If you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chances are that you actually have small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Normally, you have small amounts of bacteria present in your small intestine. In SIBO, the bacteria proliferate in your small intestine where they ferment sugars from your food leading to digestive symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that results from low functioning adrenal glands. Symptoms may include difficulty getting out of bed, low energy, sweet cravings, and difficulty falling asleep. Adrenal fatigue is a result of elevated and prolonged stress. The idea is that your adrenal glands get overtaxed and are unable to make adrenal hormones. This is a myth. Instead, we need to explore the HPA axis to explain these symptoms.
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit.
If you've been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, your doctor probably told you that there is no cure, it will continue to get worse, and the only treatment option is a powerful medication that suppresses your immune system (and has really bad side effects). That probably made you feel scared, helpless, and depressed. Like your life is over.
But you do not need to resign yourself to this fate. You have other treatment options and you can feel better. You simply need an integrative approach to autoimmunity. Whether you have Hashimoto's, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, or rheumatoid arthritis, an integrative approach to autoimmunity can help you heal.
We all want beautiful, glossy, shiny, thick hair. The truth is this may not be possible for all of us no matter what products we use or what supplements we take. In this post, I hope to explain how we can make the best of the hair we have and avoid wasting money on products that just can't deliver on their promises.
"My doctor said my labs were normal so there is nothing wrong with me. But I still feel bad." I hear some variation of this statement all the time. This tells me that as doctors and as patients, we fundamentally don't understand laboratory tests and how to use them. Here is what you need to know about lab tests to be a savvy patient...
Our gut is a place where the outside world and the interior of our body meet. What happens in the gut is a delicate balance between allowing certain things in (like nutrients) and keeping other things out (like bacteria).
But what happens when this doesn't work? What happens when thing get in that shouldn't? What happens when our gut leaks?