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Clinical Science on Digestive Health & Microflora

The human digestive system is teeming with its own microbiome, which has a genome 150 times larger than the human genome. When this microflora is in optimum balance, the human gut operates as a communication center for immunity, metabolic health, digestion, cognition and many other vital functions. It’s a new exciting area of science that will no doubt play a more significant role in developing a personalized approach to medicine in your daily practice.

This learning center is designed to offer you the most relevant and up to date information on how to address microflora balance and gastrointestinal health for your patients.



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Digestion and Inflammation

By: Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.   Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion – Lin Yutang(1) The gut is our most intimate interface with the world. So if digestion goes awry, few dysfunctions are harder to bear. Which means the modern prevalence of digestive distress is true cause for alarm. An estimated 60 […]

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Beyond calcium and magnesium—Vitamin K for bone health

It is well known that calcium is vital for bone health.  Scientist are now beginning to understand that calcium isn’t the only necessary nutrient. Several vitamins and minerals are essential for supporting healthy bone mass over one’s lifespan. For example, ample evidence shows that magnesium plays a critical role in converting vitamin D into its […]

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Nutrition Tips for Runners

by Erin Stokes, ND “Whatever the event, nutrition plays a major role in the achievement of various factors that will see a runner or walker take the starting line in the best possible form .”[1] In our holistic practices, we’ll invariably have the opportunity to work with runners, some of whom are high-level, competitive athletes, and […]

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What You Need to Know about Choosing a Probiotic Supplement

by Kevin Lamberg What makes a probiotic formula stand above and outperform the others? Nowadays, almost every company offers a version of a probiotic supplement. At first glance, the differences between them appear small, and the most important differentiator for some practitioners can be as simple as familiarity with the company offering the product. After […]

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Breaking Down the Basics of Digestive Enzymes

By Jesse Davis, DC Digestion occurs through both mechanical factors and enzymatic factors. Enzymes are proteins that are distinguished by their ability to catalyze a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process. The enzymes involved in digestion are responsible most importantly for breaking up macronutrient macromolecules of carbohydrate, fat and protein into smaller molecular […]

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For IBD Go with the Gut, Interview with Andrea Nakayama, CNC

By Kathleen Finn Andrea Nakayama, CNC, CNE, CHHC, is a functional nutritionist based in Portland, Oregon. In this interview with Kathleen Finn she discusses the immune health, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the importance of a thriving microbiome. Kathleen Finn: Can you talk about your philosophy of gut health and how it relates to autoimmune […]

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Digestive Health in the Holiday Season

By Erin Stokes, ND The holiday season is the time of year when many of our patients overindulge and eat a wide array of foods not normally part of their diet. As physicians, it’s important to realize that during this time of feasting and festivities, people will stray from their typical eating routines to a […]

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A Synergistic Approach to Supporting Digestive Health

By Kevin Lamberg Many wholistic-minded practitioners believe optimal gastrointestinal health is the first step in maintaining and restoring the innate healing potential of the body. Sadly, chronic illness from poor lifestyle choices now make up more than 75 percent of the burden of health care costs in the United States.[1] An increase in stress levels, […]

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The Adaptogen Solution

By Kevin Lamberg We know from the ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) program conducted by the CDC that the impact of the modern diet is a formidable hurdle that hinders the best efforts of some practitioners to make long-term progress in the lives of their patients.[1] In conjunction with the impact of […]

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