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Save the Date: 2019 Annual International Conference

Stress, pain, and addictions form an intersecting triad of problems plaguing all modern industrial societies. Each of these can be a cause and an effect, a trigger and a mediator. All three are fundamental underlying causes of morbidity and mortality, and can be linked together in various ways... Read More

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Practice Implementation Resources

Woman practitioner attending IFM conferenceIn addition to the practice implementation resources contained in IFM’s member toolkit and those presented at AFMCP and the 6 APMs, IFM recommends two programs that we feel help practitioners at different points in the process of developing and running their Functional Medicine business: "My Practice Plan" by the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine and the "Practice Accelerator" by Evolution of Medicine. 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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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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The Science of Meditation

For thousands of years, cultures have recommended mindful practice as a way to cultivate well-being, and over the last several years, incredible scientific advances have been made to confirm its benefits. While scientific understanding of meditation is still in its infancy, research suggests that mindfulness practice is a powerful modulator of structural and functional brain plasticity. 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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What Does the Skin Say About Overall Health?

Within the last several years, there has been an increase of new data regarding the pathophysiology of skin diseases. Clinicians have begun to examine the sophisticated interplay between the skin, the immune system, and the environment; nutrition as early as the prenatal period can affect the priming of other immune cells. 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

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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)

New Dates for AFMCP Online Announced!

The premier course in Functional Medicine, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), provides practitioners with Functional Medicine training—and IFM has now made it available both in-person and online. 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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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