In this episode of Functional Medicine Back to Basics Dr. Rutherford discusses the importance of oxygen to our body and its ability to heal.
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Doing in this series is back to basics. For those of you who just looked at this one, because you were scratching your head wondering what oxygen had to do with anything as far as getting better and you clicked onto this, this is part of a series on functional medicine.
I’m, presenting classic functional medicine principles because I’ve, been in practice a long time I’ve been. I was one of the early functional medicine practitioners and now I’m, seeing a shift where I’m, getting a lot of people who are coming in who’ve already been the functional medicine practitioners, it hasn’t worked, and I have another group of patients who know not patients with what we have another group of viewers for those of you haven’t seen us.
We have about 600 hours discussing chronic pain on power, health talk comm. We have a lot of viewers who have asked over a period of time. Okay, you’ve, told us what it is and we feel good about that.
It’s great and I know I’m, not crazy, and but but now tell me how to fix myself. You’re, holding back on me and, and we’re, not holding back on you and that’s. What this whole series is about, we’ve, talked about what functional medicine is obstacles the cure we’ve, talked about how a functional history should be taken and how its pertinent we’ve talked about functional.
How functional exam should be done and how nobody does exams anymore and and that there’s, so much data that you can get to them, particularly in the functional world, and then we talked about testing last week.
I think we did testing last time. So so the series goes on, and now we’re, going to start to get into a little bit of what you might call treatment. But if you’ve seen any of the other presentations you’ll, you’ll, know that I have said that one of the reasons that what you’re doing online or what a functional medicine practitioner who May not be taking the time to practice functional medicine, why those things will fail is because you are missing the basics and over the next couple of weeks, we’re, going to be going over.
What foundational things need to happen for your physiology to work properly and the basics you take supplements. You change your diet. Everybody wants to know about diet. We’re, probably going to talk about diet, a couple of segments from now extensively and – and I think that’ll – be very interesting because everybody wants to know about that.
So everything on line is diet and supplements, but I took them and they didn’t work. This whole series is about why you took them and they didn’t work or why it took them and they worked for a little while and then they didn’t work or why the diet worked for you, but it didn’t work for your neighbor and and and and on and on and on and and and if you really are practicing functional medicine, you should cover all of those bases for the patient.
You should know what diet they need eventually and there’s, not a lot of diets that you really need to consider. You should know what supplements that person these and I lady, come in here the other day and literally she was literally taking like 30 over 30 supplements multiple times a day.
We’re gonna talk about that’s, probably not the way to go, but today we’re gonna get to back to we’re gonna get to oxygen. Okay, we’re gonna talk about following the fuel, so the first thing of the basics of getting better is to follow the fuel.
Now, what is the fuel that makes our physiology work? The two main fuels that make our physiology work are oxygen and glucose, okay and don’t again. Don’t underestimate these suppose it’s, simplicity of where I’m going with this, because we’re going to talk about glucose in our next presentation.
Okay, today is going to be strictly about oxygen, and you know people say well, you know I get oxygen. If the person’s like can’t, breathe and, and they’ve had a stroke or they’ve had COPD or they something like that.
They they need oxygen, but the reality is is most of the people running around on planet Earth or at least in this country and well, and we’re finding out several other countries from people who come here.
They don’t have enough oxygen going to their extremities. They don’t, have enough oxygen going to their brain, and a lot of us would argue. That means they. Don’t have a lot of oxygen or enough oxygen.
Going to their enteric nervous system, meaning the nervous system that controls your intestines so oxygen. Is it’s kind of I don’t? I think most of you realize that if you stop breathing for a short period of time, that probably would be a good representation of how important oxygen is okay, but on a subtle level, we need oxygen to make energy.
Okay, if functional medicine is about anything, it’s, probably about looking at all of the organ systems in the body. All of the feedback mechanisms in the body, all the biochemical systems in the body that contribute to chronic conditions that are not working and balancing them.
That person who came in yesterday and yesterday in day before and she said – and I’m, taking all of these things to boost my immune system. Frankly, most people come in here. Don’t need to boost their immune system.
They need to balance their amuses. In fact, we need to balance everything it’s really about homeostasis. It’s about getting your body back in balance to the degree that is possible based on your present condition and and the amount of tissue damage that you might have incurred or not incurred and oxygen is kind of oxygen and glucose are kind of The beginning, where you begin with getting your physiology better, so so so what about oxygen? You need oxygen to create something to create ATP ATP.
You might better in the term as the term of energy, okay, energies made in your mitochondria and I’m. Not going to get into the whole Krebs ass, excite all acid cycle, but there are these little things these little organelles in your cells.
They’re called mitochondria, most of you probably heard of them and mitochondria when they’re, not working, not only create fatigue, but they create an imbalance in your system. You cannot create homeostasis to the degree that you can or cannot create.
Homeostasis you can or cannot help that patient’s physiology to help them to overcome many of the symptoms and many of the conditions that they have so it all starts with oxygen. Sleep apnea is something that is on the top of our list of evaluating when patients come into our office with chronic problems.
I don’t care. If you’re coming with dizziness vertigo balance, migraines irritable, bowel syndrome, I don’t care. If you’re coming in here with fibromyalgia for apathy, chronic fatigue, you don’t have enough oxygen.
Going to those extremities. You don’t have enough oxygen to go into the brain. You don’t. Have enough oxygen in the cells it’s not happening. One of the biggest biggest violators of oxygen is sleep apnea, and I I was actually turned on to this by one of my mentors and I remember sitting in the class, and I was kind of like taken back by it.
It was like sleep apnea like wow, and he went on to say well it’s, sleep apnea causes diabetes, it causes heart disease, it causes liver problems, sleep apnea, causes weight, gain, it causes heart disease, it causes stroke and it causes neurological diseases.
It even causes spinal or brain stem problems, and it’s listed as that one of the number-one and one of the top two causes of erectile dysfunction all of these conditions or conditions to walk in here.
So he kind of got my attention on that and, as I delved more and more into sleep apnea, I started to realize that it creates a massive oxygen death said. I walk. I came back to the office after that presentation and I started asking a lot of my patients.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea here’s? What I’ve got here’s. What I got well yeah somebody told me that I had sleep apnea a while ago my husband says I snore all the time when I was like norm at the time my husband says I have to like he has to wake me up, because you know you Know he doesn’t know if I’m like breathing or not, but but you know I I don’t.
I don’t know I didn’t, really go, get checked where I went or I went and got checked and they told me I had sleep apnea, but I didn’t. Really. I didn’t. Really. You know follow through on it and you know I didn’t.
He didn’t. Tell me like whether was that important or not or yeah. I got diagnosed with sleep apnea, so my next question for that person would be. Are you using your CPAP man? I hate that thing. It’s on my face.
It doesn’t work right. It’s, it bothers my sleep and and the statistics that that were presented in a class where that only 30 % of the people who are diagnosed with sleep apnea use their CPAP. That was about the statistics I saw in answering my in questioning my patient population, but what was more stunning was almost 80 % of 70 to 80 % of people.
I asked that yeah I’ve either been diagnosed and sleep apnea. I’ve, been checked for it. I’ve, been told. I have it or I have it for sure, and I’m and I’m using my CPAP or I’m. Not that was pretty stunning.
The next thing that I did was tell people. Okay. If you don’t start using your CPAP, we’re, probably not going to get as good a result as we get the results varied from mild to moderate doc. I don’t know.
If I need to do your program anymore, because my peripheral rough, these better, my dizziness, is better, my vertigo has gotten better. I’m sleeping for the first time in 20 years, so yeah. It helps it helps getting the energy in there’s, help my hands have gotten warmer.
It seems like I’m, responding better to the program, but following the fuel, getting the proper fuels in your system is is, is critical to being able to have your supplements work better. Your supplements will part of them, will work by breaking down and and and then becoming part of this krebs acid cycle citric acid, so that causes that creates energy.
You need energy to get better, so sleep apnea is like it’s like on top on top of the list. If you’re, not making oxygen and sleep apnea, I now think is one of the top causes that I see here in my office.
You’re just sitting around making lacketh lactic acid lactic acid. Is that stuff that burns? When you’re doing exercises, or you’re lifting something and your muscles start to burn, and there’s, a whole chemistry behind.
Why that burn? Is there and it’s there to help you to get more glucose into your into your muscles? But you shouldn’t, be sitting around burning. You shouldn’t, be sitting around creating lactic acid because you don’t have enough oxygen in you and you’re.
Making a lactic acid, because you don’t have enough oxygen to lift the heavy weights or and those types of things, and it’s highly. That’s highly inflammatory, so so not having oxygen in your body. What it! What is one of the keys that we will talk about eventually, one of the keys to overall chronic pain.
One of the keys in most cases is chronic, inflammation, okay and, and you become as a functional medicine practitioner and in if Lemaitre, and one of the things that causes inflammation significantly is lack of oxygen.
So sleep apnea is is a topic that is on the top of my list. When I’m talking to my patients, every patient that walks in here gets their blood pressure taken and all of you get your blood pressure taken and you go to the doctor and the doctor says: wow, you have a low blood pressure.
That’s really great! You know you’re, never gonna die of a heart attack and you’re, never gonna die of a stroke. Well, you may not die of a heart attack. They may not die of a stroke, but you probably not going to get better either and you’re, probably going to have chronic problems, because low blood pressure creates a situation in which you you, don ‘
T get enough oxygen going to your system when you have low blood pressure, you’re, not getting enough oxygen. Going to your head. You don’t, have enough oxygen going to your extremities. You don’t, have enough oxygen.
Going to your feet, so this is, if you have cold hands and feet, and and and and and you’ve tried to get your cold hands and feet better by doing a number of things, one of the things that will cause you to not Have enough oxygen going, there is low blood pressure.
You need enough blood pressure. You need a high enough blood pressure, preferably high enough meaning normal blood pressure, for you to be able to create enough of a pressure so that so that your heart here in the living room, okay, needs to be able to get the blood up into the Attic.
To your brain, you need it for that. You actually need a blood pressure, higher blood pressure, more normal blood pressures, so that you can literally without getting too scientific push the nutrients in through the cell walls or through the arterial walls into your cells.
If you don’t have enough pressure. There, you’re, not going to be able to get the nutrients in to your into your into your cells, and so all those supplements you’re. Taking you’ve heard the oh.
I’m taking supplements. Maybe I’m, not breaking them down. Maybe I’m, paying them into the toilet. Maybe I’m as we’re. All, oh, that’s. True yeah! We’ll talk about that when we talk about supplements and and and and and the nuances that the low blood pressure is something that needs to be corrected, because low blood pressure will not get things where they need to be.
If you come in here, and you have dizziness vertigo balance headaches, you have anxiety, you have depression, your panic attacks, you have fatigue. These are all the brain is a big part of all of those okay.
We many of you watch know that we practice functional medicine. We also practice functional neurology. This series is not about functional neurology, it’s about functional medicine, but you also know that we practice them both because everything that affects the brain, everything that affects that it’s affecting you affects the brain chemically and the brain.
Pretty much controls everything else and affects the rest of your system. So we put the two two therefore, and it seems to work pretty well, so the brain needs proper blood sugar, which we’re talking about next week, right, proper fuel.
It needs absence of inflammation, which we’ll, be talking about in a segment in the future. It needs proper, essential fatty acids, which we’ll, be talking about in a set in a segment in the future, and it needs proper oxygen.
Your cerebellum, the the part of your brain that sits down here, and it has a lot to do with dizziness and vertigo imbalance and postural muscles and blurred vision and it synchronizes your whole brain uses something like 40 or 50 percent of the oxygen that comes into Your body, okay, so we need the oxygen to to to be able to get brain function, feel normal mehar to get a brain to work.
If the chemistry is not right and oxygen is probably the biggest player it’s, it’s. It I almost have to say oxygen and blood, sugar and and inflammation are close, but oxygen is definitely the number one player if you have low blood sugar, that’s.
Eighty under 64 for a young person, if you have blood pressure for an older person, that’s 90 over 65, maybe maybe even maybe even a hundred under under 100 over 70. You know you’re. Just you’re, not getting blood to your brain, not getting blood to your brain.
You’re, not getting blood to your extremities and and and so it’s. It make and you’re, not getting blood into the cells and and if you have high blood pressure, most people know we have a big thing in this country about hi we like high blood sugar.
We’re gonna talk briefly about that in the future, but we’re gonna talk a lot about low blood sugar, okay, well, hypertension. Most of you are familiar with high blood pressure. High blood pressure does a lot of bad things.
One of the things that does is is constricts your arteries and if it constricts your arteries same thing, it constricts your arteries. You can’t, get you get vasoconstriction, you can’t get the blood where you need to get it, and so blood pressure is vital for us.
Normally, blood pressure is a part of what we need to address anyway. To help that person to normalize and and and and and this is considered again, this is considered foundational to us getting the blood pressure under control is considered foundational to us.
You come in here with three blood pressure: medications that’s kind of a red flag. That means like wow. We have three blood pressure medications. We got an issue here. We got to get other control because that’s.
Doing a lot of bad things, including not allowing us to get let’s, say the nutrients that we’re using with people to get where they need to go so again: oxygen. High blood pressure, low blood pressure, low oxygen, sleep apnea.
They’re kind of foundational things. Okay, what else would cause lack of oxygen? Okay, going. Sarah, I heard three of you out there say: anemias, okay, anemia is caused lack of oxygen. I that’s, a kind of like a duh.
If I have anemia, I don’t have oxygen. Okay for those of you, don’t, know the chemistry of anemia. Basically, if you, your your oxygens, carried around your system and delivered to all the different places by your red blood cells, if your red blood cells are low, you have low red blood cells.
Then then you have an anemia hard to get oxygen. Two different places: the anemia is, we see the most are our iron deficiency. Anemia is, we see, we see b12 anemias and they they need to be corrected and they’re fairly easy to correct.
You have the person iron, you have the person beets. Well, but we get the one we see most commonly is the anemia of what we call the anemia of chronic disease. Now that’s, not the anemia that you’ve ever heard about most likely.
If you have it, it’s, you, you’ve, heard out about it like this, you have chronic anemia and we checked everything there’s. No bleeds you don’t have fibroids. You have any of the reasons you don’t have ulcers, you don’t have any of the stuff that would cause the chronic anemia.
So we don’t want it to we. Don’t know what it is, that’s, probably normal for you, so just live with it. Well, it’s. Not normal nimi is anemia. If you have low blood cells, you’re, not carrying you &.
# 39 re not carrying oxygen to your brain, to your extremities, to your intestines to your feet. It’s, just not getting there. It’s, it’s, so what we have come to understand is that chronic anemia is usually an anemia of chronic disease.
Now it can be an iron when there’s, inflammation iron will not break down properly and get into your bloodstream, and thus you ‘ Ll have low iron in your bloodstream, and you ‘ Ll have an anemia.
What causes that anything that causes inflammation can cause that anemia, so I mean to just hit a few: you can have you’re gonna have high blood sugar that causes inflammation. You’re gonna blow blow sugar.
That causes information. You have gut infections that causes inflammation. You can be stressed that causes inflammation. You can have an emotional trauma stress which you’ve, had your whole life, that causes inflammation and on and on and on, and we’re, probably going to do a segment on inflammation.
So so, and so these chronic anemias that people have these are significant. They’re, not when you’re, told oh, that’s, that’s normal it’s, not a problem. Don’t worry about it. It’s, it’s, it’s, it’s, just it could be, it could be a gluten sensitivity yeah.
It could be so many things. It could be. A mycotoxin there’s, so many things that cause it, but those things that are causing it are known, and the point here is, is not only do you have the anemia of chronic disease where your low Bloods, where were you where you have chronically Low red blood cells, okay, chronic anemia, but many of the things that are causing those chronic anemia are also the things that are causing inflammation, that’s, contributing to your chronic disease, so anemia oxygen basic, you’re gonna hear me Say we’re gonna be on basics for a while, and you’re gonna hear me say the basics not being attended to are for sure part of what’s, causing your foray onto the internet to not Work: okay, whether it’s, a diet, whether it’s supplements whether it’s, breathing exercises or whatever.
So so so so these basics are there treatment, but they’re treatment that people don ‘ T pay attention to they’re, presented to you in a fragmented manner. They’re, not really connected to anything.
You have fibromyalgia. Nobody’s, telling you that you need to breathe better and you’re like yeah. I need to breathe better because I need to like live, or sleep or III need oxygen, so I can feel better.
But but nobody’s really connecting it to the chronic conditions that are coming in and and treating it as you would treat a medication or, as you would treat a pill or as you would treat a diet or you were treated in our case.
Like brain rehab exercises, it is that important and and so other things that will cause a decrease in oxygen: okay, low t3. What is t3 for those of you who know it? That is it’s. It’s, a thyroid hormone, so so hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s.
Thyroiditis will cause low t3 t3 is the thyroid hormone that gets into your cells, and it actually contributes to this. This mechanism that we talked about earlier in the mitochondria that will also cause not cause you to not have enough energy.
Okay, and if you don’t have enough energy. Then there’s, going to be a cascade of things that are going on. You’re gonna get low blood pressure. You’re gonna you’re gonna you’re gonna have your physiology, just as not everything is going to slow down your guts going to slow down your your your your stomach’s.
Gon na slow down, all of these things are going to slow down because you’re, not making enough energy, and you’re gonna be looking at it and going well. Okay, I got low oxygen and now I’m doing what you told me to do, but it’s not coming up and then you find out.
You have a thyroid problem, and now you treat that person’s thyroid problem now their t3 comes up to normal and all of a sudden, the oxygen that they’re taking starts working. Now I went through that because I’ve been again.
This goes back to those of you want to know why we weren’t able to tell you how to get better. Those are vicious cycles. Those are vicious cycles. Do you? Do you take care of the oxygen? Do you take care of the t3? Do you take care of the chronic anemia, because low thyroid is another one of those causes that will cause the chronic anemia it’ll slow everything down, so you just can’t make enough red blood cells.
This all goes under the heading of follow the oxygen. This is the first step that we take when people come in is is following as though, after we do the history and so on and so forth, and we gather all the data if the oxygen is low.
We have one doctor that just specifically works with those patients on getting their oxygen, that we use oxygen here in our treatment. We actually take people in the back. We do brain rehab exercises and we use oxygen.
Part of the reason is we’re in Reno Nevada. We are at 4,000 feet. I think 4,200 feet right here at the base of the city, and so we have less oxygen here than they have in say, San Francisco, which is a couple of hours from here, and we noticed that all of our patients, red blood cell counts, were high.
That’s called polycythemia. If you here would look up polycythemia, you can kind of freak out about it. A little bit except everybody here has probably psyche mia, because we’re at a higher altitude. You have to make more red blood cells for the oxygen and, and so we started to understand and reason that a lot of our patients needed oxygen simply because they weren’t getting it because for some reason, their bodies, weren’t.
Adapting and we started using oxygen concentrators and we put an oxygen concentrator on people while we have them doing their brain ring, rehab exercises, and just with just from that, we see noticeable differences.
We recommend exercise with oxygen therapy to patients now and that could mean having buying a used oxygen concentrator at home and and using it on your treadmill or use it on your bike. You stick it on and I can’t prescribe and I can’t tell you how much to do it, because I can’t.
Do that? Okay, I’m. Just it’s, a it’s, a kind of like a malpractice type of thing so, but I can tell you that it helps that it helps our patients. It’s, a very low-grade way of increasing your oxygen.
So so thyroid anemia of chronic disease, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sleep apnea – these are the ones that we see that are that are controllable or that we can address within the framework of our functional medicine model.
There are things you can do for low blood pressure, and you want to talk to your doctor about it. You know there there are herbs that you can use to bring up your blood pressure. It’s all over the internet.
You can use licorice, you can use things of that nature you can, you can use salts must be made. You know if you look online, everybody’s. Gon na tell you take teaspoon fulls of salt. Do it with your doctor’s, recommendations, talk to your doctor, your doctor might tell you nothing not to bother having low blood pressure is really good.
You’re, not gonna die from a heart attack or stroke, but believe me, you having enough having enough oxygen in. There is a big deal now. Those are kind of things we can control things, we can’t control, and I and – and I and I in list these also among obstacles to cure.
If the person can’t do this and can’t can’t change or, if or if they have an irreparable problem in irreversible problem, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We treat people with that, but I warn them ahead of time.
We’re gonna get a limited response because you’re, not breathing. Well, you’re part of your lung is damaged and we’re. Not going to be able to get enough oxygen into the places where you want to, but I don’t have like this crystal ball, to tell you how well you’re gonna get so we’ve had varying Degrees of response, but surely we never get responses as well as we do with people who don’t have COPD asthma, asthma is kind of an interesting one.
Asthma severe asthma is can be a problem. We see it a lot in kids, but, on the other hand, asthma seems to be more of in an immune, inflammation type of a situation that’s, really exacerbated by stress and allergies and and the vast majority of time we actually treat asthma.
The vast majority of time the asthma will ultimately get under control, so we’ll, actually use supplements that will increase oxygen to the person in a case like that, because they don’t have enough oxygen going on smoking cigarettes.
I used to not take people if they were smoking cigarettes and then I thought well it’s, not fair. I just need to let them know they may need to like know that we are. We may not get as good a result and then we didn’t get as good of results.
We talked to people about it. I let him know that they they they would be better off smoking cigarettes. I have people who would just stop smoking immediately when you stop smoking immediately. When you stop smoking, your blood pressure will reduce, usually within about 72 hours by the way, and and so so not only does it not only smoking decrease oxygen to your brain by like about 40 %, but it causes it contributes to high blood pressure which constricts Your arteries, which causes less oxygen.
Okay, we’ve, used a clinical hypnotherapist to help people stop smoking. It’s. It’s, not something that’s. Gon na stop me from taking people on, but it’s, something that that’s. Gon na cause me to have to sit down and kind of, reassess the prognosis and and set some realistic expectations, because those people are gonna do as well.
That’s aside from the chemicals that that the cigarettes cost lack of exercise. You know you need to get up and walk around. We’re, going to talk about that in one of the in one of the presentations that we’re gonna do, but you know right now.
I just have I’m gonna point. My life, where I’m working a lot and, and I just don’t – have the time to do exercise the way I’d like to do it. I have a little black dog that runs around here and I take that dog for a walk every night and I and I’ve, got it unfortunate.
I got a neighborhood that’s, kind of hilly and I walk up and down those hills. Sometimes I walk 20 minutes. Sometimes I 4045 minutes. I do a little stretching. I you know I, but I get exercise – and I do a couple of just very simple yoga – exercises totally to keep everything flowing, to get oxygen to my brain, to get oxygen to my hands, to get oxygen in throughout my system so and then and then the Biggest thing that causes oxygen deficits – people come in here is stress, and I I don’t know.
If you, you’ve ever paid attention to how you breathe most people, don’t breathe from their abdomen anyway, which is, I wrote a book called back to basics, power, health back to basis, and I’ve old chapter In there I’m breathing and it all chapters just on one, simple, breathing technique that shows you how to breathe with your diaphragm it talks about.
It opens with a story about how the first Americans, the first white people that that came upon the islands of Hawaii, were we’re laughed at by the Hawaiians and they called them Halley’s. I think a lot of you and Hawaii know that you call white white white Caucasian people, Halley’s and holly ‘
S means men without breath that’s, what it means and they were laughing because everybody was breathing like here. Nobody was breathing from their abdomen. Okay, nobody was breathing with their diaphragm.
The number one reason people don’t breathe from their diaphragm is stress because when you are stressed there’s, something called your sympathetic nervous system and it takes over and it kind of paralyzes your diaphragm to certain degree.
During the period of time that you’re stressed well, I’d, say at least half of this country is stressed all the time. At least me right now, at least based on my observation. Certainly there is, there is a it &.
# 39 s, a rare patient who comes into this office with some sort of a chronic condition who is in an a chronic fight/flight response? But if you become aware of that, you can learn to do some abdominal breathing.
We teach almost virtually all of our patients to do this on the first visitor to you can do you can learn a simple abdominal, breathing technique and you can actually use those techniques, not just oxygenate your body in your brain and but you can use those techniques To calm down that stress response, because when you do that it’ll calm down that fight/flight response and it’ll allow the relaxation response to come back in and if you ever happen to be relaxed notice.
You’ll. Probably notice you’re breathing from your abdomen so way so, but this is an important part of oxygen. If it sounds silly to you, then I’m. I feel bad for you because you know we’re, really one of the things that I’ve noticed over the years of doing this, and this is my 40th year as my mom I’m just about to enter My 40th year in practice, is we really we really and are enamored with all the new things that come out and and there’s value to many of them, if not all of them, but but it’s, not about the new Things getting well is not about the new things getting well is about breaking the is fixing the things that are broke.
First, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s bowing to nature, and nature says you need oxygen in every cell of your system. You need proper blood sugar. You need proper, essential fatty acids. You need a lack of information.
Nature says you should only be stressed for very, very short periods of time when you need the energy and then you should be in a relaxation mode. This may sound silly, but these are the things that we drive home with patients.
We give them techniques to do these types of things, and I know, and you’ll hear me say this a number of times. This is just the first of the basics that we’re talking about. But when we fixed the basics of oxygen and when we fixed the basics of blood sugar and when we fixed the basics of essential fatty acids and then fixing the basic of getting rid of inflammation becomes quite a bit more complex in a lot of different patients.
But when you get the hose under control a lot of times, these mystery diseases that people have come in with start to not be a mystery anymore. A lot of times these patients get 50 60 70 75 % for better.
Just doing that, and before you even get into the functional the actual functional medicine part of things, so that’s oxygen, you know the basics, never go away. The basics will never go away. We are human beings we have to.
We have to. We have to kind of adhere to certain rules. We’re. You’re going to know. If you follow this series, you’re, going to know what all those rules are. You’re gonna know that those rules are gonna dictate your success.
If all those rules, don’t get you better and you’re still sick and you go to a functional medicine practitioner for you. Those are your functional medicine, practitioners and watching me, I mean I mean it’s not like.
I know everything, but I’ve been doing this for a while. We have a lot of people come here after they ‘ Ve been to ten functional medicine practitioners. Now these are the things that are being missed and if you, and if you don’t miss them and you do go to your functional medicine practitioner, your functional medicine practice gonna find it.
You get a lot better result with the types of things that they do so that’s oxygen I mean I could talk on oxygen for a long long time. Maybe this all. Maybe this will cause you to maybe look on the internet and and and and and look these things up and and investigate that next week we’re gonna, but this is following the fuel okay.
This is kind of, like the basics, part one of foundational functional medicine, and this is, like part, part one of two parts of following the fuel. Next week we’re, going to talk about sugar, the two main fuels to your system or oxygen and sugar.
We talked this morning about food being your fuel, but really the foundational fuel is oxygen and sugar. After we talk about those, then we’ll, get into diet and we’ll. Give you our observations on diet relative to people using diets to get well.
Okay and – and i’ll and i’ll. I’ll, give you my will give you our our experience on it and and diets one that i also hesitate to get to, because there’s. I’m out there and everybody ‘ S got their variation of every single diet, but I think I can break that down for you.
So next week will be sugar, it will be blood sugar, it will be high blood sugar. It will be insulin, resistance, it’ll, be metabolic syndrome, it’ll, be reactive, hypoglycemia and and and how the how that plays into so much of what what people are coming in here with.
So, thank you for watching again. If you have any questions or comments, you can send them. The power health talk calm and we are looking for direction. You know I want to. I want to make this valuable time for you.
So so, if you have anything that you specifically want to hear about this morning, I heard that we specifically want to hear about diet. We will definitely cover that in either a whole segment or as part of a segment, and we’ll.
Let will let you know when that is so until next week. Thank you for watching and take care. You