The Root Cause Medicine Podcast
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast
About The Root Cause Medicine Podcast
In each episode, we’ll meet renowned medical experts, specialists and pioneers who’ve influenced the way certain conditions and diseases are understood and treated. We focus on giving you the information you need to understand the root cause, symptoms and treatments available for specific medical conditions.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Chris Kresser, Founder and CEO of Kresser Institute. In this episode, Chris Kresser and Dr. Carrie Jones dive into nutrient deficiency and talk about vital macronutrients and micronutrients, nutrient testing, RDAs, and more. Chris Kresser is a globally-renowned expert, clinician, and practitioner of integrative and functional medicine. He is the creator of one of the world’s most respected natural health sites, ChrisKresser.com, and a New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com and launched the supplement line Adapt Naturals. In 2014, he co-founded California Center for Functional Medicine and, in 2015, founded the Kresser Institute. Chris continues to tirelessly share evidence-based insights from reputable sources and renowned health practitioners and coaches through various channels such as his blogs, guides, webcasts, interviews, and his podcast, Revolution Health Radio. Key Takeaways: The perfect diet A healthy diet should meet your nutrient needs. There are two major nutrient categories, macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients). When you break down micronutrients, there are nutrients that we get from animals and nutrients that we get from plant-based foods. Animal nutrients include vitamin B12, iron, zinc, vitamin A, creatine, vitamin D, and high-quality protein. If you're eating an exclusively plant-based diet, that doesn't mean you can't get these nutrients in other ways. But you have to acknowledge that animals are a much better source of these essential vitamins and minerals. On the flip side, vitamin C can almost be exclusively found in plant foods, as well as phytonutrients such as carotenoids, lycopene, betaine, and lutein. The truth about nutrient testing The processing and storage of nutrients vary within the body, thus necessitating a thorough examination of each nutrient separately. Obtaining a bodily fluid or tissue sample such as blood, saliva, or urine is insufficient for determining what nutrients are present. Take calcium, for instance, which is kept within a very narrow range in the blood. Testing calcium levels in the blood may appear favorable, but it may not reflect reality. Therefore, we typically rely on a dietary assessment tool like MyFitnessPal to determine calcium intake. Similarly, iodine can be examined via a twenty-four-hour urine test to assess recent iodine consumption, but it is not indicative of long-term levels. To accurately assess all nutrients, you have to run different tests. Why does today's food have fewer nutrients? Soil quality degradation is a major factor impacting nutrient availability due to the disruption of the soil microbiome, which aids plants in extracting nutrition from the soil. Pesticides, herbicides, and industrial agricultural practices have restricted a plant's ability to obtain nutrients. Chris notes that consuming eight oranges today is equivalent to consuming just one orange for our grandparents in terms of nutritional value. Additionally, the globalization of the food system is also a contributor, as produce is often transported long distances and stored in unfavorable conditions, resulting in significant nutrient loss over time. Unpacking RDAs Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDAs, are the levels of intake of essential nutrients that meet the known nutrient needs of a healthy person. RDAs were developed during World War II to create nutritious rations for soldiers. They have been updated over time, but the numbers still represent the minimum amount of a nutrient a person needs to avoid a malnutrition-triggered disease. However, RDAs don't take into account several factors that play a huge role in nutrient absorption and status, like gender, age, and health. Another issue with RDAs is that they don't consider bioavailability. When you see the amount of a nutrient listed on a food label, you might assume that you will absorb a hundred percent of that amount, but you would be dramatically wrong. RDAs also don't consider nutrient synergy. There are many cases where the presence of one nutrient helps with the absorption of another one. Magnesium is required for the bio utilization of vitamin D and vice versa. If you are getting enough vitamin D through sun exposure or supplements, but you are magnesium deficient, you will still have low biological activity of vitamin D. Also, check out Chris’ recommended lab testing: intracellular magnesium test, iodine test, and blood, urine, and saliva tests for nutritional deficiencies. Order these tests through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Dr. Andy Wong, Co-founder of Capital Integrative Health. In this episode, Dr. Andy Wong talks about the importance of brain health, including how physical and mental health are connected, the effects of alcohol consumption on cognitive decline, and how to take proactive measures to protect brain health. Dr. Andy Wong is a board-certified internal medicine doctor trained in integrative and functional medicine. He specializes in investigating the root cause of health issues and working with patients to optimize their health and wellness. Dr. Wong is trained in the Bredesen protocol for the reversal of cognitive decline and is also specialized in acupuncture, functional medicine, and nutrition. Key Takeaways: No brain, no gain Brain health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. It is intimately tied to who we are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It contains our life stories or experiences. It also mediates our emotions, both joy and sadness, feelings and thoughts. A healthy brain also helps us cultivate meaningful relationships. From a root cause medicine perspective, the brain is the organ that helps to influence all the others, so you have to continuously develop and exercise it. What is an inflamed brain? Neuroinflammation is basically inflammation of the nervous system, which is mediated by the innate immune cells of the brain called microglia that protect neurons. They can become inflamed and damage the neurons if they get out of control leading to symptoms such as brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, memory loss, or depression.. What causes brain inflammation? Alcohol is one major trigger for this type of inflammation, as it disrupts the blood-brain barrier and increases chemical messengers like NF kappa beta. A recent study from the UK showed that even two drinks a week is associated with cognitive decline. Other causes are dysregulated blood sugar, toxins, mycotoxins, an inflammatory diet, hypoxia (low oxygen), and gut inflammation. Physical and psychological stress can also lead to brain inflammation which can cause issues with memory, anxiety, depression, and brain fog. The root cause of depression Depression was recently discovered not as a cause of serotonin deficiency but rather by unchecked chronic brain inflammation. Physical and mental health are tied together. If someone has depression, they might have fatigue, body aches, or other physical issues. Dr. Andy Wong’s practical advice Focus on food by making eighty percent of meals whole food based. Sleep is an active process for the brain, during which it detoxifies beta-amyloid plaques that may contribute to Alzheimer's. So get enough sleep by aiming for seven or eight hours of sleep per night, with two hours before midnight to promote detoxification. Start a mindfulness practice such as yoga or exercise routine. Also, check out Dr. Andy Wong’s recommended lab testing: functional MRI, CT scan, neurology antibody testing, blood molecular tests, apolipoprotein E genetic testing, fasting blood sugar test, insulin testing, hormone testing, micronutrient testing, vibrant testing, omega check test, online neurocognitive testing. Order these tests through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Brendan Vermeire, Functional Medicine Consultant and Founder of Metabolic Solutions. In this episode, Brendan Vermeire talks about mental health, from depression, anxiety, and neuroinflammation to dementia and Alzheimer's. Brendan is a mental and metabolic health researcher, functional medicine educator, board-certified holistic practitioner, personal trainer, writer, speaker, and host of The Holistic Savage podcast. He is also the owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners and the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to "changing the way the world views mental health" through advancing the science of mental health dysfunction. Key Takeaways: Debunking the classic psychiatric narrative The current model of mental health treatment in the psychiatric world offers limited treatment options, such as pills or therapy, with little consideration for underlying causes of inflammation or other factors that could contribute to mental health issues. As a result, mental health practitioners like Brendan focus on studying more predominant theories, such as cytokine or neurotrophic ones. Inflammation and mental health symptoms Brendan represents inflammation as "the cleansing fire the immune system uses to fight off pathogens and remodel tissues." Inflammation can be driven by anything, including food, mold, viruses, or pathogens. Most people aren't aware of it, but the average American is inflamed at a low chronic meta-level, which drives the chronic disease epidemic, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. The role of neuroplasticity in mental health Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt in response to experiences and environmental factors. It is a crucial process that underlies learning, memory formation, and the recovery of function after brain injury. Interventions that promote neuroplasticity, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based practices, and physical exercise, effectively improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, which may help to promote positive changes in brain structure and function. How does the microbiome affect mental health? Changes in the microbiome can affect our mental health. Multiple research suggests that the microbiome composition can impact the brain through various mechanisms, including neurotransmitter regulation, inflammation, and immune system modulation. Additionally, some studies have found that a diverse and healthy microbiome is associated with better mental health outcomes. The Mental M.A.P. The Mental M.A.P. (Microglial Activation Profile) is a sophisticated lab panel that assesses the likelihood of microglial activation and neuroinflammation by evaluating multiple serological blood, urine, and even stool markers, as well as other core functions like methylation and nutrient imbalances. Also, check out Brendan’s recommended lab testing: The Mental M.A.P., C-reactive protein test, Homocysteine, Thromboxane B2, and Kryptopyrrole Order these tests through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Nicole Jardim, a Certified Women’s Health Coach. In this episode, Nicole Jardim joins Dr. Carrie Jones to share how to fix your periods and balance your hormones naturally. Nicole is a Certified Women’s Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor, and creator of the Fix Your Period program. She is the author of Fix Your Period: 6 Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance, and the co-author of The Happy Balance, a recipe book filled with over eighty hormone-balancing recipes. Nicole is also the host of The Period Party podcast and has been called on as a women’s health expert for sites such as The Guardian, Well+Good, and Healthline. Key Takeaways: What does a normal period look like? Nicole highlights that a true period is always preceded by ovulation. If you don't ovulate in a particular cycle, then you're basically experiencing what is known as an anovulatory cycle or hormone withdrawal bleeding. Normal periods should last between three and seven days long. If they're over seven days, you might experience estrogen and progesterone issues. Painful cramps during the period are another sign of an unhealthy or abnormal period. What is a normal period flow? A range of sixty milliliters is considered ideal for the entire period. Over eighty milliliters is a heavy period, and under twenty-five is a very light period. The normal period range is somewhere between thirty and fifty milliliters. Heavy versus light periods Heavy periods are often caused by a reproductive hormone imbalance, insulin resistance, ovarian dysfunction, or other hormone-related condition. An excessively light period usually indicates a lack of estrogen, nutrients, ovulation, or thyroid issues. What is PMS? Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, ranges from physical like bloating, crampiness, heaviness, headaches, migraines, and body aches, to mental and emotional symptoms, like being quick to anger, impatient, frustrated, or anxious. Though some of these symptoms are normal, many are driven by inflammation, detoxification problems, blood sugar issues, and lifestyle. What is PMDD? Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which causes a range of emotional, mental, and physical symptoms, and somewhere between two and eight percent of women worldwide experience it. Also, check out Nicole’s recommended lab testing: Gut testing, DUTCH Test Order these tests through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Dr. Jeff Gladd, Founder of GladdMD Integrative Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at Fullscript. In this episode, Dr. Jeff Gladd answers all your questions about supplements, including reading labels, fish oil break down,, curcumin, vitamin D, and more. Dr. Jeff Gladd has over twenty-one years of experience in the medical field. He is the owner of GladdMD Integrative Medicine and Chief Medical Officer at Fullscript. Dr. Gladd has become a sought-after speaker on physician entrepreneurship, social media, and technology in healthcare and regularly speaks at Holistic Primary Care’s annual Heal Thy Practice conference. In 2008, Dr. Gladd founded and launched PureHealthMD.com, a website housing professionally authored content to educate people on the lifestyle aspects of health, which he and his partners sold to the Discovery Channel. In 2011, he created and launched the web’s first nutrient depletion calculator, Mytavin.com. Key Takeaways: Are all vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and herbs created the same? Supplements differ by brand and the source from which you purchase it. For example, you might buy a bottle of magnesium with no magnesium in the capsules. Dr. Gladd highlights the importance of sourcing high-quality supplements from reliable sources to ensure their expected benefit. And the quality starts with the ingredient source. Ensure you take high-quality and standardized supplements Dr. Gladd states, "the supplement industry is a bit more wild west," so you should be more diligent and research every single supplement or herb you want to buy. Study the company's website, and if you see they're proud of what they're doing and invest that level of concern in high-quality products, it might be a good indicator the product is good. Debunking the myth of multiple supplements in one pill If you read on the label that one capsule contains about thirty supplements, bear in mind that the dose of each component is insignificant. You can't get thirty supplements into one capsule and get the expected results, but people don't realize this. It's better to choose a single ingredient at the standardized dose that the evidence supports. Good versus bad supplements High-quality supplements shouldn't contain food coloring, cornstarch, or dye. Dr. Gladd also does a multivitamin screening test with his patients to evaluate the form of vitamin E and magnesium and determine the supplement's quality level. High-quality vitamin E should contain mixed tocopherols, while magnesium should be magnesium citrate or glycinate. Most of the inexpensive, poorer-quality multivitamins use DL-alpha-tocopherol and magnesium oxide. Omega-3 and fish oil supplements Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are anti-inflammatory and are great for cardiovascular and brain health. However, you have to ensure you take good-quality fish oil and the right dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which is at least 1000 milligrams of total EPA plus DHA daily. Vitamin D: benefits, sources, and dosage Vitamin D isn't really a vitamin, but a pro-hormone in the body, which has multiple functions including bone, metabolic, hormone health, blood sugar regulation, and immune support. Sun exposure is the best way to get vitamin D. Other methods include drops or soft gel capsules. Dr. Gladd suggests taking vitamin D doses between 2,000 - 4,000 international units per day, depending on the individual's blood level. Also, check out Dr. Gladd’s recommended lab testing: Multivitamin screening test, homocysteine tests, and the MTHFR test. Order all these tests through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, aka the “Father of Functional Medicine.” In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Bland talks about immunometabolism, the long-term effects of COVID-19 on our immune system, chronic fatigue syndrome, your cardiovascular health, and much more. Dr. Bland is an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional and functional medicine field. He co-founded The Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 and is known to many as the “Father of Functional Medicine.” In the early 1980s, Dr. Bland was hand-selected by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling to serve as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. Dr. Bland has authored several best-selling books about nutritional medicine and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He is also the CEO KinDex Pharmaceuticals, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Bering Select Seafoods Company, and Founder and President of Big Bold Health and the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institue.. Dr. Bland is a fellow of both the American College of Nutrition, where he is a certified nutrition specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry. Key Takeaways: - Understanding immune rejuvenation About ten percent of individuals who experienced COVID ended up with some form of consequences, otherwise called long COVID, which presents itself with a myriad of different signs and symptoms, including foggy brain, sleep disturbances, behavior changes, depression, respiratory-related issues, fatigue, and others. Some people describe it as the immune system being scarred. However, these scars are, to some extent, reversible, and scientists call the process immune rejuvenation. - Weak immune system and COVID-19 In terms of health outcomes, from the exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the United States did more poorly than any other developed country worldwide due to the population's less resilient immune system, which was set up to be more vulnerable to COVID. As a result, many people still experience COVID-related symptoms two years after getting over the infection. - The chronic fatigue syndrome Dr. Bland states that the HIV/AIDS era, followed by the chronic fatigue syndrome era in the eighties and nineties, had the same presentation of symptoms that we're seeing with long COVID. Today, doctors and scientists recognize chronic fatigue syndrome as an illness that results in injury to the mitochondria in our cells, which lowers our energy-producing capabilities. Generally, our immune system is energetically hungry when active and can use up to fifty percent of our metabolic energy. So, when affected, our body resilience gets low. - Post-COVID cardiac effects Other than the pulmonary effects on respiration, breathing, and energy and cognitive dysfunction like brain fog, there are also various cardiac effects. People with heart diseases have inflammatory conditions in their coronary arteries and vessels that conduct blood and immune system cells throughout the body, and this represents an inflammatory issue of their immune systems. So the immune system connects to metabolism, which then connects to your heart.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and well-being. This week we’re joined by Dr. Nathan Goodyear, Medical Director and Physician at Brio-Medical. Dr. Goodyear shares his holistic, natural, and integrative approach to addressing cancer. Dr. Goodyear is the medical director of Brio-Medical, a holistic, integrative cancer healing center in Arizona. He uses the principles and science of holistic, natural, and integrative therapies to treat and target the healing potential in people with cancer. Dr. Goodyear is also the Chairman of the Scientific Medical Advisory Board for the Vitamin C International Consortium Institute, a Fellow in Functional and Regenerative Medicine, and served on the American Functional Medicine Association Board. He has authored two books: Manboob Nation: An Integrative Medicine Approach to Low Testosterone and Total Testosterone Transformation. To learn more about integrative cancer care, check out the key takeaways of this episode or the transcript below. Also, check out Dr. Goodyear’s recommended lab testing: Blood Test, Urine Test, Tumor Markers Testing and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Test. Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Test can be ordered through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide Key Takeaways: The future of treating cancer Dr. Goodyear believes in taking a precision and accuracy-focused approach to treating cancer, which includes looking at multi-omics such as genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and immunomodulomics. The goal is to create a treatment program that targets the tumor and one that heals the body at the same time. Vitamin C as an option for Cancer A European study showed no benefits in adding vitamin C to the patients receiving the chemo in the immunotherapeutics, but only in patients with RAS mutation. So vitamin C directly targets RAS mutations and does help if you target the correct mutations. Vitamin C properties Vitamin C supports the immune system and pro-oxidative cancer stem cells. If you're dealing with bone metastasis, vitamin C works well in penetrating cancer that is growing in bone. Overall, vitamin C is incredibly metabolically active against cancer cells but not in non-cancer cells. Understanding cancer recurrence When looking at cancer treatments today, we have to recognize that chemotherapy, full-dose radiation, and surgery can shrink a primary tumor. But research shows that it can also set up a situation where it spreads cancer cells. The vast majority of issues associated with cancer, including the cause of death, are when it spreads. So you must continue the healing process because the dysfunction might still persist. Lifestyle tips to help reduce cancer risks Living in an active, healthy, balanced, and stress-free environment is foundational to cancer prevention and treatment. So feed your body with good nutrition that will enable it to function correctly, repair broken mechanisms, and reduce inflammation. Also, help your body combat stress, take care of your emotional, psychological, and spiritual environments, and exercise constantly.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and well-being. This week we’re joined by Dr. Chip Watkins, President of NCHealthSPAN, Regional Medical Director at Community Care of NC, and Chief Medical Officer at Sanesco International. In this episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, Dr. Chip Watkins talks to us about neurotransmitters, what they are, what their functions are, the different types, and potential issues related to neurotransmitters. Dr. Chip Watkins has over twenty years of experience in private practice, teaching, and corporate medicine. He uses mind-body medicine in his practice and nutritional approaches to care and has an understanding of traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and bioenergetics. Dr. Watkins is the President of NCHealthSPAN, Regional Medical Director at Community Care of NC, and Chief Medical Officer at Sanesco International. He is also a Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a past president and Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. Also, check out Dr. Chip Watkins’ recommended lab testing: Neurotransmitter testing, Neurotransmitter metabolite testing, Blood testing, Spot urine test These labs can both be ordered through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide Key Takeaways: What is a neurotransmitter? Neurotransmitters are chemical substances released at the end of a nerve fiber. By definition, neurotransmitters are neurohormones because they are signaling molecules secreted by a neuron to affect another cell across a synapse, which could be another neuron, a body part, a gland, or a muscle cell. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that your body really cannot function without. You should have enough chemical messengers, and they have to be in the right balance of release and reuptake for the system to work properly. GABA deficiency symptoms When GABA levels are too low, it's difficult for the body to relax after a stress-induced neurotransmitter release. This might lead to mood disorders, particularly depression, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems, memory issues, sexual dysfunction, and even perimenopause and menopause conditions. What are the main neurotransmitters? The human nervous system has about forty neurotransmitters and over 100 neuroactive substances. Some of these are dopamine, GABA, glutamate, serotonin, glycine, and histamine. The scientific community breaks them into inhibitory (serotonin, GABA, and glycine) and excitatory (norepinephrine epinephrine glutamate) neurotransmitters. How does the body make neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters are synthesized by enzymes, most of which start out as amino acids that we get from our diet. Neurotransmitters can be separated into two groups, the amino acid neurotransmitters (glutamate, glycine, and GABA) and the biogenic amines or the monoamines (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine). Neurotransmitters and gut health Amino acids come from your diet. So the food you choose to eat and the status of your gut health is crucial to the creation of the neurotransmitters. Many neurotransmitters are made in the gut, like 95% of serotonin and about fifty percent of both GABA and dopamine.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & manage results from 30+ lab companies in one place for free. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Dr. Aumatma Simmons, CEO of Holistic Fertility Institute. In this episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, Dr. Aumatma Simmons shares her method of helping women who struggle with fertility, miscarriage, and staying healthy during pregnancy. Dr. Aumatma Simmons, or "Dr. Aum" as her patients refer to her, is board-certified in naturopathic endocrinology. She has been in practice for fifteen years, ten of which have been hyper-focused on fertility. As the Chief Executive Officer of Holistic Fertility Institute, Dr. Aum works with couples who want to start a family through her four-step restorative fertility model. She is a sought speaker, trainer, and best-selling author of two books, Fertility Secrets: What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Baby-Making and (In)Fertility: Struggles, Secrets, & Successes. To learn more about fertility and pregnancy, check out the key takeaways of this episode or the transcript below. Also, check out Dr. Aumatma Simmons’ recommended lab testing: Cheat Sheet Test, Diva's Detox Guide. These labs can both be ordered through Rupa Health - https://www.rupahealth.com/reference-guide Key Takeaways: Start with testing When it comes to fertility and pregnancy, the first thing to focus on is testing. Start testing things like the follicle-stimulating hormone, the luteinizing hormone, the anti-mullerian hormone, and estradiol, ideally on days two, three, or four of your cycle. Regarding lab testing, there is a big diversion between what's considered normal and optimal. So when looking at your results, if you're outside of that optimal level, you have a good starting point of what to focus on. Lifestyle and fertility In a heterosexual couple, a lot of pressure and fertility problems are put on the woman and her age. However, fertility is not just an age factor but also a lifestyle one. If you are not sleeping well, stressing yourself out, living a toxic lifestyle, drinking alcohol, or smoking cigarettes, your age will play a role in your fertility. But that is relevant for both men and women. So lifestyle has a great impact on your reproduction. Ovulation 101 Ovulation is the process of the ovaries producing anywhere from one to fifteen follicles in any natural cycle. After the development of all these follicles, the body detects the one with the highest quality, which will be released into the fallopian tube. This follicle travels down the fallopian tube, where the sperm should fertilize the egg. But the egg still has a protective layer called the zona pellucida. So when the sperm gets to the egg, the one with the right motility, movement, and morphology will break through that zona pellucida. The problem comes when the sperm doesn't have great quality and cannot do its job. And similarly, if that egg doesn't have all the right features, it may not get fertilized. Or it will get fertilized and then turn into an embryo that maybe doesn't implant, which would be called a chemical pregnancy. Or it implants and ends in a loss, hence a miscarriage.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and well-being. This week we’re joined by Dr. Tom O'Bryan, a World Expert on Gluten and Autoimmune Health. In this episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, Dr. Tom O'Bryan talks about gluten-related disorders and the benefits of going gluten-free for lowering your inflammation and reducing your autoimmune risk. Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a recognized world expert on gluten and its impact on health. He is an internationally recognized and sought-after speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, and the development of Autoimmune Diseases. Dr. O'Bryan is on a mission to educate patients and healthcare practitioners across the globe about the many possible manifestations of non-celiac gluten sensitivity and celiac disease and why patients with gluten-related disorders require treatment programs that go beyond just a gluten-free diet. To learn more about gluten-free diets and autoimmune health, check out the key takeaways of this episode or the transcript below. Also, check out Dr. Tom O'Bryan's recommended lab testing: Wheat Zoomer Test, Neural Zoomer Test, and Neural Zoomer Plus Test. Key Takeaways: The five pillars in the development of chronic inflammatory diseases The first one of the five pillars is your genetics. The second is environmental triggers, including food, stress hormones, heavy metals, and the toxic chemicals in your body. Number three is dysbiosis, which means too many bad guys and not enough good guys in your body. When you have environmental triggers that are offensive to the body, they create an inflammatory reaction in the gut. Dysbiosis sets the stage for number four, which is the leaky gut. And number five is systemic inflammation. Gluten sensitivity Gluten activates toll-like receptor 4 and leaky gut and increases inflammation. This occurs in all humans who consume gluten, even if you feel you don't have any problems. One person out of eight gets gut problems related to wheat. The other seven get brain, skin, or hair problems. So anytime you have a health disorder that's just not responding the way it should to your efforts, test to see if you have wheat sensitivity. The wheat problem Wheat damages the intestinal lining and prevents poor absorption of essential nutrients. A person may not get gluten sensitivity, but may experience symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, mood irritability, brain fog, or memory issues. Dr. Tom O'Bryan’s bits of advice Spend at least one hour a week learning more about how you can be healthier. You can learn about plastic storage containers and get glass storage containers instead. Then about organic cosmetic companies that aren't using phthalates. And how house plants absorb over seventy-four percent of the toxins in the air.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and well-being. This week we’re joined by Dr. Perry Nickelston, a Chiropractic Physician, and Owner of Stop Chasing Pain. In this episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, Dr. Perry Nickelston shares his expertise on the lymphatic system, specifically what it does and how to improve it. Dr. Perry Nickelston, aka The Lymph Doc, is a Chiropractic Physician with a primary focus on treating chronic pain and inflammation via the lymphatic and vascular systems. He is the owner of Stop Chasing Pain and an international speaker and educator of the self-care MOJO series. Dr. Perry Nickelston is the author of the upcoming book Stop Chasing Pain: A vital guide to healing your body, moving well, and gaining control of your life. He specializes in Performance Enhancement, Corrective Exercise, and Metabolic Fitness Nutrition. Key Takeaways: What are some symptoms of lymphatic disorders? A lymphatic system disorder might cause multiple body symptoms. Some of the most common ones are brain fog, neuroinflammation, puffiness, swelling, and edema. Some people struggle to lose body fat or get a lot of mucus symptoms, like leaky eyes, nose, or sinus infections. What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is a network of tubes throughout the body that manage your fluid levels. It is part of two systems, primarily your immune system, which gets rid of waste products. And your body, and then it's also part of your circulatory system. Another great role of the lymphatic system is killing cancer cells every day. Moving and breathing Two things move the lymphatics primarily. These are movement and breathing. To keep the lymphatic system in good condition, you have to constantly move all your body parts, do various exercises, and breathe through your diaphragm. The big six routines for lymph flow To improve the lymph flow, use the big six routines. Start massaging above and below the collarbone, which is point number one. Go in every direction you want as long as you don't cause pain. Spot number two is at the top of the neck on the left and the right, behind the jaw angle and below the lobe of your ear. Next, go to the shoulder joint, the axilla, and the armpit region. Spot four is where you have most of your lymphatics, and that's your abdomen. Number five is the crease of the groin at the hip, and number six is the spot behind the knees.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at our health and well-being. This week we’re joined by Dr. Christian Gonzalez, aka Dr. G, Co-Founder of The Swell Score and Host of Heal Thy Self. In this episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, Dr. Christian Gonzalez answers all your questions about Neo Emotional Release Therapy. Dr. Christian Gonzalez, aka Dr. G, is the Co-Founder of The Swell Score and Host of Heal Thy Self, a top 100 health and wellness podcast worldwide. He completed his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014. Upon graduation, he completed his residency at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he found a passion for helping people optimize their health in preventing chronic disease. Dr. G has been featured in countless media outlets, including MSN, the LA Times, Shape, and more. Key Takeaways: Understanding emotional release Suppressing emotions like fear, shame, and anger can have a huge impact on overall body health. So many rely on talk therapy, which is a good way of dealing with the problem, but it won't get to the root of releasing the emotion. Emotional release is about authentically facing the parts of you that had been hidden by you at a certain age, reconciling that relationship, and reconnecting with who you are. It is literally shifting the paradigm of how you are in your body and authentically expressing yourself in a balanced version of who you are. Connecting to your body and emotions During Dr. Gonzalez's sessions, eight out of ten people get into their bodies and feel their emotions. In practical terms, he takes about fifteen minutes to bring people deep into their bodies so they literally feel every part of it. When Dr. Gonzalez knows patients are in their bodies, he starts the process of feeling their emotions. Bodily maps of emotions There is a direct correlation between feelings and emotions and body pain. Practicians like Dr. Gonzalez check out people's bodies, how they are standing, and their posture and hips to understand their feelings. For example, anytime someone feels anger, nine out of ten times they have discomfort in the stomach. When it comes to the lower body, the hips, the womb, the pelvis, and the genitals, that's all usually sexual shame. Dr. Christian Gonzalez’s pieces of advice You can't be healthy if you don't have a relationship with your body. Connect with your body and take ten minutes daily to do a body scan and mindfulness meditation of feeling every part of it. Notice what your body's asking for and honor it. Start expanding and honoring your voice and find out practices that would make you connect with your sexual energy.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is a weekly one-on-one conversation with renowned medical experts, specialists, and pioneers who are influencing the way we look at your health and wellbeing. This week we’re joined by Dr. Jill Carnahan, a Functional Medicine Expert and Founder and Medical Director of Flatiron Functional Medicine. In this episode of The Root Cause Medicine Podcast, Dr. Jill Carnahan shares her health journey through breast cancer, mold, toxicity, and trauma, while giving you guidance on where to start on your own journey. Key Takeaways: 1. Why does a disease start in the soil? Over the years, poor soil management, environmental changes, and chemicals are leading to the depletion of nutrients in the soil and human body. For example, the magnesium in an apple today is about one-fifth of what it was 50 or 100 years ago. We might be eating good organic produce, but it's depleted in nutrients that come from the soil. Those depletions and chemical applications like glyphosate pull out minerals that we need to live in a healthy manner. The corn and soy survive, but all the weeds and growths around them die because they're minerally depleted. Glyphosate kills minerals our microbiome can't survive without, as well as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus, allowing things like clostridia to cause various disorders. So we have this imbalance of microbiome based on the stuff that's applied to our soils, affects the gut, and the immune system gets the wrong signal and starts to attack our bodies. 2. Your liver can't do everything by itself - you have to help it. Our liver was designed to detox. We were created that way, and we have everything we need in our bodies to detoxify. However, the environmentally toxic load is increasing exponentially every year with chemicals that we have no idea how they work or how much toxicity we're taking on. And as this toxicity increases, we are losing our margin. If you think of it as a bucket analogy of how we detoxify, we all are born with a bucket that fills up with chemicals. As the toxic load increases, your bucket fills up, and your liver can do the job to a certain point. But when your bucket is full, the water level starts to spill over, your toxic load increases, and your liver gets behind it and can't keep up anymore. So your liver needs more nutrients like B vitamins, glutathione, and alpha-lipoic acid. 3. Breast cancer causes When it comes to breast cancer development, the hormone estradiol is often blamed but we know gut health, infections, inflammation, and toxicities from chemicals like pesticides and herbicides absolutely play a role. Toxic emotions, trauma, and stress can also trigger a bodily response and affect your hormones and metabolic health. Dr. Jill is a well-known Functional Medicine Expert who uses functional medicine to help you find the answers to the cause of your illness and the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be making you feel ill. She is the Founder and Medical Director of Flatiron Functional Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of Queen of Grace Productions. Her new book, Unexpected: Finding Resilience through Functional Medicine, Science, and Faith, will come out soon. She is also an international speaker, author, blogger, IFM Educator at the Institute of Functional Medicine, and Director of Functional Medicine at Resilience Code.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Dr. Tyna Moore, a Regenerative Medicine Expert, Doctor, Mentor, Coach, Author, and Speaker. They discuss how to be more resilient and metabolically healthy from the inside out. Key Takeaways from this episode: 1. What is metabolic instability? Being metabolically healthy means your body responds well to food and reduces your risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and others. So metabolic health is the ability to ingest nutrients and metabolize those nutrients appropriately. However, because of our modern way of life and eating habits, our insulin and blood sugar levels spike all day, thus leading to metabolic instability. That could cause glucose and insulin issues, cardiometabolic conditions, heart diseases, obesity, and even infertility. 2. Hit the gym and take care of your diet. As you gain body fat, the composition and function of your muscles change and get compromised. Muscles are essential for metabolic health, and under-muscled people are at higher risk of obesity, insulin and heart issues, or other types of chronic disease. Muscles are essential as they help modulate your insulin function, secrete anti-inflammatory molecules like myokines, and lose body fat. So the only way to start the transformation towards metabolic health is to add muscle mass to the body and eat fewer carbohydrates and more meat. 3. Metabolic health pieces of advice. Sleep is a vital element for metabolic health. If you skip a night of sleep or don't hit the necessary hours, your blood sugar handling the next day will be a train wreck. So get your sleep, prioritize strength exercises, and try mitigating stress as much as possible. Dr. Tyna Moore has nearly three decades of experience as a leading expert in holistic regenerative medicine and resilient health. Trained as a Naturopathic Physician and Chiropractor, she attempts to bring a unique perspective to those wishing to build a more robust foundation for their health and well-being. Dr. Moore hosts The Dr. Tyna Show Podcast and is a number one best-selling author and international speaker.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. With one delicious scoop of AG1, you get 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced ingredients, probiotics, and adaptogens to help support your gut health, nervous system, immune system, energy, recovery… All the things. In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Dr. Erica Zelfand, a Therapeutic Psychedelic Expert and Educator. They discuss the therapeutic use of Ayahuasca, MDMA, Ketamine, and Psilocybin for depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, panic, and more. Key Takeaways from this episode: 1. What makes psychedelic medicine unique? When people hear the word psychedelic, they think of illegal drugs. However, psychedelic substances can be used for therapeutic purposes and help with addiction, PTSD, depression, or anxiety. The problem is that according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, there's no approved use for these substances, so there are no legal premises to use them. There are a few key medical facilities studying psychedelic medicine with their patients including Johns Hopkins and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. 2. The science behind psychedelics: Psilocybin, Ayahuasca, MDMA, and Ketamine. Some of the most used psychedelic substances are Psilocybin, Ayahuasca, MDMA, LSD, and Ketamine. Psilocybin is the active constituent in magic mushrooms and is in the spotlight now. It is a constituent found in over 200 different species of fungi, which performed very well in clinical trials for treating things like depression, major depressive disorder, and various addictions. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic medicine that comes to us from the Amazon and is a combination of two different plants brewed together. MDMA has a good chance of being legalized within the next few years because of its healing trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder properties. Ketamine is a versatile psychedelic used in pediatrics, pets, surgeries, or dental procedures. It also can be used to treat addiction, but you have to be careful with it as it is an addictive substance in itself. 3. How can you get started with psychedelics correctly? Never buy and do psychedelics on your own. A safer way to do psychedelics is to go to a trusted professional. With Ketamine (for example), that means finding a licensed Ketamine practitioner or clinic. You can also enroll in a clinical trial supported by organizations like Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Certain states such as Oregon and Colorado are also moving towards broadening psychedelic therapeutics in a clinical setting. Dr. Erica Zelfand is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, specializing in integrative and functional family medicine. She is also a medical writer, editor, and speaker. Dr. Erica is a psychedelic expert and educator who helps people understand how the newly evolving world of therapeutic psychedelics such as Psilocybin and Ketamine help with depression, addiction, and more.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Jenn Pike, A Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor, and Medical Exercise Specialist. They discuss top insights and hacks for shedding the limiting beliefs that lead to burnout and hold you back from achieving your potential. The first step to success is learning to take care of yourself. Key Takeaways from this episode: 1. You can’t be constantly burned out and still create the life and business you want. Start by recognizing the signs of burnout and recognize that you’re here because you are not in alignment with who you are at your core. Before you can start making changes, you will need to peel away all your hard-wired and self-limiting beliefs one layer at a time. 2. The notion that our worth is defined by our accomplishments is a self-limiting belief. We are hard-wired from a young age that our value and worth stem from our achievements; the best grades, the most wins, and trying the hardest and doing things others won’t because they are hard. We then evolve into adults who are working harder and trying to produce more. Soon you have a reputation to live up to, even though we’re starting to crumble inside, but we can’t let anyone see that. 3. The smallest things we do can drive the biggest changes. Start by identifying the one thing you do daily that fulfills you and makes you happy. Look within and try to figure out why you have designed your life the way it is, where you have no time to achieve what you want and no rest and recharge time. Are things the way they are because you have an issue with saying “no”? 4. Jenn Pike’s three tips for audaciousness. We are hard-wired with self-limiting beliefs; identify these beliefs and anchor yourself to the woman you are at your core. Next, cultivate a daily routine that lets you tap into moments of joy and self-nurturing. Lastly, take time to look at your schedule and regularly scrub out things you can say no to. Jenn Pike is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor, and a Medical Exercise Specialist. Jenn is a multitasking achiever who believes that being audacious can cut out the hard-wired self-limiting beliefs we all carry and lead us to simplicity and ease in all that we do. She is the founder of the Simplicity Project, and you can catch her on her YouTube channel, Simplicity TV, or on her weekly podcast of, The Simplicity Sessions. Jenn is also the author of three books, including The Simplicity Project.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Dr. James LaValle, Author, Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist, and Educator. They discuss food intolerances, food allergies, and gut health. Key Takeaways from this episode: 1. Food Issues Symptoms: Food is the most significant thing that drives your health. Besides the obvious signs of food conditions, there are symptoms like anxiety, mood disorders, weight gain, joint and muscle discomfort, cardiovascular disease, cognitive function issues, and fatigue. 2. Food Allergy Versus Food Sensitivity: An allergy represents a hypersensitivity reaction that could be life-threatening. When you get an allergic reaction, your airways shut down, you wheeze, get hives, and have itchy skin. Food sensitivity takes longer before it manifests, you may not even see the reaction to the food for up to seventy-two hours after you have eaten it. A sensitivity reaction will not be as dramatic, but initial signs of issues include reactions in your gut, immune system, and other parts of your body. 3. How Food Affects Your Intestines. Your intestine has a lining of epithelial cells which are only one cell layer deep. In between these cells, there is something called tight junctions, which are responsible for absorption. Any food can change the epithelial cells of your intestines and disrupt tight junctions. As a result, you either start getting bacteria that get into the circulation and create an immune system response, or the foods aren't getting broken down. So when your gut barrier loses its integrity, you start to react to certain foods. Dr. James LaValle is an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board-certified clinical nutritionist, educator in integrative and precision health, and founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises. He has over thirty-five years of experience integrating natural and integrative therapies into various medical and business models. Dr. LaValle has also authored sixteen e-books and twenty books, was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine, and was one of only nine Americans selected to serve under Senator Harkin to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens. With one delicious scoop of AG1, you get 75 high-quality vitamins, minerals, whole-food sourced ingredients, probiotics, and adaptogens to help support your gut health, nervous system, immune system, energy, recovery…All the things In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Dr. Marc Sklar, a Fertility Expert and Founding Principal of the Reproductive Wellness Clinic. They discuss natural fertility, sperm health, egg freezing, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and more. Key Takeaways from this episode: 1. Fertility and Family Planning: We think that we can get pregnant effortlessly. But in terms of animals that reproduce, we are not the most efficient at it. At our best, when we're in our late teens or early twenties, we have at most a twenty-five to thirty percent chance of conception every cycle. In terms of age, the general guideline is to get pregnant under thirty-five before you should seek additional support and attention. But if you need that support or have a history of some issues, don't wait for those markers. Get help sooner rather than later. 2. What Is HSG? Hysterosalpingography, or HSG, is a radiologic procedure to investigate whether the Fallopian tubes are open, which is significant because that's where the egg and sperm meet. One of the benefits of an HSG is that if something minor is blocking the Fallopian tubes, often that procedure opens and clears the path. But if there is a profound blockage, changes are not that big because usually, it only opens temporarily. 3. Polyps and Fibroids Affect Fertility: Fibroids depend on multiple factors, like size and location. They don't significantly impact fertility unless they are extremely large and located, so it will hinder implantation. Polyps are basically like little skin tags inside the uterus. So even though they are small, they may be an issue depending on their location because if they are in a spot where implantation would happen. 4. PCOS and Pregnancy: PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) represents one of the most common causes of female infertility. However, Dr. Sklar believes that 90% of all PCOS patients can and should get pregnant naturally. But many of them have been mismanaged and moved into IVF unnecessarily. So much of this can be supported, managed, and addressed without ignoring the patient and pushing them toward IVF. By taking ownership of it, making changes, and getting a good plan, most PCOS patients get pregnant naturally. Dr. Marc Sklar is a fertility expert that helps couples all over the world get pregnant with his online fertility program. Also known as The Fertility Expert, he has been doing this for over twenty years and helping thousands of couples. Dr. Marc Sklar also has two functional medicine clinics in San Diego, California, where he sees over 100+ patients per week with the help of his team of four other fertility experts.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Craig Strasnick, President and CEO of Commonwealth Diagnostics International. They discuss small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, known as SIBO, and intestinal methanogen overgrowth, known as IMO, and how the diagnostic side of GI disturbances provides important data that helps guide research and the development of therapies to help patients find relief. Key Takeaways: What Is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth plays an enormous role in the categorization and diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome patients. Irritable bowel syndrome is the world's most common gastrointestinal disorder, which includes symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, or dyspepsia. It is estimated that greater than 84% of total IBS patients suffer from SIBO, which represents an excess of bacteria in the small intestine. What Is IMO? Intestinal Methane Overgrowth represents an overgrowth of methane-producing archaea in the small and large intestines. Methane has always been an important component of the breath testing protocol to quantify GI disturbances or SIBO. The distinction between methane and hydrogen is how each trace gas correlates to the symptom set of each individual patient case. Hydrogen is associated with faster motility and diarrhea, whereas methane has been most closely correlated to abdominal distension, bloating, and constipation. Treatment Options for GI Disturbances. There are a host of various therapeutic interventions, dietary modifications, or interventions like the FODMAP or specific carbohydrate diet, which rely on low fermentable and sugar foods, and probiotics and prebiotics. As the President and CEO of CDI, Craig collaborates with international academics and industry leaders to improve current gastroenterological practices. He graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Administration and founded CDI in 2015 after securing the acquisition of Commonwealth Laboratories. In 2021, Forbes named Craig Strasnick and Commonwealth Diagnostics International to the Forbes Next 1000. Craig is also a Board Member of Functional Gut Diagnostics, GI Logic, and My Total Health.
The Root Cause Medicine Podcast is created by Rupa Health, the best way to order, track & get results from 30+ lab companies in one place. In today’s episode, Dr. Carrie Jones is joined by Dr. Evan Hirsch, Founder of The EnergyMD. They discuss fatigue, ten categories to examine potential causes, and Dr. Evan's four-step process to improve it. Key Takeaways: Fatigue Causes: There are thirty-three causes for fatigue, and every person should figure out which ones they have. These causes can be divided into deficiencies of hormones, vitamins, minerals, neurotransmitters, healthy lifestyle habits, and toxicities which cause about eighty percent of the deficiencies. There's More Than One Cause Of Fatigue: Everybody who has low energy has a combination of twenty-plus causes, and part of this has to do with the fact that there are deficiencies. For example, if you have molds plus an infection, that can cause adrenals, thyroid, or mitochondrial deficiencies. Examples Of Toxicities: A toxin is an environmental element that gets into your body and is not supposed to be there. These are things like heavy metals, chemicals, molds, infections, allergies, negative emotional patterns, and electromagnetic fields. The Four-Step EnergyMD Method: The first step is to assess. Out of the thirty-three causes, seventy-five percent of those can be determined by symptoms, while twenty-five percent need lab testing. And you need to figure out which of those twenty-plus causes you have. The second step is replacing the deficiencies, the third is opening up the drainage pathways, and the fourth is removing the toxins. COVID After Effects: COVID is a big fatigue contributor, which causes over 250 different symptoms at this point, and it's a reason why we're seeing so many young people get sick. If you've got COVID and have persistent symptoms that started with it, that means you have an active live virus and you need to ensure that you're addressing it. But what's interesting is the difference between somebody who ends up getting long covid and somebody who doesn't has to do a lot with the toxicities that they already have. So if you have heavy metals, chemicals, molds, and other infections, you're a lot more likely to end up with long covid. Dr. Evan Hirsch is one of the world’s leading experts in finding the root causes of fatigue and resolving them naturally. He is the Founder of The EnergyMD, the best-selling author of Fix Your Fatigue, and the host of the EnergyMD Podcast. Dr. Hirsch suffered from low energy and fatigue for five years before he achieved resolution using the EnergyMD Program he developed in his medical practice.
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