Functional Medicine Blog

The latest from Dr. Kim Crawford

8 Exciting Therapies for Natural Pain Relief

Exciting New Therapies for Natural Pain Relief In this article I review some of the basics of pain relief you might have learned in health class, including all the ways to increase your natural painkillers: your endorphins, enkephalins, and endogenous cannabinoids (some of this might be familiar too). I also touch on some integrative, supplement-type… Read More »

Functional Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Treatment

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Treatment Before we start discussing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, let’s just touch on the traditional treatment you are probably getting. You are not on a special diet to heal or protect your gut. You have elevated antibodies and are told “don’t worry about them.” You are simply placed on a synthetic version of T4, not… Read More »

How to Get Rid of Bloating: Solutions for 16 Issues

Get Rid of Bloating by Addressing the Root Cause  To get rid of bloating symptoms, you must identify the root cause. Depending on what is wrong, you’ll need to do “the basics” and then, typically, some other personalized steps. The gastroenterology literature compartmentalizes bloating into what they call “functional” (translation: they find no cause for… Read More »

6 Habits and the 7 Best Supplements to Improve Mitochondrial Function

Mitochondria are the key to energy and health Mitochondria are involved in many vital processes in human cells, including energy production, fatty-acid oxidation and the Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) cycle, calcium signaling, , apoptosis (cellular death) and heat production. However to simplify things lets talk about energy and longevity which is what their function translates to… Read More »

Functional Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Treatment

Introduction to Inflammatory Bowel Disease The etiology of Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) is complex, with genetic predisposition, an altered microbiome, environmental factors and a weakened epithelial (“gut”) barrier function triggering a chronic immune response in the mucosal layer. These two disorders of chronic intestinal inflammation affect approximately three million people worldwide.… Read More »

COVID-19 Functional Treatment and Prophylaxis

COVID-19 Functional Treatment As I write this article, it’s early March, 2021. My original, complete and very long article was published on April 13, 2020. It’s a masterpiece of information if I say so myself, has become the gold standard for U.S. functional treatment and can be found here. Currently we are racing to beat… Read More »

18 Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Symptoms of low progesterone You may have “heard” that premenstrual syndrome; PMS, or even the worse premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is due to low progesterone. You might have read that one of the common signs of progesterone deficiency is premenstrual bloating. However, this article will review the common symptoms and then the signs of progesterone… Read More »

Get Rid of Menopause Belly Fat

My Flat Belly has become My Menopausal Muffin Top. Help! You’re a woman in her late 40s. You’ve spent your life watching what you eat, and you exercise regularly. You are not packing on the pounds, but you notice that your previously flat belly pooches out when you look at it from the side. Your pants… Read More »