GUT Well Program
We use the foundational principles of the Institute of Functional Medicine DIGIN model for GI Restoration to customize your treatment plan.
D: The ‘D’ stands for digestion which encompasses everything from how you chew food, to stomach acidity, hormonal activation, motility, and pancreatic enzyme output.
I: The ‘I’ stands for intestinal permeability. The intestinal lining, that one-cell thickness, is really the only thing that is keeping 50 to 70% of your immune system from having unregulated interactions within your intestinal lumen. Keeping a healthy intestinal lining/correcting leaky gut is critical to maintaining a normal healthy immune response.
G: The ‘G’ stands for gut microbiota or the microbiome. We have three genomes: the nuclear genome, the mitochondrial genome, and our microbiome genome. This gut microbiota is critical to not just our gut health but many chronic diseases including cancer.
I: The second ‘I’ stand for inflammation and immune. It is estimated that 50-70% of the immune system lines the gut directly associated with the gut-associated lymphoid tissue [GALT]. Abnormal interactions between the immune system and the gut luminal content can result autoimmune dysfunction and perpetuate inflammation. Managing inflammation is critical to prevent cancer progression. Managing GI health is critical to, managing not just gastrointestinal disease like IBS/IBD but also systemic diseases like arthritis.
N: The ‘N’ stands for the nervous system. The enteric nervous system governs all the processes within the gut. A quadriplegic who can’t control breathing has a totally normally functioning gut. This is because of the part of the autonomic nervous system called the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system directs everything within the GI track such as digestion, secretion of enzymes, release of hormones, and peristalsis and bowel movements.
Our GI Restoration Program moves through the DIGIN process
to restore gut health so you can feel great again!
Candida & Parasite
Candida albicans is a fungus, which is the most common yeast in the human gastrointestinal system. It naturally occurs in small amounts and is one part of a healthy microbiome. The western lifestyle of high sugar, alcohol, stress, antibiotics killing healthy microbes, and poor stomach acidity lead to the perfect storm for yeast overgrowth. AND unfortunately, this allows overgrowths of opportunistic bacteria, parasites causing dysbiosis, or an unhealthy microbiome.
Candida can not be cleared with diet and probiotics alone, it requires extensive therapy to remove biofilms, use of antimicrobials to remove overgrowth, gut and lifestyle rebalance.
Our Candida Clearance Program provides the complete package of restoration.
Do you have intestinal parasites? The shocking reality is that most everyone has some sort of parasite. Yes, even healthy people with no symptoms. Children and adults with weakened immune systems are most at risk for contracting parasites, but it can happen to anyone. Strangely enough, parasites can fuel both health and disease. For example, for thousands of years, humans have co-evolved with helminths. These parasites have evolved to tolerate and even modulate the human body’s immune system to avoid being eliminated. If a parasite can sidestep immune system attacks, but not suppress the immune system to the point of compromising the health of the host then parasite and human can co-exist. On the other hand, Parasites can multiply in people with poor health, microbiome imbalances, or compromised immune systems. They can cause nutrient deficiencies, suppress the immune system, and cause severe gut dysfunction. Here’s the vicious cycle - poor health weakens the immune system, thus impedes parasite removal, allows overgrowth of parasites which weakens your health even more. Below are common symptoms associated with parasites.
Do you suffer from;
Digestive problems, including unexplained constipation, diarrhea, or persistent gas.
Skin issues, including unexplained rashes, eczema, hives, and itching.
Muscle and joint pain
Fatigue, even when you get enough sleep.
Never feeling full, even after eating a big meal.
Constant hunger, even when you are eating enough.
Iron deficiency anemia (lab tests show an abnormally low iron level)
Grinding your teeth during sleep
Unexplained feelings of anxiety
Recurrent yeast infections
Itching of the anus or vagina
Our 90 days parasite cleansing program rids unwanted parasites from the body so you can heal and restore your health.
Thyroid, Adrenal Fatigue, and Weight Resistance
What’s the connection?
The thyroid and adrenal glands are intimately connected. The thyroid takes its cues from the adrenals. The thyroid as the body’s engine. It produces the hormones that drive your energy and your metabolism. Your adrenals are your oil and gas. They produce other hormones that your body can’t function without. When these systems are out of balance weight resistance sets in.
If your oil and gas are running low from a chronically overworked stress lifestyle, your body slows down the engine/ thyroid function so that it doesn’t burn out. This is a survival mechanism. Cortisol levels rise as a first responder and direct to the thyroid hormones to slow down or make reverse T3/rT3. Once released into the bloodstream, rT3 binds to thyroid receptors, effectively inactivating these receptors so that any thyroid hormone that might still be lingering can’t bind and activate those cells. The results are fatigue, weight resistance/weight gain, thyroid imbalance.
There are many factors that impact thyroid function in addition to the above. Nutrients such as iodine, tyrosine, zinc, selenium, and vitamins E, B2, B3, B6, C, D are critical to thyroid function. Factors that increase conversion of T4 to the active form of thyroid (T3) are selenium and zinc. Vitamin A and regular exercise influence cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormones. Factors that inhibit proper production of thyroid hormones are stress, infection, trauma, radiation, medications, fluoride (antagonist to iodine) and toxins such as pesticides, mercury, cadmium, and lead. These factors can increase conversion of T4 to inactive for of thyroid (rT3).
Our program gets to the root cause of dysfunction!
Cancer Recovery Support
Great strides are being made in the treatment of cancer in the world of functional medicine. Cancer acts with innate intelligence, has a mind of its own, and uses sophisticated mechanisms of disguise to survive at all cost. In order to stay ahead of the disease, we have to outwit cancer cells at every turn. We are learning more and more about alternative therapies to support the treatment process such as; anti-antiogentic foods and the impact of ketogenic diet, alkalinzing the body, the importance of antiparasitics and antimicrobials, the influence of inflammation on cancer growth, the importance of disarming Galactin-3, and how to manipute the master regulatory system with canabinoids. While not every patient will become a miracle, every patient has the potential to be. We help you move through alternative natual therapies to enhance the success of the cancer treatment process.
A change in thought process with the addition of adjuvent therapies can shift out of survival mode
and into a state of healing and recovery.