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When I talk about belly bugs, technically known as gut microbiota, I usually talk about them in terms of digestive function and treating gut problems like IBS, IBD, constipation or bloating. But now there are new studies from Nature.com exploring the effect of the microbiota on mental health. Mind Control, science fact. The highlights are that a vaginal birth can affect a baby's tendencies toward anxiety or depression. The microbiome passed to the infant through the vaginal tract is important and if babies are born via C-section (and not receive the mother's bacteria) they are more likely to have anxious and depressive moods. And this can continue to be true for the entirety of their lives. Another study showed that the lack of the bacteria Bacteriodes fragilis in a mouse's digestive system caused autism-like symptoms. When replaced, the bacteria the mice recovered normal behavior and digestion. Furthermore - a bacterial product found in their blood was injected into normal mice who then displayed the autism-like symptoms. All this leads me to deduce that bacteria are amazing at mind control! [caption id="attachment_171" align="alignright" width="134"] Healthy Digestion and Mental Health Depends on your Microbiome[/caption] The article linked above also discusses leaky gut and its role in allowing… Read more > So you think you react to what you eat. Perhaps you have a food intolerance, or allergy, or sensitivity? How do you uncover your food reactions? The medicine around food reactions is changing. It used to seem so black and white: you have a peanut allergy, which is obvious, or you don’t. But these days we have blogs and news and conversations around other types of food reactions. First: lets start by breaking down the potential reactions to food you or your loved ones may be experiencing! Food Allergy This one seems familiar, although relatively uncommon. An allergy is typically an immediate-type reaction to a food. This one can also be very dangerous in the most severe forms. They may begin to swell in their airway and this can become a medical emergency. The most common allergies are peanuts and shellfish. Food sensitivity Hmmm, does this one exist? I have read a few well-meaning web articles that want to convince me that there is no such thing as a food sensitivity, especially in regard to gluten. However in my clinical practice I see food sensitivities every day! These are more delayed-type reactions. They can occur from 1 hour to several… Read more > The future of medicine is a movement Functional medicine has been slowly and quietly growing for decades as chronic disease (diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease) increase dramatically. The future of medicine is now growing exponentially as we discover that the causes of chronic diseases are attributed to our environment. Its our food, our water and our air that cause disease. The more we disrupt the balance of biology; the sicker we become. The more chemicals we put into our bodies in the place of whole, real foods; the sicker we become. Forget disease entirely Instead, consider: what is causing your body to become dysfunctional? To treat chronic disease we must remove what causes an imbalance and disrupts the normal function of the complex system. Then we must provide what creates balance. Simple? Almost. Functional medicine is not naturopathic approach, it is not conventional approach, it is the intelligent use of systems biology and our in depth understanding of biology and physiology. Functional medicine will revolutionize your health When I treat my patients for their main health concerns (pain, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, stress, depression) they feel better with a few important changes to their lifestyle and some well prescribed remedies. If we… Read more >