High Oxalic Acid – Body & Bladder Pain

Oxalic acid testing has a lot of clinical usefulness in any functional medicine practice. People often present with a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms. This is a particular case of an individual who presented with significant body aches, tendon pain, and bladder discomfort. A 43 year old female Presented to our practice with a history…


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PANDAS and Autism

PANDAS and Autism

There is a condition recognized in the biomedical field for autism and related disorders called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections). This particular condition is caused by an immune reaction triggered by a toxin produced from a Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal infection. There are various strep bacteria that produce toxins as part…


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Chronic Candida – Is It Really All About Yeast?

Chronic Candida – Is It Really All About Yeast?

In recent years the increased awareness of molds, fungus, and yeasts in our food and environment has led many health practitioners to look at these organisms in association with chronic illness. For years, alternative health practitioners have recognized the relevance of diet, lifestyle, stress, digestive problems, parasitic and yeast infections as causative agents in chronic…


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Brain Inflammation and Autism

Brain Inflammation and Autism

The groundbreaking article titled “Neuroglial activation and neuroinflammation in the brain of patients with autism” from John Hopkins University in 2005 paved the way for greater understanding and recognition within the medical community that many individuals on the autism-spectrum are dealing with brain inflammation as a causative or contributing factor to their disorder. Here is…


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Could You Be Hypothyroid?

Could You Be Hypothyroid?

There are approximately 20 million people who take thyroid medication. Current research indicates that an additional 13 million Americans may be undiagnosed for low thyroid function. Why are so many left undiagnosed? One reason may be inadequate testing for thyroid hormone levels and the sole reliance by medical practitioners on these lab results for a…


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Oxytocin as a Biomedical Autism Treatment

Oxytocin as a Biomedical Autism Treatment

Oxytocin, a hormone involved in social bonding that is administered either as a sublingual tablet or nasal spray, can have beneficial effects as a biomedical treatment for individuals with an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism typically involves speech/language problems (communication issues), lack of social bonding or interest in peers, repetitive and odd behaviors, and sensory problems…


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“Men”opause – Male Hormones

“Men”opause – Male Hormones

The “mid-life crisis” that affects men in their 40’s and 50’s has never been well understood in medical terms. We now know that men go through hormonal changes in their middle years, just like women do. It’s been termed “andropause”, and it can be just as debilitating and emotionally challenging as menopause can be for…


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Autism and Behavior Problems

Autism and Behavior Problems

Autism and Behavior Problems – Don’t Just Assume It Is From Yeast For years I have been advocating to parents (for their children) and physicians (for their patients) to make sure they perform the Organic Acid Test (OAT) or minimally the Microbial Organic Test (mOAT) from Great Plains Laboratory to measure levels of yeast markers,…


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Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss

Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss

According to the American Heart Association, 20-25% of adults suffer from Metabolic Syndrome. This is the equivalent of 58-73 million men and women across the country. Many of these people may not know that they have Metabolic Syndrome and simply think they are having a terribly tough time losing weight. What they do not realize…


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Oxytocin – The Social Bonding Hormone

Oxytocin, a hormone involved in social bonding, may have beneficial effects as a medical treatment for individuals with generalized and social anxiety, as well as bonding issues. It is also helpful for improving sexual arousal between couples and orgasms in women. In autism, and autism-spectrum disorders (ASD) its benefits are becoming more well-known as the…


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Meet The Estrogen Family

Meet The Estrogen Family

Estrogen is the surname for a family of three similar hormones – Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Estriol (E3).  Women who are on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be familiar with the different estrogens by name but not really know the differences between them.  Understanding the role each form of estrogen plays in the balance…


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