In today’s functional medicine practice, practitioners like myself are confronted with a myriad of chronic inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases. Functional medicine is often referred to as "systems medicine" as it understands the importance of assessing and treating all systems individually, while also keeping the interconnectedness of these systems in mind. When dealing with autoimmunity however, one system in particular, the gastrointestinal system, appears to have more and more clinical relevance with autoimmunity, especially with a condition called leaky gut.
Here in part 2, we look at the science behind gluten’s inflammatory effects and why it effects some of us and not others.
In my practice, I take a close look at my patients dietary habits and get to see first hand the ill effects that certain foods and substances can have on the body. One of the primary “offenders” to the health of many people are grains, particularly those containing a protein called gluten. Grains that include this protein are wheat (all forms such as semolina, durum, etc.), rye, spelt, kamut, barley, and most types of oats.
As of 2012, the US Department of Agriculture has yet to release guidelines for certified grass-fed labels on meat products and poultry. Navigating this world is complex and labels can be misleading. Understanding the label nuances allows you to make better decisions that are more in line with your ethical or nutritional values and save money on high priced items that are not what they claim to be.
Migraines are considered by many to be both headaches and chronic conditions that are long-lasting, recurring and painfully debilitating. Because migraines have such a variety of triggers- food allergies, environmental, hormonal, physical etc. – and are characterized by a number of symptoms -nausea, severe throbbing or pulsating pain and sensitivity to light and sound, the exact causes of migraines is still not fully understood by the western medical community. As such, most people opt to take strong prescription medications to help ease the suffering and mask the symptoms.