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One Patient’s Battle with Biofilm

Endlessly treating infections with no improvement is frustrating, time consuming, expensive and over time, can lead to more resistant issues. This was the case for one patient who battled chronic fatigue, recurrent sinus issues, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), numerous chronic infections and other tormenting symptoms. In her case, we combined an elimination diet, biofilm disruption, […] Read more…

Icky Sticky Biofilm

Icky sticky biofilm. What is it? How do you get it? How do I know if I have it? And what can I do about it? What is biofilm? Biofilm is a collection of microbes that adhere to a surface, enclose themselves in a sticky protective coating called an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix, and […] Read more…

Reseach Smesearch: What to Do When Evidence Based Medicine Fails

Warning: This is an opinion paper by Dr Lisa Giusiana. No research has been done to prove or disprove this theory. Whether you are a practitioner or a patient, the intention here is to encourage you to think! As doctors, we are trained to search the medical research literature for what has been proven effective as far […] Read more…

The Importance of Good Adrenal Health and How to Achieve It

adrenal glands

Back around the year 2000, my whole world broke wide open. I went to my first Functional Medicine seminar and learned about the role that the adrenal glands play on basically every function in the body. So what does that mean, exactly? Well, if you take a look at the chart above, you’ll notice that the […] Read more…

How to Determine if Your Stomach Acid is Too High or Too Low

HCl

In cases like heart burn, gastric reflux or indigestion, it is usually automatically assumed that the patient must have too much acid in the stomach. Too much acid is correct. But the real question is, “Which acid and where is it coming from?” And how can you tell if it’s too high or too low? Physiology […] Read more…

5 Kinds of PMS with 5 Different Natural Solutions

5 categories of PMS

You’re exhausted. And cranky. You’re not sure if you’re just depressed and anxious, or if you’re depressed and anxious because you’ve been dealing with a massive headache all day. You’d give anything for a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and a bag of potato chips. Oh, and trying to stuff yourself into your favorite pair […] Read more…

A Different Perspective on Inflammation

You might describe inflammation as a reaction in the body that causes redness, swelling, pain, stiffness, fever, or that the area is warm to the touch. You know, like when you sprain your ankle and within minutes it’s the size of a grapefruit. That’s pretty obvious inflammation. But what about the silent hidden inflammation that’s […] Read more…

What is SIBO?

SIBO

One of my specialties in practice is helping people who suffer from a condition we call SIBO which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Many people who are diagnosed as having Irritable Bowel, Leaky Gut Syndrome and/or Candida overgrowth are actually dealing with a SIBO situation and don’t even realize it. Here is a blog article […] Read more…