Gut Health

Advancing the Highest Expression of GastroIntestinal Health

Supporting a healthy microbiome is foundational in our functional medicine approach. The gut constitutes 70-85% of our immune system and impacts our adrenal, thyroid, hormone and nervous systems. It also has a physical connection to the brain via the vagus nerve.  A compromised microbiome leads to a cascade of unfavorable events to the body’s core function. Ultimately, inflammation in your gut leads to inflammation throughout your body.

 We utilize the most progressive laboratory testing and diagnostics to discover the underlying imbalances and find the root cause of intestinal permeability. Patients experience dramatic improvement and resolution through our individualized gut health protocols.  We not only address the severity of intestinal barrier permeability but also the epigentic and nutritional triggers that accompany and fuel the breakdown.

Our Process


Removing environmental and nutritional triggers that negatively impact the GI tract is of the utmost priority.  The villi of the gastrointestinal tract are subject to breakdown, impeding our ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients. This creates a pathway for partially digested food particles, unhealthy bacteria, parasites, and other foreign invaders.  

Problematic gut bacteria that adapt to their environment lead to illness, such as autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, joint pain, anxiety and depression, headaches and migraines, and heart disease (to name a few). Correctly addressing the immunogenic impact of the microbiota is instrumental in the healing process-including considerations of molecular mimicry. Molecular mimicry is the result of a loss of immunological tolerance, meaning the ability for an individual’s immune system to discriminate between self and non-self.  Foods like gluten and gliadin often have negative cross-reactions with other tissues in our body. 

Address Microbiota and Microbial Balance

The aftermath of the inflammatory cascade. This stage aims to promote the microbiota and microbiome balance, liver detoxification, and lymphatic movement.  It addresses candida both through herbal and nutritional interventions; our patients go sugar-free for this phase of healing.

Replant and Regrow

Restoring the compromised landscape with key nutrients and diversity of beneficial bacteria is critical.  There is now ample room along the gastrointestinal lining to bring balance to the gut neighborhood and create resiliency in the community. It’s critical to help beneficial bacteria flourish by assisting the lining of the GI tract with arabinogalactans and prebiotics. When we complete the resolution of this stage, the GI tract can repair itself and essentially, heal from within.


Answering your most asked questions so you can be prepared.

What is the gut-brain connection to intestinal permeability?

When there’s a breakdown of bacteria in the cell wall, a leakage zone in the bloodstream occurs, known as, “The Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier.” The liver becomes overwhelmed by doing its best to detoxify the system. Toxins begin to set sail for travel, making their way to the brain. The enhanced toxins in the brain create a cascade of events and disturbances such as anxiety and depression, brain fog, and increased immune upregulation — eczema, psoriasis, joint pain, headaches, and migraines.

What aids to create rapid growth in gut damage?

Stressors in our body are the culprit to sluggish detoxification, inflammation, immune system dysfunction, hormone disruption, gut dysbiosis, and mineral depletion. Stress in disguise can be hidden food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies, inflammatory cytokines, mineral deficiencies, negative thoughts we cultivate, toxins you’re exposed to (endotoxins and exotoxins), enhanced antibiotics, additives, pesticides, and insufficient food supply.

Why become a patient at Therapeutic Health?

The future of medicine is available for you now. Our clinical approach to optimizing longevity focuses on the health span of each patient at a personalized level. Treating the whole system, not just the symptoms. We have access to the latest laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques to discover the underlying imbalances. There is no one size fits all approach to optimal health and treatment protocol. For each patient, much thought, hours, and energy go into designing preventative strategies to ensure you stay better for longer. Our patients leave with answers, clarity, and motivation to start their healing journey.

How is Therapeutic Health different when it comes to lab panels and testing?

Behind these walls, we run proper diagnostics to tell the story of how your body is currently functioning. We know what test to order and how to interpret the test to the patient’s benefit and language. Standard labs often time do not provide a suitable measure of why you have the symptoms you are experiencing – standard lab tests can come back normal, but you still feel off. Your symptom is “not all in your head” but shown throughout your body. We are the clinic of why. We are the clinic of answers.

In addition to routine laboratory testing, we offer advanced analysis in autoimmunity screening:

  • Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen
  • Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity
  • Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity
  • Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
  • Diabetes Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
  • Neurological Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
  • Neurological Autoimmune Reactivity Screen – Expanded
  • Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen
  • Chemical Immune Reactivity Screen
  • Pathogen-Associated Immune Reactivity Screen
  • Mucosal Immune Reactivity Screen
  • Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability 
  • Irritable Bowel/SIBO Screen
  • Total Secretory IgA


What Our Patients Say

“I love the integrative approach that goes well beyond what is expected from a chiropractor. I know Therapeutic Health will be a part of my preventative wellness regimen for the foreseeable future. Highly recommend!!”

“Once I started seeing Dr. Cara, we focused on gut healing. I cut out foods causing inflammation and added supplements to promote healing. Within about a month of staying strict to my diet and supplement regimen, my skin started clearing up.”

”A good friend of mine referred me to Therapeutic Health. Since working with Dr. Cara, everything has changed! In the past, it was hard for me to lose weight. Never in a million years would I think I would have lost 33lbs.”

“Dr. Cara listens carefully and compassionately to her patients and crafts a treatment plan specifically tailored to them. I have never had a doctor with such brilliant medical skills and knowledge coupled with genuine concern and care.”