For the past 35 years, I’ve had the great fortune of bearing witness to the incredible struggle and amazing resiliency of the human spirit. Day after day, year after year, patients have shared their most intimate stories with me — each one unique and each one special in its own way. Whether they were depressed,
Nine months after the birth of my first daughter, I felt off. Flatness, forgetfulness, cold, and tired. If I hadn’t discovered my formal diagnosis of an autoimmune thyroid condition, I could easily have been offered an antidepressant. Instead, I delved into the complex physiology of the immune system and its relationship to seemingly unrelated areas
Sometimes, it just takes one case to bring an entire medical construct to its knees. Because if the current model can’t encompass it, then the model must evolve to accomodate the seeming outlier. Currently, psychiatry is in a freefall. With its priesthood abandoning its own tenets around biomedical explanations for mental illness, there is room
Most women who have ever developed a post-antibiotic yeast infection are familiar with the now colloquial idea that antibiotics kill important regulatory bacteria. They think – I’ll just eat a little extra yogurt or maybe take a probiotic (to restore the changes to 87% of plasma metabolites!). It turns out that might not cut it.
As we expand our knowledge of gluten’s impact on extraintestinal regions and systems in the body, diet-based trials will help to elucidate symptoms driven by this exposure. The limitations of current testing for celiac disease have led to a binary consideration of gluten pathology (yes celiac or no celiac), which fails to encompass gluten’s effects