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Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in health care.

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in health care.


There is a relationship between unfriendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and a multitude of health issues in the gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract house 100 trillion cells, more then all the stars in the sky! A major part of you immune and nervous system resides in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, if there is an imbalance in the bacterial balance in the gastrointestinal tract, one is more susceptible to autoimmune diseases, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammations, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies and intestinal permeability (also known as “leaky gut”).

A diet rich in fiber allows the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract to break down the fiber into short chain fatty acids. These short chain fatty acids are fuel for the intestinal enterocytes, which are the cell lining in the gut.

Stool analysis is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that allows the practitioner to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced microorganisms.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for non-desirable organisms which allows for a targeted treatment.

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Adrenal Function Testing

Many people stumble out of bed in the morning and begin running all day with kids, work, sports practices, dinner, errands and housework. Constantly burning the candle at both ends leaves you exhausted. Weekends used to be a time to relax and unwind, but many people now find the weekends to be equally as busy. Sadly, this in “normal” for many people.

The cases of people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome is staggering and millions succumb to extreme exhaustion and/or adrenal dysfunction. I you find yourself relying on coffee, sugar or other stimulant to get you going in the morning and throughout the day you may be experiencing adrenal dysfunction.

This feeling is often accompanied by one or more of the following:
  • Morning fatigue/noticeable fatigue any time of the day
  • Craving salty or fatty foods
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased tolerance for stress
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Headaches and migraines

It is difficult to know what your cortisol levels and neurotransmitter levels are based on symptoms alone; therefore, it is important to test to determine an optimal treatment plan. Salivary testing is the only way to accurately measure the pattern of cortisol release throughout the day. Saliva testing also allows measurement of the fraction of the hormone that your body can use and is convenient and painless. Because the endocrine system in complex, issues that arise stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormone produced by one gland, it can cause imbalance in other hormones as well.

At Hunt Naturopathic Clinic we use the Comprehensive Hormone Profile as an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function. This panel tests both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones, because symptoms of imbalance may overlap. The Comprehensive Hormone Profile will assess: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol at four points during the day.

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Unexplained Chronic Illness and Fatigue?

Consider chronic Lyme disease and other coinfections.
Dr. Jeffrey J. Hunt utilizes specialty Lyme disease diagnostic testing and comprehensive treatment.
Treatment may include addressing sleep disorders, digestion, diet and nutrition, allergies, other infections, hormonal and neurotransmitter disorders, exercise and detoxification.
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Magnesium Absorption

Magnesium Absorption

Dr. Hunt has developed his own calcium magnesium combination.  This is an important balance between calcium and magnesium, preventing the negative side effects of too much calcium and poor magnesium absorption.
Magnesium is useful for a multitude of health concerns, namely
  • muscle cramping
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • osteoporosis
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • fibromyalgia
Not all types of magnesium cause a laxative effect.  Poorly absorbed magnesium supplements need to be broken down into its ionic form in the body before it can be absorbed.  A high concentration of mineral ions in the gut increases the osmotic pressure that causes water to be drawn into the intestine to dilute the ions and lower their concentration.  This increased flow of water into the intestine is what creates the laxative effect and can lead to lose stools, bloating and diarrhea.
Magnesium chelates such as magnesium glycinate do not need to be broken down into ionic form for absorption.  When magnesium is combined with glycinate it can easily cross the intestinal membrane as an intact pair through gates designed specifically for their passing called dipeptide channels.  As a result, no magnesium ions are left behind to disrupt osmotic pressure and therefore a laxative effect is avoided.
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