Should I Take a Probiotic or Prebiotic?

Should I take a probiotic or prebiotic?  Answering this question was fairly easy when probiotics were the only option to choose from.  Any symptoms that you had low probiotics, whether inconvenient excess gas or a severe autoimmune condition, meant you applied the “add and subtract” theory.  You know what I am talking about.  If you are low you add more with a supplement.  But I want to pose a different thought process for you.  Is adding a probiotic really enough?

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Adrenal Fatigue Patient, Never Again

I will never see an adrenal fatigue patient again.  I am done.  After 15 years, I am not going to do it anymore.  You will not convince me different.  All the way from adrenal fatigue being a minimal inconvenience to it crippling someone’s life, I have seen it all.  But no matter how simple or how complex the case, it is time to move away from adrenal fatigue.  Now, I am not shunning anyone that deals with adrenal fatigue.  I am simply saying that I am taking a stance to move forward.  But why you ask?

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Toxic Fatigue – The New Energy Thief
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Toxic Fatigue – The New Energy Thief

Toxic fatigue!  Do you know what it is?   How do you get it?  Can it be resolved?  Two words can generate a lot of questions quickly.  Toxic fatigue is a real concern.  But I am noticing that too few professionals are talking about it.  Don’t get me wrong, some well informed champions of health are with me in trying to make you aware of this hidden cause of fatigue.  However, as loud as our voices are, they are no match for the “purveyors of poison”.  You are being assaulted with toxins daily.  Yes, I said daily!

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Extreme Fatigue – Amazing Evidence Says Functional Medicine Can Permanently Help

Unrelenting fatigue, even extreme fatigue, seems to affect us all at times.  I bet you don’t find it difficult to think of the last bout you had.  But let me ask you something.  Is your fatigue becoming less common or more common?  More common right.  Okay, since we agree on that, do you see your fatigue getting better in the near future or worse?  We both know the answer is worse.  But before you write me off for taking negative tone to the start our conversation, stick around.  I have a a lot of positive to share.

I see fatigue as one of the most frustrating symptoms a person can have.  It is linked to everything and nothing all at the same time.  Talk about confusion.  Fatigue is associated with literally almost every medical condition you can think of.  However, most people dealing with fatigue, don’t have a medical condition.  If you ask your doctor to look deeper into the cause of your fatigue, they don’t find anything and say it’s nothing to worry about.  Still, no answers concerning your fatigue.  Where does it end?

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Bloating and Gas: Is Family the Cause?

We have all dealt with uncomfortable bloating and gas.  Let’s be real.  You have probably even been embarrassed by it once or twice, or even more.  We have all been there.  The occasional bloating and gas is not ideal, but it is not exactly abnormal either.  You eat something you shouldn’t have or you encounter a stomach bug are possible causes.  For the most part though these tend to pass.  Then what is abnormal?

Abnormal bloating and gas is you dealing with this every day for an ongoing period of time.  That is not good.  In fact, it is a big red flag.  If this is you, chances are you and Dr. Google have probably already formed a doctor-patient relationship.  I will tell you a little secret.  I actually was curious and asked Dr. Google myself what causes these symptoms.  The good “Doc” gave me a couple of resources (aka. search engine results), all of which seemed to say the same thing.  Yet, I noticed there was one cause that seemed to left out of all of these resources.

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Allergy or Sensitivity, Maybe Neither. Which Do you Have?

I have found some topics to be far more confusing than they should be when talking to my patients.  There is no better example of this than deciphering an allergy or sensitivity.  The lack of understanding I have come to understand has nothing to do with the person I am trying to educate.  Instead, it is related to misinformation they have received.  In short, they have been told their reactions are either an allergy, or nothing.  But there has to be more.  How can the extremely complex immune system not be reacting if you are experiencing symptoms?

This conversation does not have to be be complicated.  I have two goals in sharing the following information, both of which benefit you.

  1. Make the complexity of the immune system so easy a kid could understand it.
  2. Show you why you are far more likely to have a sensitivity than an allergy.

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Vitamin Testing – Legit or Pseudo-Science?

If you are dealing with unexplained symptoms, you are probably looking for answers outside the box.  This makes sense.  When standard options don’t provide a solution, you have to turn elsewhere.  Frequently, trying a vitamin or supplement is a first step.  With this in mind, several labs have started to offer vitamin testing.  Clinicians promote this as a way to dial in your true needs.  This should leave one asking, does this actually help me better define my nutritional needs, or just help someone sell me supplements.

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What is Functional Medicine?

Some call it nutritional care.  Those that have experienced its benefit label it wellness.  And let’s not forget the skeptics, who still relegate it to the arena of alternative medicine.  However, the official title for identifying the needs of the body and restoring them is called Functional Medicine.  The term itself has not become mainstream, though its use has been present for nearly two decades.  Not a household phrase just yet, strong indicators and trends suggest that it soon will be.  So, what is functional medicine?  Let’s dive deeper.

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Even Borderline Vitamin Deficiency Can Sabotage Your Motivation

Even Borderline Vitamin Deficiency Can Sabotage Your Motivation

The thief of your motivation and energy may be a simple vitamin deficiency.  Yet, is it fair to suggest that it is simple?  After all, it hardly seems logical to label something as simple when it is significant enough to change your entire day.  Think about it.  Are you going to be the best version of you with low motivation and energy.  Of course not!  Without you realizing it, a vitamin deficiency could be the primary reason you dread starting each day.

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Brain Fog: Is the Real Issue in Your Gut?

Brain Fog: Is the Real Issue in Your Gut?

It might seem logical to think of brain fog as a brain issue.  However, is this really the case?  Brain fog affects us all at times, but where do you turn when you feel like you are living in a fog.  If your new normal is not being mentally quick on your feet, forgetting where you placed things or why you went into a room, it might be time to take a deeper look at the cause of brain fog.

The unfortunate truth is that brain fog is a complaint that is ignored or pushed to the side too often.  As frustrated patients often report to me, they were told that it was simply a sign of aging.  Some say that have been told that it was linked to depression.  Others say they are left with no answers or hope and to return for another visit if it gets worse.  This later is called watchful waiting.  I don’t know about you, but that does not invoke a sense of comfort to watch and see if something gets worse.

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