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Dr. Jill Carnahan

Family Medicine
Boulder, CO
female

Locations

Office

Boulder, CO

Address

Flatiron Functional Medicine,, 75 Manhattan Dr, Ste 1, Boulder, CO
Directions

About

Bio

Dr. Jill is Your Functional Medicine Expert! She uses functional medicine help you find answers to the cause of your illness and the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be making you feel ill. Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with root cause of disease instead of just treating symptoms. Dr Jill will search for underlying triggers that are contributing to your illness through cutting edge lab testing and tailor the intervention to your specific needs as an individual. She may use diet, supplements, lifestyle changes or medication to treat your illness but will seek the most gentle way to help your body restore balance along with the least invasive treatment possible. She seeks to promote wellness and create hope, health and healing by working with you!

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Anti-Aging Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Doctor Q&A

64 Answers
42 Agrees
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hypoglycemia: Eating too many carbohydrates and not enough protein & fat at bedtime may result in elevated blood sugar, which causes Insulin to rise. The patient m... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Leaky Gut: There is a connection between autoimmune disease and leaky gut. Often patients are sensitive to gluten as well. For more information on this topic, ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Stomach pain & endless vomiting is certainly a sign that there is something abnormal going on. Although you say it is unrelated, crohn's disease is c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Gluten-free diet: If you truly have the diagnosis of celiac disease, you must adhere to a life-long gluten-free diet. Studies show 30% increase in all-cause mortality ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Processing of foods: There is good reason to suspect a multitude of causes. One is the dramatic increase in processed foods containing genetically modified soy and corn a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Contain wheat: Wheat thins contain wheat so if you have a gluten allergy, you should avoid them.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Melatonin: Melatonin is effective at restoring your circadian rhythm - recommend taking 3-6mg 1 hour prior to your desired bedtime. If you are going to bed at s... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Routine + melatonin: Many things like anxiety and change in environment can affect sleep. Try melatonin 3-6mg 1 hour before bedtime. Here are some more helpful hints! ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Lifestyle Changes: I agree that you must not let BP run high due to end organ damage that can occur. However, there are many lifestyle changes such as a paleo-mediterra... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection: Mucous in the stool is usually a sign of inflammation or infection. It would be wise to have your blood counts checked for signs of infection and a s... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is diagnosed when a patient presents with cysts on ovaries, evidence of excess androgens (excessive hair growth or acne) a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hormone levels: Depending on your age, this could be a sign of menopause. I recommend you have your hormone levels evaluated by a doctor. Decrease in estrogens, hig... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Addison's: Yes, there are varying degrees of adrenal insufficiency and hypoadrenia. Addison's disease is complete failure of the adrenal glands and requires rep... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection: Reiter's syndrome is often triggered by a microbial infection. You will get the most relief if the trigger can be identified and treated. Recommend ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bloating: As long as no "red flag" signs, such as blood in stool, inability to pass stool, severe pain, or nausea, then this is likely bloating. Bloating is ca... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Anesthesia: Yes, you could have an anesthesiologist involved if you arranged this with the physician ordering the test.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes!: There are many clearinghouse websites with gluten-free guides and information. Some of the best ones are http://www.Celiac.Org/, http://www.Celiac.C... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes and no: Millet is generally safe but spelt is not for a gluten-free diet. However, many patients also have food sensitivities of other gluten-free grains. B... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Rice: Grains that are generally considered gluten-free are rice, amaranth, millet and quinoa.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, there is evidence that industrialized wheat in most processed foods has a higher percentage of gluten than heirloom varieties from a century ago.... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Immune system: It is obvious that your immune system is inflamed and attacking the mucosal surfaces of the GI tract, including oral mucosa. This is not uncommon wit... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Reaction to gluten: In 1888, gee presented clinical accounts of children and adults with celiac disease at the great ormond street hospital for children in the united kin... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Very careful: If you truly have celiac disease then very small amounts of gluten will trigger increase in zonulin in the gut which causes increased intestinal perme... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Some differences...: There are some differences in the terms. Holistic medicine generally means a philosophy of addressing not only the physical body but also mind and sp... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, absolutely. There are some patients given initial diagnosis of either ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease that later turn out to have celiac d... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sleep specialist: You will probably get the most help from a dedicated sleep center or sleep specialist doctor.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Progesterone: This could indicate a luteal phase Progesterone deficiency. I suggest seeing a holistic md and getting serum testing of your hormone levels during da... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Endocrine glands: Adrenal glands are small triangular shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce neurotransmitters (epinephrine/norepinephrine), corticos... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Processed soy: There is good evidence that fermented organic soy is part of a healthy lifestyle for men & women -think miso, tempah, etc... However, the highly proc... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: No, an "elimination diet" is the process of eliminating one or more foods for 3-4 weeks and seeing if you have a response in your symptoms. To find o... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Feverfew: Yes, there is good evidence for use of feverfew for migraines. Also magnesium citrate may help muscle pain and muscular tension headaches. Butterbar... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Causes of migraine: There are many triggers and causes of migraines or other headaches, including stress. Here is a list of some other common migraine triggers - http://... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Body temp: Yes, as the body cools down in temperature, the circadian rhythm for sleep is activated. As it heats up, we are wired to be more awake. Try keeping ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Functional medicine: Check here for the best trained functional medicine doctors in your area - http://www.Functionalmedicine.Org/ for physicians trained in integrative ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Boswellia: No, but there are several natural anti-inflammatory agents that may help inhibit nfkb which is a pro-inflammatory cytokine often associated with pain ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Further testing: You need to find an expert in functional medicine who can do more specific testing for microbial balance and inflammation in the gut. . You might tr... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Functional medicine: Yes, you need to identify and treat the underlying imbalances in the immune system and gut. Often psoriasis may be a manifestation of leaky gut and u... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Wheat, rye, barley: Wheat, rye, barley, and conventional oats contain gluten. Some hidden sources of gluten may be pizza, dressings, seasoning, spices, muffins, baked go... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, autoimmune disease is linked to genetics and leaky gut syndrome. You should work on healing the gut and avoiding gluten in order to reduce your ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
MSG: Msg is a food additive which enhances flavor of many foods. It does not contain gluten but many foods that contain msg may contain gluten. Best to c... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Support immune syste: Try salt water gargles twice daily, increase fluids to the amount of ounces = to half your weight in pounds, make sure you are getting adequate sleep ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably not: While I do not recommend having someone walk on your back (you may incur bruising or rib subluxation), you are unlikley to have long-term or serious d... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bedtime routine: Anxiety can cause insomnia. I'd suggest prior to bedtime avoiding any stimulating activity such as computer time, television, etc.... Instead try to ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Supportive herbs: Menopause may be more difficult in women who have higher levels of stress and depletion of adrenal hormones. While this is a complex issue that requir... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Yes - many people don't realize that food allergies can be a cause of breakouts and acne. Cleaning up the diet will often clear up your skin as well... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Websites: There are many clearinghouse websites with gluten-free guides and information. Some of the best ones are http://www.Celiac.Org/, http://www.Celiac.Com... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood test and biops: Conventional medicine diagnoses celiac disease based on a positive serum ttg IgA and a biopsy showing villious atrophy in the gut. However, some expe... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: There is a sizeable body of scientific evidence showing that grains, as well as legumes, contain anti-nutrients that may increase intestinal permeabil... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Iberogast: If you truly have delayed gastric emptying or gastroparesis, the german homeopathic formula iberogast has been shown to be an effective natural treatm... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Artemesia: Several anti-parasite medicines have been derived from the active ingredient in artemesia (wormword) - this herb may be effective to prevent chronic i... Read More

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Aug 19, 2013
Dr. Carnahan is an extremely caring and skilled physician. She provides high quality information to patients here on HealthTap, and her practice is unique for its focus on Functional and Integrative/...Read More
Sep 12, 2015
I have followed Dr. Jill Carnahan's blog and she gives amazing information and obviously has tremendous insight into very complex disorders.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Carnahan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! You are one of the few doctors that actually answers My questions. Good communication
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your advice it really helped out.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Boulder Region, CO - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Boulder Region, CO - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Boulder Region, CO - Summer
2013
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