About Lucy Mailing

Lucy Mailing, MD/PhD student

The problem with iron supplements and iron-fortified foods

By |2018-01-17T20:28:31+00:00January 17th, 2018|

The problem with iron supplements and iron-fortified foods Has excess iron fostered an epidemic of gut dysbiosis? Learn why iron is such a crucial nutrient to get right. Iron-deficiency is a major global health issue, affecting more than two billion people worldwide.1 Iron is a vital component of hemoglobin and myoglobin, [...]

All about SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

By |2019-03-26T16:06:37+00:00January 10th, 2018|

All about SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth This article serves as both an introduction and a comprehensive guide to SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Whether you’ve never heard of it before or are struggling to treat recurring SIBO, this article is for you. I’ll cover what SIBO is, how to [...]

8 ways to make your New Year’s Resolution (or any goal) stick this year

By |2018-02-21T16:13:12+00:00January 2nd, 2018|

8 ways to make your New Year’s Resolution (or any goal) stick this year According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 41 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, yet only 9 percent are successful in achieving theirs.1 Why? More often than not, they simply don’t have the right mindset, [...]

Sweet potato banana spice muffins

By |2018-02-21T16:19:46+00:00December 28th, 2017|

Sweet potato banana spice muffins I made this recipe on accident and it was fantastic! I was halfway through mixing up batter for pumpkin banana bread, and in the aftermath of our kitchen remodel, I couldn’t find a can opener to open the canned pumpkin. I happened to have some leftover [...]

Why we need an integrative, individualized approach to weight loss

By |2017-12-20T15:32:27+00:00December 19th, 2017|

Why we need an integrative, individualized approach to weight loss Obesity has surpassed epidemic proportions. One in three adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese,1 and if current trends continue, a whopping 57% of children in the United States will be obese by the time they turn 35.2 Researchers continue [...]

Creamy avocado salad dressing

By |2018-02-21T16:21:04+00:00December 12th, 2017|

Creamy avocado salad dressing This dressing is so easy to make and I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like it. Even my parents, who hate avocados, like this dressing! Prep time: 5 minutes Makes: enough dressing for about 4 large servings of salad Allergens: none. Ingredients: 4 avocados 2 cups [...]

The gut ecosystem: why understanding microbial communities can help prevent and treat disease

By |2017-12-03T22:29:49+00:00December 3rd, 2017|

The gut ecosystem: why understanding microbial communities can help prevent and treat disease The trillions of microbes that inhabit your gut form complex interactions with each other and with their human host. An altered gut microbiota has been associated with a number of different diseases. Understanding the microbiome as an ecosystem [...]

Then and now: what a difference food can make

By |2018-02-21T16:15:25+00:00November 27th, 2017|

Then and now: what a difference food can make The other day, I was doing reorganizing some files on my computer and came across a file titled “College Packing List”. It was from 2013. I opened the file and was astonished by some of the things on the list. I drew [...]

SCFAs Part 5: The propionate-autism connection

By |2017-11-29T19:38:20+00:00November 22nd, 2017|

SCFAs Part 5: The propionate-autism connection The prevalence of autism and other neuropsychiatric diseases has grown tremendously in recent decades. Environmental factors are sure to play a role, including the gut microbiota and its all-too important metabolites, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). So far in the SCFA series, I’ve discussed the benefits [...]

Easy Garlic Roasted Cabbage

By |2018-02-21T16:22:30+00:00November 14th, 2017|

Easy garlic cabbage steaks   I’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t love these. They might even top garlic bread. I love to make these along with garlic thyme roasted carrots as quick and easy pop-in-the-oven veggies. Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes: 6 servings Allergens: none (low FODMAP, [...]

Why your genome isn’t your destiny

By |2018-02-21T16:17:16+00:00November 7th, 2017|

Why your genome isn’t your destiny I’m all about individualized medicine. I highly recommend genetic testing, and genetic individuality is a foundational element of the NGmedicine approach. But genetic individuality is just ONE facet of the individuality of an organism. Epigenetics, biochemistry, and environmental factors can all significantly influence health and [...]

FDA, USDA, MyPlate, oh my! The lack of evidence in U.S. nutrition policy

By |2018-01-11T22:44:55+00:00October 31st, 2017|

FDA, USDA, MyPlate, oh my! The lack of evidence in U.S. nutrition policy I didn’t pass the qual last month. My initial reaction was hurt, frustration, and anger. I didn’t want to tell anyone. I pride myself on academic excellence, so being asked to retake the Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. qualifying exam [...]

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Book Review: Unconventional Medicine by Chris Kresser

By |2017-10-23T21:45:41+00:00October 23rd, 2017|

Book Review: Unconventional Medicine by Chris Kresser Full disclosure: I work as a research assistant and content contributor for Chris Kresser. However, I received no incentives, monetary or otherwise, to write this review and was not involved in the writing of this book. I simply believe in his mission, think he [...]

Individualizing medicine: what I learned from CIMCON17

By |2017-10-16T23:00:24+00:00October 16th, 2017|

Individualizing medicine: what I learned from CIMCON17 As part of my MD/PhD, I get to attend a few scientific and medical conferences every year. I’m incredibly grateful for the chance to network with other students, meet people from around the country, and hear experts in the field share their research and [...]

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20 ways to take your health into your own hands

By |2019-01-22T00:11:59+00:00September 22nd, 2017|

A woman comes into her new patient appointment with 13 prescription bottles, which she carefully lines up on the desk next to the exam table. When the doctor comes in, she can’t tell him what a single one is for, yet confirms that she has been taking them diligently for the last few [...]

  • SCFAs part 3. Is butyrate toxic? Decrypting the butyrate paradox

SCFAs Part 3: Decrypting the butyrate paradox: can excess butyrate be toxic?

By |2017-11-29T19:34:07+00:00August 17th, 2017|

SCFAs Part 3: Decrypting the butyrate paradox: can excess butyrate be toxic?   Several supplement companies now offer various forms of oral butyrate supplements. But should we really be taking butyrate? Can too much butyrate be a bad thing? In part 2 of the short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) series, I discussed the [...]

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SCFAs Part 2: The benefits of butyrate

By |2017-10-10T01:37:49+00:00August 15th, 2017|

SCFAs Part 2: The benefits of butyrate   Did you know that butyrate, a metabolite produced in your gut, has benefits for the brain, skin, immune system, and more? In the last installment of the short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) series, I covered the basics of SCFAs, including how they are produced, where [...]

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SCFAs Part 1: A brief introduction to short-chain fatty acids

By |2017-11-29T19:31:34+00:00August 14th, 2017|

SCFAs Part 1: A brief introduction to short-chain fatty acids   A great deal of my laboratory research in some way involves short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). And to be honest, the more we learn about SCFAs, the more it seems we don’t know!  It’s increasingly evident that these bacterial metabolites play intricate [...]

Functional medicine: far from pseudoscience

By |2017-10-10T01:51:05+00:00August 12th, 2017|

Functional medicine: far from pseudoscience “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison My dad sent me this quote a few months ago, and it’s featured on the front page of my website because I think [...]

Treating the root cause of disease

By |2017-10-10T01:54:34+00:00August 10th, 2017|

Treating the root cause of disease Why a functional approach is more effective for lasting health and wellness Amy walked slowly through the rows of swiss chard, cabbage, kale, and potatoes, stopping frequently to bend down and inspect the leaves and stems of the young plants.  As she walked through the field, [...]

Choconana-tain Cake

By |2017-08-17T20:07:23+00:00August 8th, 2017|

Choconana-tain Cake   NOMSS. That is all. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes: 8 x 8 inch pan Allergens: gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free Ingredients: 2 plantains (ripe preferred) 3 bananas (ripe preferred) ½ can of coconut milk – save remainder for the frosting 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla 1/2 tsp [...]

Garlic Thyme Roasted Carrots (AIP friendly)

By |2018-02-28T23:13:12+00:00August 3rd, 2017|

Garlic thyme roasted carrots (AIP friendly)   These are like candy. And so easy to prep! Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Makes: 4 servings Allergens: none Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh carrots Garlic powder Thyme Sea salt Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 400°F. 2) Cut the carrots however you like. You [...]

How I came to start this blog

By |2017-08-17T19:43:37+00:00August 1st, 2017|

How I came to start this blog   I never really thought of myself as a writer, but it just kind of happened. As a result of my own healing story, I became interested in functional and integrative medicine in 2013. Within a few short months, I had changed my intended career [...]