Functional Medicine

How to Know if You Have a Thyroid Problem

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Get Diagnosed to Treat Your Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

According to the American Thyroid Association, one in eight women will develop a form of thyroid disease. (1) Are you one of them?

I was shocked to get my own diagnosis a few years ago! But knowing will help you make targeted healthcare choices that get results, rather than just hanging out in ‘symptom land’ for years on end.

Learn the warning signs and symptoms of thyroid problems in women, the times in life you are most likely to develop a thyroid condition, the root causes, and the best thyroid lab tests to get a diagnosis.

Signs of Thyroid Problems

Signs (visible markers) of thyroid problems include:

  • Hair loss

  • Pale skin

  • Excess weight

  • Sweating

  • Bulging eyes

  • Rapid weight loss

The first three signs are signs of LOW thyroid function, which is the more common form of thyroid dysfunction. The signs of thyroid weight gain and thyroid hair loss are often the most distressing for our clients.

The last three signs are signs of HIGH thyroid function. Sometimes a patient will swing from signs of low function to hyperfunction. You’ll learn more about this later.

Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

The symptoms of low thyroid are many. According to author and thyroid expert Dana Trentini, there are 300+ symptoms of thyroid disorder! (2) I’ll list some of the common ones here:

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  • Cold hands and feet

  • Indigestion

  • Fatigue

  • Foggy thinking

  • Never sweating

  • Geting sick often

  • Swelling

  • Chronic candida

  • Dark under eye area

  • Acne

  • Dry skin

  • Headaches

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Irregular periods

  • Infertility

  • Lox sex drive

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism swing the other way and include:

  • Excess hunger

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • High blood pressure

Many of these symptoms could overlap with other health conditions. And many people who have a thyroid condition also have another health challenge. Let’s look at the roots and triggers for thyroid disease and learn how it develops.

How the Thyroid Gland Works

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that produces hormones that influence metabolism and more. Most cells in the body respond to thyroid hormone in some way.

Authors Nussey and Whitehead state in their publication, Endocrinology: An Integrated Approach, “In most tissues... thyroid hormones stimulate the metabolic rate by increasing the number and size of mitochondria…” (3) Thyroid hormones produce energy for most processes in your body.

Thyroid hormones are produced at the command of your hypothalamus/pituitary axis. This axis releases a hormone called TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to stimulate your thyroid to make hormones. The thyroid then produces hormones called T1, T2, reverse T3, T3 and T4.

As T4 leaves the thyroid gland, it needs to be converted to T3 in the blood, kidneys, liver and intestines.

The hormones T4 and T3 are bound by proteins that carry them in the bloodstream. They must become unbound or ‘free’ in the last step before they can bind with their hormone receptors in cells throughout the body.

What Causes Thyroid Problems

There are many steps that can go awry in this process of thyroid hormone production. The most common cause of thyroid disease is autoimmunity.

The most common autoimmune thyroid disease is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s disease symptoms match the ones I outlined above.

Hashimoto’s usually appears as low thyroid symptoms, but as the body attacks the thyroid gland, thyroid hormone is released, and symptoms of hyperthyroidism can appear.

The other autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid is called Graves’ disease. This is less common, and it’s marked by signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism, like insomnia, racing heart, and rapid weight loss.

The definition of autoimmunity is straightforward:

Autoimmunity is the system of immune responses of an organism against its own healthy cells and tissues. Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an ‘autoimmune disease.’” (4)

Understanding why autoimmunity happens, and how to reverse it, is much more complex.

Autoimmunity occurs due to a mixture of genetic predisposition and environmental factors.  Autoimmunity is very much on the rise in our time and it’s likely thanks to our fast-paced, high-stress lifestyle combined with new chemicals and triggers in our environment.

Dr. Alessio Fasano has a theory that each autoimmunity case involves a genetic predisposition, a leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability) and a ‘vector,’ or an external infection or irritant that disrupts the body. (5)

Most functional practitioners include a focus on the gut as leaky gut can allow peptides to enter the bloodstream and dysregulate the immune system, and because some gut infections are linked to autoimmunity. (6) Dr. Izabella Wentz, a New York Times best-selling author and Hashimoto’s expert, focuses on gut hygiene and pathogen eradication in her work.

Beyond the gut, I have observed toxins like indoor toxic mold help trigger autoimmunity. It is a part of my own story with Hashimoto’s that you can read more about here.  

The most common times in a woman’s life to be diagnosed with autoimmunity are after childbirth, after a major stress, after breast implant surgery and as she shifts into menopause.

Unraveling the why of autoimmunity in each case is where functional medicine shines, and where conventional medicine is left in the dust.

Conventional medicine will just manage your medication for the rest of your life. And the trouble is that, even when given thyroid hormone, you may not feel better.

Functional medicine blends the best of modern testing techniques for thyroid, mold, nutrition, gut infections and more with a holistic approach of treating the whole person with lifestyle, nutritional therapy and targeted supplementation.

Outside of autoimmunity, you can have low thyroid function from other factors. These could be:

  • A neurological issue in which the thyroid is not getting a signal to make sufficient hormone.

  • A conversion issue, in which the health of the the body’s cell, liver or gut are not supporting sufficient conversion to active thyroid hormone.

  • Inflammation at the cellular level, which blocks thyroid hormone from entering the cell.

Doctors Chris Kresser and Eric Osansky both detail mechanisms in which reduced active thyroid hormone is not adequately produced. (7, 8)

These other thyroid issues can all be addressed with functional health care as well.

Thyroid Lab Tests

Since thyroid symptoms are so overlapped with other conditions, you cannot self-diagnose by symptoms; you need to test.

A thyroid function test is easy to access. It’s a simple blood panel that can be drawn at any lab. Nowadays, there are many companies that offer options to order a test online yourself. One of my favorites is Your Lab Work, which you can check out here.

Why would I bring this up and not just say, “go see your doctor”? Most doctors are not trained to look at your thyroid from the vantage point of best function.

We have had scores of women come to us with incomplete thyroid lab test results, or reporting their doctors would not agree to run full thyroid labs. Most conventional doctors are trained to look at the thyroid from a broad view, and are not advised to test for autoimmunity to boot.

This is how your thyroid labs may appear ‘normal,’ but you still feel like crap. And this is why I recommend to test your thyroid with a functional health provider like us.

If your health care provider’s views match your own, you will have a much better experience and outcome.

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The image to the right details the tests to run if you think you may have low thyroid function.

These are:

  • TSH

  • Total T4

  • Free T4

  • Total T3

  • Free T3

  • Reverse T3

  • TG antibody

  • TPO antibody

This battery of tests will give you a sense of where the cascade of thyroid function failed you. Was it right away, in the brain? Was it a conversion issue? Do you have autoimmunity?

If you suspect you could have Graves’ disease or hyperfunction of the thyroid, please request the thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) in addition to the other tests.

What’s Next After Your Thyroid Test

So you had your full thyroid panel run; that’s great! If you were paying attention to this article, you’ll realize that addressing thyroid imbalance may be complicated.

You and your functional practitioner may want to run additional tests based on your symptoms and your thyroid results. These may include:

  • Gut pathogen testing

  • Blood nutrient testing

  • Heavy metal testing

  • Female & adrenal hormone testing

A couple additional tests help can round out the picture and give you a very clear and targeted protocol for healing. A targeted protocol of nutrition, lifestyle practices and supplementation will get you results much faster and will save money and time in the long run.

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Written by Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP

Bridgit is trained in functional health coaching and has worked with thousands of women over her career since 2004. She is the founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative llc and HormoneDetoxShop.com.

 

Toxins Testing with Ann Melin & Bridgit Danner

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Ann Melin & I are your guests this week. Ann is our lead coach at WWC. In this episode we talk about some of my own test results, mold tests for the home & body, testing for chemicals in the body, heavy metal testing, and organic acids testing.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 03:10 Tests covered at Women's Wellness Collaborative
Min 04:40 Toxicity in the body
Min 07:10 Hair mineral analysis testing
Min 11:00 Glyphosate test & urine test
Min 17:30 Water test
Min 19:10 The dust test & Marcon's test
Min 21:55 Organic acids test
Min 30:00 Serotonin
Min 34:30 Nutritional markers

Resources:

Sign up for a Free consult here 
Hormone Detox shop 

Here's the video version of the interview with Ann Melin.

Most Bloating is Caused by This...

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What is causing your bloating and how to get rid of it for good

According to Dr. Eric Regier, about 96% of cases of bloating are due to SIBO.

SIBO is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. There should be a very small amount of bacteria and the small intestine, and a large amount in the large intestine. Due to the reasons we’ll cover below, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine can occur.

Symptoms of SIBO include: bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea.

What Causes SIBO?

  1. Dysfunction of Migrating Motor Complex

Sweeps the small bowel

Due to, usually, food poisoning, but can also be due to hypothyroidism, c difficile, Lyme bacteria, opioid use, antibiotic use, giardia

In cases of food poisoning, the toxin produced by the poisonous bacteria damage the nerves that facilitate the migrating motor complex. The body can then create an antibody against this toxin. But unfortunately, at the same time, it will produce an antibody against a protein that helps keep the tight junctions of the intestine tight. When this protein is attacked, you can end of with chronic leaky gut.

2. Anatomical Blockages

Due to surgical adhesions, endometrial adhesions, fistulas, diverticula

3. Low stomach acid levels

Acid kills bacteria

Stress, hypothyroidism and use of acid-blocking medications

4. Ileocecal Valve malfunction

If this valve between the small and large intestine is absent or not working, bacteria from the large bowel can backflow into the small intestine. The valve can be irritated by ‘stimulating’ foods like coffee, tea, soda, spicy food, sugar, chocolate, processed foods and popcorn.

According to Dr. David Williams, Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the form of lactic acid yeast wafers can help for diarrhea symptoms related to SIBO.

According to Dr. Craig Maxwell, Magnesium Chelate and a good probiotic can help.

Also local massage for a few minutes on your right lower abdomen about 15 degrees and down from your hip bone can help.

SIBO Has a Cousin…

SIBO has a cousin called SIFO (I’m not making this stuff up!) which stand for Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth. SIFO is similar to SIBO except it’s defined by an overgrowth of fungus in the small intestine.

Some additional symptoms related to include: belching, nausea, confused thinking, headaches, fatigue and joint pain.

If your SIBO symptoms are not going away with treatment, SIFO could be the culprit, and an anti-fungal approach with a functional practitioner may be needed.
 

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Diet for SIBO Symptoms

When you eat foods, the bacteria in your small intestine may be ‘fed’ as well, and the byproduct of their feasting can be gas.

The bacteria that has overgrown in your gut varies from person to person. Therefore the foods that irritate SIBO vary as well.

While you go through treatment, it’s important to find the foods that won’t aggravate your symptoms, and the amounts.For example, you may tolerate eating a few grapes, but not a whole bowl of grapes.

The diet I most recommend experimenting with is the low FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.

That’s a mouthful! Basically FODMAPs are foods that contain indigestible starches, and the bacteria in your body will ‘ferment’ them to break them down. The byproduct of that fermentation is gas.

If you want to avoid the gas, you can avoid the high FODMAP foods that irritate your certain bacteria, and instead choose low FODMAP foods.

Two great resources I’ve found for FODMAP information are:

Monash University - The researchers at this Canadian university developed and trademarked The Low FODMAP diet.

Kate Scarlata - Kate is a registered dietitian nutritionist and author who has developed some handy checklists and useful guides for avoiding high FODMAP foods.
 

Protocols for SIBO Symptoms

The treatment of SIBO can be a slow and winding road due to the different causes of SIBO and the different bacteria that may be involved. But if you don’t want to live with the digestive symptoms you’re currently experiencing, it’s best to start somewhere!

In my opinion, you’ll get the best results when working with a functional medicine coach. A provider can run a SIBO breath test, a stool test, and any other tests that may be needed in your case. She can get specialty supplements that may be difficult to get otherwise. And lastly, dealing with a chronic condition that may be slow to respond is emotionally draining, and having a coach to talk to can keep you moving forward.

Let’s look at a few supplements that can help with bloating / SIBO:

Oregano Oil- Oregano oil is the potent essential oil of the oregano plant. It can help for both SIBO and SIFO. It is often combined with other antimicrobial and anti-fungals like thyme oil and grapefruit seed extract.

This is a ‘hot oil’ so you’ll need to dilute it in a carrier oil if used on your skin or take in a capsule internally. We carry a blend of thyme, oregano and other supportive essential oils in capsule form in GX Assist in our doTERRA shop.

Atrantil- Atrantil is a mix of whole peppermint and extracts from the Quebracho and Conker Tree. The combined mechanisms of these ingredients:

  • Relax intestinal cramping

  • Soak up hydrogen gas

  • Stop production of methane bacteria

  • Disable / kill troublemaking archaebacteria.

You can purchase this product on our shop, and you’ll receive a discount for buying three or more.    

Ginger- If you’ve managed to rid yourself of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, you need to keep it clear now! Ginger can help stimulate the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC) we learned about earlier. I like this Chewable Ginger by Natural Factors. We also carry ginger oil (it’s so yummy) in our doTERRA shop.

Other substances that stimulate the MMC are: 5-HTP (OTC supplement) and LDN (low dose naltrexone- by prescription only).

Activated Charcoal- While activated charcoal won’t cure your SIBO, it will sure help relieve it! Activated charcoal can absorb the gas within its porous structure.

Probiotics -

Not all bloating is due to SIBO. Bloating can also come from a sudden change in diet, like adding vegetables suddenly or eating beans for the first time in months. Since I now rarely eat gluten-free pasta and pizza, I find that I react strongly to it and become bloated.

I think the site PaleoLeap.com sums it up well, “Either you’re eating a type of fiber that you don’t have enough of the right gut flora to digest, or you’re eating a type that they like too well, so you get overgrowth problems. For example, this study found that flatulence was “associated with instability of the microbial ecosystem:” the gut flora of patients with bad gas actually responded differently to their food, potentially causing the problem.”

This is why adding a good probiotic is helpful. Some probiotics will actually feed the bacteria in the small intestine and cause bloating. But spore-based probiotics will not. The probiotic that is our hands down favorite is MegaSpore.

This is a recent testimonial from a new MegaSpore user who had bloating for 20 years:

“I've had IBS for over 20 years and NOTHING has helped until NOW.

RESULTS: BLOATING, gone! I no longer have explosive diarrhea in the morning but have normal, well-formed stools that sink in the toilet, 2 to 3 times per day!!! AMAZING PRODUCT!!!!”

Antibiotics and Prescription Antifungals-

If you’re not having success after using herbal treatments, prescriptive options are available as well through your doctor.

Conclusion:

Though there can be a little trial and error on the road to healing your gut, the results are well worth it! Running to the bathroom, being too bloated to exercise or even move...this is not what life is about!

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These three products work synergistically to eliminate the source of over 90% of chronic bloating! Each kit comes with an easy-to-follow PDF guide and 30 day money back offer through our shop.

Learn more here...

 

The Lyme Solution with Dr. Darin Ingels

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Dr. Darin Ingels is a naturopathic physician, clinical microbiologist and immunologist with a speciality in Lyme disease.  He previously came on to the show to talk about mold and has authored the book "The Lyme Solution".

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:00 Introducing Dr. Darin Ingels
Min 03:15 The basics & myths of Lyme disease
Min 06:45 EMF & Lyme disease
Min 09:00 Lyme symptom diagnosis vs testing
Min 14:30 Dr. Ingels 5-part immune boosting plan
Min 19:00 Dr. Ingels's book & resources
Min 22:00 Quick fixes to Lyme disease

To learn more about Dr. Darin Ingels, visit his website here and follow him on social media:
Facebook 
Twitter 
Instagram

Pinterest 

Resources:

Dr. Darin Ingels on Mold Week 
The Lyme Solution book
Free chapter of The Lyme Solution book
Free recipe book

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Darin Ingels:


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Root Causes of Hashimoto's with Dr. Eric Osansky

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Dr. Eric Osansky is a chiropractic physician, clinical nutritionist, and Functional medicine practitioner. He is back on the show in the event of his new book coming out called "Hashimoto's Triggers". In this episode we talk about Hashimoto's disease & its triggers, the connection between thyroid & SIBO, and essential oils.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:05 Introducing Dr. Eric Osansky's new book
Min 02:55 What are Hashimoto's triggers?
Min 04:25 Food triggers
Min 08:00 Estrogen dominance
Min 12:10 The connection between thyroid & SIBO
Min 18:10 Blood sugar as a trigger for Hashimoto's
Min 21:55 Blue light exposure
Min 23:45 Dr. Osansky's book
Min 24:05 Using essential oils

To learn more about Dr. Osansky, visit his website here and follow him on social media:
Facebook 

Resources:

Hashimoto's Triggers book 
Addressing Hashimoto's and Graves' Disease with Dr. Eric Osansky 
Receive a FREE CHAPTER from Dr. Osansky's book "Hashimoto's Triggers"

Here's a video version of the interview with Dr. Eric Osansky:


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We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

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:


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We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

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:

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Pinterest

Resources:

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


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We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

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.

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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 re-calibrate 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?


Work With Us!

We would be honored to work with you as a private client. We provide testing and coaching options to women in most every state and country. Come chat with us on a free consultation to see if it’s a fit.

 

 

 

 

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 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?

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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:

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Resources:

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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 
Get 20% discount off your lab work using the discount code "Drr2018"
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:
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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:

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

Bridgit Danner,

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

Improve Your Genetic Performance with Dr. Ben Lynch

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Dr. Ben Lynch is well-known for his study on MTHFR gene variations and is the author of the book "Dirty Genes". He is also the President of www.SeekingHealth.com, a supplement company oriented towards disease prevention and health promotion. In this episode, we learn more about genes, Dr. Lynch's work, and detoxification.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:45 Introducing Dr. Lynch & his book "Dirty Genes"
Min 04:05 What are genes & DNA?
Min 08:00 Dr. Lynch's health history
Min 11:15 Genes & detoxification
Min 15:55 SNPs
Min 20:40 Dr. Lynch's dirty genes quiz
Min 23:40 Changing a gene's shape
Min 26:10 Effect of too much protein on genes
Min 30:40 Benefits of taking carbs at night
Min 32:20 Understanding your individual susceptibilities
Min 37:05 Aging & changing genes
Min 41:50 Genetic testing
Min 47:20 Dr. Lynch's resources

To learn more about Dr. Lynch, visit his website here and follow him on social media:
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Twitter 
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Resources:

Dirty Genes book 
Dirty Genes course 
Article on the side effects of Folic acid
26 Steps to Clean Genes - free giveaway

Here's the video version of the interview with Dr. Ben Lynch:

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

Bridgit Danner,

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative

The Benefits of an Elimination Diet with Jessica Stopard

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Jessica Stopard is a Holistic Nutritionist & health coach from Canada. She discovered that the elimination diet made a big difference for her and for her clients. In this episode, we will be discussing what the elimination diet is, food sensitivity testing and healing the gut.

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:00 Introducing Jessica Stopard
Min 05:35 Transitioning into holistic nutrition
Min 09:15 What is the elimination diet?
Min 13:20 Who is this diet for?
Min 16:25 Benefits of the elimination diet
Min 20:00 Reintroducing foods, food sensitivities & food addiction
Min 23:45 Case stories of using elimination diets
Min 29:35 Foods to have in your diet
Min 33:20 Jessica's holistic nutritional approach
Min 34:45 Testing for food sensitivities
Min 43:10 Jessica's free guide & resources

To learn more about Jessica Stopard, visit her website here and follow her on social media:
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Twitter 
Instagram 
YouTube 

Here's the video version of the interview with Jessica Stopard:

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

Bridgit Danner,

Founder of Women's Wellness Collaborative