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Probiotics & The Microbiome

Does the Gut Microbiome Play a Role in Autoimmune Disease?

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This is a guest post written by staff clinician Amy Nett, MD. Meet your microbiome If you commonly read this blog, or listen to Chris’s podcast, you have undoubtedly developed an appreciation for the trillions of microbial organisms that normally inhabit a healthy small and large intestine. Most of these microbes are bacteria that have co-evolved with humans, depending on us for their survival just as we depend on them for our health and well-being.… Read More

The Roundup

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Blast from the Past Probiotics have been a hot research topic over the past few years, and it seems like every week a new study is published that demonstrates the powerful effects of probiotics that extend far beyond simple improvements in digestion. For example, a study of certain probiotic strains has shown promise for treating the symptoms of celiac disease, and a second study explores the evidence that gut microbes may play a role in… Read More

RHR: What You Should Know About Histamine Intolerance

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A lot of my patients are curious about this. I’m not going to say that we’re seeing more of it, because I’m not sure if that’s actually true. I think the awareness of it is higher, so we’re paying more attention to it. It may also be true that we’re seeing more of it, and there are some reasons why that might be the case, which will be revealed as we go through this answer.… Read More

How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner

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I asked Dr. Amy Nett, MD, to contribute this guest post. She recently joined my private practice and will be working with me in the clinic.  Amy initially completed her medical training in radiology at Stanford University Hospital, but wanted to work more directly with patients, helping them to prevent and reverse chronic disease and truly transform their health.  Combined with her passion for nutrition she decided to pursue a career in functional medicine, and… Read More

RHR: How to Prevent and Treat Recurring Ear Infections—Without Antibiotics

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If you have a kid and your kid gets an ear infection and you take him or her to the doctor, chances are you’re going to walk out of there with a prescription for an antibiotic. For many years, researchers and doctors thought that ear infections were primarily bacterial, which is why they prescribed antibiotics, but we now know that 80% of ear infections are viral in origin, not bacterial, and they’ll actually resolve within… Read More