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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
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Chronic Illnesses, Menopause, and the Role of 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? Read More
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Learn More About Treating PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may affect up to a fifth of women, yet it often goes untreated. Functional Medicine offers tools to diagnose and help these patients. Read More
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Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy

The truth is, we can no longer treat the statistical woman—she doesn’t exist. With over 10 years of running a Functional Medicine practice, I can firmly state that perimenopausal and postmenopausal women are likely one of the largest demographic groups within my practice and most FM practices. How can we help these women with Functional Medicine? Read More
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Optimizing Thyroid Function

When patients present with fatigue, mood disorders, weight gain, and/or sensitivity to cold, a range of clinical issues could be present. One consideration: subclinical thyroid dysfunction. Read More
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A Functional Medicine Approach to PMS

“What we want to do from a functional standpoint is address the actual underlying hormonal imbalances and triggers. Is it high stress hormones? That’s one of the number one contributors to PMS, and it is lack of things like sleep, lack of adequate nutrients like B vitamins and magnesium, which are critically important in hormonal balancing pathways.” - Margaret Christensen, MD Read More
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Exclusive Q&A with Dr. Joel Evans on His Experience With Functional Medicine

We recently had a chance to talk with longtime Functional Medicine educator Joel Evans, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN and international lecturer who will be presenting an introduction to hormones at this year’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). In this Q&A with Dr. Evans, we talk about his path to practicing Functional Medicine and about the dedicated, whole-person care he provides to his patients. Read More
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Testosterone: To Supplement or Not to Supplement?

Pharmaceutical marketing has penetrated patient consciousness, and patients requesting testosterone present an opportunity to educate and intervene safely. Read More
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Assessing the Cortisol Curve

Research indicates that a flattened cortisol curve statistically predicted poor survival time in patients with metastatic breast cancer and correlated with mortality from all causes, including cardiovascular deaths. Read More
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Why Stress Matters for Hormone Concerns

In this stressful, hyper-focused era, patients with sleep and weight issues who report high stress are suffering from real and serious hormone dysregulation. Ordering the right tests is the next step in addressing this tidal wave of stress issues. Read More