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IFM Announces Headlining Speakers for 2020 Annual International Conference (AIC)

(IFM) today announced the panel of speakers who will headline IFM’s 2020 Annual International Conference (AIC): Advancements in Clinical Research and Innovative Practices in Functional Medicine.

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How Healing Works, and What It Means for Health Care, with Wayne Jonas, MD

In the latest Ground Rounds lecture, Wayne Jonas, MD, executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, discusses the determinants of patient healing within the context of today’s healthcare system. He explores a patient’s journey to wellness through an integrative healthcare approach.

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Nutrition and Impacts on Hormone Signaling

Understanding potential nutrition-hormone relationships, including hormone signaling sensitivity, is a key part of the Functional Medicine approach to hormonal dysfunction. Are tissues and cells more resistant or more sensitive to hormones based on specific nutrients, dietary patterns, or overall nutrition?

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Autoimmune Disorders: Driving Forces, the Inflamed Brain, and Taking the High Road

In this audio recording, Dan Lukaczer, ND, IFMCP, interviews Samuel Yanuck, DC, FACFN, FIAMA. Dr. Yanuck shares his clinical insights on assessment perspectives, systemic and neurological inflammation, and cellular regulation in relation to autoimmune disorders.

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Functional Medicine and the Importance of Team-Based Care

While it’s fairly common knowledge that a major aspect of good health is diet, how can clinicians help their patients embrace dietary changes and maintain them for the long-term? Many Functional Medicine clinicians are transitioning to team-based care with the integration of health coaches to help patients with sustainable lifestyle change.

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Menarche, Menopause, and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

An increasing amount of research published over the past few years suggests that female reproductive health may be affected by a wide range of chemicals present both in the environment and within consumer products. Educating people about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including guidance about potentially problematic ingredients in personal care products, may help reduce exposure.

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Reduce Fatigue by Addressing Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Treating fatigue may mean supporting the underlying energetic needs of cells. Symptoms may be manageable through lifestyle interventions, allowing patients to learn strategies that improve their quality of life.

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The Heart and Science of Practicing Medicine

In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, IFMCP, shares how Functional Medicine helped restore her sense of purpose around practicing medicine while integrating nutrition, emerging research, and a shift in her philosophy toward patient assessment.

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Considerations for Neuropathic Pain

In this video, Lisa Portera-Perry, DC, IFMCP, shares important mediators to consider for patients with neuropathic pain. Factors like blood sugar can make a difference in the ongoing experience and progression of nerve-related pain.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

When diagnosing and treating PMDD, IFM educator Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, IFMCP, looks at several factors that may contribute to the severity of symptoms.

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One Clinician’s Take on Factors That Contribute to Depression Symptoms

Helping patients with depression can help with many other aspects of health. In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, IFMCP, shares the initial questions she asks, as well as her frontline intervention: nutrition.

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Reducing Chronic Disease Risk at Menopause Using 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?

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