Dr. Ruscio’s Wrap Up #182

In Case You Missed It

On Monday, we discussed if thyroid autoimmunity causes anxiety and depression.

On Wednesday’s podcast release, we spoke with Dr. Bill Harris and discussed a simple test that can tell you if you are getting enough omega-3s.

Dr. Ruscio’s Weekly Tip

In this week’s tip, we discussed why the little blue pill is no longer the go-to for treating erectile dysfunction.

Latest Research

Patients with ulcerative colitis and cytomegalovirus find a reduced need for colectomy when given antiviral therapy. Anti-tumor necrosis factor agents have similarly been found useful in treating CMV colitis complicating UC.


Pathogenic and mechanistic similarities between Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (HT) and  Chronic Autoimmune Gastritis (CAG) include genetic, embryological, immunologic, and environmental factors. Gastric disorders are reportedly associated with 10-40% of patients with HT and 40% of patients with autoimmune gastritis also present with HT. This may be because CAG results in a partial or total disappearance of the parietal cells in the gut which impairs hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor production. In turn, this may result in the malabsorption of thyroid-associated medications, such as levothyroxine.


A randomized cross-over study investigated whether the appetite-suppressing effects of whole-grain rye porridge could be enhanced by replacing part of the rye with fermented dietary fiber and plant protein. Appetite, gut fermentation, and metabolic responses were studied over 8 hours. No differences were observed in ad libitum food intake, insulin or glucagon-like peptide-1, while breath hydrogen increased in proportion to dietary fiber content. Researchers concluded …

“no additional satiation was found when inulin replaced part of the rye and gluten compared with plain rye porridges.”


The effects of vitamin D3 supplementation on blood pressure can be beneficial. According to this meta-analysis, deriving benefit from supplementation depends on dose, treatment regimens, trial duration, and population subgroup.


The results from this study indicate that short-term high-resistant starch diets do not improve markers of cardiometabolic health.

Laugh a Little!

Healthy Foodie

Chartered Wellness: Red Pepper + Artichoke Dip
Sébastien Noël: Apple Cranberry Salad with Citrus Dressing
VegAnnie: Perfectly Crispy Baked Tofu
Dr. Kara Fitzgerald: Gluten Free Lemon Tart

Happiness Homework 

Walk barefoot anywhere for 5 minutes.

Dr. Ruscio’s Quotable

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.”
— Bob Marley

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Discussion

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8 thoughts on “Dr. Ruscio’s Wrap Up #182

  1. Hi Dr. Ruscio,

    Hi, I’m wondering what you can say about the testing or quality of your soil based probiotics compared to a name brand like just thrive. I haven’t researched how probiotics are quality tested.

    Thanks, Conor

    1. Hi Conor,

      The manufacturer of the soil-based probiotics uses a GMP-certified facility and at this time have not sought out other third party certifications. I’m not familiar with the quality testing Thrive does. Hope this helps.

  2. Hi Dr. Ruscio,

    Hi, I’m wondering what you can say about the testing or quality of your soil based probiotics compared to a name brand like just thrive. I haven’t researched how probiotics are quality tested.

    Thanks, Conor

    1. Hi Conor,

      The manufacturer of the soil-based probiotics uses a GMP-certified facility and at this time have not sought out other third party certifications. I’m not familiar with the quality testing Thrive does. Hope this helps.

  3. Doc,

    What kind of training would you recommend a doc to go through to become a functional medicine doctor? Would you do online training with places like functional medicine university? What training did you do?

    Also, how would you approach most patients with functional medicine to keep prices fair and not waste a bunch of money on tests? I know that’s a broad question, but I get hints from the podcasts that you do more tweaking with diets before you do much for testing.

    Thank you.

  4. Doc,

    What kind of training would you recommend a doc to go through to become a functional medicine doctor? Would you do online training with places like functional medicine university? What training did you do?

    Also, how would you approach most patients with functional medicine to keep prices fair and not waste a bunch of money on tests? I know that’s a broad question, but I get hints from the podcasts that you do more tweaking with diets before you do much for testing.

    Thank you.

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