Functional Medicine

Healing Gut & Oral Infections With Herbs with Dr. Rachel Fresco

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Dr. Rachel Fresco is a doctor of Chinese Medicine out of California. She's also the founder and President of Bio-Botanical Research. In this episode we talk about her formulations, biofilms, gut infections, essential oils, oral health, and eating healthy.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:00 Introducing Dr. Rachel Fresco
Min 03:58 Dr. Fresco's Biocidin® formula
Min 09:40 Biofilms
Min 14:55 Microbial blends
Min 20:30 Olive leaf extract & essential oils
Min 25:00 Using Biocidin
Min 29:00 Binders
Min 32:15 Biocidin Throat Spray
Min 38:20 Marcons
Min 40:15 Dentalcidin & oral health
Min 46:53 Amalgam filling & detoxifying
Min 52:45 Eating healthy
Min 64:40 Dr. Fresco's resources

To learn more about Rachel Fresco and her company Bio-Botanical Research, visit her website here and on Facebook 
 

Resources:

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Rachel Fresco:

Functional Health Solutions Program

To learn more about our private Functional Health Solutions program, please fill out the brief form here. After filling it out, you'll get a short series of emails to teach you about how functional health coaching works, and if it's a fit for you and your case.  As thank you, we provide a discount code at the end of the series for learning about us!

Epstein Barr Virus - Could You Have It? With Dr. Kasia Kines

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Dr. Kasia Kines is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and the CEO of EBV Educational Institute who specializes in the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Her new ground breaking book on EBV combines medical research with practical applications, written both for the medical community and the lay person in mind. The book will be released in late spring/summer 2018. In this episode we talk about the EBV, Mononucleosis, testing, childhood infections & recovery.

 

 

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:35 Introducing Dr. Kasia Kines

Min 04:48 How Dr. Kines got into EBV specialization

Min 06:35 Testing for EBV & seeking treatment

Min 10:00 The connection between EBV & other conditions

Min 11:50 How many people have EBV?

Min 15:00 Mononucleosis (mono)

Min 19:05 Childhood infections & lab testing for EBV

Min 27:30 Botanicals & superfoods for helping with EBV

Min 35:00 Flipping your health script

Min 36:50 Olive-leaf extract

Min 40:35 Dr. Kines newsletter & freebies

Min 46:35 EBV recovery

To learn more about Dr. Kasia Kines, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

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Resources:

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Kasia Kines:

Functional Health Solutions Program

To learn more about our private Functional Health Solutions program, please fill out the brief form here. After filling it out, you'll get a short series of emails to teach you about how functional health coaching works, and if it's a fit for you and your case.  As thank you, we provide a discount code at the end of the series for learning about us!

My Problem with Functional Medicine

How Coaching Makes Functional Medicine More Effective

My early career in medicine began as an acupuncturist. I went to school in a converted old house in New Mexico, with chickens in the parking lot and burritos at break time.

My teachers were mostly from China, and very smart, interesting people. I learned to read the signs of the body. Puffy tongue means dampness. Frequent sighing shows liver stagnation.

 Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP

Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP

As I entered practice, I gave generously to my clients. I used essential oils and did massage. I counseled them on dating and workplace drama.

But when I got sick, I didn’t know enough to help myself. As I looked for solutions, I found functional medicine.

I didn’t know it by that name at the time, but I studied the body systems in a new way, and I studied a new body of therapeutic foods and supplements.

 

I was fascinated with this new world and reaped some benefits in my own health. I went on to study functional medicine in a more formal way, completing the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program.

But then one very rainy winter in Oregon, I got really sick. And again my knowledge was not enough. I turned to lab testing and found mold and Epstein Barr. I found some great insight from functional practitioners but also fell into some serious gaps:

  • There was a rush to give supplements.

  • There was a ‘this should be working’ attitude.

  • There was an overlooking of me as a whole person.

 

One of the most disappointing things for me was the lack of empathy I felt from the functional practitioners that I saw. While I’m sure that they did care, I didn’t hear it in their communication.

 

I was really sick. I’m talking bone-tired, twitching eyelids, can’t hold a thought for two seconds sick. Beyond expensive supplements, I needed to feel heard and loved. I needed advice on how to make it through the day.

 

I’m not saying that one functional doc is meant to be an answer to all of life’s issues! When you are seriously ill, it’s going to take a village, persistence, & a good mindset. Eventually, I found a counselor who helped me address the stress of chronic illness and the displacement caused by mold.

As I struggled to figure out my illness, I had to recalibrate my view of functional medicine. Was it not at all what I thought it was? Was it a waste of time and money?

I am very thankful for my roots in Chinese Medicine and life coaching that gave me a roadmap for how things could, indeed, be better.

 

My current practice is very progressive. It’s all online, and we run tests from mold to parasites. We have clients all over the world and use video chat and electronic intake forms.

 

But I have embraced wholeheartedly the old-fashioned values of listening to my client carefully, of reading between the lines and seeing what’s really stressing them and letting them have a voice in how their protocols proceed.

 

We remember to say, “you’re doing a great job,” and remind you that things will get easier. We help you deal with skeptical family members and birthday cake in the break room. 

We are coaches, and we help you navigate the hard parts of life.

 

The term ‘functional medicine’ was coined by Dr. Jeffrey Bland in 1991 as he and his wife established the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Bland is a nutritional biochemist and we can really credit him for establishing and advancing this field.

 

Functional medicine excels at testing. It looks at how to best support the body’s systems without doing harm. But here’s the thing...

You are not a group of symptoms or test results.

You are person with a story of how you got sick, and the story of how you get well is still being written. Having a coach who truly listens and lifts you up will be an important a part of your healing journey.

 

Are you ready for the next level of holistic functional care?

 


To learn more about our private Functional Health Solutions coaching program, please click here.

You'll receive a coupon code for $100 off your first session and more information about our unique approach. 

 

 

 

 

Case Study: A Functional Approach Hormones and Gut

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How Functional Health Coaching Treats Mood, Gut and Hormones in an Integrated Way

The Symptoms

When Emily joined our coaching program, she was struggling with depression, anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog. She said that she did not have the energy to improve her diet or exercise regimen to support her health. She feared that trying to make major changes could have the potential to elicit panic attacks that would prevent her from moving forward.

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Photo by Jason Briscoe

Emily felt “tired almost all of the time.” Up until a few years before joining our Functional Health Solutions coaching program, she had lived an active life. She had spent years gaining her education and working as a public health professional. And, at 38-years-old, she found herself barely making it through the day.

Emily had resorted to some of the most common coping mechanisms available: coffee in the morning to give her enough energy to get going, and alcohol at night to help her sleep.

Emily had resorted to some of the most common coping mechanisms available: coffee in the morning to give her enough energy to get going, and alcohol at night to help her sleep.

She suffered from symptoms of gas, bloating and indigestion. Her symptoms eased when she was strict about her diet but returned whenever she wavered slightly. 

The First Steps

The first thing we advised Emily to do was to take the huge step of removing coffee and alcohol from her diet. Within a matter of a couple of weeks, she was amazed at how much better she felt, just from those small changes. While this is not always as impactful for everybody as it was for Emily, it does show that sometimes a couple of small tweaks can have big effects.

The Labs

As Emily made those early changes to diet, we ran a handful of functional labs, including:

  • DUTCH Complete hormone panel
  • Comprehensive thyroid panel
  • GI-Map stool pathogen test
  • Micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) test.

The Test Results

The test results showed that Emily was quite deficient in the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone but it is also responsible for providing a sense of energy and plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythms controlling sleep/wake cycles.

Emily was also very low in all of her female sex hormones (the estrogens and progesterone) and she was also very low in melatonin, a hormone that helps promote restful sleep.

Emily's thyroid appeared to be slightly sluggish and she was deficient in seven different important micronutrients.

Her stool test detected two different parasites, an overgrowth of two different opportunistic yeast species, suppressed immune response in the small intestines, and a very strong sensitivity to gluten-containing foods.

Part of the Hormone Report

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Stool Test Results

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The Protocol

Emily remained free from coffee and alcohol and began to adopt a gluten-free diet.

She started doing moderate exercise, managing her stress levels, eradicating gut pathogens through an herbal protocol, and supporting her healthy hormone balance through diet, herbs, and lifestyle changes.

She introduced some herbal tinctures such as black cohosh, red clover, vitex, and motherwort to support her female hormone levels. She used a product called Adrenotone from Designs for Health to support the adrenal glands and the balance of stress hormone production through the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

Emily supported her micronutrient balance through the introduction of a complete mineral support formula and used the Designs for Health GI Microb-X product as one of the antimicrobial blends for eradicating infectious microorganisms. She also introduced Megaspore probiotic to rebuild beneficial gut flora and to support the immune system. 

For dietary support, Emily began seed cycling and introduced more healthy fats into her diet. She also incorporated detoxification strategies such as dry brushing and rebounding into her daily routine to help her move toxins out of the body in a natural way.

The Transformation

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Photo by Patrick Hendry

As Emily gained energy, she was able to reintegrate exercise into her life and she enjoys mountain biking and outdoor sports of many kinds.

After six months on the coaching program, Emily reported feeling better than she had in years despite experiencing some extreme stress, including the sudden death of her partner’s mother.

Over the course of her six months on the program, Emily gained enough energy and mental clarity to make big decisions about her life, including the purchase of a new home and a desire to have a baby.

Emily is now thriving, pregnant, happy in her life, and excited about her future.

 

 

Are You Ready for Your Transformation?

To learn more about our private Functional Health Solutions program, please fill out the brief form here. After filling it out, you'll get a short series of emails to teach you about how functional health coaching works, and if it's a fit for you and your case.  As thank you, we provide a discount code at the end of the series for learning about us!

Advanced Treatment for Hair Loss and Skin Damage with Dr. Bridghid McMonagle

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Dr. Bridghid McMonagle was the first certified ozone practitioner in Oregon and has trained extensively in ozone therapies. She is certified in Wilson Temperature Protocol, Prolozone, Major Autohemotherapy, LENS neurofeedback system, and IV therapy. In this episode we talk about ozone therapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and heavy metal detoxification.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:15 Introducing Dr. Bridghid McMonagle

Min 07:00 Going back to school

Min 09:00 Basics for healthy skin and hair

Min 13:30 Thyroid issues & heavy metal toxicity

Min 15:10 IV therapy, chelation & heavy metal testing

Min 23:20 Ozone therapy

Min 29:20 PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Min 31:40 Risks to using therapies

Min 34:40 Dr. Bridghid McMonagle's resources

To learn more about Dr. Bridghid McMonagle, visit her website here and follow her on social media:

Lake Oswego Health Center Facebook page 

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YouTube 

 

Resources:

Here's the video version of the interview with Dr. Bridghid McMonagle:

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Are You in Prediabetes? With Dr. Alan Hopkins

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Dr. Alan Hopkins is the CEO of YOURLABWORK, LLC and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. In this episode, we continue with the conversation on blood sugar that we started last week with Diane Sanfilippo. Hopkins talks about what prediabetes is, testing and blood sugar numbers.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:45 Dr. Alan Hopkins' background & work
Min 04:25 Diabetes research
Min 08:40 Lab testing at Your Lab Work
Min 10:25 Taking a stand for your health
Min 12:35 Prediabetes & diabetes numbers
Min 13:20 Blood sugar markers & your risk potential
       - Blood sugar of 85 or less is considered perfect
       - Blood sugar of 100 is prediabetes
       - Blood sugar of 125 is diabetes
       - Blood sugar of 126 & above is consistent with Types 2 diabetes
Min 18:00 Early blood sugar screening
Min 24:50 Insulin resistance
Min 28:40 Effects of exercise & food on blood sugar
Min 33:10 Dealing with Prediabetes
Min 36:45 Custom lab work
       - Metabolic panel
       - Sugar metabolism & Diabetes screening
       - Thyroid tests (TSH, Free T3, Free T4), Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (for Hashimoto's)
       - Advanced cholesterol panel

To learn more about Dr. Alan Hopkins, visit his website here.

Resources:

Detoxing From Sugar with Diane Sanfilippo
How High Blood Sugar Wrecks Your Hormones with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo 
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Practitioner Training Program survey
Custom lab work

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Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Detox From Sugar with Diane Sanfilippo

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Diane Sanfilippo is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo. Her new book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide was released recently in January 2018. In this episode we talk about sugar addiction, changing health habits and taking charge of your health.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:45 Diane Sanfilippo's book tours
Min 06:55 Diane's sugar detox books
Min 09:00 Launching the 21-day sugar detox program
Min 16:00 Cleanses & dealing with setbacks
Min 19:10 Using judgement in making good decisions
Min 24:35 Diane's objectives for her new book
Min 30:05 Changing health habits
Min 34:30 Diane's health coaching program
Min 38:45 Connecting brands with health coaches
Min 42:30 Launching a coaching program
Min 46:30 Beautycounter products

To learn more about Diane Sanfilippo, visit her website here and follow her on social media:
Facebook 
Instagram 
Twitter 
YouTube 
Pinterest 

Resources:

Practitioner training program survey
21-Day Sugar Detox program
21-Day Sugar Detox Coaching program
Beautycounter products - non-toxic line of beauty products

Here's the video version of the interview with Diane Sanfilippo:

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

If you have not yet joined our community, be sure take our "Is a Gut Infection Causing Your Hormonal Imbalance" quiz here, and come on board!

We have lots of valuable, free resources for women's health we share weekly.

Bridgit Danner,

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative