039: Hormone to Gut Connection w/ Dr. Michael Ruscio

Couch Talk with Dr. Michael Ruscio


I want to share a fabulous discussion that I had recently with Dr. Michael Ruscio about women’s hormones and how gut bacteria can have such a tremendous effect on them!

He is a functional medicine practitioner with an emphasis in gut health. He also specializes in autoimmune, thyroid, and digestive disorders. He is a wealth of knowledge and provided many great insights.

Listen to our discussion on “The Hormone to Gut Connection”

Key Points From Our Interview Include:

  • Pylori – dangerous or protective?
  • Pylori and Hashimoto’s thyroid autoimmunity connection
  • How Hashimoto’s may be improved with H. Pylori treatment
  • Hormonal changes that affect the GI tract, and solutions such as the use of chasteberry for PMS
  • Melatonin disruption effects on Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Did you know melatonin, the hormone of sleep regulation, is anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, too?
  • How Vitamin D improves IBS and is the “great mediator”!
  • Stress and a causal decrease in protective GI bacteria
  • Benefits of exercise on gut bacteria – who knew? (Just like Goldilocks, too little and too much are not good).

Meet Dr. Michael Ruscio

Dr. Ruscio gives smart, busy people suffering from symptoms like daily bloating, constant fatigue, and unexplained weight gain, simple steps to start living a healthy, enjoyable life again, no matter how long they’ve been suffering.

He is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, a Doctor of Chiropractic, and is a lead researcher in a current study on IBS. He is a working on Post-doctoral Functional Medicine study with educational bodies such as: The National College of Naturopathic Medicine, The Institute of Functional Medicine, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Kalish Research, and Defeat Autism Now.

He has spoken at the SIBO Symposium Summit, Paleo FX, Ancestral Health Symposium, Sean Croxton’s Digestion Sessions, as well as many other International conferences and top health podcasts.

You can find out more about his simple, evidence-based approach to healing chronic illness at www.drruscio.com.


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Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca

Certified OB/GYN, Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine expert and founder of The Girlfriend Doctor. During Dr. Anna’s health journey, she turned to research to create products to help thousands of women through menopause, hormones, and sexual health. She is the author of best-selling The Hormone Fix, and Keto-Green 16 and MenuPause.

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