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Help Your Patients With Fatigue

One of the most common issues seen in practice is fatigue. The possible sources are diverse, complicating treatment. But for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), recently renamed systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID), a promising new treatment supporting mitochondrial function could spell progress. Read More
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Chronic Illnesses, Menopause, and the Role of Nutrition

The hormone fluctuations of perimenopause and menopause come with increased health risks for many patients. What is the role of nutrition in health promotion for these patients? Read More
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Intestinal Permeability and Inflammation

Understanding how to improve mucosal integrity, decrease intestinal permeability, and support the microbiome may make a huge difference for your patients with chronic illness. Read More
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Understanding Autoimmunity in the Pediatric Population

Pediatric autoimmune conditions are multifarious and affect every aspect of a patient’s life—spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. As diagnoses continue to rise, only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression for this vulnerable population. Read More
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Clinical Quiz: Weight Gain, Insomnia, and Fatigue

A 42-year-old patient presents with weight gain, insomnia, and fatigue. You inquire about any recent changes in her life or health. She has recently undergone a contentious and acrimonious divorce. Which mechanism is most likely to be causing her symptoms? Take Quiz
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Physician Burnout Increasing

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders. The current medical model is ill-suited to prevent the massive clinical, operational, and financial stressors this places upon providers. Building upon our current knowledge, Functional Medicine offers practical implementation of evidence-based therapies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent chronic disease and help ease the strain on both patient and provider. Read More
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Understanding & Diagnosing Functional Dyspepsia

Understanding and Diagnosing Functional DyspepsiaBecause dyspepsia can manifest in a multitude of symptoms, clinicians are encouraged to look for red flags that are clinical indicators of a possible serious underlying condition. Yet on diagnostic work-up, only 20 to 30% of patients with dyspepsia are found to have frank diseases that account for their symptoms. READ MORE
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Slowing Neurodegeneration With Nutrition

An aging population brings greater focus on reducing the toll of neurodegenerative disease. Nutrition can have a big impact for patients with neurodegenerative conditions like multiple sclerosis. Read More
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Pioneering Thought-Leader of Functional Medicine Receives Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award

On the occasion of The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 2011 International Symposium, in Bellevue, Washington, Jeffrey Bland, PhD was honored by receiving the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More
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Research Continues to Link Genes to Autoimmune Disease

Despite some commonalities, the genetic heritability of autoimmune diseases is exceedingly variable, ranging from very high in Crohn's disease and ankylosing spondylitis to almost negligible in systemic sclerosis. One estimate is that less than 15% of genes related to autoimmune risk have been identified. Read More
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Help for Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Certain chronic diseases are known to co-occur, often because of shared underlying risk factors like inflammation. Traditionally, researchers have focused on a single disease or disease pairs, but recent research suggests that departing from this reductionist approach toward a more integrative assessment of multimorbidities can be beneficial. Read More
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New Offering: Pediatrics Advanced Clinical Training

IFM’s newest offering focuses on treating the pediatric population, in which chronic conditions continue to increase. Read More
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The Power of Nutrition at Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery improve when supported by proper nutrition. However, clinicians are rarely offered even basic nutritional training in medical and osteopathic school, a study of incoming pediatric residency interns showed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many patients do not have optimal nutrition, and at the same time, we are experiencing record levels of chronic disease. Read More
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Functional Medicine Tools Improve Patient Compliance

If you are frequently frustrated by patients who don't stick with prescribed treatments, you’re not alone. Two important strategies for managing chronic disease are adherence to treatment and sustained, health-related lifestyle changes; however, research suggests that approximately 50% of patients with chronic conditions do not adhere to treatment. Read More
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Exploring Functional Medicine Through the Lens of a Patient Case

For cardiometabolic conditions, lifestyle interventions are a mainstay for prevention and management. With half of all US adults suffering from at least one chronic condition, clinicians need tools that work for long-term, sustainable lifestyle change. Read More
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Alternatives to PPIs and H2 Blockers

Taking an over-the-counter acid blocker for occasional heartburn symptoms may not be a big issue, but in practice, many patients with chronic reflux are prescribed acid blockers indefinitely. Research suggests that this long-term approach may have significant drawbacks. Read More
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IFM Names Terry Wahls, MD, as the 2018 Linus Pauling Award Recipient

IFM is proud to announce Terry Wahls, MD, as the 2018 recipient of the Linus Pauling Award. Dr. Wahls received this award for her work as a physician, researcher, teacher, and patient advocate. Read More
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Talking To Patients About Toxins

What simple interventions work to encourage biotransformation and reduce the side effects of chronic toxin exposure? Why is cysteine so important for detoxification? IFM Director of Medical Education Dan Lukaczer, ND, interviews Joseph Pizzorno, ND, on the health effects of long-term toxin exposure and what clinicians can do to help patients with toxin-related illnesses. Read More
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Free Grand Rounds Presentation on IBD with Joshua Korzenik, MD

In a free Grand Rounds lecture in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, leading IBD researcher Joshua R. Korzenik, MD, Director of Crohn's and Colitis Center, will summarize the history of investigations for chronic disease and where paradigms have been helpful or misleading. Read More
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Hot Flashes and Other Common, Hard-to-Treat Conditions

In primary care, there are certain common conditions that we see all the time that don't tend to have easy solutions. Fatigue. Gastrointestinal distress. Insomnia. Prescriptions may help with symptoms but rarely address the root cause. Functional Medicine can expand your diagnostic and treatment toolkit and provide a roadmap for resolving the underlying factors causing these symptoms. Click for a video on the Functional Medicine approach to one such condition: hot flashes. Read More
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A White House Physician’s Journey Into Functional Medicine

LeadHealth Medical Director Robert G. Darling, MD, shares his Functional Medicine journey. Read More
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Health Coaching as a Strategy to Enhance Your Practice

One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way. Read More
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Heal the Gut With the IFM Elimination Diet

Emerging research continues to show that symptoms and conditions that have failed to respond to conventional medical therapy may resolve when a patient follows an elimination diet. Read More
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Exposure to Pesticides: Human Health Effects

Spraying Pesticide in a CropPesticides have been associated with short- and long-term effects on human health, including elevated cancer risks and disruption of the body’s reproductive, immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. READ MORE
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Health Effects of Herbicides & Insecticides

Lettuce Plant Herbacide InsecticideEpidemiologic and case-controlled studies have linked organophosphate use to lung cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s leukemia, and even an elevated risk of breast cancer in female spouses of pesticide applicators. How can we help patients manage the health risks of exposure to these ubiquitous substances? READ MORE
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Expanded Certification Program Provides More Opportunity for Medical Professionals to Practice Functional Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) today announced an expansion to its certification program; allowing a broader range of medical professionals to have the opportunity to integrate Functional Medicine into their practice. READ MORE

Toxin Exposure Questionnaire Tracks Vulnerability to Harmful Chemicals

IFM educates clinicians to recognize the relationship between systemic disease and toxic exposures through a clear understanding of the pathophysiology of total toxic load and the synergistic effects of toxins... Read More
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Explore a Functional Medicine Case

Julia’s is just one case in IFM’s new Introduction to Functional Medicine online course. This interactive, case-based course provides the tools to apply core Functional Medicine principles and techniques to restore health. Read More
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Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Young People on the Rise

Colorectal cancer, the third most common type of cancer, is traditionally considered a disease of older people, yet the diagnosis is now rising rapidly among young adults, due primarily to excess body fat. Read More
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New On-Demand Course on Reversing Cognitive Decline

In collaboration with MPI Cognition and Dale Bredesen, MD, IFM is developing an on-demand course on Reversing Cognitive Decline. The course provides the unique opportunity to learn online from Dr. Dale Bredesen and other expert clinicians about how to subtype patients in order to treat their unique underlying causes. Learn to reduce the risk of, slow the progression of, or even reverse cognitive decline in your patients. Read More
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The Institute for Functional Medicine Names Patrick Hanaway, MD, as the 2017 Linus Pauling Award Recipient

Patrick Hanaway, MD, receives this award for his innovation in medical education and pioneering work in clinical outcomes research. Read More
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The Institute for Functional Medicine Grants 25 Scholarships to Integrative Medicine for the Underserved

IM4US clinicians have the opportunity to apply for one of the scholarships to attend IFM's five-day foundational conference, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), or one of the six Advanced Practice Modules (APMs). Read More
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Toby Cosgrove, MD, Receives the 2016 Linus Pauling Award

Toby Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, has been honored by receiving the Linus Pauling Award at The Institute for Functional Medicine's 2016 Annual International Conference in San Diego, CA. Read More
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IFM Announces First Endowed Chair in Functional Medicine

The first endowed chair in Functional Medicine at a major academic medicine center has been established at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Mark Hyman, MD, IFM Board President of Clinical Affairs, will hold the endowed chair position. Read More

IFM Receives Accreditation with Commendation

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is pleased to announce the decision by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to award IFM Accreditation with Commendation, which extends through July 31, 2022. Read More
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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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Understanding Lead Toxicity

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes? READ MORE
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Functional Medicine Matrix: Organizing Clinical Imbalances

Functional Medicine recognizes that illness does not occur in isolation, and the IFM Matrix helps clinicians to examine the body systems, symptoms, and risk factors associated with a specific condition. Read More
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Why You Should Take the “My Practice Plan” Course

Every single MD I have worked with, every chiropractor, NP, Lac, and DO, has come to the same conclusion: developing practice management skills to increase profitability and income also results in freeing up the time needed for basic self-care, which we expect all our patients to do, which we write on prescription pads, but which we (too) often don’t do ourselves. Read More
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CME Opportunities That Adjust to Your Schedule: Get Trained in Functional Medicine

IFM has developed a variety of online learning courses for practitioners that are renowned for their ease of use, interactive properties, practicality, and accessibility. With our new online learning opportunities, you can access more IFM courses from the comfort of your home, your favorite coffee shop, or any place in the world. Read More
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The Heart of Medicine: Introducing Ikigai

If you feel even a little burned out or unsure about your current professional trajectory, or if you are not thriving in your professional current job, consider working through your own Ikigai, a Japanese concept that means “reason for being.” This is a formula for a long and successful career, and it will make you 100% “practitioner-burnout proof.” Read More
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New Book Helps Patients Change Their Lifestyle One Step at a Time

“A lot of books are disease focused,” says Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. “I wanted to change the message: no matter what disease you’ve got, change in these four areas will help.” Read More
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Nutrients for Building ATP Levels

Because the heart’s ability to store energy is limited, a continuous process to fuel the mitochondria by stimulating ATP production is a focus of new heart failure treatment strategies. Read More
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Grand Rounds: Free for the First Time

The free Grand Rounds streaming video series, in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, will contain lectures on a wide range of clinical topics as well as the latest research by renowned clinicians, including Alessio Fasano, MD, Dale Bredesen, MD, Robert Hedaya, MD, DLFAPA, and more. Read More
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Innovations in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Functional Medicine offers an alternative to symptom suppression—by addressing the underlying mechanisms that cause autoimmunity, we can prevent, and in some cases reverse, autoimmune diseases. Read More
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Exploring Membership Models: Now Is the Time to Reinvent Your Practice

The idea of private-pay medicine is well established and familiar in most communities as thousands of doctors around the country now contract directly with their patients. Read More
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How Do You Avoid Burnout?

Practice implementation expert Dan Kalish explains how Functional Medicine clinicians, no matter which stage of practice they are in, can avoid common pitfalls and succeed for the long term. Read More
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The Hygiene Hypothesis & Helminth Treatments With Parasitic Worms

Humans evolved with many parasites. At high doses, hookworm infection causes gastrointestinal symptoms and anemia, but in small doses, hookworms modulate the immune response, increasing immune tolerance. Read More
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The Institute for Functional Medicine Confirms Amy R. Mack as Chief Executive Officer

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) has named Amy R. Mack as IFM’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. She succeeds Laurie Hofmann, MPH, who has been serving IFM in various Board and executive leadership roles since 2001. READ MORE
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Autoimmunity Experts at the 2018 AIC

Predictive antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing allows early intervention to prevent or slow autoimmune diseases in many patients. The 2018 Annual International Conference explores the latest research and interventions for autoimmunity. Read More
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PLMI and IFM Team Up to Present Free, Six-Part Series

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is pleased to announce an exciting, six-part series in partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Bland and his Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI) called, “Functional Medicine and Genomics: Is the Future Here?” Read More
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IFMCP 2016 Graduates

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine, is pleased to announce the graduation of 150 IFM Certified Practitioners (IFMCP) in 2016. Read More
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IFM Collaboration Creates Career Opportunities Platform

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) has announced its collaboration with Integrated and Functional Connections, a leading-edge placement firm that specializes exclusively in the field of Functional and Integrative Medicine and connects providers to career opportunities in which they can transform health. Read More
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IFM Multiplies Practitioner Efficiency Through New Collaboration with LivingMatrix

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) announced today its collaboration with the Richmond, VA-based health information technology firm, LivingMatrix, to create a web application that will automate the formerly paper-based process of new patient intake and the creation of the Functional Medicine Timeline and Matrix. Read More
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Cleveland Clinic Opening Center for Functional Medicine

Cleveland Clinic will open a new Center for Functional Medicine September 23, 2014. Read More
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FxMed for the Underserved Track Offered at August 18-20, 2016, IM4US Conference

As a Gold Supporter for the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) 6th Annual Conference, IFM has collaborated to create a pre-conference day and conference track with presentations on Functional Medicine for the underserved. Read More
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The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy Announces Educational Partnership With The Institute for Functional Medicine

The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) is proud to announce its educational partnership with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Read More