(Functional medicine advocates refer to this as the 4 Rs.)
1. Remove: Eliminate infections that are found. Stop taking antiinflammatories and drinking excess alcohol. Begin an allergy elimination diet, which removes toxins in food that may trigger
an inflammatory response. (The elimination diet is given at the end of the category.)
2. Replace: Add fiber, digestive
enzymes, and hydrochloric acid to the diet to restore balance and homeostasis to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
3. Repair: Take a number of anti-inflammatory herbs, nutrient vitamins, and antioxidants to repair the gut lining.
4. Reinnoculate: Reintroduce the symbiotic bacteria by taking probiotics, such as bifidus, acidophilus, or saccharomycosis boulardi, alone or in combination.
Functional medical practitioners believe that a low level inflammatory state contributes to bronchial irritability and the likelihood of bron - chospasm. An analysis of 2,000 child
■ Corn starch in baking powder and any processed foods
■ Corn syrup in beverages and processed foods
■ Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard is usually from
Eat only the foods listed under “Foods to Include” and avoid foods listed under “Foods to Exclude.” If you have a question about a particular food, check to see if it is on
This is called an “elimination diet” because you will be removing certain foods and food categories from your diet. These modifications allow your body’s compromised detoxifi
The “remove” aspect of functional medicine (the first of the 4 Rs) includes dietary changes, particularly when there has been a history of antibiotic misuse. When necessary, I
The following list includes only a few of the substances that functional medicine practitioners use for CAID symptoms. They believe that if taken daily, these nutrients will reduce