Congratulations to SAFM student and newly AFMC-certfiied practitioner, Diane! We are celebrating her success with a client suffering from persistent inflamed and itchy skin, chronic bloating/constipation, eczema, joint pain, persistent weight gain, and more. A veritable buffet of functional medicine interconnectedness! Remember: the skin outside the body is usually a reflection of balance (or lack thereof) inside the body. And especially inside the gut.
Check out the video for pearls in this case and what tools Diane used to help her client find lasting relief. Indeed, MUCH dis-ease in the systemic body begins in the gut. In the case of chronic, systemic inflammation, the point of connection is often enhanced intestinal permeability and immune reactivity, where what happens in the gut does not stay in the gut! I have shared many details about this dynamic and what can provide resolution. Decades of SSRI anti-depressant drugs, oral birth control, and anti-seizure medication along with low Vitamin D and chronic stress can easily create the perfect storm for enhanced intestinal permeability. This client’s methane-mediated SIBO (and associated constipation) only worsened the downstream inflammatory dynamic. Our students learn to confidently use a rich variety of tools to assess and respond to these complex dynamics.
Diane did a great job balancing and combining foundational recommendations (like Eating Hygiene; see how I explain it to my own clients) and more clinically-targeted recommendations to eradicate her client’s SIBO (like specific antimicrobials) and provide targeted hormone support (in this case, specific adaptogens to raise cortisol and specific nutrients to increase T4 to T3 thyroid hormone conversion). The bottom line?
A wildly satisfied client, indeed! This is one of a series of videos celebrating the success stories our students shared in their AFMC certification case studies. (If you’re inspired, check out another success story: Amanda. Want to learn what these savvy practitioners know and use with confidence? Sign-up here to be notified when registration opens for our next SAFM Core 101 Semester.)