FMU 2018 Guest Lecture Series 3

Learning Objectives:

1. How potassium metabolism affects heart function
2. The impact of certain environmental stressors relating to diet and psychological stress on potassium metabolism thereby increasing the risk of adverse cardiac events in certain susceptible individuals.

Potassium and Sudden Cardiac Death, by Jeffrey Moss DDS, CNS, DACBN

Full transcripts, video, audio and powerpoint slides available for download to students after the event. As well as archives of all previous guest lectures at FMU.


Kick Sugar Summit

Get the TRUTH on Sugar, Sugar Addiction and Sugar Addiction Recovery. If you’re ready to lose weight, feel great and potentially reverse chronic diseases
…attend and break free from sugar for good!

35 Speakers in the lineup including Neal Barnard and Joel Fuhrman. There are many views on sugar out there, as you probably are aware, with the whole spectrum from hating fruit to loving fruit, allowing ‘good’ sugars to demonizing even vegetables as sugars. Quite a bit of confusion on glycemic load vs glycemic index too among doctors, hopefully this summit will go there!

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

silver package bonus autoimmune secrets


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.

Your Turn!

  • If you can afford to hop onto this Autoimmune Secrets offer then go for it and let us know how you get on!
  • If you are a licensed professional not yet trained in functional medicine then go ahead and get trained up, the opportunities are posted for you on this site and see the voucher below for up to 10% off your tuition fees.
  • If you are discovering health and healing for the first time then make sure you check out some of the resources on this page and other summits coming up with information available for free or to purchase and consume at your own pace.
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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.

Tapping World Summit

This online event is about providing you with a better understanding of Tapping, also called EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, which is a mind body technique covering the areas of personal peace, physical health, abundance, overcoming mental barriers, and relief from the emotional effects of past traumas or events.

EFT Tapping by one of the world experts in it, Nick Ortner. He has also invited other experts to share their techniques for this modality across a wide range of mind-body issues. The workshops teach people how to do it themselves without having to attend a course. Formal workshops end March 8th but bonus events continue to March 16th. With the opportunity to purchase the packages.

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

Missed the Dirty Genes Summit?

Or if you’d like to own all the talks, remember the package can be bought and downloaded to view at your own pace:

buy the dirty genes summit package

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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Check out the FMU syllabus here, and remember there is a 30 day money back guarantee period when you sign up, so no risk involved [free trial comes with registration, there is no need to pre-book a seat, enrollment runs for an entire week]. See if this is what you are looking for, either to implement in your practice or for your personal education.

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What’s New at FMU?

Upcoming topics and speakers at Functional Medicine University

Upcoming Presentations

In addition to the core functional medicine training and past lecture archive, Dr. Grisanti is constantly seeking out new topics, new speakers, hot topics, cutting edge topics, and you have the ability to suggest speakers and ask questions of these speakers both at the live lecture and afterwards through the FMU members forum.

  1. WheatZoomer Interpretation
    Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN  – I don’t actually agree with much of what Tom says, and I’ll elaborate further on that at some point.
  2. Sudden Cardiac Death and Potassium
    Dr. Jeffrey Moss – Excellent speaker, has given a number of talks at FMU already on allostatic load and the real cause behind so much chronic illness
  3. Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool analysis
    David Quig, PhD
  4. Understanding the Complexity of Estrogen Detoxification: How Genetics, the Liver, and the Microbiome Come Together
    Carrie Jones, ND (from Precision Analytical–The Dutch Test)
  5. The Thyroid-Adrenal connection: understanding metabolism and fatigue
    Dr. Debbie Rice, ND, MPH (from Precision Analytical–The Dutch Test)
  6. The Impact of Concussion on the Gut- Brain Axis
    Dr. Rob Silverman – always excellent presentations, so much to learn from Dr. Silverman,  I’d personally apply different protocols when it comes to solutions but his explanations of illness and deep insight into how the whole body works is truly helpful and inspiring.
  7. Bulimia/Disordered Eating
    Dr. Christina Bjorndal N.D.
  8. Cognitive Reversal
    Mary Kay Ross, MD, FACEP
  9. “Chemical Toxins, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Microbiome Disruption – Key Factors That Every Health Practitioner Should Know About
    Dr. Kurt Woeller
  10. Supporting the Brain from Cognitive Decline to Nootropics
    Michael Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, CNS – this speaker along with some others like Robert Silverman have extra training in Functional Neurology and bring a whole other very welcome dimension to understanding how the body works so we can heal it, or allow it to heal itself.

**Speakers top of my list to watch out for are Dr. Robert Silverman and Dr. Michael Jurgelewicz, both of these have extra training in Functional Neurology too and are exceptional to listen to in terms of getting to the root cause explanation of many difficult to treat illnesses. Their solutions will vary, and I find once we understand the mechanism of what is going on then we can bring our own modalities to its solution too.

Check out FMU past presentations here.

For a bio on some of the speakers check out the FMU Board of Advisors here.

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About Me

My Story

Hello there, my name is Mary and I discovered Functional Medicine along the course of my own health journey, which was an adverse reaction to an anaesthetic. When an anaesthetic goes wrong it can mean death, the medical bin, or a state worse than death for many people. I soon found the doctors had no way to fix it and despite having had full confidence in the current medical system at the time and a degree in science myself, I suddenly found myself turning to herbs and nutrition…

However my condition was extreme, my body was too weak to hold any position whether sitting, standing, or lying down for more than a few minutes at a time and all body systems were breaking down rapdily including rapid cognitive decline. After a number of doctors told me ‘they’d call back’ and then blocked me from ever speaking to them again, I knew I was on my own and I’d have to act fast and with something extreme.

I was lucky to have been getting into health beforehand and had even taken a week long course in the Welsh borders that introduced me to juicing, wheatgrass, enemas, Master Herbalists, and one woman there was doing Gerson Therapy. So I combined Gerson Therapy, a nutritional therapy primarily designed for cancer but helps many other conditions, and Master Herbalism which is a vitalist western herbalism tradition best expounded by Dr. John R. Christopher, and Ann Wigmore’s wheatgrass therapy. And I took 4g of EPA a day thanks to the research of Prof Basant Puri at that time which immediately halted the rapid cognitive decline. I had a PhD research studentship at Queen’s Uiversity Belfast in Bibical Hebrew at the time and found all my resesarch skills and confidence carried over to researching my own health crisis and not believeing what the doctors were telling me, but instead trusting what I could see was working and happening in my own situation.

The importance of belief cannot be overstated as the only doctor who knew what was wrong with me was a vascular consultant heading all the research in ME in the UK at the time, and he said his own father died of the same thing quickly, that I would have all the worst symptoms of organophophate poisoning, Gulf War syndrome, and severe ME because all of those have different types of damage to the lining of the veins. Roll on 14 years later and this year already I’ve had 5 doctors including 3 celebrity holistic functional cardiologists still tell me ‘there’s no cure’ for damage to the vein linings, however I disagree and wouldn’t be here if I listened to any of them.

It was 10 years before I was well enough to be able to spend time outside the house, now I was here for an hour every day. I use MBT shoes which aren’t made any more, so still need to fix my veins more before this pair wears out!

walking again after 10 years

The view is uplifting, far from a ripple bed in a nursing home THIS is life now!

the view lough key

Functional Medicine could have saved me time and deterioration

But even though I regained the ability to walk again [and narrowly avoided becoming bedridden] within 4 months of starting these alternative therapies, and was able to manage the heart problems and pain and cognitive impairment and build strength, I was still severly disabled and ill, I could see aspects of the illness advancing while others were resolving, there were many parts to my condition all unidentified, I was a 30-something year old living at a nursing home using higher strength pressure relief cushions than all the elderly residents, without ever having been given any reason as to why I needed pressure relief except that my illness was not on the official list of illnesses they had to help so I had to self-fund my needs, and always aware that I was shooting in the dark, that there were things happening that I needed to understand and that I could save time and avoid certain conditions if I just understood the processes I could see happening in my body. Sometimes I fixed something not aware how much time to give it or that it could come back. And an occupational therpaist told me ‘this is just the way life is now’, no thanks. I knew there was more.

“Bear in mind a top vascular consultant in the UK [who spoke  off the record only] told me his own dad died of the same thing, the hospital did what they could and they can’t fix it. That I was ‘unlucky’ and would have the worst symptoms of organophosphate poisoning, Gulf War Syndrome, and severe 25% Group ME, while not actually having any one of those conditions but they were all versions of having damaged lining to the blood vessels and that is what the anaesthetic did.”

My first introduction to Functional Medicine

The first time I heard Dr. Mark Hyman talk I thought omg this guy has the answers, if only I could find a doctor like him. I went onto the IFM website and scrolled down to find a doctor in my country and didn’t find one, but found a ‘practitioner’ who’d taken a nutrition course of some sort, and soon realized she had no experience and no knowledge of or adherence to a truly healing diet herself, she would not be able to help me. So I got a glimpse already into the difference between having a ‘qualification’ stamped by somewhere like the IFM, even being indexed on their website, versus a real education and walking the talk.

Also the more I read into Mark Hyman’s work [as I devoured all his books] I soon realized that though his explanations were great, his solutions were not always so good. He seemed to be borrowing from, yet somewhat lagging behind natural medicine. It struck me that natural medicine or ‘alternative’ medicine [though it was not ‘alternative at all in saving my life] didn’t dwell so much on the explanations behind things and that if they actually combined with functional medicine science that it would work in a much more targeted way in cases like mine and had I been able to apply functional medicine testing and knowledge early on alongside the nutritional therapies and herbs and supplements I’d found, I may have saved myself a decade or more and got greater recovery. That said, I’m glad I learned natural medicine and Master Herbalism first. However, we do need the current medical model to shift to a functional medicine model. It can no longer be optional training for MDs, and there is plenty of room for all practitioners to up their game a bit with knowing the syllabus of functional medicine.

I took Functional Medicine training myself

I knew I had to study functional medicine to understand my own condition. I’d already had to study practitioner level Master Herbalism and Hypnosis myself, so I explored my options with all the fmed courses out there at the time:

  1. IFM were saving the meat of the course for doctors only, I was not interested in a watered down ‘health coach’ version, and their course involved travelling abroad. Also not impressed with IFM coach practitioners I’ve met.
  2. I nearly joined FDN, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. I did like that they got their students to do some tests on themselves and much of their syllabus, but I felt it was still somewhat restrictive and limited, however it does allow you to order some tests and as a non-licensed practitioner that is good, even though many of these tests are becoming increasingly open to being direct to consumer.
  3. I was also very interested in Daniel Kalish, who also offers his courses to doctors and interested patients alike. However again some aspects of his syllabus seemed very set in one particular approach, eg bioidentical hormones, when I already knew of other ways to solve those issues without those hormones from the Master Herbalists. Also his prices were escalating astronomically all the time.
  4. I enrolled at Functional Medicine University, FMU, and never looked back. The course syllabus had all the explanations I was looking for. I really needed explanations! But though they bring in guest speakers all the time who represent many different approaches so side by side we have different modalities instead of saying you must use bioidentical hormones or you must use herbs, actually you can choose which of these routes fits you best I still rarely find any functional medicine practitioner anywhere on any course or any summit who truly knows good solutions – they all have their favorite brand of supplements that are very pricey when a tray of wheat grass or coffee enema may give you a methylation or glutathione superboost, something as simple as Christopher Originals Vitalerbs which is wildcrafted wholefood vitamins and their Jurassic greens are rocketfuel with no side effects yet never get a mention by summit speakers.

So, I could not order lab tests myself as a student or afford to get someone else to do so, or get certified with the cfmp, but at least I do have the explanations I needed. Knowing how things works really helps. I know how things could have gone better, no one who has been ill a long time though will be able to afford an fmed pratitioner or doctor or the supplements they suggest, so it’s good to know alternatives and how to do things ‘economically’!

I do see from experience who is hitting at good solutions and who is not. And it amazes me to say that I’m lucky to have discovered older natural healing first because they have the best solutions which are also more affordable and accessible, I could never afford functional medicine, even now, it needs to be mainstream and with more herbs and foods and less supplements – we need explanations with the best solutions and be careful not to forget the history of healing. It worries me the sort of advice many functional medicine doctors today would have given me as regards solutions if I’d met them before I knew what I know today!

If you have any questions then feel free to ask me.

My email for this site is

Similar Stories – Common Denominators

I noticed that a lot of people including medical doctors who get involved in functional medicine do so because they have an illness that cannot be solved by regular medicine in the current medical model. People get chronic fatigue or mercury poisoning or vaccine injured or thyroid problems or diabetes or Lyme disease or heart disease and realize either they are not improving at all or they need to take medications for the rest of their life and don’t want that.

I wish everyone no matter which functional medicine course they train in, would look at this video and also take this Family Herbalist foundation course in healing and herbs by The School of Natural Healing, make things better going forward but do not forget your history.

Check out the Family Herbalist foundation course, level 1 of the Master Herbalist course, and know how and why to use herbs in your practice. Even if you had a degree in herbs already they’d make you take this course in how to heal, and it’ll save you doing a degree in herbs! You’ll catch this course at different times on sale for $100

Check out how the body heals in this 30 year old video on youtube by David Christopher, son of Dr. John R. Christopher of The School of Natural Healing, fmed doctors are only beginning to catch up with this! The order of cleansing that everyone says is ‘missing’ and Jay Davidson is pouncing on actually has been clearly stated since at least the 1950s!

  • Bowel / Kidney / Liver / Blood & Lymph / Heavy metals
  • All can be achieved herbally, though I found coffee enemas excellent for the liver even though herbalists don’t like them
  • When you do a cleanse you feel and see your body response, when you observe that response you soon get to know if you can proceed with the next level cleanse – I never made it to heavy metals as I was too toxic at the time! It’s not always ‘test or guess’, it’s actually ‘connect and listen’ too.

It’s Dr. John R. Christopher’s protocols more than anything else that have helped me survive 14 years and go from strength to strength. And he is still the only one that has a number of herbs that he considers will work for the vein damage AND they are accessible and affordable- as well as the information about inflammation reduction spoken about by some of the guest speakers at FMU 😉


Update 2019: I’m disheartened after a year of calling out doctorpreneurs on the summits that they still care more for their pockets than the patients and that the big multimillion dollar investments in keto now means most practitioners are pushing that with no regard for patients getting damaged and even dying. Is functional medicine beyond saving? That’s up to you, get a proper rounded education that is not biased and not aimed at a fast buck at the expense of the person vulnerable and ill. Keto is not the future of functional medicine, if fmed has a future.

I no longer promote the summits because they are more about money than help, doing more harm than good now fast tracking people into dangerous fad diets. The health niche is very divided on nutrition – a lot of people speaking out against keto. Know the history of healing and you’ll see the fallacy, notice the fear of food and see the fallacy, look at original sources for research like Alessio Fasano and not those who interpret and preach him with their own agendas weaved in like Peter Osborne, Tom O’Bryan etc, Fasano eats gluten because he is not ill 😉