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Welcome to my Practice

As an MD trained in Functional Medicine I work with patients to assess their current health status and help them work on a self healing plan. My main focus is digestive disease. This is my focus because the gastrointestinal tract is the main way our body is exposed to the environment. What we ingest and how our bodies break it down – has an enormous impact on how our mind and body function.
I will do a thorough work up – looking at your symptoms, your lab work , lifestyle and nutrition -and create a take action plan that will work for and with you. The end goal will be healthier body that will be more resistant to chronic disease.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The gut is 15 -20 feet long and has been called the second brain because of it similiarity to the brain. The gut houses 95 % of the serotonin in our bodies, this chemical is also found in our brains. Additionally the gut houses over 100 million nerve cells. The gut is a hollow tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. It is lined with cells that have tight junctions that open and close to allow food particles to reach the blood stream. The lining acts as a selective barrier to allow the right form and type of particles to enter. If toxins or foods damage these tight junctions then you have a “leaky gut” which allows food proteins, parasites, and harmful bacterial to enter into your blood stream that should not be there. Once in the blood stream the immune system reacts to attack these particles since it is not recognizing them as safe. With continued exposure to these substances you can increase your risk of developing autoimmune diseases. This is where the immune system gets confused and starts attacking itself such your joints, your thyroid etc.
Some things that can damage the gut lining and lead to leaky gut include gluten, ibuprofen and also antibiotics if used too frequently. Additionally chronic stress, infections, alcohol and overgrowth of bad bacteria can also be triggers.
With better education on nutrition of what to eat and what to avoid you can protect this very important organ. Doing so will although you to live a healthier and more comfortable life.

Gluten – Why are we hearing so much about it?

The reason you are hearing so much about gluten – is in part due to the science of agriculture and genetic modification. The genes in the seeds have been altered to make the crops grow bigger, and more resistant to disease. The problem for our bodies is that wheat now contains altered proteins that are not natural to the plant. Once in our bodies the protein is hard to digest which can lead to digestive symptoms such as bloating, heart burn and gas. What is more scary – we now have evidence that these modified proteins can cause immune reactions in the gut that can lead to autoimmune disease.
One very common autoimmune disease is Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. I have seen first hand in my practice – patients developing antibodies against their thyroid – the definition of an autoimmune process. Once I advise that they give up gluten for 1- 3 months their numbers start to normalize. Granted they may complain about the challenges of a gluten free or gluten reduced diet – but I tell them it is their decision to make. I tell them they can feed their bodies differently and possibly avoid the need to take life long thyroid medication.
My goal is to help educate people on how to eat better in our current world. I tell them – I wish we did not have to avoid foods that we have eaten our whole lives and enjoy. But today’s reality is that many of these foods are leading to chronic disease. The proof is in the pudding, when people stop or reduce gluten they feel better.

Welcome to my Practice

As an MD trained in Functional Medicine I work with patients to assess their current health status and help them work on …

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

The gut is 15 -20 feet long and has been called the second brain because of it similiarity to the brain. The gut houses 95 …

Gluten – Why are we hearing so much about it?

The reason you are hearing so much about gluten – is in part due to the science of agriculture and genetic modification. …