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By: Michael Ash, DO, ND, BSc, RNT, and Garth Nicolson, PhD, MD(H) Healthy membranes are key to the function of both cells and their intracellular organelles, such as mitochondria. Healthy cellular membranes can fully maintain their chemical and electrical barrier functions, and also act as cellular signals to promote positive changes in cellular functions and

The use of multi vitamins and minerals in stratified population supported as beneficial by the American Heart Journal publication reviewing the TACT trial.[1] The authors state: High-dose oral multivitamin and multimineral supplementation seem to decrease combined cardiac events in a stable, post-MI population not taking statin therapy at baseline. These unexpected findings are being retested

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224231As functional disorders of the gut continue to increase in occurrence and develop in frequency across all population groups, a broad based review in the Journal Digestive Disorders published in Feb 2018 is a welcome chance to tease out elements of discord and dysbiosis that present opportunities for personalised intervention.[1]

Background and Summary: Traditionally, functional gastro­intestinal disorders (FGID), including functional dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), are defined by more or less specific symptoms and the absence of structural or bio­chemical abnormalities that cause these symptoms. This concept is now considered to be outdated; if appropriate tests are applied, structural or biochemical abnormalities that explain or cause the symptoms may be found in many patients. Another feature of FGID are the highly prevalent psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression and anxiety.

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The Big Vitamin D Mistake

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 by

jpmph-50-6-coverThe prohormone/nutrient vitamin D is well recognised to play numerous roles in the generation and management of human health, and for over a decade papers in their thousands have been published exploring its usefulness. But have they determined an oral dose that is lower than we need? A paper out in the Journal of Preventative Medicine and Public Health suggest we have – that an oral adult dose of 10,000iu is a daily requirement and that blood levels ≥100 nmol/L should be aimed for.[1]

The Abstract says: Since 2006, type 1 diabetes in Finland has plateaued and then decreased after the authorities’ decision to fortify dietary milk products with cholecalciferol. The role of vitamin D in innate and adaptive immunity is critical. A statistical error in the estimation of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin D was recently discovered; in a correct analysis of the data used by the Institute of Medicine, it was found that 8895 IU/d was needed for 97.5% of individuals to achieve values ≥50 nmol/L.

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There are two types of nutrient deficiencies, frank deficiencies (such as scurvy from ascorbic acid deficiency or goitre from iodine deficiency) and subclinical deficiencies (a clinically silent reduction in physiological, cellular and/or biochemical functions). It is the latter that is most concerning as it is hard to diagnose and predisposes to numerous chronic diseases.

Because serum magnesium does not reflect intracellular magnesium, the latter making up more than 99% of total body magnesium, most cases of magnesium deficiency are undiagnosed. Furthermore, because of chronic diseases, medications, decreases in food crop magnesium contents, and the availability of refined and processed foods, most people in modern societies are at risk for magnesium deficiency.

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A review article by Dr Carrie Decker ND. Anyone who has ever listened to their own heart with a stethoscope has likely found the lub-dub pattern reassuring, whether they are a doctor or not. The rhythmic regularity of the heart beat at rest can lull us into meditation, much like it helps an infant go

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indexEosinophilic (ee-uh-sin-uh-fil-ik) oesophagitis (EoE) is a recognised chronic allergic/immune condition. A person with EoE will have inflammation of the esophagus. The oesophagus is the tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach.

In EoE, large numbers of white blood cells called eosinophils are found in the tissue of the oesophagus. Normally there are no eosinophils in the oesophagus. The symptoms of EoE vary with age. In infants and toddlers, you may notice that they refuse their food or are not growing properly. School-age children often have recurring abdominal pain, trouble swallowing or vomiting. Teenagers and adults most often have difficulty swallowing, particularly dry or dense, solid foods. The oesophagus can narrow to the point that food gets stuck. This is called food impaction and it is a medical emergency.

Given the variable agreement regarding the pathogenicity of Blastocystis, there is no consensus as to which patients, if any, should undergo treatment for Blastocystis infection. Apart from medications, the use of the probiotic yeast Saccharomyces boulardii and garlic at specific doses and concentrations have been equally as effective. Unquestionably practitioners and patients find this subject

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jaoa_seal_thumbnailThere are many advocates current and historic that see the ‘low carbohydrate’ diet as a compelling approach to managing a variety of health disorders, including obesity and many of its associated co-morbidities.

In this article published by the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the authors seek to identify if there any risks associated with this style of nutrition.[1] In this review, they analyse LCDs, which are inherently higher in cholesterol, saturated fats, and animal products, to assess their effects on weight loss, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and lipid levels.

10 Things People Love about AFMCP-UK

Friday, 29 September 2017 by

AFMCP™-UK 2018 is proving to be our most successful course to date.  So, we’d thought we’d take a minute to think about what makes it so popular? Why are more and more practitioners and doctors waking up to Functional Medicine? The premier Functional Medicine foundational course and the most comprehensive Functional Medicine training available. Attendees

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