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Chronic-Illness-Retesting-Kits

This is a picture of my annual re-testing regimen. It includes an array of the best quality blood testing, urine testing, saliva testing, and stool testing… OH MY!

This year, it set me back another $2,057.

YIKES!

Here’s the breakdown of my annual re-testing regimen:

    1. Metametrix #2205 Stool Test
    2. Metametrix #0091 Organic Acids Urine Test
    3. BioHealth #205 Functional Adrenal Stress Profile Saliva Test
    4. BioHealth #401H GI Pathogen Screen Stool Test
    5. Dr. Kalish’s Mind Mapping Brain Chemistry Testing (Urine)
    6. A LabCorp Comprehensive Blood Test Panel

    Why spend so much on testing… especially when I feel better than ever?

    Because I’m committed to completely reversing my chronic illness, no matter what it takes… no matter what the cost.

    I take my annual checkup very seriously. It’s how I monitor my healing journey. It’s how I make sure the problems I’ve already overcome aren’t rearing their ugly head again. And it’s how I learn even more from my Functional Medicine mentors about reversing chronic illness…

    Not only that, but ultimately, it’s how I uncover the deeper root causes of my disease.

    Because Overcoming Chronic Illness is Like Peeling Back the Layers of an Onion

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    Thyroid gland

    If you’re struggling with constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain… it may be related to your thyroid. In fact, your thyroid might be a root cause for your current health issues. It was for me.

    My acne never seemed to go away even though I was doing everything right for years. And my energy wasn’t really all that robust. Not to mention every time I traveled I’d get constipated. It wasn’t until I fixed my thyroid that my skin got clear, energy really took off and the travel constipation stopped happening.

    This is an example of how the body is a complex system and just focusing on the pain can lead to symptom management and never getting to the root cause of your problems. In today’s post, we’ll explore why anyone with gut issues should get their thyroid tested.

    Why is the thyroid so important?

    It’s a hormone factory responsible for two seriously important hormones that do a lot of heavy lifting in the body, like running your metabolism. Every single cell in your body has a need for thyroid hormone… and when things go wrong, your whole body takes a hit.

    It starts with the metabolism…

    Our Metabolism Isn’t as Complex as it Seems

    Our human metabolism is made up of all the chemical reactions that take place inside your body:

    • Fat metabolism
    • Carbohydrate metabolism
    • Protein synthesis
    • Protein catabolism
    • Insulin secretion
    • Cognition and nervous system responses
    • And cardiac output

    … just to name a few general ones.

    Think of the metabolism as the cells in your body doing exactly what they need to do, when they need to do it. Depending on the location of these cells, certain jobs or reactions will be performed. Add up all of these reactions and this is your metabolism.

    The cells in our bodies are told what to do by inputs from messengers. The messenger inputs that give cells directions are mostly hormones. So, if your hormones are either high or low, then problems begin to occur with the reactions inside the cells (metabolism). This cascades into symptoms we can actually feel. Particularly, too much or too little hormones are problems, because our cells will perform too many or too few reactions as signals are received.

    Now, let’s get nerdy about Thyroid Hormones and the role they play with your gut.

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    The first time I fired my Doctor, it felt so weird.

    After all they work FOR us. So why did it feel so wrong?

    In everything but my health, if someone doesn’t do a good job, I have no problem firing them…

    Like if I hired someone to mow the lawn and they killed my grass… FIRED.

    Or if I hired someone to change my oil and the engine blew up… FIRED.

    Or if I hired someone to do my taxes and I ended up in trouble with the IRS… FIRED.

    But firing a Doctor is something I never thought I had to do. Until they just shrugged their shoulders and wrote another prescription that didn’t work.

    The 2nd and 3rd time I fired a Doctor, things went a little easier, but it sure was depressing. I honestly didn’t think there was anyone out there who could figure out was wrong with me.

    Finding a Skilled Practitioner Was One of the Hardest Things I’ve Ever Done in My Life

    Not only was I sick, but working with terrible practitioners literally stole every ounce of my hope.

    After years of this, I FINALLY found a truly Skilled Functional Practitioner that put a lot of the pieces together for me and did some amazing work on my body. For the first time, I had hope I could get healthy…

    That’s why Steve and I created SCD Lifestyle 5 years ago; to give you hope…
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    Gut-Hormone-Connection

    In today’s post, we’re going to dive into one of the most important hormones in your body… and why it’s usually depleted in people with gut health problems.

    But first, we’re doing a ’2.5 Hour Gut-Hormone LIVE Event’ next month to help you get ‘unstuck’ from the one thing that’s probably preventing your gut from healing.  Click here to reserve your seat.

    Now, it’s important for you to know this:

    Low cortisol is the most common pattern we’ve seen in 100’s of labs from people with digestive problems.

    It’s almost like an epidemic.  We have yet to work with someone suffering from digestive problems that doesn’t have varying degrees of low cortisol.

    You might know about cortisol… many people call it the “The Stress Hormone,” saying it shouldn’t get too high.  And that is true, chronically elevated cortisol has its fair share of negative effects on the body.

    But while everyone is pointing fingers at high cortisol for causing health problems, it’s becoming apparent to us that someone needs to look at the opposite side of this problem.

    Because chronically low cortisol can be worse…

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    Close-up of microorganism

    We’ve been talking about gut infections a lot lately.  Why?

    Because it’s the first place to look if you’ve done everything with diet and STILL don’t feel better.

    Like 5 years ago, when I followed a STRICT diet of 7 foods and still struggled with diarrhea… until my stool test result came back with the words: “Strongyloides stercoralis

    That’s the parasitic roundworm infection I had.

    Once I treated the infection everything about my health changed.  It’s almost like I’d been driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break the whole time, and now my health was going 100 mph toward a beautiful horizon.

    The parasite was there the whole time, wreaking havoc on my gut and preventing me from fully healing.  It was a big step in my healing journey… not the only one of course, but a huge leap forward.

    And once we started working with 1-on-1 clients, I knew proper stool testing would be one of the most important steps toward helping our clients get healthy.

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