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RHR: New Research and Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s is obviously a neurological, neurodegenerative condition. If you’ve been following my work, listening to this show for any length of time, you’ll know that I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the gut-brain axis. Whenever we talk about any kind of brain condition, we always have to look at the gut. And vice versa. If we’re talking about gut condition, we have to look at the health of the brain. That’s… Read More

RHR: High Cortisol and Brain Fog

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Cortisol is a steroid hormone released by the adrenals, which sit on top of the kidneys. I’m sure most people listening have heard of cortisol, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Basically, it’s a stress hormone that gets released in order to manifest our fight-or-flight response in stressful conditions. Another thing that cortisol can do is raise blood sugar if it’s dropped below a safe level, through gluconeogenesis. Then finally, cortisol has… Read More

RHR: How to Feed Your Brain

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We could spend many episodes on this, but today we’ll consider basic and therapeutic nutrients to optimize brain health. I’ll also talk a little bit about some other things you can think about with regard to your diet and lifestyle if you’re trying to optimize your brain health and I’ll direct you to some resources where you can learn more about those things. In this episode: 5:36 What Chris ate for lunch 12:50 Micronutrients that… Read More

RHR: Top 4 Mistakes People Make When Treating Candida Overgrowth

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“Test. Don’t guess.” One of the tenets of functional medicine is you have to address the underlying cause of a problem in order to get the best result long term. You can’t address the underlying cause if you don’t know what it is. If you just assume that it’s yeast overgrowth based on some symptoms, that’s not really adequate in terms of making a diagnosis because the symptoms of fungal overgrowth are extremely nonspecific. Find… Read More

RHR: How to Put the 80/20 Rule Into Practice

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I talked about this in my book and I’ve been an advocate of this for a long time in terms of diet. I think other things affect how we even process the food that we eat, like stress levels and our sense of pleasure, joy, fun, social belonging, and connections with other people. So if sticking to a diet 100% of the time means that you’re completely socially isolated, you don’t go out with your… Read More

RHR: How Your Lipoprotein(a) Level Affects Your Risk of Heart Disease

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The production of Lp(a) is controlled by a specific gene. So if you have a mutated version of that gene, then it can lead to higher Lp(a) levels. There are other genetic relationships, but Lp(a) is pretty strongly genetically determined. You could be doing everything right, frustratingly, and still have a relatively high Lp(a) level. The thing to understand is that Lp(a), in studies, has been associated with high risk of cardiovascular disease and heart… Read More