Connecting Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health

Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are the number one killer in our country today. When most people think about cardiovascular disease (CVD), they don’t realize that CVD is actually a part of metabolic syndrome.   Metabolic syndrome includes high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes. It might be surprising to hear that the following chronic issues…


Choosing Healthy Cooking Oils

What’s wrong with seed oils? First, the bad news. This may be surprising, but I’m going to be blunt here. Canola, corn, soybean, palm, and vegetable oils are rancid, partially plasticized oils, and are terrible for our health. In fact, these oils are known as “RBD” oils because they are refined, bleached, and deodorized. This…


Top 9 Myths About Autoimmune Disease

At RIFM, we treat autoimmune issues every day. This is where functional medicine shines. So today I’d like to clear up some common myths that I hear regarding autoimmune disease.   1. Autoimmune diseases are rare; not that many people have them. Actually, the opposite is true. If you look at all the autoimmune diseases…


Coach’s Corner: Coffee Lovers Rejoice!

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Coach's Corner

I often get questions about coffee. Clients broach the subject with trepidation, sometimes almost whispering, “Do you think I need to give up coffee?” They are surprised when I say, “Probably not.”   Coffee is a superfood. – Dr. Hartman   I actually don’t have a problem with coffee, but there are caveats to the promotion of a…


Top 10 Myths About Cancer

We all are affected by cancer – directly or indirectly. But why is it so prevalent these days? What can we do about it?   As a functional medicine practitioner, I seek the root cause of disease; cancer is no exception. So today I’d like to address some of the common myths that I hear…


Top 10 Myths About Heart Disease

There is much new research on heart health and how we can mitigate the risk for heart disease. However, I often hear dated information about heart disease, some of which have even been debunked. Today, I’d like to shed light on the risk factors for heart disease to clear up some confusion. What are the…


Food and Mood Part 3: Mood Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Food and Mood

Are Nutrient Deficiencies Affecting the Way you Feel? There are several key nutrients we know that directly impact our mental health. These nutrients are necessary for a general sense of well-being, promoting positive mood, diminishing anxiety, controlling depression, allowing us to react well to environmental events, as well as for clarity of thought and focus.…


Food and Mood Part 2: The Role of Gut Health in Mental Health

Last week we talked about inflammation and its effect on the brain and mental health. Today I’d like to talk about gut bacteria, the ecosystem living inside your GI tract, which is also known as the microbiome.   The Role of Gut Health and Chemical Signaling in the Brain Did you know that 75% of…


Food and Mood Part 1: The Role of Inflammation in Anxiety and Depression

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Food and Mood

Food affects our mood; what we eat directly impacts how we feel.   Mood disorders are on the rise. These include issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. But many of us also have more mild mood instability, feel easily irritated, experience quick mood swings, or have a general sense of brain…


Coach’s Corner: An Easy (and Cheap) Way to Add More Collagen to Your Diet

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Coach's Corner

Making your own bone stock is a great way to stretch your food dollar a little further, add some important nutrients to your diet, and reduce food waste.   What’s So Great About Collagen? We see collagen supplements in almost every store, making various claims for healthier joints, skin, nails, hair, and more. The benefits…


Are you Pregnant or Thinking About Getting Pregnant? Is Functional Medicine Right for You?

If you’re a mom-to-be or are thinking of having children soon, you might have questions about how functional medicine can be beneficial to you in this season of life. I see many young, healthy women in my clinic who come to RIFM specifically because they want to be in peak physical health before having a…


Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder is NOT Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Hypermobility

Today I hope to prevent some worry over Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I want to make it clear that hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) is FAR from Ehlers-Danlos, a very severe and very rare variant. I just need to say that plainly and upfront because if you start looking for HSD online, you’re going to find things like…


Connecting Hypermobility to Chronic Illness

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Hypermobility

Last week we talked about some of the benefits of hypermobility, and we discussed how some elite gymnasts, swimmers, other athletes and high performing executives use the benefits of hypermobility to their advantage.   There are also some drawbacks and risk factors that come along with hypermobility.   I have seen this in many of…


The Benefits of Hypermobility

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Hypermobility

What are the Advantages of Hypermobility? There are several benefits that result from the flexibility and larger cerebellum that comes with hypermobility. Today I’d like to discuss some of the positive side of HSD.   Running First, people who are more flexible tend to be a little faster when they run. Many people with hypermobility…