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What is Functional Medicine?

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

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Our educators bring in-depth knowledge and clinical experience honed by years of practice and scholarship in core, science-based concepts, tools, and applications.

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IFM sets the gold standard for Functional Medicine education and training, synthesizing the latest medical research with a personalized, effective model of care.

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A Focus on Strategic Partnerships Ushers in Exciting Leadership Changes for IFM

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) announced the appointment of Andie Crosby as director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovations and the promotion of Katy Scheck to director of the Partner Experience and Engagement Team (PEET). In their new roles, Crosby and Scheck will spearhead initiatives designed to continue the organization’s overall mission—the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine. READ MORE

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Intestinal Permeability & Associated Diseases

Red Flags Intestinal Permeability Robert Sheeler MDDietary changes, chronic alcohol consumption, stress, the use of antibiotics, and other environmental factors, as well as genetic factors, can lead to alterations in the gut microbiota, which in turn may induce intestinal inflammation and increase intestinal permeability. As clinicians, how can we help patients with dysbiotic microbiota? READ MORE

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How Stress Changes Gut Function

What dietary and lifestyle interventions can help to diminish the effects of stress within the body and affect gastrointestinal function? New evidence suggests that both prebiotic diets and exercise interventions are most effective if given early in life when the gut and brain are more plastic. READ MORE

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Stress, Bile Acids, and IBS Symptoms

Bile absorption difficulties are common in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, as are anxiety and depression. When and how should treatment address these concerns? READ MORE