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Practitioner Question of the Month – October 2018

Dr. Michael Ruscio’s Monthly – Future of Functional Medicine Review Clinical Newsletter

Practical Solutions for Practitioners

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Practitioner Question of the Month

Jennifer asks, in regards to Sept. 2018’s case study:

“Maybe I missed this- it looks like you said that you did not directly address the blasto or  H. pylori. Is that correct? If so, why not?”

Great question. Simple answer. Probiotics are potent antimicrobials and thus the appropriate use of probiotics may prevent the need for more traditional herbal antimicrobials like oregano, etc. In this case, the patient had seen a complete resolution of her chief complaints by using probiotics (plus a few other therapies) thus not requiring the use of herbal antimicrobials to treat her lab findings.

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Practice Tip

Avoid a Single Point of Failure in Your Office

Recently we had two of our staff out during the same week, one for a birth and one for a death (circle of life). This was a painful week operationally. I purposefully staff this position with 2 people, even though one person could likely perform the work. Why? In part to plan for growth, two staff will surely be needed for this role when I decide to start adding to our clinical team (another doctor, nutritionist, health coach…). But more importantly so as to ensure that we don’t have all of our eggs in the basket of one employee. This reduces the negative impact associated with time off work associated with sickness, life circumstance or turnover. Also, it makes training a new hire much easier, since the other staff member can do most of this when combined with the thorough office manual you have been creating. Sometimes it is a bit painful to be spending a bit more money on staffing than you may feel you need, however you have to balance this against operational security and consistency in the workflow. The little extra you spend on staffing can translate to much less stress on your end.

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