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5 Reasons for Weight Gain That You Need to Know About :060

 

Weight Gain is not just caused by consuming too many calories… your body may be trying to tell you something.

 

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue can cause a whole slew of problems and issues. You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if:

– Weight seems stubborn and just won’t go away no matter how much working out you do
– You always feel tired
– You NEED that cup (or two or…) to keep you going

If this describes you, I would see a Functional Medicine practitioner or Naturopath to investigate and receive holistic advice. Also, strive to get quality sleep, cut back on caffeine, and get moderate exercise.

 

Gluten Intolerance 

There are  so many signs of gluten intolerance – weight issues is a common one. You may have gluten intolerance if:

– You feel tired and cranky
Your belly always feels bloated
– The fat won’t go away no matter how much working out you do!

If this describes you, I would see a Functional Medicine practitioner or Naturopath to investigate and receive holistic advice.

 

5 Reasons for Weight Gain You Need to Know About

Self-protection

Aside from the physical reasons for weight gain, there are meta-physical and even symbolic reasons for these issues. Our unconscious self works in very mysterious ways at times. When we have poor boundaries and are unable to stand up for ourself – our body can create these boundaries for us. Some people (who are noticeably not assertive) may create a literal protective bubble around themselves. This may be you if:
– You’re a nurturing person
– You just want everyone to be happy
– You’re a peacemaker and/or
– People take advantage of your niceness but you’re too nice to stay away from them

If this sounds like you, I would see a counselor or talk with a strong person (not necessarily a “friend” because they might be one that is causing an issue) and learn to set boundaries so your “extra layer” doesn’t have to be!

 

You’re eating the wrong things:

You can feel like your doing all the right things; exercising, eating according to… but there are a few small details that can make ALL the difference! Those are:
– Too much sugar in pre or post workout drinks and bars
– Eating too late
– Just generally eating the wrong things for your body-type

Which leads me to the last reason…

 

You just might be an Earth-type

Understanding your Body-type can help you have a harmonious relationship with your body. Knowing which foods and exercises help your body feel more balanced can make all the difference! There are four Body-types; Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Earth-types are naturally “big-boned” and have a fuller figure. You may be an Earth-type if:
– You’ve always been heavy
– All of the above options sound like you

 

 

Take my Body-type Quiz!

Learn more about your Body-type and the habits that help this type feel more balanced. You’ll also receive a free copy of my book in your preferred eBook format plus 50% off the audiobook. It’s fun and very insightful! Get it here! 

 

For more details and insights watch or listen to the podcast! Enjoy!

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Functional Psychiatry with Dr. Reba Peoples :055

Functional Psychiatry is a growing field of holistically treating psychiatric conditions – going as far as to help patients ween off of and treat conditions without medication.

 

A Functional Psychiatrist will look at the whole picture of a person to help remedy what appear to be mental imbalances. They are trained to see the body as all connected and will look at how your gut health, let, exercise and lifestyle affect your mental and emotional well-being.

If you’re wondering how to treat anxiety, depression and a laundry list of other ailments that you might already be seeing a psychiatrist for; this is well worth listening to! Also, it’s a great way to learn to prevent these issues as well!

 

Functional Psychiatrist Dr. Reba Peoples shares her insights and some very helpful tools that she shares with her patients.

 

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Why she named her practice “Imara” – is a girl’s name in Swahili meaning “one with strength or fortitude”. In Arabic it is a boy’s name which means “one who build or constructs”.
  • Functional Medicine aims to find the root cause of ailments
  • Why Dr. Peoples became a psychiatrist and now is adding Functional Medicine to her practice.
  • Dr. Peoples noticed that patients on medication seemed to be “just existing”. Now she says she sees patients thriving and being treated in her Functional Psychiatry practice.
  • How gut health affects our mental and emotional health.
  • There is only about 33% success rate with anti-depressant medications.
  • Why depression is a symptom (a fire alarm) – not a disease (not the fire).
  • What is SMART wellness?
  • How sleep can likely prevent dementia. (beta-amyloid)
  • Studies have shown – People who get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 times per week get as much benefit from the exercise as they do from an anti-depressant for mild to moderate depression.
  • “We have a very potent internal pharmacy that we can activate just through exercise.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • Avoid the ANTs (automatic, negative, thoughts)
  • How Dr. Peoples teaches someone to become aware of their (negative) thoughts
  • The importance and difference between “who you are”/ (inner self) and “what you do” (role)
  • How what we put into our bodies affects our health: food, products and even media
  • Is your relationship affecting your health?
  • “When people say ‘trust your gut’ there is a lot to back that up scientifically.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How to keep a positive mindset during trying and emotional times.
  • What to do when Facebook is causing you to feel upset or anxious.
  • When being resilient is no longer a good strategy.
  • “When we do have depression… anxiety… negative emotions – these are functional adaptations to dysfunctional environments.” – Dr. Reba Peoples
  • How a person can start implementing these practices in a low-cost way.

 

 

Dr Reba Peoples - Imara Health - Functional Psychiatry

About Dr. Reba Peoples

Dr. Reba Peoples is a board certified psychiatrist and founder of Imara Health and Wellness. Dr. Peoples created Imara because she is passionate about helping each of her patients move beyond their symptoms and truly start to live joyful, healthy lives. She does this by utilizing a functional approach that helps people understand the impact of lifestyle, genetics and environment on health and the progression of disease. Having this understanding allows her to provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that identifies the root cause of illness and really allows her patients to work toward healing rather than symptom management.

Although Dr. Peoples does prescribe medications when clinically necessary, she often finds that a lot of her patients either no longer need medications or are able to significantly reduce the amount of psychiatric medications that they are taking once they have been able to successfully incorporate certain lifestyle adjustments.

Dr. Peoples firmly believes that in order to truly achieve wellness, we must be willing to gently nurture our bodies, passionately expand our minds and lovingly cultivate our spirits. She is truly excited to partner with you on your wellness journey.

Learn more about Dr. Peoples and what she offers at Imara Health and Wellness

 






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Fatigue – It’s More than not Getting Enough Sleep with Dr. Rory :048

Dr. Rory, a Functional Medicine practitioner and chiropractor, shares how to get to the bottom of fatigue!

Fatigue can be different for each person. For one person it may mean not being able to sleep well. Others cannot exercise without feeling drained or experience low libido. For another, fatigue means they are not able to fulfill their daily tasks; the energy just may not be there.

Functional medicine aims to get to the root of the problem – not just addressing the symptoms.

 

Fatigue is also related to the following:

  • Varying symptoms: digestion, brain fog, physical fatigue
  • The role of Adrenaline
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Why and when we need Cortisol
  • Simple testing
  • Metabolic Reserve (explained using the Bank Account analogy) You build this with “downtime” to have reserve for stressful times
  • How do you know you’re restoring that account? What does downtime feel like?
  • Devices like FitBit and HeartMath (Inner Balance) and the Muse
  • The role of the Adrenal glands
  • The stages of Adrenal Fatigue
  • What adds to fatigue: low-grade stress, certain foods, caffeine, certain exercise, in some cases coffee
  • Dr. Rory answers a listeners question about feeling fatigued after exercise…
  • The relation between fatigue and being overweight and/or carrying excess fat in the mid-body
  • The role of the gut
  • What is (the role of) Perceived Stress
  • Description of the 4 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
  • Adaptogens like rhodiola and supplements of DHEA and pregnenolone
  • Over-exercise

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

 






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Remedy Infection and Exhaustion During Holiday Rush :031

Infection and exhaustion are rampant during this busy season

In this discussion with Dr. Rory, a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Chiropractor in the western Twin Cities suburbs of Minnesota; we talk about the cause and remedies for these tiresome conditions.

Watch or listen to the podcast for full enjoyment and education.

Following is a summary and helpful links.

 

“Tire and Wired”

You can tell if you’re “tired and wired” by noticing, when you’re lying in bed and you’re ready to settle in, but you still have so much energy it’s difficult to sleep. This term “Holiday or Christmas rush” really relates in the body as the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are pumped up to get us through all of our holiday tasks. The problem is that these hormones are triggered so often during our day that they interfere with our bodies’ normal cycles and prevent us from being able to settle in the evening. This also leads to adrenal fatigue.

Infection

Coughing, sneezing, hacking; upper respiratory and lower respiratory infections are so common at this time of year. The continual stimulation of the adrenal glands and release of excitatory hormones adrenaline and cortisol and the resulting effects, weaken the immune system.

 

What’s Causing Infection and Exhaustion?

Seeing so many people come through his office on a daily basis, Dr. Rory shares his hunch at what’s really going on. He shares how our body cues us to take care of things earlier in the year, to take a break or to just address health conditions sooner. When we keep putting off self-care and refuse to take even small breaks, our bodies become deplete of energy and tired. Being already weakened and tired, what were mild conditions of bloat, gas, indigestion or almost any other symptom can become worse.

Natural Remedies that Dr. Rory Recommends

Try implementing just one or two things at a time:

  • Slow down
  • Take an epsom salt bath (use at least 2-3 pounds per bath!)
  • Go to bed sooner
  • Stop using technology with screens to limit your blue-light exposure at least a couple of hours before bed. Or, use devices and software that filter (glasses) or prevent your device from emitting blue light (Tara uses f.lux for example). But limiting digital activity is still a good idea.
  • Take remedies like Myocalm 
  • Address infection with natural remedies like oregano, berberine and grapeseed extract.
  • For Gastro-Intestinal issues, calm the fire by eliminating trigger foods: spices, dairy, wheat, sugar, coffee and alcohol. Remedies such as aloe and licorice root help too.
  • Practice mindfulness. These biofeedback devices help to train the body and mind to calm.
  • Magnesium: the right type of magnesium can make a huge difference!
  • Address the adrenals

 

Consult with a Natural Health Practitioner like Dr. Rory to be sure which remedies and dosages are right for you!

Address the Underlying Cause and Systems that are Affected

  • Adrenal Function
  • Hormone and Thyroid (women especially tend to be affected in this area)
  • Mitochondrial function (energy production at the cellular level)
  • Neurotransmitter function – How is your brain feeling and functioning?

 

Irish Tips and Tricks on How to Kick Back and relax…

When I ask Dr. Rory to share how the Irish (where is originally from) relax, he prefaces that what he is about to share might be considered a bit inappropriate for this wellness-related topic, but shares anyway. (Go to time mark 20:50 to hear this part of the discussion.)

He shares that the Irish go to the local bar with their best friend and “Have the craic.” They tell a few stories, connect in front of the fire; and if you can’t tell a good story, make up a good lie.

Irish jokes aside, we can gather what the true message is. What the Irish seem to have down pat, is how to disengage from a busy day, how to connect with others and have a good time!

 

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.  Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work







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Inflammation: Belly Aches – Leaky Gut – Dementia :012

Inflammation affects us every day

Inflammation is the body’s reaction, the “fire-alarm” (read: in-flame-ation) to trigger the helpers in the body to bring in reinforcements to help and heal the body. Prolonged inflammation can lead to everything from Belly Aches, to Leaky Gut and Dementia.

 

Inflammation is most commonly experienced as pain. But there are certain areas of the body that do not experience pain like others, namely the brain. The down-side to this is that when the brain is being injured and is inflamed, we don’t often notice until damage has been done.

 

In this talk with Dr. Rory, a Chiropractor in the greater Minneapolis area of Minnesota and Functional Medicine practitioner, we discuss how inflammation shows in our bodies and how to address it naturally and when more heavy-hitting drugs like corticosteroids may be the answer. Below is a summary of our talk.

 

Sign and Symptoms of Inflammation

Inflammation can occur from minor injuries like hitting the shin on a coffee table, to traumatic car accidents to long-term injury on the body from long-term digestive inflammation or environmental toxins.

No matter the stimulus, the results are similar when it comes to inflammation which is the bodies first response to injury. When this “fire alarm” goes off the body ushers in the healing forces of the body. The first signs are discoloration, swelling and usually a warming of the tissue.

 

Inflammation with Dr. Rory

 

Inflammation and The Brain

In most cases, we also feel the symptoms of pain or discomfort. Although, when the brain is inflamed we do not experience pain- rather we experience the symptoms or effects such as trouble remembering words, names and if the inflammation is prolonged, conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers. These signs and symptoms are showing up at younger and younger ages, as early as the 40’s in some people, which is a sure sign that inflammation needs to be addressed.

Because the signs and symptoms may not be evident until real damage has been done, it’s important to be familiar with how your body uniquely demonstrates inflammation.

 

Inflammation and The Gut

The digestive system, particularly the intestines show inflammation very readily in most people. Symptoms can include: bloating, aching, diarrhea, constipation and many more. In severe and chronic cases it manifests as Heart Burn (stomach), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease (intestines).

 

“I tend to work with peoples’ guts [environment] more because this seems to be the seat of inflammation.” Dr. Rory

 

Inflammation and Traumatic Injury

When there is a traumatic injury to the body whether it be from an accident or surgery, this can have not only a physical effect on the body, but there is often also an effect on the nervous system which can be treated with natural “calm-ers” such as rhodiola, valerian, passionflower and hops. This is true for emotional trauma as well. Retraining the para-sympathetic system helps the body to get back to a normal “rest and digest” function.

 

Inflammation and Stress

Did you know that symptoms of PTSD can be passed down from one generation to another? This learned programming happens as early as our time in the womb.

When you think to yourself, “This is not working for me!” this is a great point to institute change.

Does your body remember what it’s like to really relax? When’s the last time you felt the feeling of  “ahhhhh…”?

It’s important that we re-familiarize ourselves with how to turn our systems off and reboot, before we experience a crash.

 

“My grandpa used to say, ‘Is this a first world problem or a third world problem?'” – Dr. Rory

 

Pharmaceutical Drugs and Natural Alternatives for Inflammation

There is a time and place for everything. In certain cases, Dr. Rory shares that a corticosteroid can help a patient delay a hip surgery for example, until it’s a better time to have the procedure done.

It is important to note however, that too many anti-inflammatories drugs, corticosteroids and opioids (commonly used to treat pain) can impede healing response in the long-term. Working with a professional like Dr. Rory is essential to help understand if your particular situation can benefit in the short and long-term by the myriad therapies available.

For long-term health herbal remedies which are conveniently also food ingredients like turmeric and ginger (which are know for their benefits by their common constituent curcumin) are better in long-term because they aid the body in healing. While they are also anti-inflammatories like some drugs are called; these (and many other) herbs do not prevent the body from healing, but rather, help it.

By now it is well-know that Prince died from and overdose of the opiate drug, fentanyl. This  case “hit home” for many; but especially for us since many of us in this area pass Prince’s home and studio on a regular basis (I do every day on average!). But, on a humanly compassionate way, his passing affected many of us because, I believe, we innately recognize our similarities, and how real pain is for each of us these days. We have even more ability to connect, but are we really any closer?

 

“The biggest side-effect is that it (opiates) derail us and disengage us from life.” Dr. Rory

How to Address Inflammation Naturally

The change to reduce inflammatory responses induced by our thoughts (i.e. stress) can happen as actively as the renown techniques taught by Tony Robins or as simply as the built-in stress-reliever… spending time in nature!

 

Avoidance is easier than taking something…

Test lessening the burden on the body by removing gluten and other potential inflammatories (refined foods, carbohydrates, sugars.)

 

General Advice to Alleviate Inflammation

Taking herbal supplements with ginger, turmeric, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, passion flower and valerian can help a lot.

Dr. Rory also believes in taking a quality Omega-3. Remember, you pay for what you get. Krill oil is a higher quality.

It is, of course, very important to work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who is educated in the philosophy of health care that match your values. What is mentioned in this podcast and blog is for information purposes only. You should work with your trusted health care practitioner to decide which supplementation and tests and marker CRP or iGG iGA to get more specific on how to address your signs and causes of inflammation.

 

Also in this Podcast… What are you inflamed by?

I do my best to summarize the important points of conversations with guests, but there is so much that can not be wrapped up into words. Watch and/or listen for the full experience!

 

 

Links and References:

Tony Robbins’ recent documentary: I am Not Your Guru

Golden Milk Recipe and other healthy recipes in the Weight Free Wellness Cookbook

 

Supplements mentioned:

AccutePhase (Metagenics)

TranQ (Metagenics)

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

Rory Faherty, D.C.

 

 

 

 






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Tuning in With Kids’ Digestive Health: Stress, Food & Pathogens :009

Your Kids’ Digestive Health…

Is it related to the Environment, Food, Emotions or Pathogens?

 

Dealing with digestive issues can be challenging for anyone, but especially for and with kids.

 

In this episode Dr. Rory, a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner in the Minneapolis area, shares how he works with kids and what he looks for when dealing with them and their digestive issues.

 

When it comes to tracking down the causes of digestive issues the path is sometimes linear and sometimes more circuitous. When working with adults there are simply patterns in our society that lead a Functional Medicine practitioner to go down a list of likely culprits to digestive upset- but this is not so much the case with kids.

 

For example, a typical check-list might look like this:

  1. Exercise
  2. Stress
  3. Food intolerance: milk, cheese and/or gluten
  4. Pathogens/infection

 

When it comes to kids, because they are more “pure” so-to-speak, their bodies may react much more purely and readily to an environmental or emotional stressor. This means that this category may actually be at the top of the list of their primary cause of symptoms.

 

A Holistic Health Practitioner can help to take an overall perspective and help your family find solutions.

 

 

Tuning-in with Kids' Digestive Health with Dr. Rory

 

I asked Dr. Rory: How does Functional Medicine training help you help kids more with Gastro-Intestinal issues?

He said that the Functional Medicine training helps him be more aware of many facets:

  • To use/see the above mention factors: exercise, stress, food, pathogens
  • To use history and lab tests- especially for GI issues

 

 

Dr. Rory also illustrates that Gastro-intestinal and digestive issues are specific to each person: for some it may be stress-related and other food-related, even if two people are expressing the same symptoms.

 

This leads us to talk about archetypes, how we are each different and have intrinsic rhythms to our bodies that vary from one to another. He relates this to kids with metaphors of animals like the rabbit and turtle. do you tend to get exhausted easily or are you more of a sleepy person?

 

This is a great way to introduce Body-typing, which if you have followed my earlier material you know, I love and it’s the foundation of my book You-niversal Self-care: Improving Health Through Self-Understanding

 

 

It’s helpful to know “your type” and “your story” to help understand how to manage your health- at any age!

 

 

9 Ways to Alleviate Digestive Issues

In closing we put together a list of things that can easily help digestive issues. Note that not all these recommendations may be suitable for children. Consult your trusted health practitioner before implementing anything new, especially if symptoms are acute (sudden and highly reactive) or persistent i.e. chronic.

Tara offers:

  • Therapeutic grade peppermint oil rubbed on tummy
  • Exercise- a simple walk can help greatly! Or, with small children gently move legs in a cycling motion bringing legs close to belly each time.
  • Simple, gentle twisting of the torso

Dr. Rory offers:

  • Get plenty of clean water
  • Magnesium – Helps draw water into the gut. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner to know which type of supplementation is right for you.
  • Enzymes – help digest, absorb, assimilate and move food easier. Can really make a difference! Most often, take after eating.
  • Adaptogens – Rhodiola, valerian … help calm the body (and helps GI issues when they are stress related) and aids sleep
  • Amino-acids for gut and sleep can really help
  • Pro-biotics and pre-biotics can help with specific conditions such as Autism. Parents have seen positive changes in mood by simply supplementing with probiotics that were specifically recommended by their health practitioner.

 

The show notes are just a summary for your convenience.

The podcasts, are much more interesting… Listen and subscribe!  Enjoy!

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome, 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work

Rory Faherty, D.C.






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Should I go Gluten-Free? with Dr. Rory: 003

“Going Gluten-free” Does it really matter?

  • Is it just a fad?
  • What are familiar and unfamiliar signs of Gluten-Sensitivity
  • What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?
  • Am I genetically destined to be sensitive to gluten?
  • Tips on how to start and stick-to a Gluten-free lifestyle

 

Dr. Rory Faherty will be a regular guest on the Weight Free Wellness Podcast and in his first appearance he shares his personal experience and that of working with patients for nearly 20 years helping people on their health journey. He is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner.

*Show notes are a summary of the guest’s and, to some extent, the hostess’ thoughts in this podcast. Please listen or watch the podcast for full, complete content!

 

Familiar and Unfamiliar signs of Gluten-sensitivity?

  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Brain-fog and poor memory ( Dr. Rory says that this is usually the symptom that gets peoples’ attention the most and prompts them to come in for a help.)
  • Bloating
  • Painful digestion
  • Abnormally sore muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Chronic pain
  • General decrease in will
  • Skin problems
  • and a host of newer symptoms that are showing up in patients

Patients may report any of the symptoms listed above (and others) which may indicate gluten-sensitivity on some level.

 

 

 

Should I go Gluten-free? 003

 

Dr. Rory mentions that a number of patients have come to him after visiting the Gastroenterologist, with information that they test negative for Celiac Disease but still experience any number of the uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above.

 

This condition is called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity…

A person can test negative for Celiac Disease (i.e. they do not have the auto-immune responses based on tests) but still be highly reactive to gluten because they may be reacting adversely to other proteins not targeted in the Celiac Disease testing.

 

“Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive are people who can eat a little bit of gluten and get a lot of response… for example bloat.” says Dr. Rory

 

 

With symptoms like these in mind, Dr. Rory may:

  • look into the toxin levels in the body
  • may suggest allergen testing or an elimination diet (ideally testing for 30-60 days)

 

So, can I still have a few Gluten-containing foods every now-and-then?

Everyone’s body is different. Keep in mind:

  • Gluten can create burden on the body. This is where chronic inflammatory states come from resulting in myriad painful and problematic conditions. (Dr. Rory and Tara share their personal experiences.)
  • Research shows that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity could be more detrimental on a body in the long-term than Celiac Disease.
  • Gluten-Sensitivity is linked to mal-nutrition, causing stunted growth and other nutrition-related problems. Our diets are calorie-dense, but nutrient-deficient.

 

 

Certain populations like the Northern Europeans have a higher percentage of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitive diagnoses.

There are estimates that approximately 20-30% of the population experiences the condition Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

BUT, Dr. Rory emphasizes, just because we have the genetic markers, does not mean that gene will be expressed as disease. In other words, you may see the genetic marker for breast cancer on your DNA report for example, but there are factors of environment, lifestyle and even a person’s thoughts that can turn the switch on for this gene and for the disease to show up as breast cancer in the body.

 

Why is so much gluten-sensitivity “popping up”?

It’s hard to say definitively, but clinical practice and observation show that factors such as: stress, toxicity, lifestyle, and the ways in which our food crops have been cultivated and genetically altered can be significant factors.

 

How will I get nutrients if I eliminate grains from my diet?

Compared to other foods such as organ meats, meat, fruits and vegetables; grains are relatively low in nutrients, says Dr. Rory.

 

What about fiber?

Considering that fruits and vegetables can easily provide our bodies with enough fiber, the risks far out-weigh the benefits to consume grains for fiber.

 

How to do an elimination diet, change cooking, and stay on-track?

Doing an elimination diet can be equally daunting and enlightening.

Here are a few great ways to start:

 

Will I even get to eat gluten again?

Each person’s case is different, but rest-assured, this process doesn’t have to be complicated.

Will and hope go up when we get data- whether this is in the form of lab tests or personal experience.

It’s about balance. Be informed. Take action!

 

About Rory Faherty, D.C.

Dr. Rory is a chiropractor, and functional medicine physician with two decades of experience connecting with patients, and helping them find their journey to health.    Rory grew up on a small island off the west coast of Ireland in a large family.  Life on the Aran Islands is simple and about connection with people.  He brings the values and lifestyle he learned in Ireland to his practice and approaches to treating patients.
Dr. Rory earned a Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and will complete The Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Certification program in 2016 to join the less than 20 IFM Certified Practitioners in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Rory takes the complex world of medicine and creates simplistic plans for healing.
To contact Dr. Rory call  his office: 952-474-2395
Specialties include:
* GI Health with a focus on
     * diagnostics
     * gluten sensitivity 
     * treating infection
     * improving microbiome, 
     * customized food plans
* Detoxification
* Chronic Inflammation
* Nervous system & sleep disregulation 
* Applied Kinesiology
* Spinal Adjustment and body work
Rory Faherty, D.C.