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Autoimmune disease affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and diagnoses are increasing.1
In collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, this first-of-its-kind eBook details a comprehensive Functional Medicine approach to evaluating and treating patients with autoimmune conditions. Including a range of toolkit items, from an autoimmune intake form to patient education across a range of lifestyle factors, this eBook provides the tools and information to improve patient outcomes.
Like Functional Medicine itself, this Functional Medicine (FM) Guide does not intend to replace the standard of care but to enhance it. Therefore, this guide is designed especially for treating those patients who have not realized the best achievable outcomes while being treated according to established guidelines. While suitable for patients ranging from the prodromal to long-standing diagnoses, this guide applies specific Functional Medicine evaluation and treatment protocols to expand upon the current guidelines in the safest, most personalized manner possible.
This guide includes evidence-based recommendations for patient care. The foundation for the level of evidence analysis was the American Academy of Family Physicians’ SORT taxonomy.2 Care considerations are also summarized in flow charts.
A working knowledge of the Functional Medicine model is necessary for effective application of this guide. We strongly recommend attending Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice before purchasing this eBook, as that course provides an introduction to the Functional Medicine model and its foundational tools.
This is an eBook requiring a tablet, e-reader, or computer with appropriate software to read. The book is delivered as a .mobi and .epub file, so e-reader software is required. Download and access instructions for supported devices are included.
The book is delivered alongside a link to the over 100 downloadable toolkit items referenced in this Guide.
Keith Berndtson, MD, Bette Bischoff, MD, RD, Elizabeth Boham, MD, RD, Leonard Calabrese, DO, Jill Carnahan, MD, Mary Ellen Chalmers, DMD, John Cline, MD, Joel Dahms, MS, Ruth DeBusk, RD, PhD, Kara Fitzgerald, ND, Nora Galil, MD, Carla Guggenheim, DO, Robert Hedaya, MD, Bruce Hoffman, MD, M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, Mark Hyman, MD, Carrie Ingrisano, MSN, FNP, Dan Lukaczer, ND, Neil Nathan, MD, Maryclaire O’Neill, DO, Rich Panico, MD, Sonia Rapaport, MD, Varsha Rathod, MD, Robert Rountree, MD, P. Michael Stone, MD, MS, Tom Sult, MD
It is important that you read this document before accessing or downloading Autoimmunity: A Guide for Functional Medicine Practitioners (“eBook”) provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine (“IFM”). By downloading or installing a copy of the eBook, you acknowledge and agree that you are binding yourself to the terms of this EULA. If you do not “accept” these terms, then you are not licensed to use the eBook, and you must destroy any downloaded copies thereof.
IFM Clinical Practice Toolkit Terms and Conditions
 Cooper GS, Bynum ML, Somers EC. Recent insights in the epidemiology of autoimmune diseases: improved prevalence estimates and understanding of clustering of diseases. J Autoimmun. 2009;33(3-4):197-207. doi:10.1016/j.jaut.2009.09.008
 Ebell MH, Siwek J, Weiss BD, et al. Strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2004;17(1):59-67.
Luby R, Sennett C, Hanaway P, et al, eds. Autoimmunity: A Functional Medicine Guide. Institute for Functional Medicine; 2019. Accessed [include date]. https://www.ifm.org/learning-center/autoimmunity-functional-medicine-guide/
Complete download and access instructions are delivered along with the eBook and supporting toolkit materials.