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Is it really small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)? How to tell
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has become a popular diagnosis but it’s important to be clear on whether you really have SIBO or whether another mechanism is causing your symptoms. In this talk Dr. Kharrazian goes over the specifics of SIBO, other factors that can cause similar symptoms, and management strategies. He also talks about why SIBO sometimes requires a long-term strategy, particularly in the case of damage to the gut’s nervous system. Following his talk he answers questions from viewers about SIBO.
The best gut supplements
First of all, it’s important to distinguish a good quality supplement from a bad one. If your supplement is cheap and doesn’t say where it’s manufactured, it probably came from India or China, two of the more toxic places in the world. Supplements made in the US tend to follow guidelines that ensure their safety and quality. Look for GMP-certified supplements. Second, there is no magic gut supplement. This is particularly true when it comes to probiotics, the effects of which don’t last long and which may be completely useless for you. Instead, you need to understand the underlying mechanism of your gut health problems. Only then can you choose supplements that can make a meaningful impact. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian gives an overview of gut supplements and which to use for what. (Facebook-Live-1-14-2021)
The role of gut health in depression and lack of motivation
Research is increasingly establishing the role of poor gut health in depression, lack of motivation, and other mood and brain-based disorders. Breakdowns in gut health can manifest in multiple ways, including as leaky gut (intestinal permeability), endotoxemia, loss of oral tolerance, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, poor gallbladder function, lack of microbiome diversity, and so on. All of these factors can impact brain health, causing symptoms. Dr. Kharrazian explains these concepts in this video and answers questions from viewers.
A leaky gut worst outcome: Endotoxemia
Endotoxemia happens when toxic byproducts from harmful gut bacteria escape through a leaky gut wall into the bloodstream. Here, they trigger significant inflammation throughout the body. Endotoxemia is linked with major depressive disorder, autoimmunity, joint disease, skin problems, and aging poorly. In fact, one thing people who live to 100 have in common is low levels of endotoxemia. Research also shows people with endotoxemia have a lower chance of surviving a critical illness or sepsis. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian talks about the factors that cause endotoxemia, why it is considered the most severe form of leaky gut, and strategies for recovery. A Q&A with viewers follows.(Facebook-Live-12-17-2020)
The #1 rule when working with gut health problems
If you’re like 3/4 of Americans, you suffer from either IBS, diarrhea, acid reflux, constipation, abdominal pain, leaky gut, SIBO, bloating and gas, and so on. In this video Dr. Kharrazian explains the number-one rule he follows when working with any gut health patient: Start at the top and work your way down. If you are trying to improve your microbiome but your gallbladder is congested, you likely won’t be successful. If you have IBS symptoms but you’re not addressing low stomach hydrochloric acid, or if you are constipated and your brain is dysfunctioning due to a head injury, neuroinflammation, or degeneration, again, your success will be limited. In this information-packed talk, Dr. Kharrazian goes over the broad strategies of addressing gut health disorders and takes questions from viewers. (Facebook-Live-12-10-2020)
Adrenal fatigue: Is it real?
In 2016, a paper was published titled, “Adrenal Fatigue Does Not Exist,” which argued adrenal fatigue is a myth. However, “adrenal fatigue” is simply a pop culture term — not a medical diagnosis or pathology — used to explain a wide range of symptoms related to poor stress adaptation. When a person is not able to adapt to physical, mental, or psychological stress, breakdowns occur. In fact, some level of stress is necessary for healthy function and to prevent depression.
Multiple factors can be involved in adrenal fatigue and other adrenal-based dysfunctions, such as blood sugar imbalances, chronic infections, dysautonomia, over exercise, autoimmunity, and, of course, excess lifestyle stress. Other factors to consider are whether the adrenal cortex, adrenal medulla, the circadian rhythm, or the cortisol awakening response are involved.
Adrenal imbalances negatively impact our quality of life and our health. In this video, Dr. Kharrazian goes over the many factors involved in adrenal stress and answers questions from viewers. (Facebook-Live-12-03-2020)
Chelation therapy risks: What you should know before chelation
Today’s world is very toxic, and we all carry toxic chemicals and heavy metals in our bodies. Chelation is a popular therapy to lower heavy metal levels, however it’s important to be aware of the risks—chelation can significantly worsen health in vulnerable people. Factors to consider include your antioxidant status, blood-brain barrier permeability, immune tolerance, gut health, autoimmune status, microbiome, and more. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian covers heavy metal and chemical toxicity, risk factors to consider before chelation, forms of heavy metal testing, and daily strategies to lower the burden of toxins on your body. (Facebook-Live-11-12-2020)
Anxiety: Causes, concerns, and treatment strategies
Anxiety is a much more complex topic than people realize. A variety of different factors can cause anxiety, and different people will have different responses to various remedies. Factors that can cause anxiety include blood sugar disorders, a GAD autoimmunity, dietary factors, or various brain imbalances. For instance, the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and frontal lobe can each play different roles in anxiety. Brain injuries, childhood brain development disorders, brain autoimmunity, brain degeneration, and neurological vascular events can all cause chronic anxiety. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian covers the various causes of anxiety, explains why there is rarely a magic bullet, and answers questions from viewers. (Facebook-Live-10-29-2020)
Breast implant illness: Causes and strategies for recovery
Some women develop chronic illness from breast implants. This can be due to implants leaking, breaking, or developing mold, but it can also happen in response to intact implants. Introducing foreign chemicals into the body can trigger immune disorders for a variety of reasons that depend on each individual. In this talk and Q&A, Dr. Kharrazian goes over the reasons why breast implant illness can develop and general strategies for recovery. (10-22-2020-Facebook-Live)
Infertility and Prenatal Care: Common misconceptions
Infertility and prenatal care are largely misunderstood. The most common causes of female infertility are NOT hormones but instead metabolic and immunological imbalances. Seeking IVF treatment without addressing these imbalances can result in poor outcomes. Likewise, going into pregnancy with an unmanaged chronic inflammatory disorder, autoimmunity, or other metabolic imbalance raises the risk of giving birth to a child with immune and neurological disorders. In this talk and Q&A Dr. Kharrazian goes over the basics of female reproductive health disorders and management strategies. (10-15-2020 Facebook Live)
PANDAS and PANS: Mechanisms and management strategies
Dr. Kharrazian discusses the four primary reasons people crash when embarking on the ketogenic diet and what to do about it. He also PANDAS and PANS are autoimmune brain disorders that affect children in the aftermath of a strep infection or other infections. Symptoms include sensory, emotional, or movement disorders. These conditions are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and inappropriately treated. In this talk and Q&A, Dr. Kharrazian explains what causes PANDAS and PANS, lab testing, management strategies, and expected challenges in working with children. (Facebook-Live-10-8-2020)
Keto without crashing
Dr. Kharrazian discusses the four primary reasons people crash when embarking on the ketogenic diet and what to do about it. He also dispels myths about a keto diet causing low thyroid function, tells you how and why you should test for ketones, how to ensure you’re getting enough fiber, and the best kinds of fats to eat. While the keto diet is popular for weight loss, it’s also great for brain health, repairing blood sugar imbalances, and taming inflammatory disorders. But it’s important you do it right or it will backfire. Learn more in this talk and in his answers to questions from viewers. (Facebook-Live-10-01-2020)
How to detox safely and effectively
Detox supplements, protocols, and gurus abound. So how do you know the best way to detox? In this talk and Q&A, Dr. Kharrazian cuts through the hype to explain the science of detoxification (the correct term is actually hepatic biotransformation), challenges you may face, and the most effective and safest ways to detox. These days, we all cope with unprecedented levels of toxins, which have been shown to contribute to multiple chronic health disorders. Learn simple daily dietary and lifestyle strategies to improve your resilience to environmental toxins. (Facebook-Live-9-24-2020)
Learn which part of your brain needs help and what to do about it
Possibly the most informative one-hour talk on how to address brain problems anywhere on the internet. Are you troubled by poor brain function but don’t know what to do about it? The key is to identify which area of your brain is under functioning and then knowing how to boost it. In this jam-packed talk and Q&A, Dr. Kharrazian goes over the major areas of the brain, symptoms that indicate compromised function, and how to improve brain performance in those areas. Brain health isn’t about a magic supplement but instead about appropriately exercising your neuronal pathways back to health. You can also learn more in Dr. Kharrazian’s book Why Isn’t My Brain Working? and in his course Save Your Brain (drknews.com). (Facebook-Live-09-17-2020)
The impact of chronic viruses on health: Lab testing, symptoms, and strategies for recovery
Certain viruses can trigger chronic health conditions such as autoimmunity or chronic fatigue in susceptible individuals. However, many people don’t understand how to accurately test for this mechanism, or what the most successful strategies for recovery are. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian explains the mechanisms of how viruses can trigger autoimmunity and fatigue, the viruses he most commonly sees clinically, how to accurately screen for whether a virus is triggering your health issues, and viral recovery basics. He also talks about some specifics related to the coronavirus. For additional information on supporting your immune resilience to viruses, check out his free program Everyday Immune Resilience at drknews.com. (Facebook-Live-09-03-2020)
Is fasting right for you? How to transition into safe fasting
Intermittent fasting and other types of fasting are very popular right now and for good reason—studies show they can significantly benefit your overall health and function. However, not everyone can jump into fasting without disastrous consequences. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian discusses the research on fasting and ketogenic diets, who can and can’t safely jump into fasting, and how to slowly transition into safe fasting if you have a blood sugar imbalance. You’ll also learn the health differences between ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting, and how they can work either together or separately. (Facebook-Live-08-27-2020)
Is your chronic health disorder really a blood sugar imbalance?
Some patients have come in from around the world to Dr. Kharrazian’s practice, only to learn the underlying mechanism for their health disorder is a chronic blood sugar imbalance. Blood sugar imbalances promote inflammation, dysregulate the brain, skew hormone function, and disrupt other metabolic functions that can result in chronic health symptoms and disorders. In this talk you’ll learn about the subtle and frequently overlooked signs, symptoms, and causes of low blood sugar and high blood sugar, and why most people have a combination of both. Dr. Kharrazian will explain the strategies for reversing both, when intermittent fasting is NOT ok, and his top five supplement recommendations for both low blood sugar and high blood sugar. (Facebook-Live-08-20-2020)
Histamine intolerance and MCAS: Primary mechanisms and solutions
In this talk Dr. Kharrazian goes over four primary mechanisms of histamine intolerance and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). But first of all, make sure you even have these conditions as these diagnoses are being tossed around a little too casually these days. While the low-histamine diet may reduce symptoms, it does not necessarily address the underlying causes and it deprives you of cultured foods, which support microbiome diversity. Additionally, MCAS is a very serious condition, so make sure your self-diagnosis is valid or you may be addressing the wrong target. Dr. Kharrazian covers all these topics in a 20-talk and then answers questions from viewers. If you suspect you have histamine intolerance or MCAS, this video gives a great foundation from which to move forward. (Facebook-Live-08-13-2020)
Leaky Gut: More complex than you think
If you see online programs like a “30-day leaky gut challenge,” beware: This demonstrates a serious lack of understanding. For some people healing leaky gut is straightforward. For many others, it’s quite complex and the route you take depends on what caused it in the first place, which can be different for everyone. In this video learn about the many factors that go into leaky gut, the gold standard of testing, and how to know where to begin with the recovery process. (Facebook-Live-07-30-2020)
Leaky lungs: Asthma, chronic cough, and respiratory difficulties
Leaky lung — or pulmonary epithelial permeability — can have the same underlying mechanism as leaky gut and leaky brain. These include inflammation, poor diet, unmanaged autoimmunity, chronic infection, toxic overload, or other factors. If you have respiratory issues or notice your autoimmune symptoms flare when you’re exposed to poor air quality, this may indicate leaky lung. In this talk, Dr. Kharrazian explains what leaky lung is, how it develops, and strategies to manage it. He then answers questions from viewers, going into more depth on dietary, lifestyle, and nutraceutical strategies to support leaky lung. (Facebook-Live-07-30-2020-NT)
Leaky Brain: brain fog, memory loss, depression
You may have heard of leaky gut but did you know you can get leaky brain too? The most common symptoms are brain fog and slower mental speed, but leaky brain plays a role in numerous brain disorders. Learn more in this talk and from great questions from viewers. (Facebook-Live-07-23-2020-NT)
How BPA and BPA-free chemicals impact autoimmunity and other chronic health conditions
Our lives are inundated by plastics, but plastics contain harmful compounds that have been shown to promote autoimmunity, hormone imbalances, inflammation, obesity, and other health disorders. In this video Dr. Kharrazian goes over the immune effects of using plastics, BPA-free products, and even silicone with your foods and beverages, and offers tips and examples of how to reduce your overall toxic burden of not only APA and BPA-free chemicals, but also other household toxins. (Facebook-Live-07-16-2020-NT)
10 reasons why autoimmune patients don’t get better
One thing you won’t find on this list is a supplement deficiency. Instead, key dietary, lifestyle, and attitudes about your own health play the most important roles in managing autoimmunity for many people. (Facebook live 07-09-2020)
The vagus nerve and gut health
In this video, Dr. Kharrazian explains how the vagus nerve affects digestion and other aspects of gut health, factors that can compromise vagus function, and the best ways to strengthen your vagus nerve — not all vagal exercises are alike and you want to use the most effective ones. Dr. Kharrazian has worked with many patients over the years whose gut health was significantly compromised from poor vagal tone, particularly those impacted by brain injury.
Focus and Concentration
The brain is one of the most demanding organs when it comes to energy and oxygen. It also gives us the most troubling symptoms when it’s not working right. Poor focus and concentration can stem from multiple factors, such as autoimmunity, inflammatory foods, chronic infections, blood sugar imbalances, and poor oxygenation. Energy drinks, coffee, and sugar are a short-term strategies with long-term repercussions. Instead, look for the underlying cause of your poor focus and concentration and address that.
Why do we get food sensitivities?
Food sensitivities have become increasingly common these days, especially among people with autoimmune and chronic health disorders. There is little understanding of what causes them. In this talk I will go over the various mechanisms that cause food sensitivities. Learning the underlying cause can help you better manage your diet and enjoy more foods. The talk is followed by a Q&A with viewers.
Are you always tired?
Dr. Kharrazian addresses the primary mechanisms that underlie always being tired and fatigued, regardless the triggering mechanism (mold, Lyme, autoimmunity, brain injury, etc.) . It typically involves multiple factors that need to be addressed. Short talk on fatigue followed by audience Q&A.
Causes and solutions for chronic abdominal bloating
A variety of factors can underlie chronic abdominal bloating, including low stomach acid, bacterial infections, neurological issues, and more. In this live Facebook talk Dr. Kharrazian goes over the primary factors that causes chronic bloating and how to address them. He then answers questions on the topic from viewers.
Glutathione: Your personal bodyguard
Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, meaning it helps protect your cells from pathogens such as viruses. It also lowers the risk of developing food and chemical sensitivities, and is a powerful ally in managing autoimmunity and preventing tissue destruction.
Unfortunately, environmental toxins, chronic stress, unhealthy diets, inflammation, medications, alcohol, aging, and many other factors continually deplete glutathione.
Making sure your glutathione status is strong and reducing glutathione depletion can play a profound role in immune resilience to viruses and in managing autoimmune disease, inflammation, chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities, and other chronic health issues.
Glutathione supplements and precursors come in many different forms. How do you know which one to take? How much should you take? How can you tell it’s working? I cover these questions and much more during this live talk.
Mold toxicity — the silent factor in chronic illness
Mold toxicity is a silent factor a lot of people don’t consider when rooting out causes for chronic health issues.
Because most of its signs and symptoms are invisible to everyone else, it often goes unsuspected until symptoms become disabling.
Many factors can play a role in mold toxicity, from water damage in your home, school, or workplace, to indoor humidity levels, genetic susceptibility, and your unique immune function.
In this live online lecture I explain how mold toxicity occurs, what to look out for, ways to test for and address it, and more.
The role of mental and emotional resilience in immune resilience, and how to improve yours
While the focus on immune resilience to covid-19 and other pathogens and stressors focuses on diet, supplements, and exercise, it’s important to also incorporate good mental and emotional resilience habits. As with any skill, it takes daily application and practice to build the brain pathways of healthy mental resilience. This in turn significantly supports your immune health not only against covid-19, but also for autoimmune management, chronic inflammation, and other health disorders. Followed by a Q&A.
Tips on using a pulse ox for COVID-19 vigilance but also general autoimmune and health support
The use of a pulse ox has gained popularity since it became known as an early detection tool for covid-19 infection. However, you can also use it as a tool on your ongoing journey managing autoimmunity and other chronic health conditions. Learn how important oxygenation is too health, how to monitor it, and how to improve it. Followed by a Q&A.
How immune tolerance improves immune resilience, plus viewer Q&A
In this video Dr. Kharrazian talks about immune tolerance but also topics such as the importance of vitamin A to protect the lungs, new research on foods that cross react with COVID-19 and which tissues in the body COVID-19 cross reacts with, why we may see a surge of food sensitivities after the pandemic, antibody testing, and much more.
Dr. Kharrazian talks about autoimmunity and COVID-19 and answers viewer questions
In this video Dr. Kharrazian addresses common questions regarding autoimmunity and the coronavirus and then answers many questions related to autoimmunity, immune resilience, Hashimotos, gut health, and other topics related to chronic health conditions.
Dr. Kharrazian on inflammation and immune resilience
In this Facebook live video Dr. Kharrazian talks about the impact of inflammation on immune resilience to COVID-19 and in general. He also answers questions from viewers about functional medicine, immunity, inflammation, supplements, lab testing, autoimmunity, and more.
Basic concepts of immune function and autoimmunity
This video is a must-watch! Many people with autoimmune conditions are asking whether they are more susceptible to the coronavirus and what they can do to improve immunity. In this video Dr. Kharrazian explains basic concepts of immune function, autoimmunity, and how to improve immune resilience in general. This was originally a Facebook Live video on Dr. Kharrazian’s Facebook page.
Hashimoto’s and COVID-19
Many people with Hashimoto’s are asking whether they are more susceptible to the coronavirus and what they can do to improve immunity. In this video, Dr. Kharrazian explains basic concepts of immune function, Hashimoto’s, and how to improve immune resilience in general. This was originally a Facebook Live video on the Hashimoto’s 411 Facebook group.