A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients "Difficult" (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part II

INTRODUCTION I would now like to continue my exploration of pharmaceutical interactions with common dietary and supplement constituents by finishing my review of the Nomani et al (1) paper, which explores interactions of pharmaceuticals with cola-containing drinks (CCDs). In part I of this series I reviewed the first portion of the paper that highlighted these … Continue reading A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients "Difficult" (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part II

Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support

Early February marks the epicenter of cold and flu season, as well as the moment when the US Food & Drug Administration can finally determine how effective their annually updated flu vaccines, introduced the previous fall, will be at reducing the number of influenza cases nationwide. Each year, only 3 or 4 influenza strains can … Continue reading Andrographis: Researched Respiratory & Immune Support

A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients “Difficult” (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part I

INTRODUCTION Based on both my observations with patients and feedback from you on your patients, it has become clear that, while our successes with clinical nutrition and functional medicine are many, there is still a growing group of chronically ill patients who experience significantly suboptimal quality of life improvements even after following our lifestyle and/or … Continue reading A Thought on the Practice of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition as We Enter a New Year and a New Decade: How Does the Massive Escalation of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Make Difficult Patients “Difficult” (Hint – It May Not Be What You Think) – Part I

Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health

Homocysteine, an amino acid intermediary formed during the metabolic conversion of methionine both to and from cysteine, is well known for its unhappy relationship with cardiovascular disease. Countless studies have associated elevated homocysteine levels with issues such as atherosclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.Less commonly recognized is the relationship between high homocysteine levels and … Continue reading Homocysteine Factors: Beyond Heart Health

Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part VI – The Impact of Acidosis on Insulin Metabolism

INTRODUCTION In part V of this series I briefly touched on the interesting, important, and under-appreciated relationship between insulin and potassium metabolism.  Now, I would like to flip back to the other side of the potassium/metabolic acidosis coin and discuss the impact of metabolic acidosis on insulin metabolism.  As we all know, disturbances in insulin … Continue reading Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part VI – The Impact of Acidosis on Insulin Metabolism

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?

Back when reflux was known simply as heartburn, people often associated this digestive complaint with the incidence of stomach ulcers. Previously thought to be caused by too much pastrami and other spicy foods, the discovery of Helicobacter pylori infection as a leading cause of gastric ulcers led to relief for countless patients. Soon after, heartburn—aka … Continue reading Gastro-Esophageal Reflux & H.pylori – What’s the Connection?

Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part V – Potassium Metabolism and Clinical Application of Potassium Supplements

INTRODUCTION Over the last few months I have devoted the Moss Nutrition Report to my cause of increasing awareness in the clinical nutrition community that, even with the new treatment vistas that have been opened to us through genomics, new generation functional medicine tests and supplements, and exciting dietary protocols such as intermittent fasting and … Continue reading Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part V – Potassium Metabolism and Clinical Application of Potassium Supplements

FDA Updates to Supplement Labels, Daily Values

Many of you may be aware that certain detailed information on supplement labels will be changing soon. In accordance with guidelines set out in the 2016 FDA publication “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplements Facts Labels”, the upcoming changes will include new design and display requirements, major changes to the way that sugars … Continue reading FDA Updates to Supplement Labels, Daily Values

Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part IV – Why We Need to Pay More Attention to Diet Induced Acidosis

INTRODUCTION As those of you who have been following this series since I began it in May of 2018, there was a somewhat lengthy period of time between part III and part IV, which I am writing now for the July 2019 Moss Nutrition Report.  Why did I take a break from this series for … Continue reading Under Appreciated Issues in the Treatment of Chronic Illness – Low Grade, Chronic Acidosis Combined with Potassium Deficiency – Part IV – Why We Need to Pay More Attention to Diet Induced Acidosis