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Another MAJOR Mental Health Hidden Stressor…. BORRELIA!

Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria, borrelia (strains vary by region). The borrelia bacteria has the crazy capability of altering its genome in order to change its exterior shell antigens in order to avoid being detected by the host’s immune system. These modified surface proteins can trigger autoimmunity in the host.

Borrelia infection in the blood

16 proteins on the borrelia bacteria have been shown to cross-react with thyroid tissue, thereby triggering thyroid autoimmunity, such as Grave’s or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Lyme can also trigger chronic inflammatory response syndrome, or CIRS.

The bacteria also produce protein “cocoons” called biofilms that protect the bacteria from antibiotic treatment and immune system defense mechanisms. The bacteria will secrete enzymes to digest and steal nutrients from the host. These little bastards will burrow into tissues across the body, such as the joint tissue (joint pain?), or even central nervous system (can mimic neurological conditions). Lyme often comes with co-infections like babesia and bartonella.

Testing for Lyme can be tricky and antibiotics are not always effective by themselves. Therefore using a functional approach (in conjunction with antibiotics, only when absolutely necessary) yields superior outcomes.

Learn more about this topic… join Brendan for his upcoming webinar, Integrative Therapeutics for Lyme and Coinfections.


Brendan Vermeire is an Integrative Clinician and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specializing in complex chronic illness. He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 19. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has lead him to being the current Director of the Association of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioners, the owner/founder of the Premier Virtual Integrative Health Clinic, Metabolic Solutions, and a Clinical Educator for Bio-Botanical Research.

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When It Comes to Health, There Is No One Size Fits All

Have you ever wondered why a particular diet, workout routine or cleanse offers remarkable results for some people, but not others?

It’s because of bio-individuality and Metabolic Chaos®.

When it comes to health, there is no one size fits all!  Each person is unique on a cellular and metabolic level.  They have their own health strengths and weaknesses, or vital voids as Reed Davis, the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® calls them.  So, instead of treating symptoms, tests and/or assessment results, the key is to assess the specific needs of each person.

Functional lab testing is the best way to analyze a person’s specific needs on a deeper level.  The comprehensive data obtained through lab testing can be used to inform and guide a health-building program, to get real results that last a lifetime.

Reed Davis, the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®, worked for over a decade as a certified nutritional therapist and case manager perfecting lab testing and resources.  And now for over 10 years, he has been sharing his knowledge through the FDN course with a mission to empower as many people as possible to help as many people as possible to get well and stay well naturally.

After helping hundreds of clients, Reed discovered that while each was unique in their health challenges, they also had much in common – H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors.

Through clinical work, Reed identified 5 foundational lab tests essential for in-depth insights in order to uncover a client’s H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors and reveal their true healing opportunities to build their health.

Having access to lab testing, knowing how to properly interpret the results and use the data to guide a health building protocol is what makes certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioners so successful in getting their clients real results.

Like you, most of our FDN practitioners started off as health coaches, personal trainers, nutritionists, nurses, homemakers or were in non-health related fields and changed their career because they were inspired by their personal health journey.

No matter what their prior profession was, all of them have these 3 things in common:

  • A strong desire to help others on a deeper level
  • Willingness to walk the talk and empower others to do the same
  • A feeling as if they were missing some very important pieces to the health puzzle.

FDN’s complete methodology has empowered over 3,000 trainees in over 50 different countries to help people get well and stay well naturally.

Learn more from Reed Davis. Watch his MedFit webinar…


Reed Davis is a Nutritional Therapist and has been the Health Director and Case Manager at a wellness clinic San Diego for over 15 years; he is the Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Certification Course.

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Got Good Guts?

Everyone in the functional medicine world has heard about the importance of a balanced microbiome for overall health.  But how does an imbalance create disease?  There are multiple answers to that question.  Join Dr. Fresco for a deeper look at the ways in which pathogenic microorganisms can contribute to illness, including; microbial shift disease, lipopolysaccharides (LPS), and biofilms.

Gratefully, there are highly effective, yet safe therapeutics that can restore microbial balance and health.

To learn more, join Dr. Fresco for her free upcoming webinar on this topic, From Fatigued to Fit: Improving Gut Health with Botanical Medicine. Dr. Fresco will discuss the use of botanical formula, Biocidin, to deal with those “unfriendly residents” while safely correcting the intestinal ecology.  All while preserving the entire body’s ecosystem.

What Will Listeners Learn During Dr. Fresco’s Presentation?

  1. What is microbial shift disease and why it is critical to look at the health of the entire GI tract, starting with the mouth.
  2. Is it SIBO or SIFO?  Broad-spectrum botanicals can address both.
  3. How effective are Bio-Botanical Research products without diet modifications when addressing SIBO?
  4. What are biofilms and how they contribute to drug and antibiotic resistance.
  5. Understand the systemic effects of LPS and how symptoms can manifest in the body.
  6. The overlooked link between oral and gut health and how to properly support the oral microbiome.
  7. Case studies successfully addressing microbial dysbiosis.
  8. Leave with simple, clinically effective, botanical solutions that the whole family can use.

What is Bio-Botanical Research?

Bio-Botanical Research Inc., formulators of Biocidin®, has been providing professional-grade, botanical nutritional support formulations that target both acute and chronic intestinal dysbiosis and systemic infections for more than 30 years. The curated line of 10 products is especially valued for its ability to selectively address difficult biofilm encapsulated infections seen in C. difficile, Candida, SIBO, IBD, UTI, sinusitis, and periodontal disease, among many others.

What is Biocidin®?

The flagship formula, Biocidin®, is a combination of 17 botanicals, used from head to toe and infant to elderly. Biocidin® has been revered by leading practitioners, and for good reason.—Its ease of use and versatility as a broad-spectrum agent to address multiple microbial imbalances simultaneously, including pathogenic biofilms, makes it unique.  Best of all, research is confirming what healthcare providers have seen in practice for years; the Biocidin® formula is able to effectively address dysbiosis while protecting and supporting the proper balance of beneficial organisms.

Product Quality and Manufacturing

All botanicals are of the highest USP grade quality, tested for purity, and come with certificates of analysis. No synthetic fillers, additives, gluten, dairy, artificial flavors, or colorings are used. Independent laboratories are used to test for effectiveness, and  all products are tested in clinical usage by physicians before adding to the product line.

How to Learn More

Healthcare professionals interested in Biocidin®, can set up a professional account to receive access to on-going educational resources, including free personalized training on products and protocols.

Patients are encouraged to work with a functional medicine practitioner.  You can read more about the products at www.biocidin.com.


Rachel Fresco, L.Ac., Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Bio-Botanical Research, located adjacent to Silicon Valley on the Monterey Bay. Her company has been delivering innovative botanical formulas to health care professionals since 1989. Her focus in product development has been addressing concerns relating to GI health, Lyme disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as oral care and systemic infections. The flagship formula Biocidin®. is recommended by noted authors, clinics and laboratories worldwide.

Dr. Fresco lectures at medical conferences both in the US and internationally, in addition to appearing on many podcasts and online summits relating to health and wellness. She “walks the talk” empowering and inspiring others to lead healthy and organic lifestyles, and modeling a new paradigm of corporate culture.

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Is Mold Your Root Cause?

Once upon a time I was engaged. I was 21 years old and more in love than I had ever been, and perhaps more than I have even to this day as I sit here writing this at 6 am on a calm Summer morning.  I lived with my fiancé and her children. Although life was a bit nutty at times. We had something. Something good. For a moment there, it was permanent…