Dr. Brady’s New Book, The Fibro Fix, is now available for order through...
A groundbreaking guide to resolving fibromyalgia, and uncovering the mystery behind chronic pain and fatigue. Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans. Ongoing fatigue affects even more. The combination of fatigue and body-wide chronic pain, often called “fibromyalgia”, remains mysterious and confusing. An alarming 66% rate of those sufferers are misdiagnosed. Leading naturopathic medical doctor and nutritionist David Brady is here with the answer in his comprehensive book The Fibro Fix. For more than twenty-three years, Dr. Brady has treated many thousands of patients seeking relief for what they consider a mystery illness—chronic global pain—and has devised a protocol to help patients determine if in fact, they are suffering from fibromyalgia— or from one of the several syndromes commonly misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. To learn more about the book visit FibroFix.com.
The Fibro Fix Summit!
This online event, hosted by Dr. Brady, served as public health awareness campaign and global outreach to educate the world about fibromyalgia and all of the disorders that are often diagnosed as fibromyalgia, taught by experts in the fields of research, medicine, and science.
The Fibro-Fix Summit features 30+ experts covering the topics of:
Global Pain and Fatigue Syndromes: Will the real Fibromyalgia Please Stand Up
Common Fibromyalgia Masqueraders: All the Stuff Called Fibromyalgia that’s not
Hormonal-Brain-Neurotransmitter Axis and Fibromyalgia
Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep Disorders in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Healing Fibromyalgia Through the Gut: The Importance of The GI Microbiome
The Role of Stress and Early Life Trauma and Abuse in Fibromyalgia
Action Steps to Recover, Self-Treatment, and Becoming Your Best Health Advocate
Natural and Prescription Options in Managing Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Diet and Lifestyle Approaches Proven to Work in Fibromyalgia and Associated Disorders
Dr. Brady helps to develop cutting-edge new medical test
Dr. Brady worked with Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory to develop and launch the first DNA/PCR molecular assay for GI pathogens performed on stool using an FDA-approved platform and methodology, the GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP). The pathogen targets include bacteria, parasites and another first for the market, viruses! This will help integrative and functional medicine physicians and providers determine the status of the gastrointestinal environment, which is critical in understanding why a patient may be experiencing various chronic conditions, with a particular eye towards autoimmune disorders. Learn more about the connection between GI health and autoimmune disease.
DR. BRADY TO CHAIR CASI-CON AGAIN!
Dr. David Brady served as conference chair for the inaugural Clinically Applied Scientific Insights Conference (CASI-CON) in New York City on November 13-14th, 2015. He will do so again for CASI-CON 2017 in San Francisco, CA on March 17-18th. The 2017 conference will again feature an internationally-renowned cast of presenters including one of Dr. Brady's primary mentors, Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., as the Keynote speaker. The conference content will again be used to add to the CASITalks.com online knowledge transfer site for the lifestyle, integrative and functional medicine community. The conference will continue to be held annually and content from each year will be added to the previous to develop a library of experts providing the latest approaches in the field, all delivered through an engaging live-captured streaming video format. See the complete list of speakers and learn more at casi2017.com. Learn about Dr. Brady's other appearances HERE.
Dr. Brady Contributes to Important New Medical Textbooks
Dr. Brady is a featured contributing author in a newly released medical textbook which is edited by Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins University. According to Dr. Brady, “I had the pleasure to serve as lead author for the chapter on Fibromyalgia, along with my co-authors Jacob Teitelbaum, MD (NY Times bestselling author of the Fatigued to Fantastic books and Chief Medical Officer of Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers of America) and Alan Weiss, MD (Annapolis Integrative Medicine Center). A lot of work finally seen in print is satisfying. I hope it helps medical students and practitioners understand new ways to help patients in need.” For more information
Dr. Brady contributed two chapters to the new book Integrative Gastroenterology by Gerard E. Mullin, M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In this volume, an international panel of leading experts provides a wealth of information for health care practitioners and consumers on the rationale, methods, modalities, and efficacy of integrative solutions for gastrointestinal disorders. Coverage includes a diverse range of treatment methods, such as meditation, massage, yoga, supplements, special diets, energy medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture, as well as a special section devoted to mind-body medicine in digestive health and disease. In discussing unconventional treatments, the authors address many of the controversies that surround the remedies.
Tender stalks of asparagus peeking their heads through the soil and emerging after a long winter is a welcome sign of spring. Eaten raw as part of a vegetable crudité platter, or grilled with lemon juice and olive oil, asparagus is a delicious snack or addition to a meal. But this vegetable brings more than nice flavor to the table; it’s also no slouch when it comes to health benefits.
Like other green vegetables, asparagus is a good source of several nutrients, particularly folate and vitamin K1. It also contains significant amounts of iron, copper, and manganese, along with vitamin C and carotenes, the latter of which are the precursors to vitamin A. As a non-starchy vegetable, it’s low in carbohydrate and high in fiber, making it a good go-to for low-carb and vegetarian meals alike.
Hibiscus is an herbaceous plant well known for its showy, brightly colored blossoms that not only are beautiful, but also contain an array of health benefits. Gardeners may strategically use these flowers to attract birds, bees and other insects, while Hawaiian and Tahitian women are known to adorn their hair with hibiscus blossoms. If worn over the right ear the flower marks that the woman is single, but if worn over the left ear the flower declares that she is taken!
There are hundreds of varieties of the hibiscus flower native to temperate, subtropical and tropical areas of the world. Certain species have been chosen as the national flowers of Malaysia, South Korea and Haiti, and as the state flower of Hawaii. In India, the red hibiscus flower represents the Hindu goddess Kali, appearing intertwined with the image of the goddess herself.
Here it comes again. We haven’t even recovered from the holiday candy feeding frenzy that started with Halloween and went straight through Christmas, and already we’re inundated with even more candy leading up to Valentine’s Day and Easter. Even the most iron-willed among us, who are navigating our way through our New Year’s resolutions to eat better, can hardly resist the sugar-crusted marshmallows, and milk chocolates coated in red and pink candy shells. It’s as if those heart-shaped boxes adorned with flowers and lace, and candy wrapped in eye-catching red foil, were designed to tempt us into submission. Aren’t there any treats lurking among this barrage of refined sugar that can give a sweet tooth a little satisfaction with fewer metabolic consequences?
The sense of hearing is certainly a wonderful gift, yet it is one that is widely taken for granted – that is, until noticeable changes start to occur. For many, hearing loss is simply accepted as part of the aging process. However, age-related hearing loss leads to difficulties and frustrations with everyday communication and can greatly contribute to the loneliness and depression that is so pervasive among the elderly.
Sleep is one of the most vital elements of achieving good health and its importance cannot be overestimated. Nearly every system of the body depends on satisfactory sleep quality and quantity for routine healing, repair and restoration. Insufficient sleep robs the body of renewable energy sources and cell restoration, creating a suboptimal environment in the body, and eventually leading to dysfunction, imbalance and poor health.
Sleep disturbances are common in nearly all chronic pain and fatigue conditions, and notably in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. In some cases, chronic pain and fatigue are a result of underlying sleep problems, while in other cases, sleep problems are actually caused by chronic pain and fatigue. In both scenarios, restoring quality sleep is imperative for healing and pain management.
Stress is increasingly becoming a root problem in most health conditions, and is an especially significant element in global pain and fatigue conditions such as fibromyalgia. Physical and occupational stressors are commonly encountered throughout life and may include a busy schedule, a demanding occupation, managing children and family life, financial burdens, a heavy school load, planning for a large event such as new move or job, and the never-ending pinging of electronic devices and communications invading everyday life. Emotional stress is more complex and often stems from weightier matters such as relationship difficulties, abuse, death, fear and anxiety. While everyone experiences temporary physical stressors throughout their life, emotional stressors can linger and lead to damaging feelings of despair and hopelessness if resolution is not obtained. Both forms of stress can have a significant impact on physical and mental health, reducing the body’s resiliency and arresting the healing process. The health effects of chronic stress have been the subject of many studies in recent years, owing to the fact that it has been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular disease and upper respiratory diseases, psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders, widespread inflammation, and autoimmune conditions. In light of this, the fight for optimal health requires a commitment to daily stress reduction.
Peas: love ‘em or hate ’em; there aren’t many opinions in-between. They either induce thoughts of sweet, tender green peas fresh from a summer garden, steamed, with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt for good measure – or they evoke painful memories of being forced to choke down a bowl of overcooked, gray, mushy stuff in order to earn dessert. But whatever your opinion of peas may be, with the introduction of pea powders, modern technology allows us to take advantage of something positive peas offer – that being protein – without some common drawbacks.
If you’ve been looking for a good source of supplemental protein but prefer to avoid dairy and soy, pea protein may be the perfect choice. Being botanically classified as legumes, peas contain a relatively high amount of protein compared to other plant foods, such as leafy greens and fruit. Also, coming from a plant source, pea protein has none of the allergenic problems associated with dairy-derived proteins, like whey and casein. Pea protein is an ideal source of extra amino acids for those who have genuine milk allergies, or for those with varying degrees of lactose intolerance.
When you think of the phrase “health food,” what comes to mind? Fat-free fiber crackers that look and taste like cardboard? If decades of sound-bytes about red meat and saturated fat have convinced you the only way to stay healthy is to tolerate dry, flavorless foods devoid of anything that could possibly taste good, think again. How about a succulent roast leg of lamb, marinated in rosemary and mint, with a yogurt sauce for dipping? If that sounds like health food you can get on board with, you’re in luck!
When you think about vitamins and minerals, you likely think first about fruits and vegetables. These plant foods do contain healthful nutrients, but the surprising truth is, the meat of ruminant animals contains an array of nutrients that rivals most produce. The nutrient profile of lamb is similar to that of grass-fed beef, which is known for its generous concentration of minerals and B vitamins. Besides being a fantastic source of complete protein (meaning, it contains all the essential amino acids), lamb provides off-the-charts amounts of B vitamins, and is particularly high in niacin and B12. It’s also loaded with zinc, iron, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium, and even contains appreciable amounts of magnesium—a mineral more closely associated with leafy green vegetables. In light of all this, lamb might be nature’s tastiest multivitamin!
Are you stuck in a food rut? Do you find yourself gravitating toward the same vegetables and fruits over and over at the supermarket? If you’re looking to broaden your eating horizons, there’s no better place than a summertime farmers’ market to discover varieties of produce you might not have even known existed.
Take tomatoes, for instance. A farmers’ market can give you the opportunity to look well past the traditional red tomato by introducing you to heirloom varieties in yellow, orange, and even purple. Think summer squash is limited to zucchini and yellow squash? Think again. Summer squashes come in many shapes besides the oblong ones you’re most familiar with. There are round ones, pattypan, crookneck, and more. Even cauliflower isn’t limited to the white ones most commonly stocked in supermarkets. This veggie comes in yellow-orange, and purple, too, and while you’re not likely to encounter them at your local big-box store, a farmers’ market might surprise you.
Have you heard about “Paleo” diets? Are you curious about trying this unconventional nutritional strategy? Perhaps a friend, coworker, or acquaintance at the gym has mentioned that eating Paleo is great for weight loss, digestive health, supporting fertility and ameliorating the symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions. And maybe you’ve even started looking into what Paleo is all about. You may have even bought a couple of books, scanned a few websites, and listened to some podcasts about it.
With all the information available on the benefits and drawbacks of different Paleo diets, you may feel like you’ve got everything straight and are ready to jump in, or it may seem like you’re getting mixed messages that are leaving you confused, overwhelmed, and ready to give up before you even start. But don’t worry, there is no need to despair!
Ah, rosemary…that distinctively aromatic, woody herb. Its pungent flavor seems to go a long way in flavoring many a recipe, but along with its touted fragrance and taste comes a propensity to support health.
Modern scientific research has been validating something our grandmothers and great-grandmothers seemed to know instinctively, namely that remedies for a variety of ailments can be found in the garden just as often as on a doctor’s prescription pad. Complementary and integrative medicine are coming around to what gourmands of various traditional ethnic cuisines have long appreciated—there are reasons herbs and spices play such a large role in the cuisines of the world, from ginger and garlic in East Asia, to turmeric, cumin, and cardamom in India, to the marjoram, thyme, oregano, lavender, and rosemary that make up the “herbs de Provence” used in Southern French cooking. These leaves, seeds, pods, and stems do more than flavor our food. They have beneficial effects on our health, especially when combined with healthy diets and lifestyles.
A gluten-free diet as a lifestyle treatment for chronic illness has helped many patients recover from longstanding health issues. Despite some high-profile commentaries to the contrary, many doctors and nutritionist note success when they ask their patients to eliminate gluten from the diet. It's clear why this works for those with actual celiac disease, but the mechanisms are somewhat less clear for patients with gluten sensitivity, as well as those with no known gluten reactions. A recent study from the laboratory of Alessio Fassano, MD, at Harvard-Mass General may help illuminate the impact of gluten on the gut and its role in the development of issues unrelated to celiac disease.
In the spirit of better health during the holidays, consider adding the often forgotten beets to the menu for your holiday feasts.
Nutritionally speaking, beets pack quite a punch. Like most vegetables, they are low in calories but high in micronutrients and phytochemicals. Beets are high in folate, manganese, and potassium. You’ll get even more bang for your buck if you buy beets with the leafy green tops still attached, and cook the tops like you would any other bitter green, such as dandelion or kale. Like the root portion of the vegetable, beet greens provide a good amount of potassium and manganese, but they provide even more vitamin K1, beta carotene, calcium, iron and magnesium.
(How to stay healthy and vibrant through the holiday season)
The cold, dry air of the winter months mingles with seasonal infections and molds to create a perfect storm that inflicts many with annoying lung conditions. From chronic, dry coughs to thick mucus-filled chest congestion, the winter weather has a way of attacking the lungs and keeping people gravitating towards cough suppressants, warm tea, and plenty of blankets. It is not pure coincidence that winter can be unfriendly to our lungs. Cold air is dry air and the lungs are the first organs to feel like a parched land during this dry season. Not only is the outside air hostile, but many homes also have gas-forced furnaces and wood-burning stoves circulating dry air throughout our living spaces. This indoor air quality can often be compromised as furnaces spread mold and dust, and wood-burning stoves spew dirt and soot. To make matters worse, bacterial and viral invaders seem to thrive in colder air, explaining the seasonal increase in colds and flus. No wonder the lungs feel imprisoned during the winter months, longing for their own oasis. One key to avoiding complications and illness is to keep your immune response strong and ready for the challenge!
Apples probably come to mind first when you think of fall fruit. With orchards offering “pick your own” days, and hot apple cider and spiced cider donuts gracing restaurant menus and curbside food trucks in autumn, apples do seem to have the market cornered. But they’re not the only game in town when the days get shorter and a chill comes into the air. You know it’s fall when pyramids of pears appear at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
Fruit is getting a bad rap in some nutrition circles. Aside from honey, fruits are the sweetest-tasting whole, unprocessed foods available. And even though this is, of course, natural sugar, it’s still sugar, and high consumption of fruit may not be suitable for everyone, depending on individual metabolic state and health goals. After all, fruit is “nature’s candy.”
Women often start to pay attention to the health of their bones around the onset of menopause, when there is a relative decline in estrogen production. But what does the hormone estrogen have to do with bones? Estrogen is actually necessary in order for calcium to be absorbed into bone. When the hormone is less available in the body, it impacts the rate at which calcium becomes incorporated into the bone structure. Bone is not inert. It is actually a living tissue made up of proteins, collagen and minerals. It is considered a “matrix,” whose elements are always in flux, responding to various nutritional and hormonal conditions within the body. Calcium, for example, is constantly either being absorbed into bones or released into the blood as needed. The objective, then, is to aim for a calcium balance, meaning that calcium should be replenished in the bones at the rate it is lost.
Probio-GI™ from Formulated Nutriceuticals features a unique patented delivery technology which makes it look different, and more importantly perform different, than your average probiotic supplement. Virtually all probiotic supplements come in standard two-piece capsules, which do not keep out moisture, allowing the probiotic organisms inside to remain highly metabolically active, quickly burning themselves out and dying in the bottle.
In the 21st century, the hallmarks of American childhood no longer revolve around apple pie, homemade meals, and songs like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Instead, children’s lives are characterized by the consumption of fast food, innovative technology and a plethora of after-school activities. They are more familiar with the family van than the family room. An inescapable reality exists in which America is morphing into a society branded by speed and productivity. However, despite the accomplishments achieved through fast-paced lifestyles, we cannot ignore the inner turmoil that occurs as our bodies strive to maintain optimal health and wellness during periods of chronic stress.
The aloe vera plant is a striking specimen that resembles a cactus with its thorny, fleshy leaves. It grows best in dry climates and is known to flourish in the arid regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and some parts of India. The word “aloe” originally derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh,” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while the word “vera” is Latin in origin, meaning “true.” Thus, aloe vera is considered the true aloe, as it is the most widely known type of aloe plant (there are actually over 500 species of aloe) and is the standard pharmaceutical source.
As we discussed in a previous blog on the adrenal glands, stress can elicit the fight-flight response in our bodies, which is designed to propel us into action. However, if that response is not properly exercised, a “defeat response” can take place. This defeat response causes the function of our adrenal glands to be disrupted. Because the adrenal glands release many hormones, an imbalance can trigger other issues within our bodies, such as thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, inflammation and obesity. For example, a high level of cortisol, a hormone released during times of stress, can have a negative effect on the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. So while stress may seem unrelated to blood sugar levels, in actuality they are intrinsically connected.
After a winter of consuming heavier meat dishes—hearty stews, pot roasts, and other nourishing meals that warm you from the inside out—do you feel like you need a detox or juice cleanse come spring? While there’s nothing wrong with giving your body a boost through a short-term nutritional “reset,” varying your diet with the seasons may give your body the nutritional support it needs in order to avoid the demand for a more drastic intervention.