Dr. Ruscio's Practitioner Question & Tip January 2019

Does your gut need a reset?

Yes, I'm Ready

Do you want to start feeling better?

Yes, Where Do I Start?

Do you want to start feeling better?

Yes, Where Do I Start?

Practitioner Question of the Month – January 2019

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

Practical Solutions for Practitioners

In Today’s Issue

Practitioner Question of the Month

Practice Tip

Practitioner Question of the Month - January 2019 - help circle

Practitioner Question of the Month

Should I Test Zonulin in My Patients?

Of course, a common question among GI-minded providers is ‘should I test zonulin in my patients’. Please see the research section of this issue for my answer to this question.

Practitioner Question of the Month - January 2019 - practice tip

Practice Tip

Helminth Therapy – Is It Effective?

I’ve had a chance to monitor a handful of patients who were performing self-directed helminth therapy. Long enough has passed for a thorough assessment window in these patients. What have I seen? Overall, nothing impressive. That said there are a few important distinctions I should draw, all of which are likely decreasing the potential of observing benefit:

  • I am reserving helminths for somewhat non-responsive patients, meaning
    • I am using in patients who have already undergone many treatments
  • I am not performing any formal pre/post assessment, rather this is my ‘sense’ of the benefit acheived

I suspect that helminths can help, however, I also suspect that for most patients’ helminths may not be appreciably more effective than other tools I use in my GI-algorithm; various diet, probiotics, Habx, gut repair nutrients, immunoglobulins, immunomodulators, elemental diets, etc… I remain open and hope there is something substantial to offer patients here in the near future.

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