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The skinny on bio-identical hormone replacement.


Hormonal imbalances can cause many undesirable symptoms and can even contribute to long-term development of serious conditions and diseases.  See the graphic below for a brief list of symptoms related to hormonal imbalances:



Symptoms of various hormonal imbalances in the body.  Bio-identical hormone replacement can help alleviate these symptoms, but doesn't fix the root cause of the imbalances.

Symptoms of various hormonal imbalances in the body. Bio-identical hormone replacement can help ease these symptoms, but doesn’t fix the root cause of the imbalances.

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The connection between oral health, gut health, and overall health. 

Rick Gold, President of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Rick Gold, President of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

By Rick Gold, Certified FDN Practitioner.

As a certified FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) practitioner, I work with clients to help them find and eliminate the root causes of their symptoms.  The body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism, and all it needs from us is to give it what it needs to do its job: removal of environmental & lifestyle stressors that cause dysfunction, and proper nutrition.

If you strive to find and eliminate the root cause of your symptoms instead of masking them and flood your body with proper nutrition, you can restore balance and homeostasis to your body and allow it to do its job of keeping you healthy.

There are so many potential underlying causes of chronic illness.  Sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, increased toxic burden, lack of proper nutrition, chronic undiagnosed bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, bacterial imbalances in the gut, OTC and prescription medications are just a few underlying causes.

So where does oral health fit into all of this?  To understand the connection between oral health, gut health, and overall health, we need to first understand a bit about how the body works:

Anytime the autonomic nervous system senses stress, it sends a stress signal to the brain.  The brain then sends signals to the adrenal glands that the body

The HPA (Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal) axis illustration shows how the body responds to ANY type of stress.

The HPA (Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal) axis illustration shows how the body responds to ANY type of stress.

is under stress.  The adrenal glands then produce cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone.  Cortisol prepares the body to handle stress.  This is called the “fight or flight response”.  When the fight or flight response is activated, all bodily functions that are required for immediate survival are heightened, and all bodily functions (like digestion, reproduction, or rest and repair) are shut down.

It doesn’t matter what the stress is that you are experiencing; from emotional stress over your job or your relationships, physical injuries, hip, spine, or jaw misalignments, getting chased by a bear, or chronic bacterial infections, the scenario that I just described above will play out every time.  This system works well when the stress we encounter is short-lived.  But these days, stress is something that we live with 24/7/365.  In this scenario of constant stress, the fight or flight response shifts from a life-saving bodily function to one that causes digestive dysfunction, infertility, hormonal imbalances, leaky gut, and malnutrition!

Stress Man

Chronic bacterial infections and heavy metal toxicity are major sources of persistent stress on the body that chronically invokes the fight or flight response.  The oral cavity is one of the most common and most overlooked sources of chronic bacterial infection AND toxicity from heavy metals.  To illustrate this, allow me to get personal with you and share part of my health journey:

Six years ago my state of health was a mess, and I began my health journey to find and eliminate the underlying causes of my stress.  My health has improved dramatically since then.  I had addressed my diet by eliminating gluten, dairy, and other food sensitivities.  I had addressed healing my gut using antibacterial protocols, probiotic therapy,  gut-healing foods and supplements.  I incorporated meditation into my daily life.  I worked on optimizing my quantity and quality of sleep.  I even worked diligently with my wife to rid our home of chemical-laden cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.

But amazingly, while my overall health had improved dramatically, there were still a few things that confounded me.  Although I was much healthier and my immune function had improved, I still had a tendency towards sinus infections when I would get sick.  My blood tests continued to show a slightly depressed white blood cell count.  I still had intense food sensitivities, especially to dairy.  I had pretty much covered everything, right?  Not so fast!

The one area of my body that I had not addressed in recent years was my oral health.  I felt

The tooth that had the root canal done to it.  You can clearly see the mercury filling on top.

The tooth that had the root canal done to it. You can clearly see the mercury filling on top.

that I had an issue with a root canal that I had done about 13 years ago.  The only type of dentist I would ever use for myself, my family, or recommend to clients is a biological dentist.  I decided to go see a biological dentist that I refer all local clients to for oral evaluations.  After a thorough examination, she had determined that the root canal was indeed a problem (I had an abscess and a chronic bacterial infection from the affected tooth that reached into my sinuses) and the beginnings of periodontal disease.  Talk about

a chronic stressor that invokes the fight or flight response!  This chronic infection was putting major stress on my immune system,

The cap that was used to cover my tooth was made of a cheap, non-precious metal that was corroding in my mouth!

The cap that was used to cover my tooth was made of a cheap, non-precious metal that was corroding in my mouth!

which was showing up as an unexplained slightly lowered white blood cell count for years on my blood tests.  No wonder I suffered from leaky gut, bacterial imbalances in the GI tract, food sensitivities, and malnutrition!  Chronic bacterial infections in the oral cavity are also linked to autoimmune disease, heart disease, and cancer.  The dentist expertly removed the root canal and during the procedure discovered that it was filled with mercury; yet another chronic stressor on my body that explains many of the symptoms I had experienced for the last 12-13 years.

You can clearly see the infection once the tooth was pulled out.  It has a white tint.

You can clearly see the infection once the tooth was pulled out. It has a white tint.

So far I have touched on how bacterial infections in the oral cavity can cause gut and immune dysfunction.  I haven’t even yet discussed how mercury can disrupt our health.

Symptoms and conditions that correlate with mercury toxicity.

Symptoms and conditions that correlate with mercury toxicity.

Mercury amalgams can and do constantly shed mercury into our oral cavity and we swallow it into our GI tract.  Mercury alone in the GI tract can cause leaky gut.  It is a major irritant to the gut lining.   The gut lining intimately linked to mental health.  Did you know that about 90% of serotonin that our body makes is made in the lining of the gut?  Serotonin deficiencies are intimately linked to depression and anxiety.   This is one reason depression is a major symptom of mercury toxicity.  Mercury can pass through the gut lining and into the bloodstream.  Mercury from dental amalgams also out-gases and is inhaled.  Inhaled mercury goes straight to the brain and easily crosses the blood brain barrier.  It is known to be a potent neurotoxin.  Click here to read a comprehensive scientific review of mercury in all of its forms and the effect it has on human health.

Now that all the mercury has been removed, the next phase of my healing process will now focus on gentle heavy metal detoxification.  Luckily, I’m equipped with the knowledge to do this.  Unfortunately, so many others are not.

Oral health is a crucial aspect of any wellness program and I urge everyone to find a biological dentist in their area for a thorough evaluation to determine if chronic bacterial infections or heavy metals are part of the underlying cause of poor health.   To find a biological dentist in your area, go to iaomt.org.

If you live in the South Florida area and are looking for a biological dentist, there is only one that I recommend, and I’d be happy to connect you with her.  Feel free to contact me!

Thanks for reading.  Now it’s your turn!  Do you have dental amalgams?   Can you relate to any of this?  Write your comments below and let’s bring some awareness to this issue by sharing this article with our friends and family!


Rick Gold

Certified FDN Practitioner.

Contact me:

Email: Rick@goldfunctionalwellness.com

Website: www.goldfunctionalwellness.com

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How I work.

A lot of people ask me to explain what I do as a Functional Wellness Practitioner. My philosophy is to take a deeper and customized approach to address your health.

A few important distinctions about my practice:

  • While following the healing protocols that I recommend may indirectly reduce or eliminate your symptoms, I don’t specifically treat symptoms because I know that everything you are experiencing points to malfunction and “dis-ease” occurring in your body. There are no “normal” symptoms. A truly healthy person should rarely if ever experience low energy, fatigue, random headaches, joint pains, digestive discomfort, etc.  Just because everyone is feeling those same symptoms that doesn’t mean that they are normal. It just means that everyone is experiencing malfunction in their bodies.
  • When it comes to the health and wellbeing of my clients, I don’t guess, I test!

Your symptoms could be stemming from any number of underlying issues and I don’t (nor should anyone) pretend to be smart enough to guess what those underlying issues are.

Frequent headaches may be caused by dehydration, food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity, pathogens, leaky gut, or it could be that your spine is out of alignment.

How do you really know what is causing those headaches without functional lab testing?  That’s where I come in.

During the initial consult with clients I get a snapshot of how they are feeling and the symptoms they are experiencing. At that point, I do not offer any recommendations.  Instead, I use functional lab work (saliva, urine, blood, stool, and hair) to uncover potential hidden malfunctions in the following bodily systems:

– Steroid Hormone Balance (Cortisol, DHEA, Pregnenolone, Testosterone, Estradiol, Progesterone, and Melatonin). I also have access to in-depth thyroid function panels.

– Digestive system (gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, find pathogens, bugs, food sensitivities, celiac). I also run labs that tell me how well you are digesting and absorbing the food you eat.  There is a saying: “you are what you eat”.  Well, you can take that a step further: “You are what you digest and absorb”.  In other words, you can eat all of the healthiest foods on earth, but if your digestive system is malfunctioning you simply aren’t going to digest and absorb enough of those nutrients to have any beneficial impact on your health.

– Immune system (Is your immune system functioning properly?  Is it overactive and clearly fighting something off, like a persistent low-grade infection, or food particles that have leaked into your bloodstream?)

– Detoxification (toxicity from metal, exposure to pollutants, liver function)

– Neurotransmitters

Additionally, I have access to advanced blood panels that provide deep analysis of heart health, cancer risk, inflammation levels, and much more.  Click on the services page on this website for a more complete description.

This may sound strange, but I actually prefer to work with people who have already seen their doctor or several specialists, and perhaps other health coaches and are still struggling with health issues and complaints; Someone who feels ill but their doctor tells them “everything looks fine”.  Those are the people who really appreciate this very important difference in how I work.  With the use of functional labs I am usually able to uncover the root cause(s) behind most of their symptoms.

Once I find these hidden malfunctions, or “healing opportunities”, I then tailor a specific healing protocol for my clients based on their situation.  I teach my clients how to make a dramatic impact on their overall health through the use of a holistic “self-care” model.  We address all areas of their bodily function by designing a protocol that requires lifestyle changes and deep commitment in the following areas:

– Diet – Guide the client through the process of determining their specific metabolic type and using a service that can tailor an eating plan for them.  Additionally, I recommend total removal of foods from their diet that have shown to be inflammatory on their food sensitivity panel.

– Rest – Regardless of the clients’ situation (night shifts, sleep disorders, etc.), we work to find a way to get them the proper rest needed for healing.

– Exercise – I suggest specific forms of exercise based on the clients’ current situation (health, age, schedule, etc.)

– Stress Reduction – There are two types of “bad” stress that negatively impact our health.  The first is mental and emotional stress or stress from trauma.  I suggest ways for the client to alleviate those stressors.  The second type is hidden internal stressors which I have discussed in this article.  To address the hidden internal stressors we use the lab work to uncover them and the natural protocols to alleviate them.

– Supplementation – I build customized supplement protocols for the client that contribute to long-term healing of those hidden malfunctions and also provide some immediate symptom relief.

A closing thought:

  • The protocols that I run with my clients are not magic pills.  It takes time, effort, and significant lifestyle changes in order for them to heal.  Some protocols may take months and some may take years.  It is likely that the client has (knowingly or unknowingly) spent decades doing damage to their bodies.  It’s nearly impossible to turn all of that damage around in a few months.

Thanks for reading!

Rick Gold, FDP

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietician and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.