Dr. Ruscio’s Wrap Up #180

wrap up 180

wrap up 180

In Case You Missed It

On Monday, we discussed how to know if you are you truly hypothyroid.

On Wednesday’s podcast release, we spoke with Ari Whitten and discussed how to get results with red light therapy.

Latest Research

Researchers set to examine whether lubiprostone – primarily prescribed for chronic constipation – could prove a beneficial treatment for those with SIBO. A majority of the all female test group (68%) were SIBO positive prior to the study and 41% were found to be SIBO-negative after 2 weeks of treatment. Researchers theorized …

“the improvement of SIBO could be explained by the cleansing effect of increased intestinal fluid and mucus combined with enhanced intestinal motility with lubiprostone”

Thyroid dysfunction and/or treatment with a thyroid hormone were found to have no relation to rates of breast cancer in this systematic review and meta-analysis of 24,808 participants across 13 population-based studies. While the study has “some confounders that might weaken the results of this meta-analysis” it provides a valuable lens for interested parties.

In an effort to determine whether administering vitamin D via capsule or oral spray was more efficacious, 22 healthy adults received 3000 IU’s (75 µg) of vitamin D3 daily for 4 weeks. When anthropometrics and fasted blood samples were measured following the trial, researchers recorded participants 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations to be equivalent, and thus concluding …

“oral spray vitamin D3 is an equally effective alternative to capsule supplementation in healthy adults.”

FODMAP consumption is correlated with exacerbated functional gastrointestinal symptoms (FGS) in patients with IBD while their restriction typically improves symptoms. At the relatively high doses used, fructans, but not GOS or sorbitol, exacerbated FGS in quiescent IBD.

“Further research is required to determine whether a low FODMAP diet reduces FGS in IBD and the degree of FODMAP restriction required for symptom improvement.”

This systematic review assesses the association between the gut microbiota and weight loss in overweight/obese adults and its potential manipulation as a target for treating obesity. 43 studies were used, among these were dietary intervention (17 studies), bariatric surgery (11 studies) and microbiota manipulation (15 studies). All of the interventions under consideration had impacts on the gut microbiota, although they did not always correlate with weight loss.

Laugh a Little!

Healthy Foodie

Our Paleo Life: Low-Carb Cranberry Relish
Jason Glaspey, Founder: Winter Slaw with Quick Salmon Cakes
Dr. Jill Carnahan: Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Sébastien Noël: Pomegranate Green Tea

Happiness Homework 

Visit the florist and pick out a bunch of flowers.

Dr. Ruscio’s Quotable

“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges.”
— Bryan McGill

What do you think? I would like to hear your thoughts or experience with this.

Dr. Ruscio is your leading functional and integrative doctor specializing in gut related disorders such as SIBO, leaky gut, Celiac, IBS and in thyroid disorders such as hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. For more information on how to become a patient, please contact our office. Serving the San Francisco bay area and distance patients via phone and Skype.


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