Welcome! My guest today is Dr. Jay Davidson, who is a doctor of natural functional medicine---AND a fellow Milwaukeean! He specializes in heavy metal detoxification and Lyme disease, treating these disorders from a natural perspective. Jay is a #1 national best-selling author, a husband, father, speaker, church elder, and former radio talk show host. He is hosting the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit coming up in April. Let’s talk to Dr. Jay!
Our conversation covers the following:
Dr. Jay got involved in Lyme disease treatment because his wife contracted the disease at age 7 and experienced brain swelling, a coma, and many health issues.
After giving birth to their daughter almost four years ago, Mrs. Davidson went through a life or death health crisis; this began his intense focus on Lyme treatment.
Dr. Jay explains the iSpot, his favorite test for Lyme and a tool for understanding the diagnosis.
In the healing approach for Lyme, diet and food are #1.
In 2007, Jay and his wife explored testing for heavy metal toxicity.
Intermittent fasting and block fasting are techniques that bring success to some Lyme disease.
His wife reacted to almost every food except bone broth; she eventually added vegetables back in to her diet, especially avocados, green leafy vegetables, and bell peppers.
Jay discusses three things that cause inflammation in the body:
Sugar, and grains that turn to sugar
Bad fats like vegetable oils
Toxins such as heavy metals and mold
Besides decreasing the intake of carbohydrates, there are things we should increase in our diets, like healthy fats, vegetable juices, bone broth fasting, and short-term ketogenic diets.
“Our bodies are not meant to eat ONE way forever!”
Dr. Jay discusses ketosis, which is limiting carbs to 30g/day or less.
Perimenopausal and menopausal women have trouble going into ketosis, so Dr. Jay advises repeating the process to stoke the body for success. He explains.
Some people have success and can stay in ketosis for a few months, as they increase carbs up to 50g/day and even to 100-150g for one day weekly.
Dr. Jay discusses SIBO—small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. Most digestive bacteria should stay in the large intestine, not the small.
SIBO symptoms can be limited by using bone broth to starve the bad bacteria and limiting fiber and sugar.
Jay shares his favorite bone broth recipe, using bones, apple cider vinegar, water, Himalayan sea salt, garlic, onions, and spices.
If SIBO isn’t a problem, then veggies can be added into the bone broth.
In the modern diet, going gluten-free is not enough! We all should limit foods that cause blood sugar spikes and stay away from grains.
Dr. J leaves us with two tips:
The missing piece in the modern diet? Fresh herbs!
Cut out sugar! “The American addiction is unreal!”
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