Most of my patients have seen plenty of providers over the years that have heard their symptoms, ordered labs and reported that everything was “normal”. They are commonly told that their frustrating symptoms are just stress or maybe even genetic. The patient walks away scratching their heads and wondering how their labs can be normal…

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Symptoms of GERD, often referred to as acid reflux, is so common these days that providers don’t blink an eye before prescribing proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s). Antacids are practically as ubiquitous as chewing gum. In fact, global sales of Omeprazole, the active ingredient in Prilosec OTC, is expected to top $4.1 billion by 2026. These…

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Remember when cutting calories was the simple solution to weight loss? Turns out, the “calories in and calories out” theory isn’t very effective and is increasingly ineffective as we age. In fact, our bodies stubbornly hold onto fat for a host of reasons that defy calorie counting. Complex imbalances that develop over time can make…

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There are so many descriptive words in healthcare these days that it can be easy to dismiss them as trends or fads or group them all together as one modality. Between alternative, Eastern, Western, conventional, allopathic, complementary or functional, how is anyone supposed to make sense of the varied approaches? Functional medicine is a newer…

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For decades the medical community has assumed that symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) are related to the hormone shifts associated with the menstrual cycle. Why one woman suffered mood swings, headaches, cramping and cravings, while others did not, was thought to be caused by variations in hormone levels and possibly genetics. Recently, that theory has…

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Blood sugar imbalance and related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, neuropathy, and cardiovascular disease have a well-established relationship to dysfunction within the gut. In fact, the intestinal barrier and microbiome have a bidirectional relationship with blood sugar meaning that while blood sugar can impact the health of the gut, the health of the gut also…

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Eating gluten-free has become the “norm” for millions and can mean big health advantages for those with gluten sensitivities and other associated health conditions. However, avoiding gluten is not as simple as it seems and can even lead to worse health outcomes if the gluten-containing foods are being replaced with other equally inflammatory carbohydrates. Let…

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BY DR. BEN GALYARDT What if there was a way to teach to your brain to overcome the negative patterns that have been learned over the years? We learn destructive ways of interpreting the world around us through life events, some of which are highly stressful. Relationships which are toxic and detrimental to our health,…

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Would it surprise you to know that over 90% of Americans are harboring a potentially harmful virus called Epstein Barr (EBV)? It’s a fact, but fortunately for many people this virus lies inactive, regulated by the immune system.1 However, not everyone is so lucky. For some this virus can trigger exhausting, painful and chronic symptoms…

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Approximately 20 million Americans will suffer from some kind of thyroid disease in their lifetime. Nearly 60 percent of those affected with thyroid disorders do not recognize that they have a disorder. A few common symptoms of thyroid disorders are fatigue, weakness, brain fog, hair loss, inability to control body temperature, body aches, depression, anxiety,…

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