Gwyneth Paltrow and the Goop (or “goop”) logo. Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s “den of celebrity pseudoscience,” has been aptly described as “pure, unadulterated, blood-diamond free, organic-certified, biodynamic, moon-dusted bullshit” that “you should avoid . . . at all cost,” “stoking fears and selling unproven and mostly quack therapies,” “a reliably laughable source of pseudoscience” and peddling “fake empowerment through snake oil.” The Cleveland Clinic’s functional medicine guru, Dr. Mark Hyman, has been called out by anti-vaccination and anti-fluoridation ideology, “chemical hypocrisy,” promotion and practice of so-called “functional medicine,” dubious “broken brain” advice, use of unvalidated diagnostic testing, selling…
The status quo of medical practice is so deeply rooted in society that most people would not think of treatment options other than drugs, in treating chronic conditions or preventing them altogether. Healthcare as it is currently practised, is reactionary, i.e. you only seek medical attention when you experience symptoms and sickness. The focus is on diagnosing the immediate problem and curing the symptoms with drugs or supplements. Additionally, health screenings that are ordered in this current system only go as far as catching a disease already in the body, not in anticipating and preventing it. Managing the symptoms of […]
Anxiety can significantly impact quality of life. While the conventional medicine approach focuses on balancing neurotransmitters in the brain, the functional medicine approach is to look for the root cause. Today I’ll discuss the top three pathologies that can contribute to anxiety, as well as steps you can take to correct these issues. In this episode we cover: Chris Kresser: Hey, everybody, it’s Chris Kresser. Welcome to another episode of Revolution Health Radio. This week, I’m going to answer a question from Adam. Let’s give it a listen. Adam: Hi Chris. I’m hoping you could do a podcast on how […]
Well this certainly isn’t a new concept however this terminology may be new to you, so let’s break it down. Integrative Medicine (IM), like the names suggests, allows for all qualified practitioner’s within the health care industry to interact and communicate about their treatment protocols and insights about the clients that they treat, as long as they have the clients consent. The manner in which the specific practitioner uses their expertise will vary with each practitioner, although the holistic treatment of all of the body systems in a preventative health manner and by utilising different health care practitioners within the […]
Photo: Little Brown Spark Functional medicine practitioner Mark Hyman, MD, has become the go-to doc for demystifying what it means to eat healthy. His plant-forward food philosophy, which he dubbed pegan, isn’t anything complicated. At its core, it’s a combination of Paleo and vegan eating: “A pegan diet is low-glycemic, high in plant foods, low in sugar, and includes adequate protein for appetite control and muscle synthesis,” Dr. Hyman previously told Well+Good. With his new book, ($23), Dr. Hyman aims to make healthy eating a bit easier (and less intimidating). Out today, the book has science-backed tips on how to […]
What is a Pediatric Functional Medicine Consult? A Pediatric Functional Medicine consultation is a specialty consultation on a particular health issue of concern for children 5 years old and older. During the consultation visit our pediatrician will look at whole-person strategies that address the underlying factors that influence your child’s health, rather than just treating the symptoms of a health condition. The consultation consists of an intensive review of your child’s history and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. This focused visit enables our doctor to give recommendations and assist […]
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As a person who has struggled with psoriasis most of my life, I often wonder what more I can do to get to the root of the problem. I’ve tried prescription shampoos, creams, pills, and even injection therapy. Some of these temporarily cleared my skin, only to experience a more intense flare when the medication stopped working. When I started working at the Ultrawellness Center, I learned about how to address the root causes of a problem, not just the symptoms, and have found a new way of approaching psoriasis. If you aren’t familiar with psoriasis, you may not realize […]
IBD and Prevention Not only is more of a WFPB diet beneficial in addressing Crohn’s and UC once the diagnosis has been made, research suggests that a WFPB diet actually protects against inflammatory bowel disease in those who don’t have Crohn’s or UC. We believe this is mainly because of its high fiber content. Here are the details: Carbs are important in IBD because of your gut bacteria. When we eat dietary fiber, our gut bacteria (provided we have substantial amounts of the right ones, of course) break the fiber down into butyrate. Butyrate is well-known as a short-chain fatty acid […]