Applied Kinesiology
Functional Medicine
25 years of experience

Dr. Daniel H. Duffy, Jr. D.C.
Dr. Deborah Johnson D.C.
Dr. DeeDee Duffy D.C.

Functional Medicine Physicians

25 Years Experience

Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

"The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes" 
(Institute for Functional Medicine)

Applied Kinesiology
Functional Medicine
Highland Wellness Center
5606 Wilson Mills Road
Highland Heights, OH 44143
Cleveland, OH Leaky Gut
FREE Functional Medicine Systems Approach Consultation
Addressing Sensitivities, Deficiencies, and Toxicities While
Utilizing the Applied Kinesiology Structural Approach
Includes a complimentary digestive health exam
Struggling With Chronic Digestive Challenges & Not Sure Where To Turn Next?
One Of The BIGGEST Culprits Of Chronic Digestive Problems Is Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS)!
Cleveland, OH Leaky Gut

Leaky gut syndrome is a major cause of disease and dysfunction in modern society. Research has shown that up to 50% of chronic complaints in the U.S. can be linked back to leaky gut.

Let's explored this a little further...
Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it. Your gut lining works as a barrier to keep out larger particles...proteins and other foreign substances from entering your blood stream.

When somebody has Leaky Gut, the intestinal lining or "net" gets damaged which can even cause bigger holes to develop. This causes even more particles through such as gluten, undigested food particles, bad bacteria and other toxic waste products. This ultimately causes an immune reaction and a downward spiral in your overall health.
What Causes Leaky Gut?
Here are some of the major causes of leaky gut...
  • Food Allergies, Sensitivities & Intolerances - This seems to be a recurring theme with a lot of health challenges & THIS is WHY we test! We need to remove foods that are harming your intestinal lining and ultimately causing an immune reaction.
  • Low Stomach Acid- Low stomach acid is the cause for use of one of the top medications ingested-antacids. This inadequate level of stomach acid can lead to issues such as heartburn, indigestion, gastritis, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
  • Ileocecal Valve Problems- The open valve causes reflux of fecal matter into the small intestine. This is treated via little-known Applied Kinesiology techniques. "A reflux of 'garbage' into the 'kitchen'"
  • Adrenal  Stress - Heightened stress hormones put a complete stop to digestion since your body wants you to deal with the stressor (work, relationships, finances - whatever your stressors may be).
  •  Incomplete Chewing - This allows larger than normal proteins into the bloodstream.
  •  Low Levels of Pancreatic Enzymes - Digestive Enzymes are so important & are imperative in the digestive process. Once you have intestinal permeability this will only worsen the issue.
  •  Dysbiosis - Having microbial imbalances in your gut will weaken your GI system, making it less effective, prone to inflammation and weakening your natural defense system.
  •  Large meals - Overeating will overwhelm your digestive system.
  •  Medications - Prescription antibiotics are indiscriminate killers - they kill the good AND the bad. Frequent use of NSAIDS such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve etc. can often damage the gut lining.
  •  Alcohol - Alcohol compromises gut health, particularly on an empty stomach. Alcohol abuse makes people much more susceptible to a compromised gut.
What is Associated With a Leaky Gut?
Diseases/Disorders such as:
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • ​Chron's Disease
  • ​Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • ​Ileocecal Valve Dysfunction
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
What's The Solution?
This is the "General" protocol we've been using with patients for years! Remember, your body is a self healing / self regulating organism. You simply need to find and FIX the underlying cause and "Live The Solution"!

Highland Wellness Center 4 R's 
Highland Wellness Center's Foundational (4R) Gut Restoration Program has been tried and true over the years. Our doctor's have 25+ years in Applied Kinesiology  ( "True" Functional Medicine) which addresses the 3 factors- Structure, Chemistry, and Psyche. True Functional Medicine. Through the four R's, we help patients overcome their digestive issues. 

1. Remove
Remove stressors! Eradicate things that are detrimental to the environment of the GI tract. This can include eliminating allergic foods and parasites or other bad bugs such as bacteria or yeast. This might involve using an allergy "elimination diet" to find out what foods could be causing GI symptoms or it may involve taking drugs or herbs to remove a particular bug.

2. Replace
Replace digestive secretions. Add back components such as digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion and that may be compromised by diet, drugs, diseases, aging, or other factors. 

3. Repair
Help the lining of the GI tract repair itself by supplying adequate amounts of key nutrients that can often be in short supply when in a disease state. These nutrients can include zinc carnosine, antioxidants (i.e. Vitamins A, C, and E), fish oil, and the amino acid glutamine. Medical Foods such as Ultra Clear Replenish and Glutagenics are used to heal the intestinal lining, tighten up "leaky junctions" enabling the inflammation and immune upregulation to be corrected. 

4. Reinoculate
Help beneficial bacteria flourish by ingesting probiotic foods or supplements that contain "good" GI bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. As well as probiotics, consume the high soluble fiber foods that those good bugs like to eat, called prebiotics. Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms found in the gut. These are sometimes referred to as the "friendly" bacteria. The use of antibiotics destroys both the good and bacteria. Probiotics in the form of supplements or food are needed to reincoulate the gut. Fermented foods, such as yogurt, miso, or tempeh, are food sources of probiotics. Prebiotics are nondigestible food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms which already exist in the colon. Simply put, prebiotics feed probiotics. Prebiotics are available in a wide variety of foods that contain a specific fiber called inulin. Some of the inulin-containing foods are artichokes, garlic, leeks, onion, chicory, tofu, and other soy products. Grains such as barley, flax, or oats as well as wheats are good sources of prebiotics. Another good prebiotic source is a supplement called fructo-oligosaccharides, or FOS.
Below Is A Sample Food Testing Report!
Remember - We Help Patients All Across Northeast Ohio!
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What's The Next Step?
Call To Schedule A 1-on-1 Consultation With Dr. Duffy or Dr. Johnson
Appointments available now! No waitlist!
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Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Daniel Duffy, Jr.
Dr. Duffy Jr. was accepted into National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduating in 1994 Dr. Duffy Jr. moved to the Northeast Ohio area to study with his father in the family clinic. Dr. Duffy Jr. is certified in Applied Kinesiology having over a thousand hours of basic and advanced study. He is a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and has completed the Institute’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice Course. Dr. Duffy has also completed his Fellowship in acupuncture through the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Deborah Johnson
Dr. Deborah Johnson spent her undergraduate years studying Biology at Lewis University while excelling on the court playing NCAA Division II Basketball. After finishing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Johnson attended National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois. At National College of Chiropractic, Dr. Johnson discovered her passion for helping others achieve their optimal level of health. Dr. Johnson's special interests include Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine, Women's health, and is a certified Thermographer. She has completed over a thousand hours in basic and advanced study in Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and International College of Applied Kinesiology.
Contact Us
Highland Wellness Center
5606 Wilson Mills Road
Highland Wellness Center
Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 1pm
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