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AFMCP Online by the Numbers

This year IFM is taking its premier, case-based course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) online for the first time ever. Understanding that remote learning is a new experience for many, IFM is committed to educating practitioners about what to expect in AFMCP Online.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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How Do Stress and Inflammation Contribute to Chronic Disease?

The relationship between stress and inflammation has been studied rigorously in the past decade, and researchers are continually finding evidence that the inflammatory pathway is pivotal in the pathogenesis of many chronic diseases. In fact, 75% to 90% of human disease is related to stress and inflammation, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. 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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Midlife Strategies for Brain Health

The connection between brain health and nutrition has been making headlines over the last several years, supported by growing evidence of the correlation between what you eat and cognition. A May 2018 study published in Neurology found that a healthy diet increases total brain volume, potentially offsetting age-related shrinkage. Read More

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Is Online Learning Effective for Healthcare Education?

A 2015 study by the World Health Organization finds that students in the health professions acquire knowledge and skills through online learning as well as or better than they do through traditional learning. Read More

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The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy's Role in IFM's Mission

The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) has trained over 1,000 health coaches and developed several other exciting ways to help Functional Medicine practitioners integrate health coaching into their practices. Read More

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Understanding the Relationship Between Gut Health & Overall Health

Studies suggest that gut microbiota alterations due to unhealthy lifestyle and inadequate nutrition may contribute to the pathogenesis of a broad spectrum of diseases such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes. Long-term dietary interventions may help. Read More

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Clinical Quiz: IBD Risk Factors

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New AFMCP Offering Follows Years of Research and Practitioner Feedback

Would you like to learn how to design effective, personalized treatment plans for your patients, with a particular focus on advanced history-taking, nutritional best practices, and sustainable lifestyle change? AFMCP Online does all this and more. This on-demand, interactive course is filled with high-quality, research-based education from top Functional Medicine clinicians. Read More

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Rising Rates of Alzheimer’s

As the world population continues to age, the cumulative growth of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the high levels of comorbidities present in these patients present an increasing challenge for caregivers and clinicians alike. Functional Medicine is especially well equipped to identify and address the underlying causes of a patient's cognitive dysfunction, slowing or preventing the course of cognitive decline. Read More

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Chronic Stress and Hormone Disruption

Chronic stress alters hormone production, transport, and processing. Understanding the steroidogenic pathways offers potential interventions. Read More