Happy Holidays! I hope this season finds you happy, healthy and spending time with your loved ones.
I just got back from a writing retreat last week. Kirin found a perfect cabin for me – way out in the middle of nowhere, where I spent a week without leaving it once. I focused hard and completed the next book, which I cannot wait to share with you.
After the retreat, I spent some quality time in the clinic with my team at Integrative Health. It was such a pleasure to visit with patients who were on their way in or out. The doctors are doing some remarkable work and I could not be more excited about them. To ensure each patient is getting the most comprehensive care possible, we do case reviews several times a month and I’ve noticed a clear trend over this last year; I’m learning more and more from them because they are brilliant.
In our last meeting, they taught me about a fascinating new study on iron chelation and diabetes.
Iron is such a powerful mineral, it seems that many people suffer from too little or too much. In the study, diabetics with higher iron (blood ferritin) levels were given an intravenous medicine to pull the extra iron out of their bodies. With no changes in exercise, diet, or lifestyle – nearly all of those treated were remedied of diabetes just from the iron removal. Hopefully, we will be able to offer this treatment in early 2018 as another way to reverse diabetes.
We also have some new tools to help diagnose digestive issues.
SIBO is a hot topic, but many other conditions can look just like it. My doctors and I reviewed a case of a person who had been unsuccessfully treated for SIBO by another doctor. When we evaluated her more thoroughly, it turned out she had a blocked ileocecal valve, not SIBO.
Finding solutions to long-standing symptoms is often not easy, and it can be hard to be hopeful after failed attempts. But please know that even if it hasn’t worked for you, it still could with the right approach. Nothing matters more than being able to live without being stuck in ongoing symptoms so that you can be the person that your loved ones deserve.
As we wrap up 2017, I’d like to share my gratitude for you. I’m thankful for your support and your feedback. Because of it, I’m able to stay on top of the new information so that we all have the clearest path available to good health. I pledge my commitment to you for this coming year to continue to provide quality content, clinical care, programs and training that will help us all on our journey.
To your best health,