms by which CD8 immune cells react differently during different times of the day. A team of researchers led by Nicolas Cermakian, PhD, of the Douglas Research…

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COVID Vaccine Allergies

  Will I turn red, break out in hives, and stop breathing?  Many ask if the COVID vaccine will trigger an allergic reaction.  They are considering whether or not to step in line for the vaccine in the coming weeks but have concerns about news reports of anaphylaxis or other allergic reactions in those receiving…

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Bite Into Medical Education for Good Health

  Did you feel the earth quake on April 3rd, 2019?  Well, that was the date the prestigious journal, The Lancet, published one of the most important studies of the year.  Their findings?  Simply their conclusion that medical students need more education in nutrition during their training. Most of you who are reading this are…

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Children’s Lives Impacted by Early Life Adversity

Our fallen world provides numerous examples of how adversity can impact our health.  None of you need convincing of that reality and therefore this study appears bland at first.  But read a little further and you will see that the researchers uncovered effects on children’s executive functioning and changes in stress hormones.  They found measurable…

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What’s in a Name?

Being sick is confusing these days with so many medical options promising relief.  Allopathic medicine promises medications to heal.  Naturopathic medicine promises natural cures.  Energy medicine promises to realign your energy fields.  That is just the beginning.  When you are hurting, where do you turn?  Who do you trust?  That will depend on both you…

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When You Need More than One Test to Get an Answer

Individuals with multiple symptoms in multiple body systems over months and years without beneficial answers from conventional medicine need something more.  Functional MD’s like myself strive to provide such patients with paths to restoration, not by abandoning conventional medicine, but by applying the best of medical research to our patients.  We are often accused of…

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Immune Boosting Antibiotics Discovered

Having your cake and eating it too in the field of infectious disease means discovering antibiotics that both attack the bacteria and stimulate the immune system to turn up its defenses.  Researchers report a new class of antibiotics which carry out this dual function, providing some hope in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria. Functional…

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Lyme on the Move

Sometimes researchers reveal background facts more intriguing than the mundane discovery which they publish in the headline, as this article about the spread of Lyme disease demonstrates. Their headline proclaims a model to predict where Lyme disease will next arise within our nation which might make you think “duh!”. In comparing the records of 1992…

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Moldy Thyroid Hormone

Many patients ask how a mold toxin could cause so much trouble in so many body systems?  I greatly enjoy sharing insights with patients, so I could easily get side tracked for hours, but even our prolonged visits in the office have to end so I can see the next patient.  Without going into the…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Remain Rooted

When Life Hands You Lemons: Remain Rooted By Dr. Potter’s wife, Jennifer O Word of God Incarnate O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky; We praise Thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page, A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on…

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Elderberry Effects Against Flu Explained

Many may express frustration towards the academic types of medicine, accusing them of having their heads buried so deep in their labs that they don’t appreciate clinical applications.  I agree at times, but this research on the mechanisms by which elderberry inhibits influenza activity could only be done in a lab by such academics.  Many…

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Mold Hurts Brains

Everyone is exposed to mold on a practically daily basis.  How can it really cause so many different symptoms as functional MD’s claim?  Over time, I intend to answer those questions for a long list of symptoms, but for today, let’s look at the brain.  Several studies indicate that our delicate neurologic system does suffer…

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Milk It Does a Baby Good

What is the magic ingredient in breastmilk which drives the lifelong benefits for infants who breastfeed?  For some this has been like the holy grail, an elusive answer that would explain why breastfed babies journey through life with lower rates of many inflammatory diseases.  Both my field of pediatrics and functional medicine has promoted breastfeeding…

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Maternal Immune Activation Leading to Autism

The hunt for autism’s trigger continues.  The reason for its long continuance likely lies in that it is not one homogenous disease, but a mixture of different triggers culminating in a similar pattern of brain dysfunction and life disruption. The role of the immune system probably runs second only to genetics in terms of research…

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How Much do You Want to Know About Your Child’s Genetics?

The vast advances in genetic testing ushered in a new era in which patients with illnesses are not the only ones to seek therapy guidance from genetic testing.  Parents want to know what their children may face in the near and far term of life. Moving beyond the neonatal screening programs for cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria,…

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Interlocking Causes of Autism

Why can’t we find the one cause of autism?  Because… we are searching for what does not exist, the “one” cause.  Autism remains a mysterious complexity and much of that complexity may lie in the fact that multiple causes may lead to it.  Furthermore, multiple processes interact to produce what we see in children. Dr.…

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Mold Hurts Brains

Everyone is exposed to mold on a practically daily basis.  How can it really cause so many different symptoms as functional MD’s claim?  Over time, I intend to answer those questions for a long list of symptoms, but for today, let’s look at the brain.  Several studies indicate that our delicate neurologic system does suffer…

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Milk It Does a Baby Good

What is the magic ingredient in breastmilk which drives the lifelong benefits for infants who breastfeed?  For some this has been like the holy grail, an elusive answer that would explain why breastfed babies journey through life with lower rates of many inflammatory diseases.  Both my field of pediatrics and functional medicine has promoted breastfeeding…

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Maternal Immune Activation Leading to Autism

The hunt for autism’s trigger continues.  The reason for its long continuance likely lies in that it is not one homogenous disease, but a mixture of different triggers culminating in a similar pattern of brain dysfunction and life disruption. The role of the immune system probably runs second only to genetics in terms of research…

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How Much do You Want to Know About Your Child’s Genetics?

Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more… offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.

Interlocking Causes of Autism

Why can’t we find the one cause of autism?  Because… we are searching for what does not exist, the “one” cause.  Autism remains a mysterious complexity and much of that complexity may lie in the fact that multiple causes may lead to it.  Furthermore, multiple processes interact to produce what we see in children. Dr.…

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“Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life”

Day 12 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life” On this 12th and final day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I wanted to share some images that help illustrate some of my ideas of the Abundant Life we talk about at SFM. We…

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“Eleven Favorite Supplements”

Day 11 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Eleven Favorite Supplements” “On this, the 11th Day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” we offer eleven video clips of some of Sanctuary’s favorite supplements. These all-stars stand out due to their ability to provide multiple benefits in one dose. I…

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“Ten Creative Exercise Ideas to Get You Moving”

Day 10 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Ten Creative Exercise Ideas to Get You Moving”  On the 10th day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Christmas,” we not only encourage you to do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day but provide 10 exercise ideas to fit into…

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“9 Favorite Psalms”

Day 9 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “9 Favorite Psalms” “On this 9th day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Christmas,” the staff at Sanctuary will be sharing some of their favorite Psalms. May your meditation upon these Psalms bless your season. We encourage others to look to the Psalms…

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8: “Memory is a Marvelous Gift”

Day 8 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Memory is a Marvelous Gift” “On the 8th Day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I want to highlight memory. We hold traditions and affections in our memory. Our memories often help shape who we are in the present. We encourage…

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Day 7 Sanctuary Functional Christmas

Covid and Vitamin D3 https://sanctuaryfunctionalmedicine.com/topics/functional-medicine/covid-and-vitamin-d3/ “As every potential therapy is being tried against COVID in a widespread rock-paper-scissors game of what can beat COVID, one notable vitamin stands out as a rather consistent winner against COVID 19. “And the winner is Vitamin D3” can be heard nearly every week in various medical research reports. The…

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“Six Gluten-free Go-To’s”

Day 6 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Six Gluten-free Go-To’s” For the sixth day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I will share a list of some of my family’s favorite gluten-free options for those times when life is just a little too rushed to worry about absolute…

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“Five Minutes of Real Rest”

Day 5 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Five Minutes of Real Rest” “Rest… It can be an elusive concept in today’s frenetic world. Many things interfere with rest: newborns, toxins, stress, anxiety, illness, schedules, LIFE! And this time of the year it seems to get worse. Despite its elusive nature, rest…

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COVID-19 Changes Your Immune System

While research seeks to answer the burning questions of science, it’s findings often lead to more questions.  Scientists from the Medical University of Vienna described how COVID-19 left changes in the immune systems of patients 10 weeks later and therefore left a question for future research: “so what?” The numbers of different immune cells including…

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How Long Do Flu Vaccine Antibodies Last?

Vaccines are notorious for needing repeated doses and the flu vaccine may be the most notorious.  There are many reasons for needing repeat doses.  The childhood vaccines require a series of injections to stimulate enough response for protection throughout childhood. Even then, the tetanus vaccine wears off years later.  Of course, even a natural infection…

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“Two Gifts in One: A Gift of Infinite Value”

Day 2 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Two Gifts in One: A Gift of Infinite Value” “We all recognize Christmas as a season of gift giving. Have you ever stopped to think about the lasting value of the gifts that you give? Often, I have found that the gifts that I…

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“One Dose of Conquering Peace”

Day 1 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “One Dose of Conquering Peace” At Sanctuary Functional Medicine, our patients come to us seeking restoration. An important part of that restoring process includes finding relief from the chaos that chronic illness has brought into their lives. That chaos comes in many different forms.…

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Proverbs 9:13-18

Folly is a Seductive Witch While Wisdom was seen to have prepared great blessings for her followers, Folly does nothing more than call others to fall into her pit.  She offers stolen water and bread to entice, but offers nothing of her own to those who succumb to her temptations. Folly is loud.  Folly makes…

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Mutant SARS CoV 2 Viruses Are Not Gaining Superpowers

Science fiction thrillers fill our nightmares with deadly viruses mutating to the point of human annihilation.  While possible, this scenario is highly unlikely and research indicates that SARS CoV-21 does not appear to be gaining transmissibility super powers either.  Researchers from the University College of London Genetics Institute evaluated  over 40,000 strains of the virus…

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10 Tips for Navigating Holiday Parties

Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more… offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.

Proverb 9:10-12

A reverence for our Creator and Sovereign Lord is the starting point for all wisdom.  Knowing God is the greatest source for insight into life.  This beginning leads to great blessings. Wisdom multiples our days, adding years to our life. Wisdom blesses the possessor while scoffing brings burdens. When you next face a time of…

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Egg in Your Face Lowers Inflammation Without Raising Cholesterol

Eggs have gotten a bad wrap from the worlds of cardiology and nutrition. With the anti-cholesterol movement still strong, the belief that egg’s cholesterol content is damaging to heart vessels still erroneously circulates.  DiBella and others report “This study demonstrates that in a MetS (metabolic syndrome) population, intake of three eggs per day does not…

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Is COVID Killing More Americans or Not

One theme of this year’s COVID19 research reality TV series is the repeated flip flopping of scientists and policy makers.  In this case, Johns Hopkins University researchers pulled an article by Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of their Applied Economics degree program which reported that COVID-19 had not increased the number of deaths in the…

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Glyphosate Poisons Your Microbiome

Recently a patient asked whether toxins we find on urine testing really make a difference in human health.  A friend was challenging her and challenging the work of the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) demonstrating the myriad effects of the industrial age chemicals contributing to chronic disease.  I am accustomed to such challenges from people like…

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Proverbs 9:7-9

Scoffers versus the Wise man One’s response to admonition reflects the internal state of their soul.  We all hesitate to tell a scoffer that they are mistaken or that they did something wrong.  We know that they will repeat their past responses which stung us before.  Rather than pausing to consider our words, they will…

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CDC, You Scare Me, You Scare Me Not

We live in the year of anxiety, 2020, pondering what 2021 will bring.  Our confidence in experts and the government has taken a huge pummeling.  Then we read the CDC’s documents “Operational Considerations for Humanitarian Settings” (accessed 11/21/2020 at site below).   Yes, we want the government to have a plan for emergencies, but our hair…

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COVID and Vitamin D3

As every potential therapy is being tried against COVID in a widespread rock-paper-scissors game of what can beat COVID, one notable vitamin stands out as a rather consistent winner against COVID 19.  “And the winner is Vitamin D3” can be heard nearly every week in various medical research reports.  The following studies offer three examples…

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Proverbs 9:1-6

Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has prepared blessings for those who listen In contrast to what folly prepares for its followers, wisdom offers far more to those who seek it.  Wisdom builds a house with strong pillars offering dependable shelter.  Wisdom prepares a banquet of meat and wine, setting a table waiting for us. Wisdom not only…

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How the Gut Protects the Brain

Everyone wants to talk about the gut-brain axis these days for good reason.  So many brain diseases are being found to have contributing factors originating in the intestinal tract that other are searching for more connections.  Mostly we have a lot of correlations, meaning we know there is a connection, but don’t have a mechanism…

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Possible Origins of COVID Long Haulers

COVID-19 offers an endless array of research options as researchers scramble to understand everything from its adaptation in humans to the leftover effects of the disease in what we call “long-haulers”.  This latter topic of “long-haulers” forced upon us by this virus takes center stage in the article of interests as King’s College London researchers…

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COVID-19 Storm Hit New York Earlier Than Believed

We know definitively that COVID-19 debuted in the United States not as a thunderclap sudden downpour, but entered as thousands of unnoticed raindrops for weeks to months prior to its March 2020 hysteria.  Research like that of Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine continues to confirm this perspective in contrast to the media’s portrayal of…

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COVID 19 and Autoimmune Risks – A Two Way Street

COVID risks and risks of COVID might sum up today’s post, highlighting the possible two-way street between this coronavirus pandemic and autoimmunity diseases.  Two questions have arisen from the COVID 19 pandemic.  First, who is at risk?  Second, after the infection is over what problems are left behind?  Autoimmunity, or the condition where our bodies…

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The Mycotoxin Endocrine Axis

Whether conventional medicine likes it or not, we must recognize a mycotoxin endocrine axis which modulates our hormonal balance.  In the endocrine world, we speak the hypothalamic pituitary axis or the hypothalamic pituitary thyroid axis among others.   This term, axis, highlights the interplay between the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) and the given endocrine gland in…

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Listen to Wisdom

Proverbs 8:32-36 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%208&version=ESV Listen to Wisdom  The prior verses painted a clear picture of how wisdom should be viewed.  These verses carry on the implications that such wisdom of God will greatly bless those who listen to it.  Blessings, life, and favor from the Lord are waiting for those who hear and keep wisdom’s ways.  In…

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Fatty Metals

You have to ask yourself why conventional medicine does not get it.  Here we have a study that clearly links mercury with cardiovascular disease and even demonstrates treatment efficacy, yet your regular doctor turns a blind eye to it.  They dismiss the connection as some alternative medicine crazy idea outside of real evidence-based research.  Truth…

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Another New Word for 2020 – Syndemic

This year has welcomed a number of new ideas and words to the public’s vocabulary including cytokine storm, lockdown, coronavirus, and now “syndemic”.  Apparently, this word was coined in the 1990’s with the HIV/AIDS crisis, but I had never heard it until today’s article.  We have heard multiple studies highlighting the connection between chronic diseases…

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Wisdom is not the New Kid on the Block

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%208&version=ESV Wisdom is not the New Kid on the Block  Progress seems the thrill of the day.  The latest must be the greatest says contemporary society.  Yet, God says wisdom has existed from before the world itself began. Wisdom should be our joy rather than the newcomer called “progress”.  We could simply breeze over the passage’s significance…

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Moldy Testosterone

Who doesn’t want a little testosterone these days? The anti-aging science coming out indicates that both men and women should optimize their levels of this hormone.  Of course, women need far less than men, but still need enough for metabolic benefits.  Like nearly all of our health pathways, we want enough but not too much.…

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Quercetin

Quercetin finds itself in a number of Sanctuary protocols due to the multiplicity of benefits it has to offer.   The natural substance boasts  among its most well known functions effects in ameliorating allergies, preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol, assisting in metal detoxification, and providing anti-oxidant protection.  Lesser known benefits include in prostatitis and very mild…

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Good News for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis patients need some good news now and then.  It is such a devastating disease for many and produces so much fear.  Its attack on the myelin surrounding nerve fibers leads to countless neurologic symptoms unless something turns off the attack or turns up the repair.  Researchers are constantly searching for that magic medicine…

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Prenatal Brain Inflammation – The Autism Battlefield

Correlation does not equal causation.  We hear that often in medicine. For example, we know there are correlations between maternal illness during pregnancy and autism. We know that these two conditions, maternal illness and infant autism, travel together, but we don’t have a mechanism of action to prove that the former causes the latter.  We…

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Gut Bacteria and Creeping Fat in Autoimmunity

Initially the title sounds like a title for a bad horror film written by a biologist.  Creeping fat brings up images of the old “Blob” movies.  The reality is that scientists found a link between a gut bacteria moving through the intestinal walls of patients with autoimmune Crohn’s disease and a complication of fat accumulation…

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Ounce of Mold Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cured Bacon

Many individuals attempting to survive 2020’s insanity are looking to food storage as a way to weather the grocery rationing and food shortages. While toilet paper needs little in the way of preservatives to keep fresh, foods don’t sit on shelfs for weeks and months without a little help in the preserving department.  This year…

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CDC Can’t Operate A Stick Shift

The long-standing debate between automatics and stick shifts in cars has taken a whole new twist as the nation’s health experts at the CDC can’t seem to choose “drive” or “reverse” as they release guidance on various aspects of their COVID 19 response. Two articles from Medscape highlight this inability to avoid appearing like a…

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Mold Can Be Depressing

Do you ever wonder why you don’t hear more about the effects of mold on human health? Normally, the “bad news” gets more attention, but when it comes to mold toxicity, it seems that few want to talk about it.  Even fewer seem to want to acknowledge studies like this one which point to the…

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Wisdom Seeks Followers to Love

Proverbs 8:17-21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%208&version=ESV] Wisdom is a tender and caring master.  Submitting oneself to its care is entrusting one’s being to the most loving mother.  Such a mother will never turn away her fragile infant as he searches for warmth.  Wisdom makes itself easy to find if we but try.  The reward for such searching is grand, enduring riches and honor.  Gold…

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What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

In caring for mold toxic patients, we can’t get over focused on just the toxin removal process.  Mold has too many “friends” including a syndrome called MCAS, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.  Without addressing the “friends” of mold, recovery is difficult and detox may not be possible. Mast cells are immune cells which help coordinate other…

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Taurine – An Underappreciated Amino Acid

Protein supplements in general get moderate attention in the nutrition world.  Many debate the pros and cons of different protein sources like whey or hemp or soy or pea.  Others focus on specific amino acids for specific issues like NAC for detox or mucous thinning.  Taurine rarely gets the big headlines even if many of…

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With Whom Does Wisdom Dwell?

Proverbs 8:12-16  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%208&version=ESV   Wisdom does not live a solitary life.  Wisdom dwells with others who provide worthy treasures.  Prudence, knowledge, and discretion have long shared residence with wisdom.  Yet, there are those who are never welcome in wisdom’s home.  Evil is hated along with pride, arrogance, and perverted speech.    The dwelling together of wisdom’s companions while closing the door…

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Kissing Disease Reactivity (EBV)

Mono from Epstein-Barr Virus can be confirmed by blood testing to have infected by about 95 percent of the world by age 30.  Despite this widespread prevalence, only a small percentage of people suffer from the debilitating form of acute infectious mononucleosis in which fatigue, fever, and sore throat which may last weeks or months. …

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Milk, It Does a Baby Good

What is the magic ingredient in breastmilk which drives the lifelong benefits for infants who breastfeed?  For some this has been like the holy grail, an elusive answer that would explain why breastfed babies journey through life with lower rates of many inflammatory diseases.  Both my field of pediatrics and functional medicine has promoted breastfeeding…

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An Offer You Should Never Refuse

Proverbs 8:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%208&version=ESV                 Creation cries out.  Our inspired spirits cry out.  The Spirit of God alive in the hearts of His children cries out.  They all shout wisdom.                 In all places and in all times, God offers wisdom to the wise and the foolish, to His children and to those who are not His.  The simple are called to learn prudence.  The…

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Not Everyone Believes in Mold

That’s right.  You will find a number of articles out there in journals and on web pages which deny that mold toxicity can make anyone sick. While some just blatantly call you crazy for thinking such non-sense, others attempt a measure of scientific propriety.  They walk through examples and mechanisms and a variety of studies…

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Maternal Immune Activation Leading to Autism

Maternal Immune Activation Leading to Autism The hunt for autism’s trigger continues.  The reason for its long continuance likely lies in that it is not one homogenous disease, but a mixture of different triggers culminating in a similar pattern of brain dysfunction and life disruption. The role of the immune system probably runs second only…

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Bacterial Immune Chemotherapy

Bacterial Immune Chemotherapy The interwoven nature of our gut microbiome with the functioning of our immune system never ceases to amaze me.  Researchers at the University of Calgary recently reported another potential life-saving discovery.  Specific gut bacteria may enhance the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy in several cancer types.  Besides correlating the presence of Bifidobacterium pseudolongum,…

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Genetic Triggers for Childhood Eczema

Some call eczema the itch that rashes. In the nearly 1 in 5 children who have eczema or atopic dermatitis (the other name), this skin condition can range from annoying to life-changing. Scientists have long recognized that eczema goes deeper than just redness and dry flaky skin.  In various research the concept of leaky skin…

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Proverbs: Seeing Clearly

Proverbs 7:10-20  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%207&version=ESV The author of Proverbs continues to describe the seduction of sin using the adulteress as the prime temptress.  Seductive speech and smooth talk make the temptation appear much more appealing and pleasurable.  “All at once” indicates a sudden “giving in” to the seduction, a dropping of the guard.  The strong ox is then led to its…

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Antifungals for Your Home – What Works Best

Antifungals for Your Home – What Works Best While caring for hundreds of patients harmed by mold toxicity, we get countless questions about how to clean homes and belongings for mold contamination.  We are not remediators and often refer questions to those who are more expert in the remediation world than we are, but we…

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Zinc Raises T Cell Immunity in Nursing Homes

We should all be looking for ways to strengthen our immune systems and the immune systems of our vulnerable loved ones.  As we do so, we should search for those therapies that are most cost effective not only for ourselves, but for society as millions could benefit from such insight.  Finding $1000 a pill therapies…

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Unmasking the Truth: The Thirteenth Question

Unmasking the Truth (skip to “The Thirteenth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine…

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Hold Tight to Wisdom and Don’t Reach for Foolishness

Proverbs 7:10-20  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%207&version=ESV              The prior verses urged the importance of holding to wisdom.  These verses warn of the temptress who lures away the foolish.  The picture of the prostitute is literal, but the temptation may come in many forms and always promises reward and pleasure to those who forsake wisdom.                We are daily tempted to…

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GI Mucous – A Sticky Situation for Autism and Other Neurologic Diseases

As our ability to identify and measure gut bacteria has progressed, the number of connections between our gut microbiome and various neurologic diseases constantly expands.  Autism, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others have been linked to various changes in the relative numbers of gut bacteria.  These researchers examined the interactions between the mucous…

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Unmasking the Truth: Twelfth Question

Unmasking the Truth (skip to “The Twelfth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively…

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Supporting Smell for COVID

Besides respiratory failure and death, one of the most publicized effects of COVID infection has been the loss of smell experienced by so many.  As one of the earlier symptoms, many have gotten nervous when their smell is off momentarily.  For those who have experienced this frustrating symptom in reality, it sometimes takes weeks to…

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The Fools in the Street

Proverbs 7:6-9   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%207&version=ESV              Our world is full of fools.  None of us wants to be one of those who fall prey to deception and foolishness, yet we are always a step away from doing so if we forsake wisdom.                As you look out of your window and perceive the foolishness of the immature, remember…

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Unmasking the Truth – Tenth question… Am I free to disagree?

(skip to “The Tenth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine truth and…

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Sarcoidosis was linked to Fungal Exposures in Homes

In caring for a large number of patients suffering from mold toxicity, I have seen just about every disease and symptom under the sun coming from mold exposure.  I am still amazed at the agility of my enemy (yes, mold is my hated enemy for many reasons) to cause so many different problems for human…

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Tee-Up Your Immunity for COVID 19

The race against COVID-19 has developed into the most widely watched scientific discovery since HIV.  However, HIV’s story turned into a long grueling ultra-marathon while COVID is more like the Olympic 1600 meter race with speed hoping for a quick finish.  The rapidity of discovery has been both exhilarating and maddening.  Each discovery is met…

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Life and Wisdom

Proverbs 7:1-5  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%207&version=ESV              So many in science, in legend, and in the local health store are searching for longer lives.  The Word tells us how to find life both in length and in quality.  Wisdom, its possession and application brings life.  Their reward is so grand that the writer of proverbs urges us to treasure…

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Unmasking the Truth #9

(skip to “The Ninth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine truth and…

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Unmasking the Truth #8

(skip to “The Eighth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine truth and…

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We are Still Learning about the Gut Microbiome

Exactly what is a “healthy” gut microbiome?  Many would just say eat fiber.  Others would throw a probiotic into that mix.  As usual, the situation in our bodies is much more complicated than that.  Researchers from the integrative medicine program at George Washington University along with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reviewed…

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Introducing Lipidomics – Getting an Oil Change

Medical research has poured billions of dollars into understanding protein and carbohydrates based metabolic processes.  Even when lipids have been studied, they often related to how either proteins metabolize them or how carbohydrates relate to them.  The long article from which this post is based argues forcibly for a deeper study of lipids in their…

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Special Message from Dr. Potter

Hello! This is Dr. Potter. For the last few months we’ve heard from people who wanted to know what they could do to strengthen their immune system and asked if I had recommendations on therapies or courses. I take your concerns very seriously so I’ve been working hard to create one. I call it “Immune…

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Unmasking the Truth #7 – Have you read “How to Lie with Statistics”?

Unmasking the Truth #7 – Have you read “How to Lie with Statistics”? (skip to “The Seventh Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.…

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Shocking: A Healthy Lifestyle Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Sometimes the obvious deserves mention.  Medscape recently highlighted an article from the journal, Neurology, (see link at end) which emphasized how the practice of 5 lifestyles patterns could lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 60 percent. The rate of Alzheimer’s disease is climbing and it impact on society is growing as more…

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Unmasking the Truth #6 – Are you at risk for COVID?

(skip to “The Sixth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine truth and…

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I’ll Take a Side Order of Clay with That Feed

Sometimes we need to get away from the urban life into the country to learn a little science.  In this case, researchers were primarily looking for ways to alleviate the toxic effects of aflatoxin in animal food in the livestock industry.  For functional MD’s trying to care for mold toxic patients and keep our own…

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Sins Touch Our Bodies and Our Souls

Proverbs 6:25-29 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+6&version=ESV   In the previous selection, parents advise their son to listen to their wisdom.  Here they are urging him to refrain from adultery.  This seems so old-fashioned to many today as morals and expectations have changed.  Many believe they can do whatever they want without consequences. These verses remind us that there are not only…

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Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 2

Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 2 – Are you missing any factors?    You will want to go back to the last post to read the first half of question 5.  Then return here to continue…    After looking at the first side of this question, now turn your attention to what factors…

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Immune Connections with Schizophrenia

  Sometimes, a study leaves me speechless in the potential for a profound impact I see in its findings.  The authors of the study may never know how significant their finding could be for biotoxin patients.  Without a little explanation, those outside the biotoxin world would never know how far down the rabbit hole a…

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Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 1

Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 1 – Are you missing any factors? (skip to “The Fifth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than…

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Mycotoxins Turn Off Our Immune System

It’s just a little mold.  It’s nothing to be afraid of… so they say.  Until this little mold spreads around a little toxin called gliotoxin- then you all know what goes down.  Functional MD’s like myself who deal with mold and its toxins are not surprised by this study’s findings, but conventional medicine should really…

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Unmasking the Truth: The Fourth Question

Unmasking the Truth (skip to “The Fourth Question” below if you read prior questions already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse. With a vision of communities coming together to collectively…

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Do Not Be That Man

Proverbs 6:12-15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+6&version=ESV Do not be that man We are whole beings of spiritual and physical nature.  The workings of a wicked heart will come out in both word and deed.  The word and deed will bring destruction on the whole person. As the wicked goes about with crooked speech, he will send signals that further distort…

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Unmasking the Truth: The Third Question

Unmasking the Truth (skip to “The Third Question” if you read question one already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse. With a vision of communities coming together to collectively determine…

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I Agree with Dr. Fauci on Post COVID Syndrome…Mostly

It takes guts to admit when you are wrong. I humbly admit that I finally agree with Dr. Fauci on something.  Okay, if you don’t know already, I am very frustrated with the flip-flopping of our so called medical experts in government.  Dr. Fauci has gone back and forth on multiple topics, but I think…

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Don’t Salt Your Immune System

Our upcoming immune prepper course will offer an in-depth look at a multitude of factors which go into the proper care and function of our immune defense systems.  Today we look at one factor in our diets which can impair our ability to fight off infections. The amount of salt we take in on a…

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HOLD Tight to Wisdom

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+6&version=ESV HOLD tight to Wisdom If we are blessed with wise and loving parents who take the time to share their wisdom, we should stop and receive the gift they offer. Rather than treat them dismissively, we should bind them to us in a way that we hold tightly to them. When held this tightly,…

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Unmasking the Truth – Second Question

Unmasking the Truth (Skip to “The Second Question” if you read question one already) Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively find…

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Unmasking the Truth

Having broached the topic of masks, I want to encourage dialogue between the polarities of the debate. This is challenging given the political climate of uncivil discord rather than civil discourse.  With a vision of communities coming together to collectively find the truth and decide on policy, I offer a series of questions.  I don’t…

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Looking at Fats from a Different Angle

Fats just do not get the respect they deserve and I admit that I have been in the disrespectful group up until recently.  Over the years, fats have either been implicated as cardiovascular disease culprits or lauded as dietary miracles in the ketogenic world.  They get attention but their contribution to health and disease reaches…

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Live Longer In Community

I can’t bring myself to spend a long time on this article as the “Duh!” factor is so overwhelming.  The conclusion is so simple yet so profound I can’t leave it untouched.  The community in which you live affects the length of your life.  Wow, earth shattering news flash, right? The study looked at the…

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Avoid That Which God Hates

Proverbs 6:16-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+6&version=ESV   Avoid that which God Hates We have no excuse should we choose to displease our maker. We have commandments.  We have explanations of the Law in the Pentateuch. We have Jesus’ words and life. And we have 7 things that God hates. In this list we see sins of the heart, sins…

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Mold Binders – Cholestyramine and Ochratoxin A

Medicine boasts its fair share of long words.  Cholestyramine is one of those long words which we use a lot at Sanctuary Functional Medicine as we care for our patient who suffer from biotoxin illness like mold. Typing or saying it over and over gets tiring, so we use the acronym CSM in the office…

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Random Roots – Thunder God Vine

First of all, I have to admit that I have never recommended Thunder God Vine Root for autoimmune diseases.  Maybe you will fault me for not knowing about this potentially beneficial therapy for autoimmune disease, but this is part of practicing functional medicine.  New studies come out.  New knowledge and understanding come out of research. …

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Stay Awake

Proverbs 6:6-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+6&version=ESV Stay Awake While looking to a heavenly father for our daily bread, we do not wait idly.  The Israelites were called to gather manna in the desert.  We are called to take care for ourselves and others. We are called to take action in preparing while God does the providing. In contrast, those who…

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Don’t Stress Out Over Your Immunity

As I worked through hundreds of articles preparing for my upcoming SFM Empower Immune Prepper course, many of the articles had so much potential for impact that I could not wait to share them in the course.  This article by Moray et al jumped out with its emphasis on the connection between stress and immune…

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Brain Over Fire

We are truly a whole person.  Functional MD’s like myself recognize how our body, minds, and spirits interact even though we don’t always understand fully the mechanisms.  Still, we appreciate when studies support what we practice on a daily basis.  This study looked at how cognitive behavioral therapy could lower inflammation and affect inflammatory messengers…

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Take Care With Your Promises

Proverbs 6:1-5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+6&version=ESV  Take care with your promises The Father turns to advising his son on pledges and promises.  At the heart of this admonition, he tells his son to not bind himself under a neighbor’s future behaviors.  By putting up a security for the neighbor, the son agrees to pay a price should the neighbor not…

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Airborne Mycotoxins

As a functional MD caring for a multitude of mold toxic patient, I am frequently fielding the question of “how did I get mold toxins in me?”.  I am also faced with defending this field of mold detox to conventional medicine.  This particular article provides a few answers to how this whole process occurs and…

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Innate and Adaptive Immunity

As we look to launch our SFM Empower Immune Prepper Course in the coming weeks, I can’t control the urge to share a few bits and pieces of it now.  With the onslaught of COVID 19 and the fear surrounding it, this wisdom will be critical to navigate the new world before us.  The nuggets…

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Faithfulness to First Loves

Faithfulness to First Loves Proverbs 5:15-23 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+5%3A15-23&version=NIV The betrayal of first loves is deepest of all.  We have read last week of the consequences of betrayal. We read here of the commanded actions towards one’s wife of their youth. Drink from her and do not share with others.  Delight in her and enjoy the blessings of her…

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A Race Between our Brain and our Body

Medical research supports both brain exercise and body exercise for our health.  Given the quest for deeper understanding researchers next wondered if the brain or the body led the way in staying healthy.  Boris Cheval et al published their attempt to determine the race between brain and body in Health Psychology. By monitoring cognitive function…

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Failed Fertility Therapy

We all prefer good news over bad news, but if functional medicine hopes to remain true to science and reality, we have to acknowledge some failures.  At Sanctuary, some of our female patients not only want to overcome their chronic health issues but want to bear children.  In helping them, we look to detox, fighting…

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The Sour Fruits of Foolishness

Proverbs 5:7-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+4&version=ESV   The Sour Fruits of Foolishness The father continues to plead with his sons to listen and to keep listening.  He repeats his warning from previous verses to stay away from the adulterous woman, the one who entices his sons to betrayal.  Do not even go near betrayal or the one who entices it. The…

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Pregnancy Stress May Last Throughout Life

We can all agree stress affects our health.  Whether the source of stress begins with an annoying boss or an overseas virus, we feel, think, and act differently under stress.  A measure of the distress comes from feeling out of control over our situation.  For babies during their mother’s pregnancy or in early life after…

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Amino Acid Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

As the epidemic of Alzheimer’s grows, scientists search for whatever therapy options arise out of the ongoing investigations into root causes.  Scientists search for the complex and sophisticated, but sometimes simple possibilities poke their heads up and surprise.  Researchers recognized alterations in the metabolic activity of early Alzheimer’s and asked themselves if this could contribute…

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Breastfeeding Lowers Asthma and Allergy

While some mainstream media outlets and part of society continues to disparage breastfeeding, science continues to support the benefits of breastfeeding for infants.  As a functional medicine pediatrician seeking to counsel parents on the best ways to prepare their children for the world, breastfeeding will always be in the top 5 to 10 practices.  Without…

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Future Prebiotic Sleep Aid?

Insomnia plagues the lives of many, robbing their daytime of energy and focus, robbing nights of peace.  In functional medicine we offer many therapies to improve sleep such as supplements, lifestyle changes, and neurofeedback.  This research may lead to another option as scientists further unravel the connections between prebiotics and sleep. Coming in various forms…

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Curcumin – Nanoscale Multi-Tool

Curcumin, the multi-tool of functional medicine just got nano-scaled.  As the article notes, curcumin has frustrated scientists for years.  It clearly affects multiple bodily processes like inhibiting NF-kB, TNF alpha, and IL-6. Each of these substances play a role in inflammation.  However, our body’s limited ability to absorb curcumin and the swiftness of its metabolism…

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Oranges for Weight Loss

I only know one person whose favorite color is orange, but they may be on to something with weight loss.  Western University researchers identified a substance called nobiletin from oranges and tangerines which modify how animal metabolism handles lipids (fats).   In a study of rats fed a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet, those rats fed nobiletin ended…

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Warning Against Betrayal

Proverbs 5:1-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+4&version=ESV Warning Against Betrayal        Again the writer of Proverbs calls his son to attend to a warning.  The message is simple.  While the words of the adulterous woman sound sweet as honey in the beginning, they lead to great bitterness and are sharp like a sword.  They lead to death. While both the newlywed and the…

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Why Your Stomach Asks What Time It Is

Given the fact that we have been eating for as long as we have existed and modern society focuses so much on weight control, you would think we would have our “system” down on the meal issue.  We do tend towards 3 meals a day even if we have different names for them and different…

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Leaky Brains Controlled by Microglial Response

In medicine, scientists search for targets which can be manipulated for health benefits.  The complexity of our systems makes such targets few and far in between.  Still they hope to discern the key players in disease processes like neurodegeneration.  For diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, they have learned that inflammation and a leaky blood brain…

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Flavonoids as Brain Boosters

Forget the chickens and the eggs for now, let’s consider teas and berries for brain health.  This research confirms that foods high in flavonoids benefit brain health as we grow older.  By comparing the self-reported intakes of 6 different types of flavonoids in 2,800 people, they determined that those with higher intakes had 2 to…

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The Practices of Wisdom

Proverbs 4:20-27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+3&version=ESV The Practices of Wisdom   In a world which values expediency, we like the easy fixes.  We look for the simple 3 step guide to everything. We want fast food and fast results.                 This selection from Proverbs 4:20-27 gets in the way of finding 3 steps to wisdom.  We are told to: Be attentive Incline…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Vitamin D

While many are considering COVID to be a four-letter curse word that they are sick of hearing, by necessity of its threat to human life, researchers continue to search for explanations and I continue to share their discoveries with you.  We have addressed many other nutritional, pharmaceutical, and lifestyle therapies in past articles. Today we…

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The BP Alphabet

Just change a couple of carbons, add some hydrogen, or move some double bonds and magically you take a dangerous chemical like BPA and make it safe.  Well sometimes yes and sometimes no. When industry realized that BPA in plastics was no longer an option, they devised all sorts of alternatives with the intention of…

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Vomocytosis, New Scrabble Word

  My son has already burst my Scrabble bubble by pointing out that vomocytosis is too long for the standard rules of Scrabble.  Nevertheless, it will be a useful word to sound smart.  All that aside, the relationship of vomocytosis and fungal infections intrigues me more than Scrabble success. Researchers from the University of Birmingham…

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Folding DNA Incorrectly May Lead to Autoimmune Disease

Our mothers may have taught us how to fold our clothes for easier placement in our dresser drawers, but proper folding appears to be important in the development of type I diabetes, an autoimmune disorder.  Researchers have worked long and hard to understand how autoimmune diseases develop in search of prevention and treatment.  Our understanding…

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Psalm 91 and COVID 19

Psalm 91 and COVID 19 Verses 5 and 6    God is not afraid of COVID 19 and neither should we be afraid.  God has a plan for us from eternity past and nothing in heaven or on earth can hinder His plan. In fact, whether it involves the intent of our mortal enemy or…

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Salugenesis (aka Salutagenesis)

Modern medicine signs its name with “allopathy” when pressed for its roots.  Allopathy basically means that we come against disease (pathos).  If bacteria invade our body’s sanctuary, we respond with anti-bacterials.  If cancer arises, we respond with anti-cancer agents called chemotherapy.  This paradigm has served us well for decades in the acute war against disease.…

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Don’t Forget Your Immune system

Our brain has been a mystery for millennia as philosophers and researchers attempted to understand how we remember.  We now understand that memory occurs in the brain with changes in the electrical properties of nerve cells and changes in the network interactions of those nerves located in various brain regions.  Different areas of the brain…

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Autoimmunity and Rogue Immune Cells

We may think of the rogue scientist who plots to control the world in the latest science fiction thriller, but our immune system also operates with rogue agents.  For scientists studying autoimmunity, the search for potential rogue cells which triggered the disease process hit paydirt recently.  Knowing that the majority of autoimmune patients’ immune cells…

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Setting Alarms for Your Food

Most know that the immune system serves our body as a defense system with alarms that warn of incoming danger.  Did you know that our daily ritual of meals influences those alarm bells?  As a functional MD always on the lookout for simple ways to help my patients live a healthier more abundant life, the…

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Eating Out Does Not Work Out

In a fast paced world where novelty drives our appetites, the typical American spends a lot of time and money eating out.  Staying home for a home cooked meal takes time and can seem mundane. Going out for the latest new dish from restaurants offering endless variety draws us as does the need to get…

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The Path to Plenty

Proverbs 3:19-20   Science requires order.  Without assuming order’s preeminence in the universe, the scientist may not assume his experiment stands true tomorrow to today’s results.  He may not assume his discovered law of nature stands true next door or across the sea.  Yet, assuming the universe functions according to an order permits one to hope in consistency…

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Series on COVID – Spiritual Truths

Series on COVID – Spiritual Truths As a break from my series on Proverbs, we take time to remind ourselves of who is in control of COVID.  Some believe the elite globalists control this pandemic.  Some believe that the media control the narrative.  Some believe that it is completely out of control. Regardless of where…

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Searching for Mycotoxin Silver Bullets

The battle against Chronic Inflammatory response Syndrome induced by mold toxins longs for a silver bullet.  Both functional MD’s like myself and their mold toxic patients long for an easier and quicker path to recovery for those who have suffered for years.  We are waiting for research to uncover a means of either removing mold…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Elderberry

Series on COVID Therapy Studies –  Elderberry Normally, the natural therapy world works together in promoting most therapies.  There are exceptions when arguments arise, but most agree on the big issues.  The social media and internet world currently reverberate with one of those exceptions, elderberry in the treatment of COVID. Let’s examine the evidence further below. With the…

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Mycotoxins Attacking the Gut Lining

In caring for those oppressed by mycotoxins, a functional MD like myself cannot ignore any body system.  By definition, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome presents as a multi-symptom, multi-system disease.  Mycotoxins enter our patients’ lives in multiple ways, through air, skin, and food.  To enter their lives and restore their health, we are constantly trying to…

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Darkness Offers Not the Shield Which Light Doth Yield

Proverbs 3:21-27 Darkness Offers Not the Shield Which Light Doth Yield Walking through the dark night of one’s soul exposes one to great temptations.  If one’s mind and heart offer no security from previously accumulated wisdom, the dark night likely drives one to fear, even madness or escape.  However, the light of wisdom lends itself to another…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Curcumin

With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID under investigation or reported in past research.  As…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Hydroxychloroquine

With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID under investigation or reported in past research.  As…

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Considering COVID Convalescent Plasma

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering COVID Convalescent Plasma Unless you just returned from a deep jungle safari, you know about COVID 19.  This little virus, supposedly arising from some animal in a China wet market, changed the face of reality for the entire world.  Lethal for some, easily spread, and absent any confirmed…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Licorice Root (Glycyrrhizin)

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Licorice Root (Glycyrrhizin) With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies…

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Greater than Knowledge

Proverbs 3:13-18 Greater than Knowledge The age of shortcuts hangs a shadow over our world.  The time horizon of diligence continues to draw near in this shadow.  No one wishes to wait for reward.  They expect their payoff today.  Tomorrow resides beyond the horizon in a shadow.  Modern society groans unwillingly to wait beyond the moment to receive out of…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Resveratrol

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Resveratrol With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID under…

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Gut – Brain Connections: How colon bacteria affect mental health

Grand discoveries which explain long sought-after connections between different phenomena in our bodies come by taking keen observations and methodically teasing apart the threads that connect the web of our metabolism.  Researchers knew that some connection between autoimmune disorders, anxiety symptoms, and gut bacteria existed.  This article lays out how researchers at several institutions tried…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Zinc

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering  Zinc With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed excerpts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will offer a number of studies describing possible therapies for…

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Learn From Those You Trust

Proverbs 3:11-12 Learn From Those You Trust We are taught from birth to develop independence and autonomous strength.  Like many of the world’s “truths”, it resounds a hollow echo as a half-truth.  Yes, we should learn responsibility for our own well-being.  Yes, we should avoid inordinate dependence on others for our needs.  Yet… no matter our age, in order…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Cytokine Storm

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Cytokine Storm With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Vitamin C

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Vitamin C With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself.  Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for…

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Don’t Stress Out Over Gray Hair

We can thank Harvard for the answer to an age-old health riddle.  They appear to have found the link between stress and gray hair.  For centuries, if not millennia, mankind has noted how high stress can trigger sudden hair graying. Many tried to find the exact mechanism by which this occurs., but Harvard researchers finally…

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Don’t let your Children Get Hit Twice

Multiple studies link life stressors (adverse childhood events) with later adult health diseases. Multiple studies are linking environmental toxins during childhood with adult diseases.  This study combined the two factors to determine if the effects were additive or synergistic.  In other words, did they just add 1 + 1 to equal 2 or do the…

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The Path to Plenty

Proverbs 3:9-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+3&version=ESV The Path to Plenty Our society values prosperity. This is not inherently bad as prosperity provides a foundation for health and enjoyment of life. The path to prosperity is viewed from a positive light in these verses while other verses describe the fruits of pursuing prosperity wrongly. At Sanctuary, we want to…

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Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Therapies

Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Considering Therapies With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself. Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID…

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Frying Your Brain with Soybean Oil

Who ya going to believe these days?  Every medical association and every internet want-to-be is telling you how to cook your food.  Coconut oil, avocado oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, and on and on.  Then you listen to some of my upcoming videos about discerning the results of medical studies to know if the results…

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New Series on COVID Therapy Studies – Introduction

With the onslaught by COVID and its coinciding onslaught of self-proclaimed experts with every opinion under the sun, I choose to respond with a series of research study reports so you can choose for yourself. Each edition will bring a few studies describing possible therapies for COVID under investigation or reported in past research. As…

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ADHD Medications Alter Brain Activity

Researchers have searched for the root causes of ADHD for decades hoping to hint at successful treatments. Sometimes, they also work backwards, looking at therapies that appear to be helpful and trying to understand why. By understanding how a medication changes dysfunction into function, they hope to uncover the root causes in the process. Functional…

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Contradicting the World

Proverbs 3:5-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+3&version=ESV Contradicting the World While we can always trust God’s Word to provide truth, sometimes profound truths arise in the oddest of places. While listening to a lecture from The Great Courses on music history, the instructor emphasized that our current view of music arises from a Greek humanistic mindset. He contrasted this…

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Plastic Brains (phthalates) are Bad for Little Girls

Regrets and hindsight are meant to teach us lessons.  When it comes to dumping chemical after chemical into our environment without true evaluation of the health effects, this research reminds us of the negative consequences.  The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health released study findings linking prenatal phthalates exposure to motor development effects on girls…

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Removing Autoimmune Triggers

I have said this before, but we need to consider potentially removable triggers for a patient with autoimmune disease before just condemning them to a life of immune suppressing therapies.  Discerning the root cause may avoid a lot of unnecessary therapy and prevent a lot of damage.  I just don’t understand why conventional medicine ignores…

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Let Your Heart Keep My Commandments

Proverbs 3:1-4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+3&version=ESV Let Your Heart Keep My Commandments We strive to imitate our heavenly Father in caring for our patients. He encourages us to remember the teachings of wisdom in this Proverb. We encourage our patients to remember what we teach them about caring for their health. Both encouragements are intended to result in…

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Bacterial Proteins May Trigger Celiac Disease

In any crime and in any disease, we should start with “who pulled the trigger”?  Researchers have long known that not everyone with the HLA DQ2 and DQ8 genetics develop celiac disease, but without one of those genes, true celiac disease is rare.  Why do some with the genes develop celiac and some don’t?  Even…

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Genes that Affect Your Psyche

Everyone in genetics keeps hunting for the needles in the haystacks. Using data from almost 500 thousand healthy subject and over 230 thousand individuals with one of eight common psychiatric disorders, researchers found 109 genes linked to these mental health conditions. That was a lot of genes to wade through, but today’s computers allow us…

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Eating Cake in the Modern World

Proverbs 2:16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+2&version=ESV Eating Cake in the Modern World The modern world summarizes it in this way, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”. We choose righteousness or evil each day. Each day that we choose evil, we take another step down a path that leads to destruction. We cannot have it both…

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Fire Resistant Fatty Livers

We live in an age of epidemic metabolic disease without clear answers for why. Many point fingers at dietary factors like sugars and trans fats. Others point fingers at lifestyle factors like sedentary life without exercise. While functional MD’s like myself acknowledge these factors, we also look at toxic contributors to diabetes, heart disease, and…

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Probiotics…Wanted Dead or Alive

The “Wanted dead or alive?” debate rages on in the world of probiotics and microbiome research. Functional medicine MD’s like myself already apply microbiome principles in the care of our patients. On the other hand, many detractors in conventional medicine claim that the probiotics we swallow in capsules either cross the threshold of our mouths…

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Slow Down and Ponder His Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6-15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+2&version=ESV “Continuing Proverb 2:6-15” Slow Down and Ponder His Wisdom God calls us to meditate on His truth. Quick glances do not bring out the depth and breadth of His Word any more than jogging through an art museum. In a fast-paced world, we must force ourselves to slow down and ponder His…

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Finding MEMO1, Autism and Cellular Train Tracks

Finding clues to the underlying mechanisms of autism would seem easier than finding a lost fish in the ocean at times. It turns out that one clue arises from cellular train tracks laid down early in development. These subcellular microtubular proteins serve as tracks on which the developing brain sends cells to differentiate into different…

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How Old is Your Cellular Metabolism?

Where can we find the metabolic fountain of youth? Centuries are filled with an endless variety of magicians and now scientists searching for that magic potion to help us live forever. While I ultimately know that only heaven will be forever, present world research into the process of aging can lead to very beneficial therapies…

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Gold Mine Alert

Proverbs 2:6-15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+2&version=ESV Gold Mine Alert Yes, I am serious, this Proverb is a gold mine, a treasure trove for those able and willing to dig into it. Proverbs repeats for those of us who are hard of hearing two timeless truths: wisdom is more valuable than treasure and wisdom begins with God. A third…

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Don’t Give your Inflammasomes any Matches

Anyone found to be unaware of the tight connection between inflammation and dementias like Alzheimer’s and Fronto-Temporal Dementia needs remedial neurology classes if they intend to practice medicine in the 21st century. Countless studies underscore the correlations between higher inflammatory states and dementia, but we need more studies like today’s spot-light on the role of…

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All Cholesterol is not the Same

We live in an age of heart disease and strokes where medicine often focuses solely on a patient’s LDL cholesterol number as the most important factor to prevent these deadly diseases. A functional MD like myself hopes to see that perspective shift as more research like this article comes to light. The researchers from Ohio…

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The Treasure of Wisdom

Proverbs 2: 1-5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+2&version=ESV Yes, wisdom is that valuable. I remind myself and my children regularly, that wisdom is a treasure worth more than precious metals. Foolishness can lead to the loss of a fortune while wisdom can turn meager resources into an abundance. As we care for Sanctuary patients, we strive to share our…

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Single Cell Genetics in Autism

Autism research has developed into a multidimensional scavenger hunt with every research tool possible being thrown at the growing epidemic. It benefits from new discoveries and new tools in other fields, particularly lab methods such as single cell transcriptomics. In this study, researchers evaluated single cells for genetic expression changes in different areas of autistic…

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GSTM 1 Genetics and Kidney Disease

Broccoli protects some kidneys better than others apparently. Recent research out of the American Society of Nephrology compared the effects of broccoli intake in those with and without the GSTM1 enzyme. In 2 human cohorts and mice models the GSTM1 – glutathione S transferase M1 – enzyme correlated with increased kidney disease progression. Researchers obviously…

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Guaranteed Health, Wealth and Success?

Proverbs 1:24-33 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+1&version=ESV True or False: Following God will guarantee health, wealth and success. Of course, we know this to be false. Following God involves sacrifice and suffering with no guarantee that storms won’t come. True or False: Suffering is a sure sign of disobeying God. Also, obviously false. However, the verses above do suggest…

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Inflamed Brains Move Slower

We don’t need scientific studies to tell us that our brains just don’t function as well when we are sick. Viruses, bacteria, and other inflammation triggers undoubtedly slow our thinking organs down and some call this a “brain fog”. What science can help us with is the “why”. Other studies have uncovered how long-term inflammatory…

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Mitochondrial Canary System

In the early days, coal miners would use canaries deep in coal mines to monitor for dangerous gases which might kill the miners. The canaries were more sensitive and would show signs of distress at low gas levels before the miners would sense danger themselves. In our cells, something must sound the first alarm and…

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The Call of Wisdom

The Call of Wisdom Proverbs 1:20-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+1&version=ESV At Sanctuary, we strive to be such a voice of wisdom crying aloud in the street. We have studied with an open mind the fields of natural and conventional medicine extensively. We have worked to apply Biblical wisdom in caring for patients rather than simply following the mainstream…

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When You Need More than One Test to Get an Answer

Individuals with multiple symptoms in multiple body systems over months and years without beneficial answers from conventional medicine need something more. Functional MD’s like myself strive to provide such patients with paths to restoration, not by abandoning conventional medicine, but by applying the best of medical research to our patients. We are often accused of…

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New Flu Treatment: Ketogenic Diet

I have said a million times that there is no perfect diet for everyone. Each person begins life wired differently, and individual persons need individualized nutrition. For that reason, I have not jumped on the ketogenic bandwagon like many who sound like it fixes everything. However, I have to admit this research is pretty intriguing.…

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Temptation to Shortcuts

Proverbs 1:8-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+1&version=ESV Again we hear the call to heed the words of those before us bearing the gift of wisdom. A child will know that their parents have wisdom to offer by having lived under their care. Physicians should know where to seek medical wisdom by the tested fruits of the wise teachers in…

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I’m Getting Better!

“I remember the day on the left very clearly. It was 2013; and it was my best day of that week. I had actually gotten out of bed, taken a bath and put clothes on to go to the store with my husband. I didn’t make it out of the car, but I was out…

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It Ain’t That Simple: Autism

I constantly tell my patients that if their illness were so simple to have one simple “cause” then someone else would have already “fixed” it for them. We have all grown up in a world of medicine where the one-cause-one-disease model has prevailed leading us to all stumble when real life and its illnesses are…

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Blame Your Great-Grandmother for Your Flu Symptoms

Blame Your Great-Grandmother for Your Flu Symptoms The study of epigenetics marches forward in unearthing previously unimagined connections between our ancestors and our health.  Several organ systems have revealed their transgenerational effects of ancestral environmental exposure (see a few in studies listed at end).  In a recent study by Post et al, the immune system…

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Chaos versus Wisdom

Proverbs Chapter 1:1-7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+1&version=ESV Life in chaos empties one’s soul whereas wisdom nourishes as it orders and restores. Patients come to our Sanctuary desiring release from chaos’ grip on their health, their lives. Our Sanctuary seeks to serve these good desires through applying wisdom. How should such a sharing of wisdom from a Christian health…

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Curcumin: A Scientific Review

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Energy Efficient and Microbially Nasty

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Floxies and Heart Diseases

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“Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life”

Day 12 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life” On this 12th and final day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I wanted to share some images that help illustrate some of my ideas of the Abundant Life we talk about at SFM. We…

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“Eleven Favorite Supplements”

Day 11 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Eleven Favorite Supplements” “On this, the 11th Day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” we offer eleven video clips of some of Sanctuary’s favorite supplements. These all-stars stand out due to their ability to provide multiple benefits in one dose. I…

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“Ten Creative Exercise Ideas to Get You Moving”

Day 10 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Ten Creative Exercise Ideas to Get You Moving”  On the 10th day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Christmas,” we not only encourage you to do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day but provide 10 exercise ideas to fit into…

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“9 Favorite Psalms”

Day 9 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “9 Favorite Psalms” “On this 9th day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Christmas,” the staff at Sanctuary will be sharing some of their favorite Psalms. May your meditation upon these Psalms bless your season. We encourage others to look to the Psalms…

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8: “Memory is a Marvelous Gift”

Day 8 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Memory is a Marvelous Gift” “On the 8th Day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I want to highlight memory. We hold traditions and affections in our memory. Our memories often help shape who we are in the present. We encourage…

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7 Favorite Health Stories

Day of 7 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Seven Favorite Health Stories” All new for 2019: Today, on this seventh day, I will highlight seven of my Favorite Health Stories of the Year. There’s a little bit of something for most everyone. 1 Introduction: Mold Symptoms and Treatment Guide (announcing our…

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“Six Gluten-free Go-To’s”

Day 6 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Six Gluten-free Go-To’s” For the sixth day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I will share a list of some of my family’s favorite gluten-free options for those times when life is just a little too rushed to worry about absolute…

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“Five Minutes of Real Rest”

Day 5 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Five Minutes of Real Rest” “Rest… It can be an elusive concept in today’s frenetic world. Many things interfere with rest: newborns, toxins, stress, anxiety, illness, schedules, LIFE! And this time of the year it seems to get worse. Despite its elusive nature, rest…

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“Two Gifts in One: A Gift of Infinite Value”

Day 2 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Two Gifts in One: A Gift of Infinite Value” “We all recognize Christmas as a season of gift giving. Have you ever stopped to think about the lasting value of the gifts that you give? Often, I have found that the gifts that I…

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“One Dose of Conquering Peace”

Day 1 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “One Dose of Conquering Peace” At Sanctuary Functional Medicine, our patients come to us seeking restoration. An important part of that restoring process includes finding relief from the chaos that chronic illness has brought into their lives. That chaos comes in many different forms.…

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10 Tips for Navigating the Holiday Parties

Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more… offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.

Choline May Prevent Alzheimer’s

Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more… offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.

Infant Gluten and Type 1 Diabetes

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A Different Christmas Present

Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more… offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.

Mold Toxicity Treatment the Sanctuary Way – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Immune Cells Wear Watches

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RECOVERING FROM MOLD TOXICITY – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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We Are Still Learning About Genetics

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Christmas Presents or an MRI

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Mold and Co-Morbidities… The “Friends” – Stressors

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Hear From a Patient

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Mold and Co-Morbidities… The “Friends”

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Pass the Tea for Your Brain Health

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Mold and the Human Spirit

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Feed Your Mast Cells Some Fiber

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Mold and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – Mold Symptoms Treatment

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Multiple Sclerosis Risks: As Always Nature AND Nurture

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Mold and Pain – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Cats, Dogs, and Unfriendly Bacteria

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Mold and the Other Systems – Mold Symptoms and Treatment Guide

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Good Night Gut

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Mold and the Energy Cycle – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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When Your Gut Bacteria Hands You a Drink

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Mold and the Hormonal Systems – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Blue Green Algae and ALS trigger

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Mold and the Gastrointestinal System – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Dr. Potter is Different

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Mold and the Immune System – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Don’t Stare at the Muffler if You Want to Keep Your Eyesight

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Mold and Psychiatric Health – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Bacteria and Parasites Communicate

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Mold and the Nervous System – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Vitamin D and Teenage Woes

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Bite Into Medical Education for Good Health

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Diagnosing the Friends of Mold – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Chronic Bladder Infections

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Traditional Remedies Resurfacing for Drug Resistant Bacteria

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Pump up Your Gut Bacteria

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Why Increased Frequency of Mold Toxicity – Mold Symptoms Treatment Guide

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Juice for a Baby’s Brain

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Eat Your Broccoli!

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Why Me? Exposome and Types of Mold – Mold Symptoms Treatment

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Why Me? – Mold Symptoms Treatment

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Traditional Remedies Resurfacing for Drug Resistant Bacteria

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Further Defining Mold Related Illness

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Pediatric Patients and Mold Toxicity

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Pesticides found to increase children’s blood pressure

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Introduction: Mold Symptoms and Treatment Guide

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Personal Introduction: Mold Symptoms and Treatment Guide

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Stem Cells Nourished by Fat and Ketones

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Gingko May Un-sweeten Diabetes

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Starve the Yeast

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Polluted Air, Polluted Arteries

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Spiritual Depression – Part 7

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Joy of Life

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What’s In a Name?

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Egg in Their Face ?

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Greasy Greasy Not so Easy on Your Colon

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Spiritual Depression – Part 6

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Mold Versus Mildew

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Don’t Breathe Too Deep

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Kinky Proteins May Cause Alzheimer’s

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Spiritual Depression – Part 5

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Lyme Fights Back

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Chicken, Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup (gluten and dairy free)

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Spiritual Depression – Part 4

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Day 2 with Bob Miller Genomic Impact on Detox Ability Part 2

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Tick Taxis Have Room For More Than One Passenger

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Chicken Tikki Masala

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Spicy Dementia

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Spiritual Depression – Part 3

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Let’s Talk Mold: Day 2 with Bob Miller: Genomic Impact on Detox Ability

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Lyme and Chlamydia May Share Housing

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Spiced Beef Buddha Bowl

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An Easier Pill to Swallow

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Genomics Work Great on Herbs as Well

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Spiritual Depression – Part 2

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Feed the Impaired Brain

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Tomato Basil Soup

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Synthetic CBD as Anti-seizure Drug for Rats

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Cilantro and Seizures

While the world is buzzing about CBD oil and seizure control, little fanfare accompanied University of California-Irvine researchers report explaining the molecular mechanisms underlying cilantro’s anti-seizure activity. Like many folk medicines with long histories, no one could explain the actual molecular mechanism which produced its effects. Rian Manville and Geoffrey Abbott reported in the FASEB…

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Spiritual Depression – Part 1

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Children’s Lives Impacted by Early Life Adversity

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Not So Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

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Why Physical Matters

Why should we care about the bodies which convey our eternal souls about this world?  Won’t they be renewed in heaven anyway?  Aren’t we supposed to focus on the eternal things rather than worldly things?              Romans 8:29 could be used to argue that we are to focus our energies on spiritual transformation so that…

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The Story of our Microbiome

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Pineapple Chicken (gluten and dairy free)

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Antibiotics for Alzheimer’s Disease… in Mice

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Pesticide Soup May Be More Toxic

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Whole30 Compliant Orange Chicken

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Just Saying…About Mold

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ADHD Meds and Increased Depression

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Antibiotics for Alzheimer’s Disease… in Mice

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How much do you want to know about your child’s genetics?

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Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Casserole (gluten and nightshade free)

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L Theanine

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Antibiotics for Alzheimer’s Disease… in Mice

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Let’s Talk Mold: Fundamentals of Environmental Assessment

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Juiciest Instant Pot Chicken Ever

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Are you constipated?

Everyone knows if they are backed up in the colon, right? Leave it to the British to confuse the matter! Actually, in this case, they are trying to clear the waters of diagnosis by evaluating what the public considers as constipation. This study’s lead author, Dr. Eirini Dimidi, Research Associate of Kings College of London,…

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Let’s Talk Mold: Dr. Janette Hope MD, FAAEm, DABEM, DABFM

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Chipotle Chicken Skillet (gluten and dairy free)

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When Life Hands You Lemons…Prayer Can Conquer Fear

When Life Hands You Lemons…Prayer Can Conquer Fear By Dr. Potter’s wife, Jennifer Yes, our God is sovereign over every circumstance.  At the same time, this sovereign God calls us to be persistent in prayer.  Taking the parable of the widow and the callous judge from Luke 18:1-8, the theme of persistent prayer emerges.  While…

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Let’s Talk Mold: Mold and Mycotoxins

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Peppermint Smoothie (gluten and dairy free)

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When Life Hands You Lemons… Rest in His Grip

When Life Hands You Lemons… Rest in His Grip In His Hands ‘Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt Our feelings come and go; Our best estate is tossed about In ceaseless ebb and flow. No mood of feeling, form of thought Is constant for a day; But thou, 0 Lord, thou changest not:…

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Supplement: Ashwagandha

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When Life Hands You Lemons….. He Giveth More Grace

When Life Hands You Lemons….. He Giveth More Grace He Giveth More Grace as Our Burdens Grow Greater He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,He sendeth more strength as our labours increase,To added afflictions he addeth his mercy,To multiplied trials he multiplies peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance,When our strength…

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10 Tips for Summer Cookouts

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Let’s Talk Mold:Dr. Naviaux on the Cell Danger Response

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Remain Rooted

When Life Hands You Lemons:  Remain Rooted By Dr. Potter’s wife, Jennifer O Word of God Incarnate O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky; We praise Thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page, A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on…

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Alpha Lipoic Acid: Supplement of the Month

Alpha lipoic Acid – Supplement of the Month – Updated from our December Series on Sanctuary’s favorite supplements.             Alpha lipoic acid is another supplement with multiple benefits.  It begins as an anti-oxidant which can lower lipid peroxides, continues as a metal detoxifier, acts as a mitochondrial enhancer, and serves to recycle glutathione.  Update:  Alpha…

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Non-Toxic Remediation Part 2

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by  Jeff Bookout Part 2 of 2 (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Jeff Bookout, from Oklahoma EnviroServe Specialists, provided insights from his work as a certified mold inspector.  Here are a few take…

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Facebook Live References for Mold & Autoimmunity

References For May 9th Autoimmunity and Mold – Facebook Live GLUTEN Kumar, V et al. “Celiac disease-associated autoimmune endocrinopathies.” Clinical and diagnostic laboratory immunology vol. 8,4 (2001): 678-85. doi:10.1128/CDLI.8.4.678-685.2001 Ch’ng, Chin Lye et al. “Celiac disease and autoimmune thyroid disease.” Clinical medicine & research vol. 5,3 (2007): 184-92. doi:10.3121/cmr.2007.738 Autoimmun Rev. 2008 Sep;7(8):644-50. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2008.05.006. Epub 2008 Jun 25. Celiac disease: from…

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Non-Toxic Remediation Part One

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by  Jeff Bookout Part 1 of 2 (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Jeff Bookout, from Oklahoma EnviroServe Specialists, provided insights from his work as a certified mold inspector.  Here are a few take…

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When Life Hands You Lemons… Pray Like the Saints of Old

When Life Hands You Lemons… Pray Like the Saints of Old By Dr. Potter’s wife, Jennifer Born somewhere between 372 and 390 A.D., St. Patrick was no stranger to suffering.  Although his life began in Scotland with Christian parents, Patrick neglected to embrace Christ as his Savior.  After being kidnapped by Irish pirates, he was…

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The Genomics of Long-Term Memory

            The brain and especially its memory function have long fascinated mankind.  Its capacity to remember facts, events, and more has remained a challenging mystery despite countless attempt to probe the process.  As a listened to a genomics podcast by Illumina called, Illumina Genomics on iTunes, Dr. Ted Abel at the University of Iowa discussed…

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Yeasty Beasties and Mold Toxicity part 2 of 2

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by Evan Brand, BCHN, DFMP, NTP.    (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Evan Brand, BCHN, DFMP, NTP provided insights on the connections between mold toxicity and candida overgrowth during the recent toxic mold…

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Yeasty Beasties and Mold Toxicity Part 1 of 2

Yeasty Beasties and Mold toxicity part 1 of 2 Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by Evan Brand, BCHN, DFMP, NTP.    (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Evan Brand, BCHN, DFMP, NTP provided insights on the connections between mold…

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When Life Hands You Lemons…. Remember to Whom You Belong

When Life Hands You Lemons…. Remember to Whom You Belong By Dr. Potter’s wife, Jennifer Out of the Depths It makes the wounded spirit whole, And calms the troubled breast; ‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, And to the weary rest. Dear Name! the Rock on which I build My Shield and Hiding-place; My never-failing…

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The Genomics of Cardiac Disease Risk

Who knows how much investment is going into finding the genes behind various chronic diseases?  Fixing what is broken always seems to take more energy and effort than preventing the disease damage in the first place… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  As a listened to a genomics podcast by Illumina…

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Navigating a Life of Chemical Sensitivities Part 2 of 2

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by  Gail Clayton Pharm.D., M.S.  (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Gail Clayton Pharm.D., M.S. provided insights on the connections between mold toxicity and multiple chemical sensitivity during the recent toxic mold summit.  Her…

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Navigating a Life of Chemical Sensitivities Part 1 of 2

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by  Gail Clayton Pharm.D., M.S. (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Gail Clayton Pharm.D., M.S. provided insights on the connections between mold toxicity and multiple chemical sensitivity during the recent toxic mold summit.  Her…

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When Life Hands you Lemons….Remember Providence

Written by Dr. Potter’s wife Jennifer. Providence is not a word on many people’s tongues.  Destiny, fate, chance…. We are more likely to employ such words.  And while the word providence is not a biblical word in the strictest sense, it is definitely a biblical concept.  Providence is the superintending work and care of God…

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Another Autoimmune Disease Discovered: Narcolepsy

While parents of newborns may sometimes claim to have narcolepsy, this mysterious disease has presented a challenge to medical researchers for some time.  Individuals with narcolepsy experience the frequent and sudden episodes of sleep during daytime hours.  While sleep deprived parents of newborns know why they are falling asleep, those with narcolepsy and their doctors…

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Epstein Barr Virus FB Live Bibliography

EBV Bibliography Symptoms and Diseases associated with EBV: Loebel, Madlen et al. “Deficient EBV-specific B- and T-cell response in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome” PloS one vol. 9,1 e85387. 15 Jan. 2014, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085387 Halpin, Peter et al. “Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and gulf war illness patients exhibit increased humoral responses to the herpesviruses-encoded dUTPase: Implications…

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Biobanking Health Data in Estonia

Would you allow a government – academic collaboration to collect and analyze both your genetic data and other medical markers of health?  This big-data driven mass collection of health information is called biobanking and the little country of Estonia in Europe has embraced it on a large scale.  As a listened to a genomics podcast…

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This FADS1 is Here to Stay

The internet buzzes with fad diets claiming amazing results for all-comers even to the extreme of becoming a Breatharian (eating only air and light).  While I profess no interest in giving up food for a breakfast of air and light, I do strive to guide others in finding an optimal nutrition plan for them.  Several…

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Genomic Clustering in Type 2 Diabetes

               The genomic revolution stands eager to answer the age-old medical question, “nature versus nurture”.  In a sense, we know that the symptom of disease we see in patients results from both, only with the advancing technology to sequence DNA have we begun to uncover the genetics half of the equation.  For chronic diseases like…

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Facebook Live References Mold & Leaky Gut

Allergies & Food Sensitivities: Bischoff SC. Food allergy and eosinophilic gastroenteritis and colitis. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010;10:238–245. doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e32833982c3. Autoimmune disease: Megan Ciara Smyth; Intestinal permeability and autoimmune diseases, Bioscience Horizons: The International Journal of Student Research, Volume 10, 1 January 2017, hzx015, https://doi.org/10.1093/biohorizons/hzx015 Qinghui Mu, Jay Kirby, Christopher M. Reilly and Xin M.…

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PALEO ZUPPA TOSCANA (gluten and dairy free)

1 lb ground Italian sausage  6-7 slice of bacon, chopped 4 large white sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 bunch of kale, chopped 1 cup full fat coconut milk 5 cups chicken bone broth 2 cloves or garlic, minced 3 tsp fresh Italian parsley 1 tsp salt Set the instant…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Sing a Song

Written by Dr. Potter’s wife Jennifer. I’m going to date myself but somewhere in the recesses of my mind I have vague memories of songs by the Carpenters.  I think my parents listened to their music at one point in my childhood.  I still recall the  following lines:  “Sing, sing a song. Make it simple…

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Methylation Cycle Connections to Vitiligo

The number of correlations linking methylation cycle SNPS (single nucleotide polymorphisms) to various disease is growing.  In this case, researching in Italy found three gene SNPS in higher frequencies for patients with vitiligo.  This autoimmune attack on one’s skin melanin cells leaves behind an absence of pigment in coalescing patches.  Stopping its progression across the…

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PALEO BANANA MUFFINS (gluten and dairy free)

3 ripe bananas 3 eggs 5 TBS butter, melted 1 cup cassava flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped (or cacao nibs) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan with a bit of coconut oil. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl and stir…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: PANIC??

By Dr. Potter’s wife Jennifer. Panic.  Sometimes it’s just so easy to panic.  Recently, while making my way through a study of Isaiah, I was reminded of the profound difference between panic and prayer.  I encourage you to read the rich storytelling in Isaiah 36 and 37 for yourself.  My summary will not do it…

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When Your Own Defenses Go Haywire – Autoimmunity Part 3

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by Dr. Amy Myers.  Part 3 of 3 (Read this blog series’ introduction at end if you are catching up)             As my family works through building a “mold-safe home”, I empathize with Dr. Myers as her family is looking for a safe home and safe…

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SPICY CARROT AND AVOCADO SOUP (gluten and dairy free)

2  large  carrots,  roughly  chopped  1-inch  piece  of  fresh  ginger  2  celery  ribs  1  avocado  3  cups  coconut  water  OR  fresh  water  1  teaspoon  curry  powder  Pinch  of  cayenne  powder  (optional)  Add  the  carrots,  ginger,  celery,  avocado,  coconut  water,  and  curry  powder  to  a  high-speed  blender.  Blend  on  high  until  warm.  Serve  in  a  bowl …

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When Your Own Defenses Go Haywire – Autoimmunity:

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by Dr. Amy Myers.  Part 2 of 3 (Read this blog series’ introduction at end if you are catching up)             From the discussion of leaky gut, Dr. Myers bridges into how mold toxicity contributes to autoimmunity through multiple possible mechanisms.  Like other toxins, mycotoxins likely…

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When Your Own Defenses Go Haywire – Autoimmunity

Reviewing and Summarizing the recent Toxic Mold Summit Session by Dr. Amy Myers.  Part 1 of 3 (Read this blog series’ introduction at very end if you are catching up. Look for “SERIES INTRODUCTION”)             Autoimmune diseases bear many names like Lupus, Hashimoto’s, Sjogren’s, vitiligo and more.  Despites the variety of fancy names, they share…

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Brains on fire burn out faster

            A fellow functional MD, Ken Sharlin MD, alerted me to this article on Facebook.  While no surprise to anyone in functional medicine, researchers found that the inflammatory marker, CRP (C reactive protein), correlated with faster cognitive decline in middle age study participants.  The cohort study   group of over 12,000 men and women to note…

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Concerned About Your Children Being Sick From Mold Toxicity?

Mold and Children Concerned about your children being sick from mold toxicity.. (A word before digging into how mold can affect children.                You may feel a little overwhelmed and stressed after the recent Toxic Mold Summit  A great line up of both clinical types and environmental remediator types took the stage for several day…

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Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen Cancer Edition

Sometimes it is better to share other’s work rather than try to re-create the wheel. In this case, I want to share the Environmental Working Group’s top 12 cancer triggering chemicals found in everyday products.  Our society constantly debates climate change and environmental conservation.  For some reason, we ignore how we are poisoning our world and ourselves…

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Dentists to Begin Treating Alzheimer’s Patients

The day may come when dentists enter the field of Alzheimer’s therapy thanks to this breaking research.  While past studies have linked the mouth bacteria,  porphyromonas gingivalis, heart disease, this study ties several convincing lines of evidence to implicate this bacteria in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.  This particular bacteria can either colonize our mouths or…

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Biting into Food Allergies

JAMA Network’s study results from  2019 estimated that 10.8% of the 40,000 adults who participated in the study have food allergies and another 8% believe they have allergies.  At our functional medicine clinic, we are by no means surprised at this study’s findings, nor the summary conclusion by the authors. On the other hand, while…

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Bullies Can Shrink Kid’s Brains

Patients often ask whether their stress might be directly changing them physically;  I always answer yes, and describe how our emotional and spiritual state interlaces with our physical condition.  While they may be apparently distinct, both play an integral role in both good and bad health. Because of this, we at Sanctuary always pay careful…

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KALE AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP (gluten and dairy free)

KALE AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP (gluten and dairy free)\ Recipe here: https://runningonrealfood.com/kale-and-cauliflower-soup/ INGREDIENTS 1 large white or yellow onion, diced (390 g) 4 cloves garlic, minced 3 medium carrots (175 g, approx. 1.5 cups chopped) 1 tsp each dried parsley and ground thyme 1/2 tsp sea salt 6 cups vegetable stock 1 head of cauliflower (775…

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Agent Orange Takes On A Whole New Meaning

Once, you needed a prescription in order to get an antibiotic such as streptomycin or oxytetracycline. Nowadays, though, all you need to do is go grab a Florida orange from your nearest grocery store. 480,000 acres of Floridian citrus trees receive 650,000 pounds(325 tons) of these formerly prescription-only antibiotics each year. The dangers of this…

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A Real No-Brainer for Functional Medicine

Despite the obvious nature of the idea, until recent research, only practitioners of functional medicine had supported the (apparently outrageous) notion that certain nutrients can increase neural connectivity in the brain. Researchers looked at a number of nutrition markers found in high levels of beneficial nutrients in the Mediterranean diet.  They include omega 3’s, some…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Remember the Forever

by Dr. Potter’s wonderful wife, Jennifer Psalm 136 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever. “ verses 1-3 (ESV) Sometimes is…

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Is Sub-Clinical Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy Really Sub-Clinical?

By definition, sub-clinical implies that something is “not” causing any noticeable symptoms. Thus the name “sub-clinical hypothyroidism” assumes that a lower than expected thyroid function causes no problems for an individual person in that category.  In reality, a “sub-clinical” state stands out as more of a burglar in a pitch black room.  Just because we…

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CRACK CHICKEN (gluten, dairy and nightshade free)

CRACK CHICKEN (gluten, dairy and nightshade free) Recipe here: http://www.cocospaleokitchen.com/crack-chicken-dairy-free-paleo-keto/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=437827814_14984360_160474 Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts – skinless/boneless 1 cup chicken broth 1 tub Kite Hill Cream “Cheese” Spread 6 thick slices of bacon Bacon drippings 2 tsp onion flakes 1 tsp onion powder 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp dill weed 1 tsp paprika 1 1/2…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Bear Fruit

By Dr. Potter’s wonderful wife, Jennifer Psalm 92 “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, To…

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Relax with a Sniff of Lavender

In functional medicine we utilized a multitude of therapies with proven benefits but without always having clearly defined mechanisms of action. Even conventional medicine has scratched its head about how Tylenol and metformin work while prescribing literal tons of these medicines.  For essential oils such as lavender, mystery has shrouded their mechanisms of actions until…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Meditate on His Mighty Deeds

by Dr. Potter’s wonderful wife, Jennifer “When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” (Ps. 77:3-4) (ESV)   Have you ever felt such overwhelming sorrow?  More than likely, every one of us can identify with the Psalmist in…

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Rats Miss the High, but Benefit from CBD

If there weren’t enough controversies in medicine already, CBD (cannabidiol) lights up the presses in both the medical and political news.  Meanwhile, various mice and rats in labs across the states get to test run this hemp produced chemical as researchers search for not only its mechanism of effects, but study potential benefits of it…

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When Life Hands You Lemons: Pray like Moses – Psalm 90

by Dr. Potter’s wonderful wife, Jennifer I don’t know about you but when I read that Moses, “the man of God”, wrote this particular prayer it causes me to take notice (superscript of Psalm 90). What themes does Moses stress in this prayer? A few spring from the page. Theme One: Transcendence. God is other.…

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New York Homes are Full of Pesticides

Don’t get excited if you live outside New York.  I doubt we in Tennessee or other states are any better off.  This study out of Cornell University just happened to measure pesticide levels in New York state rural homes in order to assess safety for human health.  They examined 350 homes in 6 different counties…

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“Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life”

Day 12 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Twelve Snapshots of My Abundant Life” On this 12th and final day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” I wanted to share some images that help illustrate some of my ideas of the Abundant Life we talk about at SFM. We…

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“Eleven Favorite Supplements”

Day 11 of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas” “Eleven Favorite Supplements” “On this, the 11th Day of “The 12 Days of a Sanctuary Functional Christmas,” we offer eleven video clips of some of Sanctuary’s favorite supplements. These all-stars stand out due to their ability to provide multiple benefits in one dose. I…

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