10 Causes Of Fibromyalgia Your Doctor May Not Know About

It’s estimated that fibromyalgia affects approximately 10 million people in the United States. Fibromyalgia is classically characterized by chronic pain, particularly muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog or cognitive impairment, depression and painful tender points throughout the body.

Conventional medicine has yet to uncover the cause of fibromyalgia and only offers management of symptoms through pain medications and antidepressants.

Functional medicine, on the other hand, looks to find the root cause of fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases, treating the problem at the root level to restore the patient to health. As a functional medicine physician, I’ve helped many patients recover from fibromyalgia.  Below are the top ten root causes of fibromyalgia I see in my clinic.

1. Gluten intolerance

Gluten has been liked to more than 55 diseases and is often called the “big masquerader.” The reason for this is that the majority of gluten intolerance symptoms are not digestive in nature, but are instead neurological, such as pain, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, behavioral issues, fatigue and depression.

2. Candida overgrowth (more…)

9 Steps to Perfect Health – #5: Heal Your Gut



All disease begins in the gut.- Hippocrates

Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

In fact, many researchers (including myself) believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the 21st century.

There are two closely related variables that determine our gut health: the intestinal microbiota, or “gut flora”, and the gut barrier. Let’s discuss each of them in turn.

The gut flora: a healthy garden needs healthy soil (more…)

Depression and Leaky Gut from Michael Maes by Jeffrey Dach MD

Depression Leaky Gut Michael MaesA Man with MDD Major Depressive Disorder Caused by Leaky Gut

A 52 year old  male came to see me in the office.  He is a successful business man with a string of lucrative stores.  He is currently under the care of a psychiatrist who prescribes two different anti-depressant drugs for chronic depression, an SSRI drug and Lithium carbonate.  In spite of the medications, the patient complains of continued symptoms of depression, chronic fatigue, vague body aches and pains and arthritis.

Upper left image: Painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) entitled At Eternity’s Gate”  May 1890,  oil on canvas in the Kröller-Müller Museum.  Courtesy of wikimedia commons.

Abdominal Symptoms Evaluated with Enterolabs Panel

The patient also complains of abdominal gas and bloating, especially after meals.  Laboratory studies showed a low testosterone level of 267 (Total Testosterone).  His Enterolabs stool antigliadin IgA antibody was markedly elevated (90 with normal less than 10).  His Enterolabs panel also showed multiple food sensitivities.  This was strongly suggestive of “Leaky Gut ” originating from wheat gluten sensitivity, along with other food intolerances.  He was immediately started on Testosterone supplementation and a Gluten free diet, and noted improvement in symptoms.  The patient was able to taper off one of the antidepressant meds (the Lithium) and reduced the SSRI drug dosage.  A calcium score test was done showing a high calcium score of 490 (95th percentile) indicating high risk for underlying coronary artery disease, and the patient’s cardiologist started him on a statin anti-cholesterol drug (Crestor).

Leaky Gut Causes Inflammation in the Brain and Heart (more…)

What Should You Eat To Heal a Leaky Gut?

What Should You Eat To Heal a Leaky Gut?

We make it clear that we are in no position to expertly and thoroughly explain the science behind the Paleo Diet. So many people, though, ask us about it. In response, we went out and found a scientist for you. Meet The Paleo Mom, a scientist-turned-at-home-mom. She has written a series of posts for us on the “why” of this way of eating. We hope this will be informative and fun for you. Check out her website, an adorable place full of interesting posts and cute drawings.

Part 4 of 4 in this guest series: What Should You Eat To Heal a Leaky Gut?

If you are concerned that you may have, or could develop, a leaky gut, then changing your diet to one that protects the gut is a natural next step for you. If you are already battling health conditions related to having a leaky gut, then you will have to be more strict with your dietary choices and also address other lifestyle factors like getting good quality sleep, managing stress, finding time for low-strain exercise, and getting outside. (more…)

The Key How To Heal And Prevent Autoimmune Disease

In conventional medicine autoimmune disease is a chronic life-long health condition that is considered to be incurable. This is what we are led to believe. However, a new discovery in the field of autoimmunity gives not only hope but opens new treatment opportunities.

During last decades different models such as molecular mimicry, “bystander effect” and viral persistence were proposed as possible mechanisms that initiate the overreaction of the immune system and lead to an autoimmune disease.

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The destructive nature of leaky gut syndrome

The digestive tract is loaded with trillions of microorganisms that form a natural ecosystem commonly called the gut flora. This ecosystem is designed to be symbiotic in that it benefits both the individual and the microbes. Certain lifestyle stressors throw off the natural symbiosis and cause a rise in pathogenic microbes, chronic gut inflammation and damage to the gut lining. (more…)


Your immune system is constantly on a seek-and-destroy mission status – on the lookout for foreign invaders, naturally occurring cell defects and mutant cells. The immune system has a vast capacity to remember bad guys and deploy tactics that worked in the past to annihilate the enemy. Some of the fastest growing cells in the human body are immune cells. (more…)

A New Discovery in Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Recently, scientists have started to speculate that gut bacteria may play an essential role in the development of obesity, insulin resistance, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). (1)

Gut bacteria may influence obesity and diabetes.

You may not be familiar with NAFLD, but it is currently the most common liver disease worldwide, both in adults and in children, including 20% of the American population.(2)(3)

So far, instead of understanding what causes fatty liver, we only have a list of disorders that are associated with it. For example:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol
  • Diabetes mellitus (type II)
  • High blood pressure (more…)

Is Your Stress Causing Leaky Gut and Candida?

Did you know what goes on in your gut can dictate your mood, your perspective, and your sense of optimism?

Having earned the title of the second brain, the gut is in constant dialogue with the:

Everyday stress could cause harmless microbes in your body to become pathogenic! These bacteria will rapidly multiply and mutate, leaving you at risk for an infection.

  • Immune system
  • Brain and neurological system
  • Hormonal system
  • Our inner ecology
The connection between the gut and our psychology is a two-way street. On the one hand, gastrointestinal inflammation and infection can contribute to things like depression and brain fog. (1) On the other, mental stress or trauma can cause intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” (2) (3) (more…)