Stressful Dads Transmit Genetic Messages to Their Children

I’m always on the lookout for new concepts in research which have the potential to help patients live a healthier more Abundant Life.  Researchers have been searching genetics, epigenetics and other reproductive factors to determine what impact both the father and mother have on the Next Generation. We know that the mother and father each…

Safe No More, Tylenol’s Downfall

I regularly stumble upon research findings which shock others, yet provoke a sighing “of course” from the functional medicine MD crowd. In functional medicine, we recognize the amazingly interdependent metabolic network in which one process touches a hundred others. Our bodies function as an intricate interplay of millions of process simultaneously dancing together. So when…

Dysbiosis – Gut Neighborhood Cooties Part 2

Continued from last Friday! Any given neighborhood depends not only on its residents but also on the environment where they reside.  Humans provide some partially understood infrastructure for the microbiome through a variety of genes like NOD2, IL23R, ATG16I, and IGRM.  These genes both prepare hospitable homes for good bacteria and modulate how our bodies…

Dysbiosis – Gut Neighborhood Cooties Part 1

Living in any neighborhood involves ,well, getting to know your neighbors.  Functional medicine opens a window allowing us to interact those little bacteria living in our gut neighborhood for these neighbors profoundly affect our health.    With about 1.3 trillion bacteria living in each of our gastrointestinal (GI) tracts, these neighbors abound beyond the number of…

Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Re-Presenting a classic Dr. Potter Blog: My most recent article, by the same title, light-heartedly approaches a topic that can be very frustrating for patients seeking answers in our current hyper-specialized health delivery system. Patients seek care from primary care physicians/providers (family practitioners, internist, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others) for complex issues, but…