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Dr. Chris Meletis, ND

Dr. Chris Meletis is an educator, international author and lecturer. His personal mission is “Changing America’s Health One Person at a Time.” He believes that change begins the moment people become educated about their body. Dr. Meletis has authored 16 books and over 200 national scientific articles in journals including Natural Health, Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Life Extension and Natural Pharmacy. Dr. Meletis served as Dean of Naturopathic Medicine and Chief Medical Officer for 7 years for the National College of Naturopathic Medicine which is now the National University of Natural Medicine. He was awarded the 2003 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He has a deep passion for helping the underprivileged and spearheaded the creation of 16 free natural medicine healthcare clinics in the Portland metropolitan area of Oregon.

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Nourishing and Fueling a Happy Heart

The risk of dying from a broken heart is real. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome) presents with the weakening of the left ventricle arising from severe emotional or physical stress. This concept is captured beautifully for us...

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Weight Loss Safety 101 -Mitigating the Risk of Liberating ‘Fat Stored Toxins’

Weight loss may seem like a win-win pursuit. However, as naturopathic physicians and functional medicine providers, we need to be acutely aware of the risks associated with mobilizing toxins that have bio-accumulated over the months and years in adipose...

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Euthyroid Sick Syndrome: A Potential Variable of Mortality and More

There is growing evidence that a thyroid profile offers much more profound insights into how well a patient is doing, far beyond basal metabolic rate. One good example of this is euthyroid sick syndrome, also known as nonthyroidal illness syndrome. The...

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Empowering Patients by Fueling the Citric Acid Cycle

We all know that one person or patient who just can't get enough restorative rest or recover from what is keeping them down. More and more frequently, these individuals are growing sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and are seeking alternative...

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Cross-Reactivity: More Than Foods are Causing Your Patients’ Suffering

Up to 60 percent of all food reactions occur because of cross-reactions between food and pollen. A great example is birch pollen cross-reacts with hazelnuts, apples, celery, carrot, soy, and countless other foods. So, what happens when a patient that has...

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It's Time to Cleanse Ourselves of the Toxicity of 2020

2020 was riddled with forest fires (benzene and other exposures), COVID-19 worry, home quarantine, inhalation of more indoor air pollution, and geopolitical stress culminating in a massive allostatic burden and disruption of collective homeostasis.

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Testing for Food Sensitivities in a Culturally Diverse World

As the world becomes increasingly connected through the internet, travel, and immigration, traditional cuisines from across the globe have become more and more available to us all.

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How Food Allergies and the Environment Collide

When the allergy season arrives, many patients are focused on avoiding pollen from trees and grasses. Yet, they're not always aware of an important fact—if they're reacting to tree and grass pollen, they are also are likely reacting to specific foods as...

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How Food Intolerance and Environmental Pollutants Affect Athletes with Impaired Intestinal Permeability

Intestinal barrier function is regulated by tight junctions, which play an important role in the passage of ions, water, and molecules through the intestinal walls. However, when intestinal epithelial barrier function becomes impaired—otherwise known as...

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3 Medical Tests Critical for Weight Loss Success and Safety

Prior to starting my patients on any weight loss regimen, there are three tests I always employ. These tests are extremely important to ensure the success of immediate weight loss as well as sustained weight loss over time. They also are necessary to...

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Food Sensitivities and Thanksgiving: 6 Delicious Swaps

If you have food sensitivities, the Thanksgiving meal can seem like a minefield to be navigated rather than a joyous celebration. But don't despair. If you have food sensitivities, take sensible precautions like checking for the most common allergens in...

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Leaky Gut: How and Why It Occurs

When the intestinal epithelial lining barrier is compromised, it leads to a leaky gut. The foundation of this barrier consists of only a single layer of specialized epithelial cells joined by tight junction proteins. However, other factors are involved...

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Autoimmune Diseases and Food Sensitivities

A leaky gut can lead to the initiation and progression of autoimmune disease, especially in people who are genetically predisposed. Autoimmune diseases associated with increased intestinal permeability include

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
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Neurological Impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants

Parabens, phthalates, toluene, and benzene are toxins implicated in neurological disorders. Parabens are antifungal and antibacterial chemicals widely found in personal care products such as soap, shampoo, cosmetics, and perfume. These chemicals are...

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The Clinical Utility of IgG4 Testing

Immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing has long been an important means of identifying delayed hypersensitivity reactions to food and other environmental irritants. One of the most prolific proteins in circulation, IgG comprises approximately 10% to 20% of the...

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Identifying Secondary Nutrient Deficits Due to Celiac Disease

The Vicious Cycle of Celiac-Induced Nutrient Depletion

Patients with celiac disease are often deficient in key nutrients due to both low dietary intake and malabsorption. Vitamin D has been found to be deficient in 70% of children recently diagnosed with...

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Allergies, Intolerances, and ADHD

Children with ADHD are more likely to suffer from allergic diseases. In one study of 100 children with ADHD compared with 60 healthy controls, 35% of the ADHD children had allergies. Most of the allergies were a combination of allergic rhinitis and...

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Neuro-Behavioral Impact of Foods

Food intolerance has been known to cause ADHD symptoms since at least the 1970s when Feingold observed hyperactivity and learning disabilities in children who ate artificial food flavors and colors. In 1992, Egger and colleagues published a study where...

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Autism and Immune Reactivity

As with ADHD, there is a relationship between autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and gluten intolerance. Researchers have observed a greater risk of ASDs in children whose mothers have celiac disease. Furthermore, compared to controls, individuals with...

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