12 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Better (& how to change that!)

In my holistic health and Functional Medicine practice over the past 20 years, I’ve witnessed and helped hundreds of people heal, overcome, and triumph over their health issues. But I’ve also seen many people not get better and continue to struggle. Certainly not every ailment in the human experience is curable, and it’d be preposterous to say that disease is …

Are You Wearing Your INNER Mask? Understanding Germ Theory vs Terrain Theory

by Dr. Jamie Chan-Ortega, Ph.D. 12/20/20 Throughout this topsy-turvy year of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve heard again and again to wear our masks, wash our hands, and social distance. These external measures of hygiene and safety are important, and have their roots in germ theory, which undergirds public health. But what we have not been hearing much of, nor been …

Connecting the Dots between Fatigue, Depression, & Protein Digestion

written by Dr. Jamie Chan-Ortega, Ph.D. 9/26/20 TIRED. IRRITABLE. ANXIOUS, DEPRESSED. Chances are, one or more of these terms describes you or someone you know. It’s the epidemic of fatigue and mood disorders that’s been plaguing us Americans long before the coronavirus pandemic reared its ugly head, but that’s certainly seemed to intensify this year. Stress is at an all-time …

Social Media Overwhelm: Restoring Peace, Patience, and Presence

written by Dr. Jamie Chan-Ortega, Ph.D. 08/12/20 ONCE UPON A TIME we had to wait for the 6 o’clock news to find out what’s happening in the world. We’d get a palatable 30-minute dose and then be on with our lives. Now, information pounds at our front door; it bloats our bellies and spreads like weeds in the garden of …

Treating the Gut to Heal Chronic Illnesses

Do any sort of meaningful review of the latest scientific research and it becomes undeniably clear that a multitude of chronic health issues arise from within our gut. Now I’m of the camp that believes most health issues first and foremost start in our minds: the choices we make in how we react to stress and what we eat, our …

Natural and Effective Treatments for Constipation

Millions of Americans silently struggle with constipation. For many people, it’s a functional issue rather than a structural one. Typically, there’s nothing physically wrong with the structure of the intestines or rectum that may be “blocking” the natural bowel movement out of the body; the GI system just isn’t functioning as it should. And that’s why Functional Medicine is the …