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Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine.  His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe. Dr. Ruscio also runs an influential website and podcast at DrRusio.com, as well as his clinical practice located in northern California.


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Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine.  His research has been published in peer reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe.

Dr. Ruscio’s best-selling book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You, has paved the way for a ‘start with the gut’ philosophy which has enabled doctors and patient to obtain improved outcomes with minimal expense and effort.

He is leading the charge to make alternative medicine more affordable, effective and practical, through a pragmatic application of evidence-based therapies.  Dr. Ruscio’s ability to objectively analyze medical literature has made him a trusted voice of reason, a voice he shares on his top-rated podcast and website.

From Dr. Ruscio

Functional and alternative medicine can be extremely helpful for a wide array of symptoms and ailments, including depression, fatigue, brain fog, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, weight gain, joint pain, autoimmunity and thyroid health.  There are a few important contextual points to bear in mind also.

  • The scientific documentation supporting the effectiveness of natural therapies is incontrovertible in many areas of healthcare, especially but not limited to, digestive maladies.  
  • Alternative medicine is not a panacea and it’s important for even the most ardent supporters of natural medicine to realize that conventional medicine has a time and place.
  • Overzealousness in alternative medicine has lead to unnecessarily complicated recommendations, including overly restrictive diets, excessive supplement programs and expensive testing which can be debilitating.

Functional medicine can lead to miraculous improvements in one’s health.  I advocate for a progressive but cautious model that will provide you helpful recommendations for improving your health while also remaining sensitive to cost and practicality.  

If you are searching for a reasonable voice, that is not ‘anti-medicine’, will not make you afraid of food, feel dependent upon supplements or subject you to expensive and unnecessary testing, I invite you to explore the information on this site.   

Personal Experience

Dr. Ruscio fell ill during his twenties.  He eventually found the cause of his problem was being driven by a gut infection.  However, he wasted much time and money treating symptoms with natural therapies. Dr. Ruscio’s hope, in his teaching is to prevent other patients and clinicians from making this same mistake.

Training and Credentials

Dr. Ruscio has a diverse training background.  His undergraduate studies were in exercise science and pre-med.  Dr. Ruscio later decided to depart from his plans of conventional medicine after he was unable to find relief in this system.  He decided to pursue alternative medicine because of his positive personal experience with it. However, during his training in alternative medicine he became concerned at the level of dogma and lack of scientific rigor in parts of this field.  Dr. Ruscio now works to provide what he feels to be an optimal balance of progressive, natural-medicine-focused solutions, applied within a conservative, practical and evidence-based model.

  • Functional Medicine Practitioner
  • Lead researcher in pending IBS study
  • Post-doctoral continuing education provider
  • Doctor of Natural Medicine – BNMDP/NMCC
  • Doctor of Chiropractic – Life Chiropractic College West
  • B.S. Exercise Kinesiology – University of Massachusetts

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DrRuscio.com Delivers Help with Day to Day Health Problems

Summary: DrRuscio.com promises help with day to day health issues through the site’s blogs and podcasts based on the science of living and eating well for overall health and wellness.

Las Vegas, United States — For those individuals looking for a website that focuses on common health problems rather than extreme emergencies or tropical diseases, at Drruscio.com they can easily answer the question, “Where is a functional doctor near me?” At the site, anyone can find advice on living a healthier life each day, based on the belief that living well and eating well contributes to better overall health and wellness.

The website includes a daily health blog addressing day to day health issues such as diet and exercise, sleep issues, lifestyle, aging, and gut health as it relates to whole-body issues. A daily podcast also allows followers to find information important to them and their health needs.

The health blog focuses on overall health and wellness, fatigue, moving and eating to make arthritis less of an issue, exercise for people with chronic conditions and the importance of eating well for overall health. Children’s health is also discussed in the blog.

Rather than advocating for pharmaceuticals to solve life issues, the podcast and the blog instead suggest healthy eating as a remedy for many chronic issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, proper sleep and exercise are the catalysts for a long life. The website allows people to search for answers to their health issues, with an emphasis on long term health and healthy goals rather than short term temporary solutions.

In addition to the podcast and the blog, the website is focused on continuing research into health issues and the connection between food, health, and chronic issues. Ongoing research into IBS is also a part of the website.

About Dr. Ruscio: Dr. Michael Ruscio is a functional medicine practitioner and the lead researcher in a current IBS study. He also researches anti-aging, overall gut health, and autism. He is a post-doctoral education provider and a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. He has worked with educational institutions such as The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, The National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Kalish Research, Defeat Autism Now, and The Institute of Functional Medicine.