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.

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 until recent years with the topographical maps of areas,

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 detail that the rest of this blog provides,

Unmasking the Truth: The Thirteenth Question

Unmasking the Truth

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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 decide on policy,

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 layers in our intestines and various bacteria.

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 return to normal. 

Unmasking the Truth #8

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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 decide on policy,

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 the current research and argue for a broader consideration of the impact of our diet on our gut microbiome.

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 role in cell membranes. 

Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 1

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Unmasking the Truth – Question 5 Part 1 – Are you missing any factors?

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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.  

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 far beyond heart disease and dietary crazes. 

Random Roots – Thunder God Vine 0605 W3A

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. 

Don’t Stress Out Over Your Immunity

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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 function. 

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 of our immune system.