237: Colorado Life, Chiro, Leaky Gut, and Inflammation

Health Podcast 237: Colorado Life, Chiro, Leaky Gut, and Inflammation

Alternative Medicine, Colorado, Leaky Gut, Paleo, Vegan, Inflammation, and Athletic Performance:


Dr. Ann-Marie Barter is a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner who serves Denver, Niwot, Longmont, Boulder, Lyons, Louisville, Lafayette and the surrounding communities in the Denver Metro Area.denver longmont chiropractor ann barter

Ann-Marie graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, an accredited 4 year Doctoral program that is considered a leader in evidence-based medicine, and the first Chiropractic school to be awarded a federal research grant.

Dr. Barter underwent rigorous clinical training with some of the finest chiropractors. Ann has also undergone advanced training in Applied Kinesiology, completing over 400 extra classroom hours and is certified to practice Applied Kinesiology. She has also studied Functional Blood Chemistry under Dr. Kharrazian.

She has taken an interest in optimizing health by incorporating diet counseling, whole food supplementation, herbal therapy, wellness and lifestyle coaching, scar tissue work, deep tissue massage, and exercise programs.

Dr. Barter has completed the 18 hours required for certification by The Running Clinic for: New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries. This training course has been delivered more than a hundred times, on 5 continents! It has been developed using the most recent scientific evidence, it questions several current unjustified practices. The techniques learned in this class help Dr. Barter better assess her patients and aids in making recommendations for avoiding future running-related injuries.

Ann’s Bio Continued:

Medicine is a second career and passion for Dr. Barter. Initially, she worked at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas negotiating major systems for their fighter jet program. She excelled at difficult negotiations and was able to hit challenging company goals.

Ann is passionate about chiropractic, helping people get out of pain and reach their maximum potential. Chiropractic changed Dr. Barter’s life. When she was in initially introduced to chiropractic (in her early 20’s) she was skeptical. The more educated she became in the art of chiropractic, the more interested and intrigued she became, until she finally asked for an adjustment from a family friend who practices chiropractic. The treatment was like magic. He not only adjusted her spine but also her feet, hips, knees, wrists, and elbows. She felt new and light, like a better version of herself. He also took extra time to put her on a specific dietary protocol and nutritional regimen, from which she realized major positive changes. She excelled academically, experienced less gastrointestinal upset, reduced brain-fog, lost weight, and started to enjoy activities like hiking, because her foot mechanics had been changed.

Dr. Barter has been active in athletics her entire life. For 17 years Dr. Barter was a competitive dancer. These days she can be found dancing, skiing, running, performing yoga, biking, hiking, lifting weights or walking her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Ritz. She knows what it takes to be an athlete and she finds great satisfaction in helping athletes reach their maximum potential.

Ann uses chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient’s lives, whether they are having problems with back or neck pain, or just want to start feeling better when they wake up in the morning. Dr. Barter takes a “whole person” approach to chiropractic care, which means looking for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms.

Many seemingly unrelated symptoms often arise from imbalances in the spinal column, extremities, biochemical disturbances, and stress and Dr. Barter will be able to determine the root of the problem and create a personalized chiropractic and wellness plan to suit each patient’s individual needs.

Dr. Ann-Marie Barter is passionate about helping you and your family. She has a broad range of diagnostic skills and enjoys working with women and men of all ages including pregnant women, kids, and geriatric patients. She is dedicated to appropriately assessing your condition, building an individualized treatment program, and optimizing your health.


On This Episode You Will Hear:

  • [spp-timestamp time=”00:30″] Introduction
  • [spp-timestamp time=”01:49″] What’s your fast protocol? Nutritional cleansing, fasting, detoxing, and more.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:48″] Water fast from time to time and being able to retrace injuries.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”07:08″] I love that retracing of your injury when you’re cleaning out and cleansing. I jumped on a nail when I was six years old. Wow, that bottom of my foot really hurts.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”09:13″] I wanted to move to Colorado because I fought the Four Mile Canyon complex fire in 2010 outside of Boulder. The first time I saw a molten engine block, it got so hot, it looked like the Terminator, the liquid robot.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”10:47″] The ptarmigan glacier up in Rocky Mountain National Park, so we parked at 8000 and then we hiked to 12-13,000’, and you just drop off of that cliff edge. That was my first backcountry experience into that bowl.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”13:25″] I go up there I decided that I’m going to wear new skis, by the way my friend and I are the only females in the parking lot. I’m wearing new powder skis because I’m set. If you’ve ever skied Silverton there are double blacks, they’re pretty intense. It’s also that time of year, it was kind of rocky, I mean the conditions were ice they closed a week later.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”14:36″] It really gave me a respect for the mountains and so now going out in that country just totally gives me a different respect for it. I guess you have to be humbled to really see what that’s all about.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:26″] So I definitely grew up athletic. I was a competitive dancer and a competitive runner but I did a lot of my growing up in Texas, which is pretty flat. So there’s none of the mountain experience that you can have. I actually didn’t like to hike as a kid I used to whine about it because my feet were really bad and so it hurt me to walk and hike.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”19:19″] I found chiropractic when I was in college because I had all kinds of gut and gastrointestinal problems and I found alternative health. So my story into alternative health is this, I remember having such bad period cramps I went to my MD, right? Well she actually just said you know, suck it up.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”20:59″] I get my appendix removed, told the whole time, I’m perfectly healthy as I just have an organ removed. Fast forward a few years I’m in college and I start breaking out into hives all over my body and an anaphylaxis reaction. Trip after trip to the emergency room, they give me Benadryl on top of Benadryl, nobody ever talked to me about diet, lifestyle, anything.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”27:25″] You can see if on basic lab panels like homocysteine will tell us if somebody has current information related to that MTHFR gene. Your body produces glutathione. In fact, it’s a major antioxidant. One of the most powerful antioxidants in the body.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Norman Vincent Peale

  • [spp-timestamp time=”30:41″] I had a patient I generally recommend a paleo whole 30 cleanse for 30 days for my patients. I have been doing this for like 20 years before Paleo was cool. I remember just one time trying to go vegan just to see if I could go vegan for 30 days to see if I could do it. I literally think I felt how frustrated people feel when they’re trying to change their diet for the first time because it was so hard. I couldn’t find any foods to eat because I don’t need a ton of grains. I don’t eat soy.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”34:00″] Aside from the vegan diet not being good for me, just based on how active my lifestyle is, etc. Plus really needing to do additional supplementation.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”36:34″] Dr. Anthony Jay’s launching right now the first Carnivore Study, he’s looking for people to participate in his study where for 90 days you’re 100% carnivore.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”39:46″] There are a lot of buzz words today: Keto, Ketogenic, Paleo, Paleolithic, LCHF, Low Carb High Fat, NSNG, No Sugar No Grains, etc.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”41:02″] You always have to check men’s estrogen to make sure that they’re not producing too much estrogen when you’re checking their testosterone. Same with women.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”42:46″] Ubiome, they’ll break down what bacteria you have in your gut and what you don’t have in your gut. It’s actually pretty cool testing to figure out what’s going on.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”44:51″] Ultimately, we have gap junctions in our GI system. What ends up happening is these gap junctions get some space in between them. Then that leaks out into our bloodstream.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”46:21″] You clean up the other diet, you clean up everything else.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”47:03″] I put people on an elimination diet initially, I don’t love grains for a lot of patients. I definitely don’t love sugar for a lot of patients. I think that they need to incorporate some more foods like nuts and seeds depending on how you look at paleo.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”50:45″] I get a lot of questions about Keto. I have women come in that have gained like 30 pounds on Keto. I don’t think keto is good and I don’t think keto is bad. Certain people, have livers that can’t process that much fat at once.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”52:38″] It is money, money, money, money, money, money, a lot of people are getting wealthy with people being sick. A lot of people are making money in the food industry that way.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”56:36″] I would overeat protein, I would blow my blood sugar and blow my ketones.
  • [spp-timestamp time=”01:04:46″] Final Words


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Final Words:

Being a practitioner, sometimes practitioners don’t connect because there’s this concern about scarcity and they don’t do what’s best for the patient. It can be working with our MD or working with a surgeon or whomever it is, to give them the best care when we integrate.

It is powerful medicine because multiple eyes looking at one thing is so much better than one set of eyes looking at one thing. I just think people really do need to take control of their health.

The people that I see coming in here, they are 20 years old, especially in my Denver location. They’re 20 years old, they’re struggling with crazy things that they cannot get to the bottom of. I mean we’re talking eczema, we’re talking about abscesses in their large intestines. You have to take these alternative methods seriously earlier, because, you know, you’re going to have a much better life, you’re going to have a much better quality of life. I don’t know why people don’t want to do that. I don’t know why people don’t want to embrace that. It’s just baffles me.


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