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Here is a list of tests and supplements that Laura recommends when dealing with Chronic Fatigue and one of the number one root causes: Epstein-Barr Virus.
Epstein-Barr Antibody tests:
- EBV VCA IgG
- EBV VCA IgM
- EBV EA (early antigen) IgG
- EBV EBNA IgG
Labcorp test codes for the above tests:
- 216655 (EBV Antibody Panel)
Quest test codes for the above tests:
- 6421 (EBV Antibody Panel)
- 15447 (“early antigen” marker which isn’t included in the antibody)
Anti-Viral herbs/products for Epstein-Barr:
- Lysine: 4000 -6000mg/day
- Licorice root with glycyrrhizin or licorice tea: 2 bags per day: Do not take if you have high blood pressure.
- Cats claw: up to 3000mg/day
- Monolaurin: up to 5000mg/day
Selenium: 800mcg/day for 2 weeks. Caution If taking long term. Do not take 800mcg per day for more than 2 weeks.
- NAC: 2000-3000mg/day
- Barlean’s Olive leaf extract: 2-4 Tbsp. per day
- EBH6 by Byron White: 20 drops 2x/day
"I usually concentrate on using 3 or 4 of these products at a time. All of these products need to be built up very slowly in the system, so they don’t cause a detox or “die-off” reaction. Make sure you’re working with a practitioner that can monitor symptoms, as some of these products can build up int system.
Another important note for Epstein-Barr is to make sure you’re methylating properly so particularly if you have the MTHFR gene making sure you’re getting adequate B12 and B9."
Laura D’Itri MSOM Lac | Functional Medicine Practitioner
Healthy Holiday Eating with Dr. Trish Murray and Life Coach Trish Chaput
Dr. Trish Murray and Life Coach Trish Chaput discuss making healthy choices during the holidays and how to stay on track when you have serious food sensitivities! We know it's hard to ask family and friends to "fork" over the information on all the ingredients they cook with, but can help you explain to them why you need to know and how you can still enjoy all the holiday classics with simple substitutions! Listen in as Dr. Trish & Trish discuss preparing their own holiday meals and going out to eat with food sensitivities!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Yield: 1 Standard sized pie
Prep Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 50 minutesThis vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie has al the classic pumpkin pie flavor without the guilt.
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie fillings)
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoon organic cornstarch
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1 prepared and par-baked almond flour pie crust or favorite 9-inch pie shell
Dairy-free whipped cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, coconut milk, syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla until very smooth. Pour into the par-baked pie crust and carefully transfer to the oven. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the pumpkin pie filling, has set. Be sure to check halfway through baking and cover the crust edges with foil or a crust shield if they are getting dark. It’s okay if it still jiggles a bit, it sets while it cools overnight.
Remove from the oven and let the pie cool completely. Transfer to the refrigerator to set up overnight. Serve chilled with dairy-free whipped cream.
Paleo Option: You can use arrowroot in place of the cornstarch, though the consistency won’t be quite as perfect. Sub coconut sugar for the brown sugar or omit it. This recipe makes one standard 9-inch pie. If you are using a store-bought crust, you’ll want to blind bake the shell first, so you don’t end up with a soggy crust.
Nutrition Information: Yield 6 serving size: 1 slice Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 16g
Saturated Fat: 0g
What is Hypothyroidism with Dr. Trish Murray and Jude Trotter ARNP
Dr. Trish Murray and Jude Trotter ARNP discuss hypothyroidism and healing through functional medicine.
Stress & The Adrenal Glands with Dr. Trish Murray
Learn how stress can have a major impact on your adrenal glands and how that can affect your everyday life, from energy levels to weight gain, and even affects your libido!
What is Neurofeedback with Dr. Trish Murray & Cherie Jewell
Neurofeedback (also called Neurotherapy) is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increase learning capabilities.
The concept is fairly simple. The computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie. When deviations from normal brainwave activity occur, the computer triggers an audio or visual cue that alerts the patient that they are outside normal ranges. These cues are received by the brain, which subconsciously adjusts itself back to a normal pattern to make the cue stop. With enough repetition of this process, the brain eventually learns to stay in the normal ranges on its own without the computer. With the brain functioning normally on its own, symptoms of irregular brain activity decline.
Training the brain using neurofeedback can change brainwaves over time, adjusting them to normal, healthy ranges. It can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. When the brain moves back into normal ranges, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.
The best part of neurofeedback is that results are often permanent, allowing a person to reduce or even eliminate medications altogether. Where medications only manage the symptoms, the goal of neurofeedback is to address the underlying cause and restore normal brainwave functions.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
Neurofeedback takes advantage of the brain’s amazing ability to change itself. This ability is known as “neuroplasticity.” It utilizes the same learning process that occurs whenever we acquire a new skill.
The brain learns by forming connections between nerve cells and utilizing important pathways that connect different locations in the brain. The more frequently you utilize these pathways the better the brain becomes at performing the associated task. By using Operant conditioning we can treat those suffering from disorders caused by poorly functioning brain patterns such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and ADHD successfully.
Who Can Benefit?
Do you feel tired, even when you’ve had plenty of sleep the night before? Does your mind feel “foggy” all day long, no matter how many cups of coffee you have? Do you feel like anxiety or depression is controlling your life? Neurofeedback can help!
Dr. Trish Murray & Health Coach Trish Chaput
Please welcome our new Health Coach Trish Chaput to Discover Health Functional Medicine Center. Dr. Trish and Trish discuss helping patients and how Health Trish started her journey to Functional Medicine.