Michael Ruscio, DC is a clinician, researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in the Functional Medicine community. In this highly informative podcast, clinical discussions highlight the importance of bringing a common sense lifestyle medicine approach back to the forefront of medicine, advocating for the judicious use of functional testing and targeted supplementation.
In this podcast Dr. Ruscio cautions clinicians against practicing unfocused or excessive laboratory testing, which may yield data that is not immediately actionable and can lead to confusion or even inappropriate recommendations. For example, gut microbiota testing may give an indication as to what flora is present vs. deficient for a particular person but does not necessarily elucidate the etiology of symptoms. Instead, Dr. Ruscio encourages practitioners to utilize an evidence-based approach using data from clinical trials to guide assessment and disease management options, along with understanding the resources and limitations for each individual patient. Dr. Ruscio, an expert in functional gastroenterology, also discusses some current dietary trends and their use in various clinical situations.
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