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…

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…

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…

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…

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…