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The "Biopsychosocial Slot Machine" of Addiction

Stephen Loyd’s personal journey with addiction informs his work with substance abuse patients. Listen to a sneak preview of his lecture at this year’s Annual International Conference.

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Wayne Jonas, MD, on Salutogenesis & Pain Management

Pain is widespread in America, but even higher and more severe among individuals who have served in the military. In this podcast, Wayne Jonas, MD, describes how integrative medicine and a focus on salutogenesis can help resolve this situation.

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Practice Spotlight: Jane Murray, MD

In an IFM interview, Functional Medicine clinician Jane Murray, MD, talks about the innovative ways she has incorporated stress management programs into her practice, her unique path toward retirement, and how she’s helping to treat people with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

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How I Practice Functional Medicine with Yousef Elyaman, MD

“I see patients with insurance and try to use their insurance as much as possible, but I also don’t want to keep patients from getting the help they need…. In numerous cases, the solution to a health problem cannot, and will not, be found at the bottom of a prescription bottle.” –Yousef Elyaman, MD. Watch his full video.

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Genome-Wide Changes May Result From Excessive Stress

Over the past decade, studies have shown that chronic stress can induce genome-wide epigenetic changes and affect the distribution of molecules in the brain. What’s more, maternal genetic changes that result from high cortisol exposure may even be passed down to future generations.

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Pioneers in Telemedicine: Susie Larson, MD

One-third of respondents in an NIH-funded survey said they preferred the telehealth experience to an in-office doctor visit, and other data suggests that 60% of millennials support the use of telehealth to replace in-office visits. Have you considered using telemedicine? Read more about the benefits telemedicine could bring to your Functional Medicine practice.

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Non-Drug Therapies for Migraine Patients

Migraine and tension-type headaches are the most prevalent headache disorders, and migraine, specifically, is associated with other physical and psychiatric comorbidities like anxiety and depression. Yet despite these associations, some prevention strategies are underutilized in clinical practice.

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Defying All Odds: Documentary on Terry Wahls, MD

“And what a story it is: plagued by an incurable disease, this incredible woman, herself a medical doctor, found a way to effectively treat her illness and recover from a disease no one thought one could recover from.” – Caroleen Moise, producer/director of Defying All Odds, a documentary about Dr. Terry Wahls’ journey with multiple sclerosis.

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Immunology, the Microbiome, and Therapeutic Probiotics

The intricate relationship of the human microbiome to health and wellness continues to drive new therapeutic options. Research is making inroads for treating a host of autoimmune conditions.

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IFM Call for Posters: Chronic Pain, Stress, & Addiction

IFM is calling for digital poster submissions on the topics of chronic pain, stress, and addiction that focus on research and innovation, as well as techniques and tips for treating these patients in a Functional Medicine framework. What are your experiences with pain, stress, and addiction in the patient population? Have you compiled research in these areas or incorporated innovative treatments in your practice? How have you used the tenets of Functional Medicine to bring your patients back to a place of homeostasis?

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Treating Inflammation: Connecting Immune and Gut Function

Immunoreactivity in the gut can be challenging to diagnose and treat. IFMCP Michelle Leary-Chang, ND, shares her approach and advanced lab testing.

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When to Suspect Metabolic Syndrome

Approximately 20% of normal-weight individuals have metabolic disturbances, as well as an accompanying three-fold increase in mortality. What antecedents can help you detect metabolic syndrome?

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