Pathogenic Hide and Seek

In the world of functional medicine, we deal with numerous occult infections.  Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi can sometimes find great hiding places in our bodies preventing our immune surveillance from eradicating them.  Medical scientists must admit that even pharmaceuticals like antivirals and antibiotics may leave behind these hiding infectious agents.  To fully eradicate these…

Connecting Mom’s Hypothyroidism with ADHD

Everyone wants to know why almost 1 in 10 children now have been diagnosed with ADHD, affecting their lives and the lives of their families.  Numerous theories ask if some exposure or deficiency during pregnancy could be influencing brain development negatively.  Toxins, deficiencies, infections, and various forms of inflammation are also implicated.  As with autism,…

Sugar Fires in the Immune System

While the epidemic of diseases associated with inflammation rages, many search for explanations and mechanisms.  With a little epidemiological sleuthing, one can quickly see a pattern linking dietary issues and higher rates of these inflammatory diseases.  Many know that cardiovascular disease offers a number of links with poor nutrition lifestyles.  Fewer recognize the nutritional choices…

Toxins Should be on the Front Page

With the increasing prevalence of autism and developmental delays in children, would you stop to read a headline like ‘54% of Pregnancies at Risk for Autism’?  Most parents would at least read the first few lines of such a striking claim.  Uppsala University researchers should have gotten everyone’s attention when they published their results earlier…

Mycotoxins Impact Immunity

While mold toxins, mycotoxins, affect us in a variety of ways, their effects on the immune system seem to be a primary pathway.  Though controversy exists over things like “toxic building syndrome”, research clearly supports immune modulating effects of these toxins.  Researchers in a November 2021 volume of the International Journal of Molecular Science reviewed…

The Influence of “D” on ADHD

In functional medicine, we are trained to think about root causes and this requires thinking about the upstream.  For example, according to this study Vitamin D can be traced far upstream in the development of ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Rather than simply waiting until a disease or symptom occurs and then responding with a…