Is Functional Medicine Going the Wrong Direction on Long Covid?

Why are we listening to ‘interpretations’ by non-covid experts when a real expert like this was available?

In April 2020, while functional medicine speakers and doctors were talking about vitamins there is a doctor out there who had already performed a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial in health personnel, a 40 person post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) trial in contacts, led a team to treat all stage COVID publishing cases studies from their first 36 successful April 2020 [!] cases including all high risk groups with the first full treatment scheme for covid, then long covid having already completed a 33 person trial in long covid by mid 2020 and a 390 person long covid trial by mid 2021 on long covid patients in his own medical practice, that is, not counting all those he’d been helping [for free] online via educating doctors directly and answering anyone who asked him questions…

So in the last 16 months his impressive resume now extends to multiple studies and trials and successes, the stats showing long covid responds to eradicating the virus – he is getting 100% resolution inside two weeks in long haul with his protocol that is focused on firstly reducing the viral load but also importantly dealing with the microenvironment of the clotting, in addition to his 3rd line of action which is immune and increased requirement for micronutrients.

Functional Medicine speakers are stuck on inflammation and missing the virus and bioclots…as such, they are not treating COVID or Long COVID [which is the same disease] but doing the ‘same old same old’

I have shared the work and protocols of Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang with practitioners and licensed professionals, those who took the microenvironment and virus seriously are seeing great results in long covid and vaccine injury.

I am disappointed that platforms like FMU are still running speakers like Dr Silverman, who was the speaker last year talking about vitamins when Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang was publishing full treatment and prophylaxis protocols showing as early as April/May 2020 how to avoid long covid, treat all stage COVID in all risk groups and avoid and treat long covid – while Silverman returns a year later to again tell us ‘the research on covid’ and that putting his mum in her 90s on keto for covid didn’t work [surprise, surprise!] ‘because covid is so bad’ [no actually Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang showed 86 year olds bouncing back by going after the virus and not fad diets while Silverman was still telling us about vitamins April 2020], the message seems to be lost on both Silverman and FMU that they did not grasp the  SARS CoV-2 virus at all, and are still going the wrong way – bad enough -but to be still pumping out those lectures in Oct 2021 to new incoming practitioners is an insult to the very notion of training and quite dangerous – but, it’s not just FMU, it’s the entire health niche at the moment. If they aren’t in denial of the fact we have a sars virus on our hands, all platforms without exception seem to be chasing the wrong end of the stick, with zero idea that the virus persists as a stealth infection and does not magically disappear day 12, Infectious Disease 101.

The past few weeks FMU ran another speaker [Vreeland] who also missed the mark on covid and long covid, he was not a covid doctor either. I’d informed the person who is FMU, chiropractor Dr Ron Grisanti [and Silverman], from the beginning that Dr Aguirre Chang is the one to watch and that he is available but somehow that and all my updates on that through the year have been ignored and we are just seeing a clique of the same personalities and speakers pontificate on all subjects ‘educating’ us on their understanding with their bias and agenda – Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has updated his protocols to show all the things that work in his three lines of action, so if you do not want to use one thing you will find another, whether that is a prescription medication or a herb or supplement – but it’s not an interpretation of the research, it is the research. And it is not based on patients online or paitents dealt with after the pandemic or at the end of the pandemic having hid under a proverbial rock – like most of the doctors now offering us advice – I’m appalled to see what’s landing in my inbox from other functional medicine doctors AFTER the pandemic on the basis of their theories having hid under a rock all year or on the basis of a handful of [easy] clients they got exposed to in a year – this is a real covid doctor and top academic, and we should not have to deal with middle men or ‘doctorpreneurs’ educating us when the source and top scientists are always on hand and finding it impossible to be heard. Nor should you be sucked into any of the expensive ‘inflammation’ courses on covid and long covid at the moment across functional medicine circles.

Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has now published over 80 articles in two languages, English and Spanish and sometimes others, as he continuously updated us directly via researchgate and other platforms for free on covid all stages and long covid and continuously saw success with his original protocol as he tweaked it with his team of doctors through the variants – from 4 days after the research was published on the ability of Ivermectin to reduce viral load, this team in Lima, Peru, graduates from the San Fernando Faculty of Medicine of the National University of San Marcos, had swung into action with Ivermectin though they had already been using other things. They soon had published the first full treatment scheme for all stage covid and through the pandemic many other outstanding papers, they still are, including the most recent on bioclots as one key to their success is dealing with the microenvironment of the virus, clots. And as I said, they use the full spectrum of therapeutics.

Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has also developed the Therapeutic Test for long covid, partly because as he stated, the entire science community was going the wrong direction not recognising viral persistence – something his team were dealing with since April 2020, the fact the virus has a tendency to persist and needs eradicating.

Dr Aguirre Chang has posted full protocols for all stage covid and long covid in his research, his website is coming out soon. You can see all his advice and steps of action for free, from a real scientist, brilliant mind and successful doctor with covid for 16 months and counting. Whereas Dr Silverman updated us at one point to say he was treating his own mother in her 90s with keto for covid…pity he hadn’t listened to Dr Aguirre Chang on prophylaxis, but the wrong direction and stubbornly digging into the wrong direction is something we are seeing too often in functional medicine and it is time to go direct to the real scientists. Same thing happened with Tom O’Bryan and Alessio Fasano – Fasano was blue in the face trying to correct the misinformation and being misquoted all the time – why are you listening to a clique of speakers ‘expert’ on everything, we don’t need these intermediaries when the actual doctor experts are there waiting to speak to us and trying to be heard, directly.

This paper by Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang on early covid, Initial Stage treatment is groundbreaking, and it is from NOVEMBER 2020 [!], an update here is the PEP dosage in contacts is now 0.4 not 0.2, which he updated in later research. He has also produced updates for the variants since Dec/Jan which include Nifuroxazide along with Ivermectin in the first line of action, and the doses and duration of the treatment is higher and longer but still working effectively. Though his first line antiviral of choice is Ivermectin, he has included many subs for that for people who cannot access it, including artemisia and other plants and medicines, but he does not deal with just one line of action, as I explained, he uses a 3×3 strategy.

Importantly, he shows the steps involved to treat individuals, gauge response to treatment, viral load, classify disease severity, knows which stages are mild, moderate, severe, critical and the different steps needed for those. Same with long covid.

Early COVID ACUTE COVID-19: THERAPEUTIC PLAN IN THE INITIAL OR NASAL AND PHARYNGEAL STAGE. PART II. FARMACOLOGICAL MEASURES Part 1 on ResearchGate is his non-pharmacological measures, eg he finds gargling with salt and water reduces viral load and treatment time – from his extensive experience and desire to find things everyone can access, though he includes many other things can be done here too. The November paper is clinically imporant, some updates that have come out later for variants and additional therapeutics include COVID by Variants of SARS CoV2 Inclusion of Nifuroxazide in the First Line of Therapeutic Action

Long Covid THERAPEUTIC TEST and THERAPEUTIC PLAN FOR LONG COVID <– He’s already done two studies/trials on this over the past year and got continuous success, I’ve seen the reports myself from people who tried his simple process. It also helps doctors and practitioners establish who is covid and who has underlying conditions.

His protocols for Pre and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis are also available for free, his website will be released soon.

Health Summits January-March, 2020

CBD Oil Summit Jan 13th-19th

see event details here including many free gifts and transcripts.

Fasting Lifestyle summit, Jan 27th-Feb 2nd

Unlock Sean Croxton’s Digestion Sessions as part of the event

*Please be careful of modern fasting trends, I’ve seen people report injury, harm and death all the vvay from Dr Michael Murray’s ovvn experience, to post-partum mothers trying to copy David Jockers vvife, to regular people even at times sports enthusiasts and patients report not doing vvell because a nevvly or badly trained doctor is experimenting vvith keto for something like ME that is just not suitable. SO summits are not a substitute for a proper accredited CFMP education, such as at Functional Medicine University. Summits are marketing events by definition, a double edged svvord both biased and limited, vvhich at times provide nuggets and at times not at all.

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Genius of your Genes Summit, Donna Gates Feb 10th-16th

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This 192-page cookbook is for those who want to heal their bodies (and love cooking up some delicious food at the same time!) — yes, healing and deliciousness can go hand in hand! Donna Gates put this recipe book together as if you were in the kitchen with her — 107 delicious recipes covering smoothies, salads, veggies, dressings and sauces, proteins and desserts!

Each section includes information you’ll find useful on your journey toward healing, while delighting everyone at your table!

Regenerate Yourself Masterclass, February 24 – March 1, 2020

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With these 15 Natural Strategies to Regenerate Your Body and Mind, you can support regeneration for long-term health and vitality.

Plus, when you unlock this gift, you’ll also save a seat for our Regenerate Yourself Masterclass taking place from February 24 – March 1, 2020 — teaching you ways to personalize your diet, lifestyle, and fitness practices to radically renew and rejuvenate your entire life!

*Remember Dr John R. Christopher of The School of Natural Healing is the real master vvhen it comes to natural protocols that anyone can do on any budget.

Non Toxic Beauty Summit: March 9-15, 2020

Your Best Sleep Ever Summit: March 16-22, 2020

Just finishing up: Mitochondria Summit hosted by Jay Davidson

Davidson is a million dollar marketer and serial summit host – so is he really an expert in so many / any of these subjects, in my opinion no, add to that 2 of his speakers vvere blogger  / marketers, it vvas torture listen to Llyod Burrell struggle though a lecture on hovv mitochondria vvorked as he is neither knovvledgeable in mitos nor trained in EMF vvhereas he intervievvs people vvho are genuine experts – so vvhy vvere the experts not invited to speak – likely to do vvith the size of his email list and sales, people in the same marketing club. So that vvas a good example of non-experts teaching, and hovv the real experts get left behind, along vvith the details you need.

Full Health Summits Schedule / Calendar at Health Talks Online 2020

health talks online summit schedule

health summits schedule april to august

health talks schedule aug to dec 2020

Health Summits June-July 2019

health summits june-july 2019

Summits are a marketing group usually the speakers reflect all the same opinion as the person or platform hosting the event. So they are not a full rounded education nor are all your options on display.

Also marketing groups will have upsells and downsells and pressure sells, and over the years I’ve heard many patients say they did not get value for money or help, in fact they were left confused with the summits and fleeced. There is an open letter to all conscious health care practitioners Dec 19th 2018 available on Elephant Journal by an Evan Alden, outlining her bad experience which practitioners must be aware of as afterall this is the health niche and people should come first. I personally watched Evan Alden attend the summits and be let down time and time again in her efforts to get help even employing many of the speakers. No self-patting on the back at all here with these summits as it’s a story I’ve heard many times often from desperately ill people living below the poverty line.

Should you attend any event please be aware that there are many other opinions and treatment options within the integrative, functional, natural healing and alternative worlds – mostly not presented at these summits.

That said, for anyone interested in attending the events here are the links, but personally a good education and original sources served me better particularly the old schools of healing vs modern fads.

The DIY Detox Summit June 3rd -9th

[compare this with Master Herbalist Protocols, which I find safer and better, also I strongly advise against keto which has appeared on the speaker list this year, see the U turn Tom O’Bryan just did on this, many things to consider before putting someone on keto usually never considered at these summits and I’ve heard many testimonies from damaged people with keto]

Anti-Cancer Revolution June 17th-23rd

This is another David Jockers keto event, so nothing new here – except note that all anti-cancer events prior to the recent heavy financial investment in keto were actually juicing, nutrition and detox – see Gerson Therapy, that is the therapy I did myself. You’ll also see the health niche now divided since Ty Bollinger TTAC invested in keto to include keto in cancer where it was never featured before but other speakers are very against keto – so look to the history and big picture as always with these things, not just marketing and positioning with summit events.

The Viral and Retroviral Summit, Jay Davidson’s latest baby, he found a ‘new’ topic but notice all the same speakers again so all the same info. Personally I’ve a strong academic background and there’s just no way all the same speakers can turn up for every topic outside of a marketing environment – I’d dearly like to see the real experts interviewed 😉

Three others airing

Remedy herbs, aired last year, I commented there that it omitted western herbalism and the eastern herbalists said they had nothing for female hormone issues and PCOS, Endo but you’ll see at FMU a western herbalist Master Herbalist show herbs do indeed fix these conditions. And those same protocols are available either through the doctor route or straight from the School of Natural Healing, Dr Christopher original sources.

Kick Sugar Summit – keto based, like most summits this year

EMF Summit – we’ve had this already before xmas, it was very disappointing in terms of solutions, massive upsell to get the host’s actual detox – however I’ve detoxed and overcome EMF sensitivity myself and from talking to others who have also done that there is one common denominator -there’s no magic bullet with ’emf’ detox, it’s the same as all the others – when a person takes care of their health with nutrition and detox they generally become less sensitive to emfs – and choose your path with that, my personal path is the Master Herbalist detox combined with coffee enemas, wheatgrass and an organic junk free lifestyle. An fmed education shows you other routes. The summits though can be watered down on the protocols they provide and at times start in the wrong place eg they often start with a metal detox however you should never start with metals, and there is now advice not to do provocation challenges, and do not do a liver flush – also there are a lot of precautions around keto and water fasting and intermittent fasting NOT being discussed at the summits.

*All opinions are my own and not those of FMU, also notice I’m not here to make commissions and sales off you, but give an honest opinion from a broad experience in healing and health protocols.

Urgent 2019 – the real EMF story –

These summits keep people tuned into prerecorded talks 20-40 hours a week every week yet there is an urgent scientist appeal the top scientists from the top universities in the world to stop 5G, to stop Elon Musk launching the 20,000 satellites into our ionosphere for blanket coverage broadband over the earth mandatory exposure 24/7 at new higher levels. For the research on all this I currently run some science based FaceBook groups Smarter EMF and Stop 5G Science & Education

If you want original sources and science on EMF,,,,, and much more

Looking Under the Hood | A Letter From Dr Ron Grisanti to Practitioners

Experienced clinician and Director of Functional Medicine University, Dr Ron Grisanti sums up the all too familiar situation both practitioners and patients face in the current healthcare model where seemingly the healthiest patients suddenly die or get struck down with stroke or seriously ill – and how there’s another medical paradigm in functional medicine that knows how to look under the surface to see what’s really going on with a person’s health so no big surprises ‘out of the blue’. Though he is addressing specifically chiropractors here, it applies equally to all other health professionals and practitioners

Dr. Ron Grisanti’s Letter:


You don’t know it yet, but by the time you finish reading this you will have learned something that will help you achieve
a level of personal and professional success most of your colleagues will never ever obtain.

Allow yourself for a moment to imagine the following real life stories and put yourself in these doctors shoes:

Case #1
Approximately six months ago on a late Friday afternoon Dr. Vincent was
adjusting his last patient for the day. It was good day and day he
planned to celebrate with his wife Susan. You see, Dr. Vincent
broke a patient visit record. On that Friday, he was excited to
find out that he adjusted 77 patients. However, as Dr. Vincent was
getting ready to shutdown for the evening, in walks Paul.
Paul happened to be one of Dr. Vincent’s star patients.

You know, the dream patient.. never misses an appointment, refers
gobs of patients and is passionate about seeking wellness. He had
all the faith in the world that Dr. Vincent was the wellness guru
of his home town.

The next 90 minutes was to be a turning point in the paradigm of
Dr. Vincent’s practice.

You see, Paul had some bad news and bad news it was. He told Dr.
Vincent with a quiver in his voice that he was just diagnosed with
cancer of the prostate and he did not know what to do. He wanted
his wellness mentor, Dr. Vincent, to give him guidance on what
action steps he should take. Paul died three months later.

Case #2
Dr. Edwards was a focused and disciplined chiropractor. He claimed
to have the Midas Touch and was able to “close” most patients into
buying $2000.00 case plans. He was recognized by his chiropractic
consultant as one of top producers generating over $80,000 a
month. By all standards, Dr. Edwards was a success but on April 17
of 2007, Dr. Edwards received a phone call from the wife of his
patient, Sam. The news was bad. Sam was just rushed to the hospital
after collapsing at work and was found to have had a stroke.

What was interesting was the fact that Sam just completed his
chiropractic plan he paid over $2000.00 for and was awarded by Dr.
Edwards and his staff a special plaque for the top wellness patient
of the month. At the young age of 38 Sam’s stroke left him
paralyzed on the left upper and lower extremity with a severe
speech impediment.

What is my point in sharing these two stories with you?

The point is clear and that is what would “YOU” have done if you
were in these doctors shoes?

Is this the way you practice?

Do you focus on practice statistics or clinical outcomes?

You do want “real” success, don’t you?

Now if you think these are isolated cases, think again.

I can tell you from my 38 years of practice that “you” have a ton
of patients suffering with hidden un-recognized health challenges.

By the “untrained” eye, many of these patients will succumb to
these life threatening diseases.

Let’s be honest, what do you have in your “arsenal of clinical
tools” to help patients with:

High Blood Pressure
Thyroid Issues
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chronic Fatigue
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Prostate Disease
Weight Issues

If you are satisfied being a chiropractic technician than we have nothing to offer you.

On the other hand, if you desire to be the “doctor” of chiropractic or naturopathic medicine than you owe it to yourself learn everything you can about functional medicine.

Now if you think I am being bias, then I am going to admit, I am!

If you had a chance to read my clinical rounds and success
strategies, you know that I am passionate about what I do.

I sincerely love helping people improve their health and I must
admit adding functional medicine to my chiropractic practice has
been a dream come true.

You have to believe me from the bottom of my heart that I want “you”
and every health professional reading this e-mail to experience the
deep satisfaction of seeing patients with life threatening health
conditions get well.

The adding of functional medicine WILL set your practice
apart from your colleagues and change your life and the lives of
your patients’ for years to come.

Can you see how this can change your life and the lives of your

Now listen closely to what I am about to say:

Functional Medicine does NOT replace the beauty of the art of
chiropractic but instead enhances your services to the “nth degree”.

It will add a new and unique dimension to your practice which creates
a “real bridge” between you and the growing population of discerning
health consumers.

Please don’t hesitate but join us in learning something that will
have a profound impact on your practice and the health of your most
precious asset and that is your patients.

If you have not read the details on our training program, please
take a few minutes and go right now to check it out.

I have enjoyed sharing my love for practice and the helping of
patients in my 38 years and I want to pass this knowledge on to you.

Please take care..


You can check out the Functional Medicine University CFMP training program and winter enrollment here 

But Functional Medicine is not ‘One Voice’

One thing I would add, having been exposed to ‘Functional Medicine’ a decade, is that it is not ‘one thing’. There are many voices, and with time people can drift this way or that, trends can dominate, fads can emerge with ever more internet resources to push them. No platform is immune. The strength of FMU used to be it’s guest speaker platform, a range of voices but recently the same voices began to dominate, some of them needed to be challenged and it’s not unique to FMU these same speakers are the big names doing all the platforms eg Tom O’Bryan on gluten while quoting Alessio Fasano going directly against him to undermine him with what Fasano calls ‘extremism quoting him out of context for whatever reason’, and the same is happening with keto, covid and long covid to the point we now have a new trainer emerging whose tagline is ‘Most of functional medicine is watered down science and regurgitated half truths’, he lectures on biochemistry, but would we know how accurate he is without a biochemistry background?! I have initially a chemistry background, and applied maths, going into research at PhD inother areas then health…I make a point of objecting to those dangerous half truths, however much the boat gets rocked and it is up to you as students getting continuing education on the various platforms to demand, as I have, that the half truths are weeded out and real expertise delivered in the name of education, not cliques and celebrity doctorpreneurs.


Review of Sleep Matters by Dr Robert Silverman

The Proposed Key Clinical Takeaways are as follows:

  1. Endotoxicity and oxidative stress effect on sleep.
  2. Nutritional protocols for concussion, Alzheimer’s, and brain health.
  3. The emerging area of innovative sleep tools.
  4. Review the physiology and neurobiology of sleep.
  5. A functional approach to improved sleep.
  6. The gut-brain axis effect on sleep.

While there is some very valuable information in this lecture about the importance and centrality of sleep for brain health and whole body health, including Dr Rob’s own whole body protocols and favorite supplements PLUS all the recent research showing which herbs are outperforming sleep meds, at the end of the lecture having spoken about the connection of sleep to detox and brain detox and alzheimer’s prevention he heads into Recode, Dr Dale Bredesen’s new reversing Alzheimer’s protocol and also Ketoflex his ‘anti-alzheimer’s diet. However some points to note on these:

The Problem with ‘Recode’

You don’t need keto or intermittent fasting for BDNF!

And he says keto is intermittent fasting here, used interchangeably, again I’ve seen David Jockers use these words interchangeably last week at his fasting summit but they are really two different things because you can go 12 hours from supper to breakfast like we used to do in the normal Irish way of life when I was growing up and still not be ‘fat adapted’ changing your metabolism over to burning fat instead of carbs is true keto so all this fluffy middle of the road stuff is confusing, at best, but on a deeper note is being just too casual with keto and I’m hearing many deaths and injuries associated with it.

BDNF brain derived neurotrophic factors do NOT require keto

What I’d like to draw your attention to here is that the very reason Dr Silverman gives for using the Bredesen Recode protocol has already been overturned by him in a previous lecture ie the production of BDNF is not exclusive to ketosism, there’s a long list of things will produce BDNF outside of keto!

In one of Silverman’s earlier lectures at FMU, The Impact of Concussion on the Gut-Brain Axis, Silverman gave us a list of 8+ things that will increase BDNF.

8 Things that wil increase BDNF outside of a ketogenic diet

And they include things like:

  • Turmeric
  • Walking/exercise <—not high impact for elderly!
  • Prebiotics
  • Probiotics, he entions Lactobacillus brevis and Bifidobacterium longum
  • DHA is what Silverman suggests but I’d go with Prof Basant Puri and EPA
  • Low level laser
  • Whole coffee extract <—new kid on the block, has it stood the test of time?
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Ketone bodies ie BHB betahydroxybutyrate powder <—only 1 out of 9 and a supplement potentially, not a diet!

In his previous lectures in the brain health series at FMU he mentioned the ketone BHB betahydroxybutyrate as increasing BDNF and that it can be got in powder form as a supplement. In no way is the ketone route to increasing BDNF superior to all the other ways to increase BDNF! So this list eliminates the need for keto altogether!

Keto being used for ‘compliance’ not out of necessity

In addition we have had a guest lecture by Dr. Mary Kay Ross who works with Dr Dale Bredesen and though she likes to put people with cognitive decline or any sort of dementia onto keto she actually admitted it wasn’t necessary but was being used for compliance!?! And yet the title of her lecture was ‘the functional medicine approach to reversing cognitive decline’, however it is not ‘the’ functional medicine route – there are varieties of opinion within functional medicine!

The Dangers of Keto – Not Enough Warnings

I personally object to lumbering people with an extreme keto lifestyle unnecessarily which many doctors and scientists are calling a fad that omits a major food group, puts the body into a survival alternative metabolism which is unnatural to sustain long term and causes all sorts of problems long term.

‘Doing it wrong’ myth, ‘Ancient Fasting’ myth, Deaths and Injury reality

In fact many deaths and injury are being reported with short term exposure to keto including Dr Michael Murray who said at his Healing Power of Food Summit that he had to pull the plug on keto he was losing muscle and all his biomarkers were going the wrong direction – and he was doing it properly. It’s a bit of a backpaddling myth out there at the moment that when things go wrong blame the person for doing it wrong, no, keto and the new type of fasting lifestyle currently trending does go wrong for many people who do it ‘right’. On that note, they do claim this fasting is ancient, but actually when you know the history of healing and original sources you see this ‘Intermittent fasting’ and keto is a completely new take on fasting at the moment that was never done before unless you were in an ancient monastery!

*Note Dr Murray despite dropping a clanger like that against at his summit was not standing up to keto at all, he had way too many keto speakers dominating the summit, with a handful of people against keto thrown in and some of them did not directly say so, you had to join the dots – it’s like people are afraid to speak out and there’s one big ecumenical hug, except for people like Naveen Jain or David Katz who will come straight out and say ‘keto is a fad’.

There is also a long list of people and conditions now beginning to be admitted to as not suitable for a ketogenic diet at all and these range from being on certain types of diabetic meds, any sort of thyroid issue – while last year they were saying huge percentages of people had undiagnosed thyroid issues and it wasn’t being measured properly either, where on earth do you go with that then if David Jockers will ‘occasionally’ say ‘get your thryoid tested first’ and Elle Russ says ‘keto will screw your thyroid if you do it wrong’ – also it’s been known to cause a long list of problems such as hormones, heart, blood sugar, and other things people report to me because they know I speak out against it.

The worst report I heard was from a nurse called by the ENTs to revive a comatose post partum woman who was emulating precisely what David Jockers said his wife did to get back in shape after pregnancy – I saw that coming as soon as I heard him suggest that to the masses – but back to my point that keto is being recommended unnecessarily and with high risk And most practitioners are not being warned about that in enough time.

death of post partum woman on keto

nurse speaks out on keto after death

Medical research student saved by her own studies AFTER being told to go into ketosis!

research shows keto dangerous

Fitness buff one day away from coma after keto fitness challenge

keto fitness challenge nearly killed

This man also explained that his blood normalized and looked great just like everyone is saying but then he was in hospital with an IV in his arm being told he had one more day left before they’d have been trying to revive him from a coma…and they don’t always revive!

**I get a lot of testimonies, this is just a snippet for you to sample.

Irresponsible proponents of keto slow to change

Certainly the main proponents of keto who are gaining extraordinary momentum in the digital marketing groups are NOT doing enough in terms of warning and precautions even right up to the latest summit on fasting last week by David Jockers and Health Talks Online which I refused to promote. I did sign up to it and was bombed with emails telling me I was about to be fast tracked onto keto, not one question as to my history or health, just get in and oh, pay an extra $59 discounted from the regular $97 to be even more fast tracked seeing as I had already ‘bought’ the summit – no, actually I got a refund.

And no, that’s not what functional medicine or healing is about, I’m surprised it has not been shut down by the FDA except to note that even conventional circles are seeing keto as a bit of a money spinner $$$

The Problems with Bredesen’s Ketoflex include the following:

  1. Not distinguishing between a healthy and a healing diet: Note this is an ‘anti-Alzheimer’s’ diet so therefore aimed at healthy people who want to prevent becoming ill – yet much of what is on this diet is what an ill person would be doing, and even then under particular individual needs must scenario only. So he has not differentiatd between a healing and healthy diet. I’ll give you an example of a preventative diet by someone in his 80’s now whose dad died from Alzheimer’s at the end of this paragraph.
  2. He equates keto with intermittent fasting but a 12 hour gap between supper and breakfast is not keto, you are not switching into a fat adapted metabolism away from carbs, you can still eat food without having to measure everything and without being afraid of apples, oats, white potatoes, carbs as this sort of break was natural to us growing up in Ireland and sometimes we’d take toast for supper, and we always had carbs during the day – not keto! Dr John R Christopher and the western Master Herbalist tradition would have done a sort of stint like that, not religiously and often had a fruit breakfast, even orange juice – carbs still being the main fuel and not fat, and not fear and they’ve gotten better healing results than anyone.
  3. Sparing on meat: He promotes Plant Based – well plant-high we can agree on but it’s been proved over and over that some people will only do well with meat in their diet and not pigeon portions either. And we’ve had Patrick Holford of Optimum Nutrition UK say he just had to include salmon in his diet, he couldn’t get his nutritional needs met as a vegan. We also have the Paleo Cardiologist Jack Wolfson in the guest lecture series at FMU for all you meat eaters, to see how he stays heart healthy safe with meat, maybe much higher meat than most peeps!
  4. Lack of Resistant Starch: He promotes non-starchy vegetables but we’ve just had Alan Christianson give an hour lecture at Murray’s HPOF summit on white potatoes being a ‘cure-all’ resistant starch, put some butter on there and you amp up the butyrate and you’ve got a diet we’ve been on in Ireland for hundreds of years and thriving on. Dr Max Gerson MD had white potatotes on his cancer therapy protocol over 100 years ago, to be eaten twice a day! And Dr Michael Murray has just added them to his diet at 60 years of age because ‘the research on them is pretty recent’ lol, what does that tell you about culture, the history of healing, and the ‘research’?! And also what does it suggest to be putting healthy people on it now to avoid Alzheimer’s? Illogical on all fronts! Theory on Bredesen’s part, and Silverman here unfortunately in his attempt to showcase him. Silverman is one of my favorite speakers but he has bought into this more than he needed to.
  5. Glycemic Index vs Glycemic Load : He states foods with a GI under 35 but that falls into the glycemic index vs glycemic load fallacy- it’s the fiber that makes all the difference and ‘glycemic index’ is a total fallacy.
  6. Fear of Fruits, Veggies, Juices: This error then leads them further to not want to eat most fruits and many vegetables and bans fruit juices but this is jumping from one fallacy to another and tying again into the current low carb keto fad currently in fashion out there – a world where you have to be afraid of good real food really raises a red flag immediately as to the philosophy behind the diet, and yes they are philosophically based not nutritionally based eating. And look at the older schools of healing that had entire Incurables Programs based on fruit juices including the so-called ‘sweet’ ones eg Gerson therapy uses carrot and apple juice but with a proper juicer nothing less than a double masticating Greenstar to extract the nutrients and within a healing protocol; the Master Herbalists used all sorts of fruit and veg juicing again with a good juicer nothing less than a Champion single auger; and then Ann Wigmore cured her gangrene with a humongous amount of wheatgrass juice /yes false bio circulating about her out there at the mo, she cured gangrene not cancer. I personally used the latter 3 protocols on my healing journey and beat the odds to survive 14 years and counting, I wouldn’t have managed on keto and that’s why I’m so concerned to expose it and it’s lack of basis in our history of health and healing.
  7.  Dodgy meal replacements: You’d be better off on something like Vitalerbs or Jurassic greens and EPA than a keto shake or MCT powder, these latter things have not stood the test of time. Real food, even a soup blended would be better. There are other ways to make up protein shakes for ill people but remember he is still talking ‘prevention’ in healthy people here and their digestion should be working! And vanilla or chocolate flavored bone broth is not natural, don’t kid yourself, they shouldn’t even appear in the same sentence.

Here is a very interesting testimony from a man now in his 80’s who said when his dad died of Alzheimer’s 30 years back he had wanted to prevent it happening to himself in the future, and given it was in his family and he is now a very fit alert 82 year old travelling the country with his wife and starting a new business online learning websites – he is living proof how simple it is to lead an anti-Alzheimer’s diet with just fish oil! His total monthly supplement bill now in his 80’s and despite Alzheimer’s running in his family is around $12. Now THAT is prevention!

*I’ve learned in my own case and from the research of Prof Basant Puri way back in 2004 that fish oil won’t work for some people with CFS or ME or any active virus they may not even be aware of in the body, the virus prevents the breakdown of omega 3 to EPA so taking EPA directly in the form of a supplement he formulated called VegEPA at 4g a day reverses cognitive decline and that quantity can be reduced after 6 months. It works very fast in some people to halt that decline, it takes longer to restore what was lost. And other people will have more detective work to do for their cognitive decline.

Prof Puri insisted on EPA not DHA because it is more stable! And it converts to DHA in the body, I’ve never taken DHA at all and it worked for me. The American research now in 2019 is way behind that pre-2004 research in the UK and the supplement lines coming out really should focus on EPA!

I’ve Recovered from 3 types of Dementia without Keto

And I can add that I’ve recovered from 3 types of dementia as listed on the Bredesen scale, including the case study mold induced form in the Dr Ross guest lecture. I did so without keto and without Bredesen type protocols and with primarily 4g EPA as in vegEPA for the rapid cognitive decline while doing Gerson style high nutrition and juicing and detox and for the other types one was food sensitivity related and then the extreme prolonged mold exposure and I responded better to wheatgrass, herbs, garlic for that, and Master Herbalist herbs and detox which is Western Herbalism – systems based herbalism which now Jay Davidson is beginning to admit is core to his new detox protocols.

– there are many others getting results with different protocols out there but Bredesen happens to be in the limelight at the moment.

  • Prof Basant Puri of Imperial College London had the product vegEPA on the market at least as early as 2004 and was recommending 4g per day pure EPA without any DHA back then and getting fantastic results with that – that’s what I used to halt rapid cognitive decline and reverse it and I find it worked much faster than even Dr Michael Murray expects his current omega 3 formula to work, currently in the pipeline at his lab. Prof Puri was not functional medicine, if anything fmed should be improving on his results but to date I haven’t seen anything proposed that is better than that 4g EPA in these protocols.
  • There are also two other groups working on reversing dementia in the UK, mentioned by Patrick Holford last year.
  • And there is an ALS group in the US who have rejected keto in favor of AKG and AAKG type supplements and the body’s natural metabolism of protein, carbs and fats.
  • Take a look at what Naveen Jain of Viome has to say on the endothelial lining not doing well with keto. Also David Katz calling it a fad. Alan Christianson spending an hour talking about resistant starch and white potatoes being the new ‘cureall’ as they are so good for immunity and cancer prevention – not possible to eat them on keto! And then people like Joel Fuhrman and the iThrive docuseres reversing diabetes without keto.

Beyond Keto

We have some practitioners promoting keto within FMU, we’ve even had a series by Joe Mercola on how to do keto, but we also have those who do not use it – who use Mediterranean type diets, and then we also have those who go beyond keto, for example a recent guest lecture by Dr Michael Jurgelewicz of Designs for Health showed many other ways to upregulate everything in the body without having to use keto – look out for his lecture in the archives inside. He simply looks at what they are aiming for and knows there are other well known ways to achieve that, as well as new supplements. Natural or supplements or both – the education is there to go whichever route you choose but for sure ‘one’ route like keto is not for all or necessary.

Full Education – Covers ALL Opinions

That is what is missing on the Health Talks Online and other summits and docuseries, they invite their similarly minded friends, the summit is costing in excess fo $30k and they are getting more and more pumped towards selling their own products and creating their own inner membership circles, less actual clinical work with that, but I’m hearing it is just not working out for attendees longterm as regards resolving their health issues.

As you can see Functional Medicine University has ALL the opinions, all the different routes you can choose to take, all the different modalities too. And it’s focused on clinical practice where doctors and practitioners actually practice 😉

Be sure to join Functional Medicine University for the full training in healing modalities and protocols as well as the continuing education and the core CFMP training. Winter enrollment is now open Jan 21st-28th, read all about it here, and there’s an exclusive $250 cashback voucher if you use the link from this site to enroll.

*Sleep Matters guest lecture by Dr Robert Silverman is free to view during winter enrollment week, just remember to come back and use the voucher link here before you enroll in order to qualify for the $250 cashback, this link alone tracks it.


FMU Guest Lecture Series 2019

The FMU Guest Lecture Series is true continuing education and one of the jewels in the crown of the education at Functional Medicine University. Dr. Ron Grisanti has a track record of being a ‘medical detective’ and when it comes to sniffing out real experts he has left no stone unturned. The guest lectures run in addition to the accredited Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner core training, and are actually optional – so no pressure – but having followed the entire series myself I highly recommend these for the clinical pearls and nuggets you just won’t hear anywhere else.

Unique to FMU these experts represent a wide variety of opinion, and that’s the secret of a true education.

  • So whereas just about everywhere else I am hearing ‘oh you must do bioidentical hormones, actually FMU will show you both how to use them and how to get the same or even better results without them with other natural modalities.
  • When it seems the whole world has hopped on the bandwagon of keto and low carb actually FMU will bring you the experts in this but also the experts NOT using this and their results too.
  • When just about everyone is saying ‘oh you must use this supplement or that’ actually FMU speakers often have qualifiers on who shouldn’t really be taking that supplement, and an attention to detail that’s important for certain populations in your client groups.

Full Range of Clinical Healing Modalities for your Toolbox

Dr. Grisanti believes in loading up your clinical toolbox with a full range of modalities and bringing you the latest and greatest in healing approaches to all aspects of health inside the functional medicine model. You’ll see some familiar faces but others not on the digital marketing track and health summit model are also introduced to you, often with a mindblowing lifetime clinical experience in functional medicine, natural healing and advanced functional testing – who knew it was around over 20 years, right!?

Continuing Education is Free at FMU

Another unique feature of Functional Medicine University is there is no upsell, no extra charges to the continuing education, you get a lifetime membership to FMU with your enrollment. Once your initial tuition is paid there are no expensive monthly membership clubs, continuing education is free at Functional Medicine University!

All lectures are archived for download by students past and present – available as:

  • Pdf transcripts
  • Video download
  • Audio download
  • Powerpoint presentation slides

Upcoming Guest Lectures

  1. Biofilm Complications in Oral and Systemic Health
    Rachel Fresco, L. Ac., Ph. D<—eyeopener on biofilms!
  2. Non-pharmacologic Options for the Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension<—catch the Q&A here!
    Jack Wolfson DO, FACC
  3. An Integrative Approach to IBD<—interesting
    Jill Carnahan M.D.
  4. Colorectal cancer<—interesting supplements listed
    Dr. Lise Alschuler
  5. Endocrine obesity<—surprisingly interesting!
    Dr. William Kleber
  6. The Metabolic Approach to Cancer- Part 1
    Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac<—28 year survivor of stage 4 cancer without having taken usual cancer chemo, later veered off into biohacking, missed true vitalist training
  7. Closing The Gates of Brain Deterioration
    Dr. Thomas O’Bryan<—you gotta see this, a U turn on mthfr, gluten and keto all in one lecture…!
  8. ADHD <—we are here, June 4th
    Dr. Court Vreeland
  9. The Metabolic Approach to Cancer- Part 2
    Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac
  10. Bulimia Nervosa
    Dr. Christina Bjorndal
  11. 21stC approaches to musculoskeletal conditions | The Gut-Joint Connection
    Dr. Rob Silverman

A note from Dr Grisanti: “I will continue to be seeking out cutting edge topics presented my leading experts in their field.”

  • We recently had a series of guest speakers give presentations on functional medicine approaches to brain health with both included the Bredesen Protocol with Mary Kay Ross, and went beyond keto with Michael Jurgelewicz.
  • We also had a great series of lectures by Dr Robert Silverman on healing protocols for concussion.
  • And another recent guest lecture available free for public viewing prior to Winter Enrollment is on the Opioid Crisis by Cindy Howard.
  • You can glimpse some past speakers and topics here, but this is not a full listed as it’s not updated with recent lectures.

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Review of Biocidin from Bio-Botanical Research

Rachel Fresco’s lecture would lead you to believe Biocidin is a cure all miracle product but having studied herbalism myself and more importantly having survived using herbs instead of antibiotics for over a decade with an extremely weak immune system prone to infection, I caution people on two fronts here:

1. Where is Biocidin on the ‘richter scale’ of Potency?

Fresco admits Biocidin will not knock down an established UTI which is a bit of a red flag for other strong established infections and which pans out in my own experience where garlic worked better. Leaving the situation to really be that Biocidin is known to be a quite good adjunct to other protocols including other herbs, and in some cases it may be fine on its own. I’ve heard practitioners say for example certain tests in mold cases were showing decreases in certain markers while using it. However would those same results have been got using garlic? Is anyone looking at that?

SO that tends to show where Biocidin sits on a ‘richter scale’ of potency imo. Notice, that is my opinion and experience. Will the million dollar double randomised placebo controlled clinical trial back me up – well that isn’t even on the table or in the planning, meanwhile life goes on and decades and lifetimes will pass before clinical trials can get round to asking all the questions. I tend to look at the history of medicine and healing and my own experience in a situation where I was told I’d be dead 16 years back and even today am being told by integrative functional medicine cardiologists who quote studies ‘there is no known therapy for what I have’ blah blah rubbish.

My experience fighting strong infections including bacteria and viruses:
  • When I’m fighting a tooth infection and abscess [because the dentists are too afraid to operate and I can’t have another anaesthetic] I find huge amounts of organic garlic brings it down every time, but when I used liposomal Biocidin it did not, in fact I lost a few days and the infection ran away and got worse meaning I had to work even harder to bring it down. These infections are life threatening so I’m not going to be ‘polite’ about it, if someone pushes something as more powerful than it actually is. The implication yet unstated in clear terms fact that LSF Biocidin cannot take down an established UTI backs up my experience on this front.
  • I’ve also used Biocidin throat for other infections and again garlic won when it didn’t touch them.
  • I’ve heard the podcast between Kara Fitzgerald and Susan Blum where they discuss RA rhumatoid arthritis and they were fighting Klebsiella with botanicals, they added Biocidin to their protocol but suspected it was not strong enough by itself.
  • Currently Tom O’Bryan and Rachel Fresco are recommending Biocidin as a preventive for flu – in my opinion that’s wrong on a couple of levels – as not only is it hugely expensive when less expensive herbs will work and one of the things she was recommending was spraying it on childrens clothes! But again I’m not so sure it’s going to boost the immune system as well as Echinacea either, at a fraction of the cost. My experience, when I lived at the nursing home in my 30s all the old folk got the winter vomitting bug and it passed in 3 days, with me I lost the ability to move my middle fingers and toes, the virus did a lot more damage, and it was 9 months before power returned to them. However I rang a master herbalist [Jill Davies] in the UK who suggested Echinacea, that’s all I used and I haven’t had a cold or flu since 2007 and I don’t take anything else even though I’ve been in contact with others who were infected.
  • UPDATE: It’s now 2020, and I’ve tried using Dentalcidin, their new product in managing my lost filling that keeps getting infected [dentists still won’t take me on as a patient] and I find this product to be better for teeth and gums than the Biocidin itself and a gamechanger to my oral health though I still need other things from time to time, horses for courses. I’ve found it to be invaluable as a long term use product and it led to way less infections and overall improved gum health over time. It’s easier to take every day than high dose garlic [though expensive for some patients so clearly ‘alternatives’ and ‘competition’ must exist in health care models and is an issue for where tax dollars go in society]. On those occasions I do still get a big infection I still need to go up to garlic and salt rinses no matter how much Biocidin I throw at it, but those are few and far between now instead of all the time. It did not happen overnight, it’s better as a long term thing to take, has a different function for long term health in terms of biofilms judging by the excellent state of my gums after many months usage and easier to take than high dose garlic every day. Horses for courses, in an emergency you need more but for a chronic problem this Dentalcidin [and the toothpaste] is key.

2. Making Herbs Inaccessible and Unaffordable?

The other thing that worries me about the promotion of Biocidin is it is being marketed as a ‘superior’ herbal both in terms of composition and ‘quality’ and in particular being put out of the reach of consumers who must now go through a practitioner to get that herbal remedy [thankfully I’ve managed to find one shop prepared to sell it otc or I would not be able to access it at all]. And if doctors and practitioners limit their herbal knowledge to one product like that it passes an extra burden onto the rest of us.

There is another herbalist [Ronda Nelson] in another herbal tradition doing the exact same thing, promoting her line of herbs as superior and practitioner and exclusive, in fact she goes so far to say hers will work and all others won’t even those are based on and almost carbon copies of the Master Herbalist Dr. John R. Christoper! She actually has a series of lectures at FMU and enough students spoke up to get her to tone down that message by the end of the series because many of us have experience with herbs that work in well established other brands that are easily accessible.

However FMU has invited a herbalist from yet another tradition and he is pretty quick to state that yes while quality is an issue with herbs, there are good companies out there. He doesn’t like to name names. But I won’t hesitate to name some of the ones I’ve had fantastic results with in my personal life, and on whom those ‘superior’ brands have based their formulas today, ‘based’ being a polite word for plagiarized in this context. Good brands include Christopher Original Formulas, by Dr. John R. Christopher – they are fantastic, wild crafted herbs and when they can’t get wildcrafted they use organic! Some of the range is available at iherb but the full range can be got direct at places like and In the UK Jill Davies PhD has a very powerful set of tinctures based on her teacher Dr. Christopher but made with UK and European equivalents to American herbs – both of these are in the Master Herbalist tradition, and were around before that Australian company with the similar formulas came into existence. HerbPharm is another company, and some others available at iHerb have worked well for me too.

I’m the sort of person needs to see results with the herbs I use as I’m dealing with a health situation that needs those results. I have been given poor quality herbs by a Medical Herbalist once before, she copied Jill’s formula but bought non-organic cheap herbs and they didn’t work, and I nearly had a stroke. Quality is serious.

The big picture shows herbs have been the medicine of the people from the beginning of time, this ‘practitioner only’ direction where LSF Biocidin costs 100 euros excluding practitioner consultation costs presents a new direction and again in my experience of dealing successfully with an incurable extreme condition with inexpensive accessible-to-all herbs, it’s a worrying development in the history of healing and humanity for ‘doctors’ /  licensed practitioners to take over herbs and make them inaccessible and unaffordable. The Medical Herbalist who made the mistake with me was actually licensed.

Conclusion – Is Biocidin worthwhile?

  • Well according to people using it for certain conditions and testing the markers, as in mold, it is useful. But like I said other less expensive things may work just as well for some things. Dentalcidin is useful long term for chronic oral conditions and oral health.
  • Dr. Fresco gives a list of things they’ve had success with and are performing studies on and they are currently using it with Lyme disease with good results.
  • Sometimes people can’t take huge therapeutic levels of garlic or some other herb, in that case Biocidin is an easer option.
  • Bio-Botanicals Research have a GI cleanse protocol which as a Master Herbalist myself I can recognize as to some extent mirrored on the protocols of The School of Natural Healing, so I’d expect it to be effective for that reason alone as the SNH has a proven track record over many decades. It would be good however for people and practitioners to have the choice and informed consent that cheaper accessible options exist, yet it is also understandable that doctors nervous of and inexperienced with herbs may want a ‘clinical’ version of these things. My concern is they go on to acknowledge where these new protocols came from and don’t snuff out the original source or patient-access to other ‘non-doctor’ versions that work.

Diversity of Opinion and Choices at FMU

Notice FMU invites speakers from many different backgrounds. Here I’ve mentioned 3 different herbalists from different herbal traditions each with different products all guest lecturing at FMU. And Dr. Grisanti has invited them as part of a wider speaker audience who are not herbalists, so you will find herbal and non-herbal protocols presented side by side as options that you can choose according to your own persuasion, different modalities, tools in the toolbox. Dr. Grisanti also invites people to submit topics and speakers that they’d like to see present at FMU.

That is one of the things that sets FMU apart from the other functional medicine training centers, imo, because he’ll give the herbal solution to hormones as well as the opposite ‘bioidentical solution’ to hormones, and you can choose. Whereas if you paid $16k elsewhere to become a CFMP and were only taught ‘bioidenticals’ then what are you likely to use going forward lol?! Yes, I put ‘bioidentical’ in inverted commas because coming from the Master Herbalist tradition myself I know the natural herbs will work instead of them and it is controversial just how bio-identical they really are. I’ve heard Decker Weiss recently tell people at the men’s wellness summit they needed to be on hormones and in his 50s he need them, omg, sad that. Just not necessary and the lab tests exist to prove it. But I digress 🙂

The second thing that really sets FMU apart in my opinion is the focus on being a medical detective, finding the problems and solving them. The fees are much lower at this training course precisely because the focus is on the message and not on milking you as a cash cow. Bear in mind Spring Enrollment is coming up and I also am offering $250 cash back on the already low course fees, approx 10% off. See the payment plans here.

If you’d like to share your experience with herbs and brands drop me a line in the comments below.

bonus free viewing of the lecture till april 23rd/ Spring enrollment

**For two weeks only i.e. till the end of the FMU Spring Enrollment period April 23rd, 2018, Rachel Fresco’s recent lecture on Biocidin was available to view for free. There will be a selection of different guest speaker lectures free to view during the enrollment period in each quarter.

Remember however if you are enrolling this term and would like the $250 voucher then check back here to collect it when enrollment goes live, it is the full CFMP certified functional medicine practitioner training fully online and at the best price – payment plans also available.

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Autoimmune Secrets Docuseries

Post Viral Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Parasites, the Autoimmune Connection

Autoimmune Secrets Docuseries Functional Medicine

Highlights from Episode 4

1. Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome Turned Around With Functional Medicine

A 30 year old man with no known health issues suddenly bedridden and needing to use a wheelchair for doctor appointments after catching a cold, labeled with the dummy diagnosis of ‘post viral fatigue syndrome’ and offered no medical solutions. Dr. Stephanie specializing in functional medicine turned his situation right around by looking at what weaknesses were in his body systems that led to the simple cold virus having such a devastating impact on him. His doctors had left him debilitated and could do nothing for him, whereas functional medicine was getting him back on his feet again, literally as well as metaphorically.

‘Post viral syndrome’ is what’s referred to as a trash can diagnosis, when doctors don’t know what is wrong but unfortunately it also means they stop looking. Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra openly admits they give this diagnosis frequently to heart patients when they have chronic heart failure and their tests don’t say what is going on. That was true during his career in the US over the last 40 years and it is true today in Ireland in 2018. However again functional medicine tests DO show the moving parts in the biochemistry and physiology of the person and help getting that needle going in the opposite direction of disease because they pick up so many extra things that point to the underlying causes behind the current illness manifestation.

2. Dr. Jay Davidson’s Parasite and Detox Adventures

Jay Davidson’s accounts of his parasites when he started Mimosa Pudica for the first time – he’d tried many parasite cleanses before but saw nothing, this time there were 20 inch worms hanging from his rear, and that was the start of a ‘beautiful’ journey where he just about made every mistake in the book, having got rid of them but stopping too early and ignoring the eggs in the lifecycle, which hatched out every few weeks and had him starting all over again to chase the parasites. Dr. Jay is pretty graphic in talking about itchy butts and washing his boxers every morning, and any doc who refers to the male anatomy as giblets can’t help but become endearing.

Mistakes, Discoveries, Wisdom

It’s encouraging to see someone at his level make a lot of the mistakes the rest of us make and work through them and overcome the problems.

  • It’s also encouraging to see him reach for some very old very effective protocols like coffee enemas and blow the dust off them and bring the science of why they work into the equation, to match what many of us already know from experience.
  • It is excellent to see him place emphasis on the affinity of parasites for the gallbladder area – something I’ve discovered in my own journey when I accidentally took too much parasite syrup one day, but not something you hear people talking about.
  • Part of his ‘jump in the deep end attitude’ can blow the other way at times too so I’m always urging caution when he talks about heavy metal detox – his detox summit last year had too much of an emphasis on heavy metals when really they are the very last thing people can detox out of their body AFTER they’ve cleansed the bowel, kidneys, liver, blood & lymph THEN go after metals if you are strong enough. He did not have enough precautions and warnings put in place for weak and very ill people last year, who formed a large percent of the audience listening, and his methods of provocation challenges were too harsh when really there are better ways to do it.
  • So roll on 2018 and Dr. Jay has learned from some of the mistakes and this time round on his summit invited Dr. Chris Shade from Quicksilver Scientific, who has a better way to detox heavy metals involving getting the body to upregulate glutathione that is safer for everyone, involving making the body strong enough to deal with the metals INSTEAD of provoking the metals out loose in the body where they can recirculate and do even more damage. Of course coffee enemas are a big part of naturally upregulating glutathione. And though Dr. Shade uses liposomal glutathione, Dr. Jay is also using coffee enemas, and we just had a speaker at the Disaster Summit saying that she got better results from coffee enemas than the expensive supplements. Which is a relief for many people who cannot afford them. Dr. Shades detox programs are expensive and I’m familiar with the Master Herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher’s extended detox herbs, which are very effective.

*I’ve actually bought this years Heavy Metals Summit but have not viewed it yet, as there are just so many summits airing at the moment but will catch up with it later and post a review on it. However from the speaker lineup which now includes Dr. Chris Shade who does not recommend provocation challenges, certainly improvements have been made on last year.

Experience With Different Healing Traditions Over Time

This is where experience comes in and how your resources increase with the more schools of healing that you know, as well as the history of healing:

  • While the Master Herbalists at The School of Natural Healing have always been using the proper detox format and quality wildcrafted herbs, and use garlic a lot in their protocols, they don’t use coffee enemas and not only miss out on the benefits of those for some patients but sometimes tell people not to use them. It’s unfair to tell somebody not to use something that may potentially do them a lot of good.
  • And while a supplement like liposomal glutathione may get good results for some people, not everyone will be able to afford that, so it is good to know about other ways to upregulate glutathione naturally in the body, such as coffee enemas as described by Dr. Max Gerson, and I do recommend reading the Gerson Therapy book for their chapter on coffee enemas as they know more about them than anyone else, as they are used 3-5 times a day in their program. I’ve done Gerson Therapy myself and taken 1000s of coffee enemas so when I hear an inexperienced functional medicine practitioner today quoting Dr. Jay’s podcast on coffee enemas as ‘source’ and saying ‘you can’t do them every day’, well it highlights that we need to carry through good academic standards and get things from the horse’s mouth, quoting original resources as we go and not just current leaders that we see on the internet.
  • Garlic is another way to upregulate glutathione naturally and Sayer Ji of Greenmedinfo highlights the new science behind the effectiveness of the age old use of garlic. That said, unless you study with people who have been using garlic therapeutically for generations, then you potentially miss out yet again. For example, a woman told me recently she ‘took garlic’ for her cold. How much garlic, was my question in response. She said ‘2 cloves’ and so I proceeded to tell her an antibiotic dose of garlic is a minimum of 16 cloves a day, depending on the strength of the infection, as much more can be necessary. At this point of course you do need to know that garlic is also a blood thinner, a good book highlighting drug food contraindications is Suzy Cohen’s Drug Muggers which shows people on medications can’t do therapeutic doses of some herbs and foods. And that’s where functional medicine training and knowledge of supplements comes in handy, when people are already on medications.

3. Cured Her Ulcerative Colitis Naturally Yet Still Eats Wheat?

Another very interesting speaker at Autoimmune Secrets is an Indian MD ND who cured her ulcerative colitis yet continued to eat wheat.

She got off the standard American diet and got back to following her traditional Indian diet with lots of anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, and adaptogenic herbs to modulate the immune system.

But many people out there today claim wheat is harmful to everyone and she proves what many of us know already and what Alession Fasano actually DOES say in the research – it isn’t harmful to everyone, a healthy person’s tract is designed to bounce back from eating it just like many other things it encounters daily.

But Some People Cannot Eat Gluten, Whatever Their Tests Say

Gluten is so harmful to so many people that the concern about it is valid. And whereas gluten sensitivity doesn’t even show up in tests for some people, going off gluten can sometimes reverse and heal the most horrific illnesses.

We had a lecture at FMU recently by Tom O’Bryan on this very point. He gave the example of a two year old boy with epilepsy and developmental issues, medications didn’t work but it began to turn around in just 2 weeks when gluten free. The cherry on top of that particular icing was the doctors made an announcement as a result of that experience to screen non-responding epileptic children for gluten sensitivity however as Dr. O’Bryan showed us, the science had published that recommendation and research back in 1992, 25 years ago!!!

A lesson from medical history – don’t wait for standard medical practice to allow this or that – they are 30-40 years behind the science in just about every field.

  • I was told that 15 years ago by Dr. Vance Spence, vascular consulant and coordinator of all research on severe ME in the UK, and he isn’t even into functional medicine, he is a researcher doctor.
  • And I see it in the work of Dr. Stephen Sinatra who got a woman off the heart transplant list using just a couple of supplements 37 years ago, yet cardiology has still not embraced nutrition.
  • We see it in the case published Sept 2017 on the 2 year old boy ‘now going to screen for gluten sensitivity’

People are suffering and dying due to that stubbornness on the part of standard medical protocol and training to ignore the science and cuddle up to the pharmaceutical model of medicating symptoms instead of embracing solutions and exploring whatever root cause may be underlying illnesses.

Note while many of us land in the medical bin or need to work to pay for medications, the pharmaceutical industry is certainly growing year on year as is illness itself.

I speak as one of those for whom medications did not work and root causes were not explored and life down the toilet as a result for over a decade, meanwhile ‘the professionals’ become very questionable indeed for considering functional medicine training is merely ‘optional’ at this point. My own story is here.

Streaming Free for 24 Hours & Options to Purchase Access to Calls

The Autoimmune Secrets Docuseries airs for free this week, from February 20th-27th, and with an encore replay at the weekend from Friday March 2nd to Sunday March 4th. Update: it has aired a number of times since, most recently August 2018, so watch out for it as it will likely keep coming around.

silver & gold packages available

Silver and Gold packages are available for purchase, the Silver package has the episodes that aired but for the full expert interviews you’d have to get the gold package.

Access to group phonecalls where you can submit questions to be answered by their panel of experts is available in both packages, though with the gold package there is extra phone access, more detail on forming your own protocols.
 Silver Package autoimmune secrets

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If you order the Silver Package here’s the new bonuses you’ll get:

  • [NEW!] Question and Answer Video Part 1 and Part 2.
  • [NEW!] Monthly question and answer calls with our experts for 6 months! This is added into your membership area and transcribed for lifetime acces. (This was previously only in the Gold Package, and is valued at $297, but you can get it as low as 77 dollars today)
  • Plus everything in the Silver package including, the 8 Episodes (Bonus Episode 8), the transcripts and Mp3’s of everything, & the guidebook.
  • A free buddy pass that gives a friend or family member access to all of the above, including the LIVE calls, what an amazing gift!!

GOLD Package extras include:

 If you order the Gold Package here’s the bonuses you’ll get access to:

  • [NEW!] Acceleration Protocol Interactive Webinar Series – Weekly calls for 6 weeks to go through specific protocols with you to ensure you’re getting the result you want quickly! This is added into your membership area and transcribed for lifetime access.
  • [NEW!] 10 New Expert Interviews, in addition to the 60 Expert interviews, totalling 70 interviews equal to 60 hours of life-saving content, available in your membership area.
  • Plus everything in the Gold Package including the 9 Episodes (bonus Episode 8 & 9), transcripts and mp3’s of everything, the guidebook. (Works out at only $1.81 per Episode/interview)
  • The Live monthly calls with Experts for 6 months, also saved in your membership area, and transcribed for you to read for lifetime access!
  • A free buddy pass that gives a friend or family member access to all of the above, including the LIVE calls and webinars, what a priceless gift!!

other resources

I have included other resources for you above in terms of building your own protocols, eg with The School of Natural Healing, or Dr. Shade at Quicksilver Scientific. Group calls are ok if you have the money but it depends on your needs and financial situation, many ill people living below the poverty line may be best putting their money into solutions where the information is already freely available. And if you can afford it then working directly with an experienced functional medicine practitioner would be ideal.

If anyone takes the group calls and would like to comment on the standard of helpful information you can access there please comment below or email me at, I’d love to know! I’ve just signed up to a Heart Bootcamp myself with Dr. Joel Kahn precisely because it gives me the opportunity to ask many questions that only an integrative cardiologist with functional medicine training can answer, these things have their place – but that’s also money that could be spent on actual solutions like botanicals or supplements if you’ve been on disability over a decade! *Update: I withdrew from the heart bootcamp ‘community’ pretty quickly, not only was I ignored as a difficult to treat case but told it was impossible ‘no known therapy for damage to vein lining’, well it’s not the first knockback I’ve got from the medical community, that’s where old naturopaths like Dr. Christopher and Master Herbalism saved my life to this day while ‘experts’ and official medicine still run for the hills! For the old timers like Dr. John Christopher there were no incurables, they put out protocols and herbs that could be accessed either for free or inexpensively, without whom I would not be here now. One downside of a docuseries like this is the amount of money involved in accessing the information, it’s aimed at those that can afford it. I’m surprised at the emphasis by the host on ‘charity’ work in Africa while charging people who desperately need help for information on immune system recovery. If you can afford it great, many of us can’t.

Make Real Medicine Mainstream!

All of which just highlights the need for this type of medicine to become mainstream and accessible and affordable to all, and a docuseries like this is the first step to making that happen by alerting people globally to what is possible. But it is not the last step.

We don’t have decades of life to waste while the medical profession comes out of the dark ages, reads 30 year old science, embraces functional testing and healing protocols, or for that battle with Big Pharma profiteering to drag on.

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Herbs to Calm the Immune System

immucalm herbsDr. Christopher’s Immucalm: Marshmallow & Astragalus

This can get immediate calming relief for allergies but for some conditions it needs to be taken for a year. However people including myself have got great results with it. It is possible to buy it in bulk from certain suppliers in the US like or, none of whom I’m affiliated with, but my intention is always to bring awareness to good products and I do know the herbs from Wholistic Botanicals are top quality wildcrafted or organic if they can’t get wild.

Of course dealing with intestinal permeability is at heart of any protocol to fix autoimmune conditions, there are several ways to do that, more later.

Meanwhile here is an excellent video by Master Herbalist David Christopher of The School of Natural Healing explaning in a nutshell just how autoimmune disease occurs in the body and how he would go about calming it down and strengthening the body quite simply with strengthening calming herbs and detoxing the body and organs in the right order safely.

That Everyone May Feel Comfortable: Root cause medicine

* It is clear many of the people on the Autoimmune Secrets Docuseries belong to and promote one particular religion, I am not promoting that religion in any way, shape or form, and wish all speakers and event organizers would keep functional medicine and religion separate so that it is comfortable for everyone everywhere in the world to access the facts about autoimmune disease recovery and new medical trends without being held captive for people to share their own religious beliefs. Having lived in religious hotspots such as Northern Ireland and the Middle East myself, I know the importance of not getting into either religion or politics at a medical event and there is a bit of a trend among certain speakers in the health niche at the moment to take us for granted a bit, as we are here for the root cause medicine, only.

The Dirty Genes Summit hosted by Dr. Ben Lynch

The Dirty Genes Summit

Encore Day Sunday Feb 4th

Dirty Genes summit hosted by Ben Lynch

 Some of my fave talks from days 4-7 include:

Day 5: Nicholas Pineault: EMFs and Our Health

This was an exceptional talk including some steps to help you take action immediately in your home. He described the level of radiation that is known to cause harm and then comparing that to what people get exposed to from their wifi router, or in hotels and conferences. It’s an eye opener regarding what’s happening in cities now and on top of apartment buildings, and also regarding children’s exposure and how far it penetrates their brains.

There is some positive news on how the body can recover with rest to some extent, and practical tips on using tinfoil even with smart meters in your own home – yet again alarming to hear about the pulsing nature of those and what shows up on a professional engineer’s meter as regards readings compared to those tiddler meters you may have at home.

On that note check out Michael Neuert of, who gave an amazing lecture at FMU on EMF and other electric fields in the home, and what can be done.

Some topics covered include:nicholas pineault emfs

  • Short history of wifi and how little we know
  • Power adaptors and dirty electricity
  • Melatonin studies
  • DNA beakage
  • Glutamae release caused by calcium channels, potentially addicting
  • Control what you can, and some valuable tips on that
  • Resources

Day 5: Paul Thomas, MD: Vaccinations Done Safely

Dr. Thomas is a pediatrician who was also a key speaker in The Truth About Vaccines docuseries. This interview condenses a lot of that down into one hour which is useful, of course transcripts are also available for those who want to purchase the summit package.

He really exposes things for what they are, shows people which vaccines are totally unnecessary and harmful, which ones they could do if they wanted and when is best to do them, while stating up front that the healthiest kids in his practice are those who never got vaccinated.

Some of the topics covered include:Paul Thomas vaccine friendly program

  • Autism and high risk kids
  • Hep B, HPV, Flu and other vaccines
  • Research bias
  • Informed consent and what to know before giving birth in a US hospital
  • Vaccine injuries and deaths unreported/unrecorded
  • 43% of US children have chronic disease
  • Vaccine friendly plan
  • Unvaccinated children
  • Proposals

**There is also a lecture on Day 3 of the Dirty Genes Summit on Autism by Dr. Jared Skowron on ADHD, Autism and Hope.

***There is a series of lectures on Autism by Court Vreeland, at FMU that go way deeper than what can be covered in an hour at a summit. Dr. Vreeland has also specialised in Functional Neurology. Other lectures on autism include The Genetics of Autism by Valerie Ferdinand, ND.

Day 4: Dr. Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM: Lyme Disease and Coinfections

Dr. Ingels had Lyme himself, hence his own journey into Lyme.

Topics include:

  • Carriers of Lyme
  • Coinfections
  • Testing
  • Treatments

**Dr. Ron Grisanti of FMU did a one week preceptorship with Dr. Richard Horowitz on Lyme. There’s a number of specialist talks and training available at Functional Medicine University, including Bradley Bush ND, and Rachel Fresco PhD of BioBotanical Research / Biocidin.

Day 4: Dr. Laurie Mischley, ND, MPH, PhD: Parkinson’s Can Be Helped

This talk on Parkinson’s was interesting in a number of ways as Dr. Mischley described what was getting good results with this condition and what was not. She mentioned things like glutathione and CBD oil as positives, and I gathered the Keto diet wasn’t getting such big results as expected. Certainly dairy was a negative for this condition. At this point the host and herself vowed to get entirely off dairy but I’m reminded that ancient cultures always had dairy in the form of cheese or curds or kefir. Even though there is debate out there on pastuerised vs raw, possibly the best reason not to overdo the dairy that I’ve heard comes from Dr. John Christopher of The School of Natural Healing, and that is because dairy is mucus forming in the body. Clearly it’s a case of who can afford some of that and who can’t, depending on how ill someone is, as well as sensitivity and allergy testing now, with people like Dr. Vojdani of Cyrex labs.

Topics include: Laura Mischley Parkinson's

  • CBD oil
  • Ketogenic diet good or bad for Parkinson’s?
  • Glutathione
  • Homocysteine levels tracked
  • Fasting insulin
  • Parkinson’t smelling dogs!

**There’s a number of guest lectures on neurological disorders at FMU, including root causes of Parkinson’s-type disorders.

***Functional medicine professional training will always go deeper than what you hear on a summit.

Day 6: Eric Balcavage, DC, CNS, CFMP, BCIM: SIBO Treatments Are Missing This

This was an interesting talk coming at the subject of SIBO from some different and fresh angles.

Topics include:Eric Balcavage SIBO

  • Thyroid
  • Gallbladder / bile
  • Testing
  • Methylation
  • Oxalates
  • Techniques to support and treat SIBO

Encore Sunday Feb 4th, 2018

The talks will unlock once more Sunday February 4th, 2018. And the summit package is available to purchase and view at your own pace anytime.

Movement Required – No Couch Potato-ing Please!

Because of the topic in question, ‘dirty genes’ and cleaning up the genes, Dr. Lynch has made all these talks audio and not video because he does not want people sitting down for hours watching two heads bobbing around – that would not be good for our genes. So this summit comes with the instructions to MOVE during the talks 😀

He also gives a very helpful timeline for every talk for example a glimpse at the first 22 minutes of the SIBO talk:

timeline SIBO Dirty Genes Summit


This makes is super easy to know precisely what is in each talk and go directly there when revising what a speaker said.

Complete Speaker List For All 7 Days

day 7 genetic testing & how to clean up your genes

day 6 Understanding how your genes work

Day 5 the building blocks of healthy families

Day 4 – Altering Your Genetic Expression

Day 4 altering your genetic expression

Day 3 genes & your mental health

Day 2 clean your genes with food

Day 1 how do your genes impact you

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There are two packages, one is the summit accessible online and the other is the summit along with a course and access to a facebook group and Q&A, obviously the latter is time sensitive.

Dirty Genes the New Book by Dr. Ben Lynch

Due out in March 2018 but available for preorder now. He refers to it many times during the talks, in terms of the sort of content he is writing about and it does sound like a must read!

Dirty Genes book by Dr. Ben LynchIt certainly is one of the more interesting summits I’ve attended in ages. The layout is a little different and the Join the Conversation button is down the left side. There were many times I had wanted to jump in and comment during the talks and totally missed that my first few days on there!

Your Turn!

What did YOU think of this summit or any of the others you’ve attended? If you’d like to comment on your experience of the summit do so in the comments below! 🙂

What is Functional Medicine?

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is commonly referred to as root cause medicine, identifying the underlying cause, the reasons for a person’s health challenge.

Functional medicine is going back to the roots of medicine, it is going back to the science of physiology and biochemistry, which are the one common denominator and common thread that joins all the healing arts and schools of medicine.

The Primary Premise of Functional Medicine

Function = Health

Improve function => improve health.

How Did We Lose Our Roots?

root cause medicine

How did we lose our roots and how did conventional medicine deviate so far off the course?

Dr. Grisanti gives the example of a conference he attended where MDs were excited to be learning functional medicine, saying they were so frustrated with just treating patients with prescriptions, they knew there had to be a better way

They understood that that is not why they went to medical school, they went to medical school to help people get well. It is not that they were against medicines but there obviously had to be other reasons why a person continued to be sick and they were tired of consistently writing scripts every 3 months for the same problem over and over again.

The whole emphasis of functional medicine is to focus on the patient and not necessarily on the xyz-named disease. Let’s treat the patient with the disease and not the disease. Focus on what has led to the development of the disease.

Iceberg Analogy for Named Diseases

iceberg analogy for disease

He gives the example of the tip of the iceberg showing above the water, but the largest part of the iceberg being below the surface of the water.

The tip of the iceberg:  what you see at the tip of the iceberg are the named diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, heart disease.

But below the surface is where you find some of the possible underlying causes of a person’s disease entity. It could indeed be: An inflammatory imbalance, Hormonal imbalance, Mitochondrial imbalance, Toxic chemical exposure, Digestive issues, Toxic emotions, Structural imbalances

  1. We evaluate WHY do they have the high blood pressure?
  2. We do our due diligence: history, examination, run the appropriate testing and here is what we found in many cases – patients may have some deficiencies, maybe potassium / magnesium deficiencies. The patient may have a heavy metal toxicity such as a cadmium toxicity which many times can be responsible for elevated blood pressure.
  3. What I’ve seen in my office over and over and over again are patients that come in on medications, we start identifying the underlying causes and lo and behold guess what the blood pressure starts to naturally drop down lower and lower.

He explains that what lies beneath the surface can be the most significant contributing factors to a disease, but if the doctor is just looking at the tip of the iceberg then the patient cannot receive the highest level of health improvement.

It is identifying these underlying issues, which indeed are many times the primary contributing factors to these named diseases.

So You Think Your Docs Are Testing You?

**My personal views on this:

Of course most doctors believe they are giving tests and looking under the surface, but an important point here is the advanced functional medicine laboratories such as Genova and Cyrex are offering advanced extra testing looking for more underlying causes and using different markers for chronic illnesses and they go way beyond the current standard medical care which is missing underlying causes and often not even looking for them...

In some ways it is like the annual NCT or MOT for your car, there is a basic test that says you are roadworthy, however many important things are not on that test, then when something major happens to the engine you don't fall back on the fact 'well it passed the NCT/MOT', because you know that was a certain minimal basic range of tests

- basic tests however -

However, your doctors don't seem to know how basic their tests are and go on to apply that basic set of tests to your entire health scenario.

Which is why ‘healthy people’ suddenly come down with cancer or some life threatening disease ‘out of the blue’! 

No such thing as ‘suddenly’ or ‘out of the blue’! They simply weren’t looking at what was going on the whole time, the regular doctors and hospital consultants just look at the tip of the iceberg and think they are going all the way down but no, not at all.

Most major illnesses have been growing over a decade before they manifest to something they can show on their regular hospital tests.  Of course this means many people could be preventing the horrors of certain emergency treatments for cancer and heart bypass, etc.

For the record, these advanced functional medicine laboratories have been around 20-30 years, so there’s a bit of an issue that the general public have not been made aware and doctors still view this as ‘optional’ training. In my own case I’m sure if they’d used even the most basic functional medicine testing that I would not have had an adverse reaction to an anesthetic which nearly claimed my life, as I had told the doctors I thought I wasn’t suitable and had allergies but ‘nothing that officially rang a bell for them’ as they weren’t looking too closely as physiology and biochemistry.

Chronic Conditions

Dr. Grisanti says of the current medical philosophy:

Applying emergency medicine thinking to long chronic health problems has failed to produce positive clinical outcomes. If someone is suffering with a heart attack, a gunshot wound, pneumonia, you absolutely want a quick thinking doctor – that is acute care. Understand that acute care treatments so often do not succeed in helping those patients with chronic problems.

You can’t take the same thinking process of an acute medical management and apply those same thinking principles to long term chronic health problems such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, heart disease.

That is why you are seeing a large number of traditional physicians moving into the realm of functional medicine.

Two-Pronged Healing Approach

When we think of functional medicine there is a two-pronged healing approach.

  1. Number one is we identify what needs to be added to the body to nudge a person’s physiology back to an optimal state.
  2. And the second component is remove anything that is blocking or impeding the physiology and biochemistry from working effectively.

Your body is always striving towards a state of health.

You simply need to investigate what is lacking and what is blocking the physiology and biochemistry. The things needed by the body to function at its best may be missing or something may be standing in the way.

It is really that simple but not always that easy. It takes the doctor who is more like a Sherlock Holmes and a CSI agent to turn a chronic health problem around. 

Add What?

It could be amino acids, fatty acids, omega 3s, omega 6s, omega 9s, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, exercise, oxygen, water, it could be getting enough sleep…

All these are essential that need to be added, and these need to be investigated to find out if the person indeed needs these or is lacking these.

Remove What?

Next we have what possibly could be impeding or standing in the way of a person’s body not achieving optimal functions? Well there’s a number of things, it could be:

  • Microbial pathogens
  • Bacterial pathogens
  • Viruses
  • Mold, fungal
  • Parasites
  • Environmental toxins, such as benzene, xylene, PCBs, pesticides
  • Heavy metal toxins, lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium
  • Emotional poisons – anger, worry, frustration, jealousy, etc
  • Structural/Neurological stress – nerve interference
  • Medication reactions and side effects
  • Toxic stress – family, work, financial, marital issues
  • Food sensitivities – gluten, dairy, wheat issues
  • Glycemic imbalance – not having a proper ratio of carbohydrates to proteins
  • Bioenergetic interference – we’ve all heard of acupuncture and meridians


So the next question is how do we determine that, how do we determine what needs to be added and what needs to be removed in order to allow the body to achieve a higher level of function?

  • First and foremost it is a comprehensive history. That is part of what you will be doing, when you are filling out the history you will see how comprehensive it is. 90% of a clinical diagnosis is a history, no physician will argue with that.
  • Second is a physical examination, both the traditional physical exam as well as a functional exam.
  • Next is laboratory testing:

–> Blood testing | Urine testing | Salivary testing | Stool testing

Who Offers These Tests?

There are a growing number of advanced functional labs that offer innovative advanced testing to zero in, to carefully identify some of the underlying issues which are contributing to xyz disease. Examples include Genova, Cyrex, Metametrix, DoctorsData, to name but a few.

Manipulating Physiology – Conventional vs Functional Medicine

Conventional medicine’s primary focus is to treat the symptoms. If the patient stops the medicine especially for chronic problems, emphasis chronic problems, most of the medication or intervention for chronic problems is to reduce the symptoms. If a patient stops the medicine the symptoms will return.

Functional medicine’s approach is different: instead of masking the problem, the power of functional medicine is finding the root cause. That is where it shines in helping return optimal physiology and biochemistry.

Functional Medicine Uses Medications as Supports Only…

  • The doctors who practice functional medicine still use medication but the difference is that the medication is used to nudge the physiology and biochemistry back to an optimal state while at the same time carefully monitoring the patient through testing to determine when the physiology has reached an optimal state.

Functional Medicine Vs Conventional Medicine in Clinical Practice

Dr. Grisanti proceeds to give some examples for a greater appreciation of exactly how functional medicine works in a clinical practice, with examples of high blood pressure, acid reflux, sinusitis.

Example #1: A patient with high blood pressure 

Conventional Medicine: The patient may be on 1, 2, maybe 3 medications – an ACE inhibitor, a beta blocker, they may be on a calcium channel blocker, on a diuretic, and the primary emphasis is to lower that blood pressure, which is fine if the patient’s blood pressure is significantly elevated you definitely a physician who can prescribe the right medication to make sure you don’t get a stroke.


Functional Medicine: but here is where it is different with functional medicine:

  • We evaluate WHY do they have the high blood pressure?
  • We do our due diligence: history, examination, run the appropriate testing and here is what we found in many cases:

1. Patients may have some deficiencies, maybe potassium / magnesium deficiencies.

2.The patient may have a heavy metal toxicity such as a cadmium toxicity which many times can be responsible for elevated blood pressure.

What I’ve seen in my office over and over and over again are patients that come in on medications, we start identifying the underlying causes and low and behold guess what the blood pressure starts to naturally drop down lower and lower.

Because we have identified the underlying problem the patient can then, working with their physician, gradually get off the medications.

Example #2: Sinusitis / Chronic Sinus Infections 

Conventional Medicine: Patients with sinusitis, chronic sinus issues, they are on antihistamines, on steroidal medications – remember applying acute management to a chronic problem.


Functional Medicine: We evaluate the patient:

  1. The patient may have some GI problems which contribute to the sinusitis.
  2. We’ve had patients with fungal infections which has led to the sinusitis.

We eradicate and treat the underlying cause, the sinus problem gets better, the patient doesn’t need the medication because the underlying root cause has been treated. 

Example #3: GERD / Acid Reflux

Conventional Medicine: the patient with acid reflux, sometimes called GERD gastrointestinal reflux disease, is on Nexium or Prilosec.


Functional Medicine: We evaluate the patient, I’ve seen patients with these particular problems have H. pylori which is a bacterial infection. We get the patient appropriately treated, eradicate the H. pylori, the acid reflux improves.

Back to Conventional Medicine’s Original Roots

Dr. Grisanti quotes Dr. William Osler, introducing him as:

Dr. Sir William Osler was the most influential physician in history. The first professor of medicine in Johns Hopkins University. He was published extensively and built an international reputation as an astute clinician.

  • He was quoted as saying, it is much more important to know what sort of patient has the disease than what sort of disease a patient has.
  • He was also quoted saying, if you listen carefully to your patient they will tell you the diagnosis.
  • And one of the most impactful quotes was this: the good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.

Back to Basics Healthcare

So in summary, functional medicine is basically getting back to the basics of healthcare, to root cause medicine. You’ve heard me say it over and over and over again but:-

Its focus is in the identification of the underlying root causes of why a person is sick to begin with.

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