Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care : Dr Kim's Blog

Food Sensitivities and Intolerance

It is estimated that 60% of the population has symptoms associated with food reactions.

• Food Allergy denotes an immunological reaction involving an anti-body response

• Food sensitivity is an intolerance or reaction to a food which does not involve an immunological reaction.

What are some of the causes of Food Allergies and Sensitivities?

Food allergies are multi-factorial and there does not seem to be any one cause. Any of the following will contribute to the development of allergies and reactions. Continue reading “Food Sensitivities and Intolerance”

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health : Dr Kim's Blog

Why Suppression Of Disease Is Making Us Unhealthy

Anyone who has been badly injured definitely knows the difference between relief from a pain killer and being healed.  In many cases of trauma, pain killers are needed.  Studies have actually shown that comfort and healing go hand in hand.  The same goes for antibiotics.  If you have a bad infection – whether internally like pneumonia, or externally like a dog bite, antibiotics are life saving.  But with both examples – pain or infection – there comes a point when you need to ask yourself if you SHOULD still be in pain, or if you SHOULD still be having infections.   Continue reading “Why Suppression Of Disease Is Making Us Unhealthy”

Young, Sick and Invisible – A Dangerous Trend

Young, Sick and Invisible – A Dangerous Trend

In today’s society, young women are expected to be a beacon of health, beauty, and fertility.  But statistics show that young women are disproportionately affected by certain diseases and health conditions, and they’re often not taken seriously by both their doctors and the general public – especially when they “look” healthy.  

This is why it is becoming more important than ever to advocate for yourself.  It is not normal to not feel well all the time.  Brushing off symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, bloating, aches and pains, etc simply because you’re young is not a good solution – in fact, it is dangerous. 

Continue reading “Young, Sick and Invisible – A Dangerous Trend”

Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests? : Dr. Kim's Blog

Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests?

Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests?

Hypothyroid symptoms can be from many causes. Primary hypothyroidism is due to a decrease in the thyroid gland producing and secreting thyroid hormone. It may also be caused by issues within the thyroid gland, pituitary gland or hypothalamus gland or the regulation systems of each. There are many causes of hypo-thyroid and testing to determine if the problem is with the thyroid gland, peripheral conversion of thyroid hormone, the hypothalamus gland or pituitary gland is vital when looking to treat a thyroid condition. Continue reading “Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests?”

Is Nutritional Testing Right for You? : Dr. Kim's Blog

Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?

Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?

Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the functions of the immune system leaving us more susceptible to chronic diseases like arthritis, autoimmune conditions, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

But I hear from patients all the time “I eat a balanced diet, exercise and take a multivitamin, how can I be missing nutrients?” Did you know that 50% of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient?  Many people lead healthy lifestyles, yet some individuals still have deficiencies. Why? Continue reading “Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?”

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome : Dr. Kim's Blog

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has not been recognized in the medical community for long.  In fact, it first became a noted in the 1990’s, and received it’s official medical status in the 2000’s.  

For a diagnosis of CFS to be given, the patient’s symptoms must include fatigue or lethargy, and this must have been causing a 50 percent loss of physical and social function, for at least six months. Continue reading “Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

How to Identify Food Allergies and Sensitivities

How to Identify Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Could a reaction to food be causing your diarrhea? What about constipation? Gas and bloating? Eczema? Acne? Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia? ADHD?

Yes, Yes and Yes!

Reactions to food, either sensitivities or allergies can cause a variety of different symptoms and can be the underlying cause of many health issues, especially chronic health issues. Continue reading “How to Identify Food Allergies and Sensitivities”

The Role Of Bacteria In Your Gut

The Role Of Bacteria In Your Gut

One of the least discussed yet most important functions of the human body is maintaining balanced bacteria in your gut, also referred to as gut microbiome or probiotics. Your digestive tract has millions upon millions of bacteria that need to work together to help break down food, improve your immune system, and much more. In addition, research shows that the microflora in the body impacts a variety of other systems throughout the body.

Your gastrointestinal tract contains both beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria. The beneficial bacteria in the gut help with digestion and seek to destroy the bad bacteria in the body. The bad bacteria in the gut come from environmental toxins, bacteria in the soil and bacteria in the foods you eat. Continue reading “The Role Of Bacteria In Your Gut”