Methylation has been a popular topic in the alternative health world for quite some time. The ease of access to genetic testing and the ability to look at things like the MTHFR gene have led many people to be concerned about their methylation status, or their body’s ability to detoxify. However—as with many things in functional medicine—genes don’t tell the full story. Today I talk with methylation expert Dr. Kara Fitzgerald about the impact of diet and lifestyle on methylation and why supplementation can sometimes be harmful.
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The message that “cholesterol is bad and if you have high cholesterol you should take a statin to lower it” is out of date and not in sync with the most recent scientific evidence. Unfortunately, the latest findings have not trickled down to the average primary care doctor—or even the average cardiologist. Today I discuss the six underlying causes of high cholesterol and how addressing those issues can often alleviate the need to take statins.
One of the questions I get asked most frequently is how can someone become a functional medicine practitioner. It’s an important question because I truly believe that functional medicine is the future of healthcare. The good news is there is an incredibly wide range of roles and backgrounds that lend themselves to a career in functional medicine. Whether you come from a background of a doctor, nurse, chiropractor, or dietician, there are real opportunities for you to make a significant impact on the health of your community.
When discussing health and healing, it’s easy to focus on things like diet and exercise. But we aren’t just physical beings—we are spiritual and emotional beings as well. In today’s podcast, I discuss how our emotions can affect our health and why focusing on emotional well-being may be a key part of the healing process.
Everyone knows that exercise plays an important role in health. However, fatigue is a common symptom of those recovering from “adrenal fatigue,” also known as HPA axis dysfunction. So how do you exercise when you feel exhausted? Read on to learn about the concept of metabolic reserve and how it can help you to build back up to your previous energy levels.
It seems like almost every week there is a new article published documenting the negative environmental or ethical implications of consuming animal foods. But there are a lot of inaccuracies and misconceptions on this topic that get repeated by the mainstream media. So this week I spoke with Diana Rogers, a dietician and organic farmer who regularly writes about animal welfare and environmental issues in the food system, to set the record straight.