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 where possible for newborns,

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.

Fringe Pediatric Group Announces Concern Over Food Additives Effects on Children’s Health

Just who does this American Academy of Pediatrics thinks they are?  Just because they control board certification for all pediatricians, set the guidelines for pediatric well and sick care, and are the largest influence in mainstream pediatrics does NOT give them the right to make outrageous claim that we in functional medicine have been making for years. 

“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.

“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 for sources of mediation.

Day 7 Sanctuary Functional Christmas

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.

“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 food perfection.

“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.

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 neutrophils,

“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.

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.