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Alzheimer’s Risks, Inflammation, and Lifestyle Interventions

In this interview, IFM educator Kristi Hughes, ND, speaks with board-certified neurologist and New York Times bestselling author David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, about effective methods for preventing and treating cognitive decline. 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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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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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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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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Nutrition: A Key Modulator of Cognitive Health

What specific nutrients and vitamins support cognitive health and reduce neurodegeneration? For patients with a family history or increased genetic risk for neurodegenerative disease, answers to this question are crucial. Read More
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Successful Outcomes in Reversing Cognitive Decline

For many people, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis predicts a bleak future. But some Functional Medicine clinicians are seeing successful outcomes. Dale Bredesen, MD, a researcher in cognitive decline, has developed a multimodal approach focused on personalized dietary and lifestyle intervention that has yielded positive outcomes in a number of cases. Read More
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New On-Demand Course on Reversing Cognitive Decline

In collaboration with MPI Cognition and Dale Bredesen, MD, IFM is developing an on-demand course on Reversing Cognitive Decline. The course provides the unique opportunity to learn online from Dr. Dale Bredesen and other expert clinicians about how to subtype patients in order to treat their unique underlying causes. Learn to reduce the risk of, slow the progression of, or even reverse cognitive decline in your patients. Read More
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Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolomics, and Early Interventions

Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death that we are currently unable to prevent or cure. Metabolic disturbances can serve as clues of impending Alzheimer’s, and future research holds great potential for early treatment. Read More
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Treat Neurodegeneration With Diet and Lifestyle

Whether age-related or caused by Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline is a major concern for many patients. What strategies, research, and interventions help these patients? Read More
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A Multi-Pronged Approach for Cognitive Decline

In 2016, 47 million people were living with dementia. This number is expected to triple by 2050, yet more than a third of dementia cases may be preventable. What mental challenges show benefit? Read More
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Sensory Processing, Cognitive Inhibition, and Brain Health

Environmental and lifestyle factors play a major role in determining whether brain function declines, is maintained, or even improves with age. This is reflected in physiological metrics of processing speed. Read More