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Sleep Deprivation & Mitochondrial Impacts

Over the past 10 years, researchers have begun to examine what happens at a cellular level when the body is deprived of sleep. Some studies suggest a connection between limited sleep and oxidative stress, pointing to mitochondria as a possible target of the physiological effects of sleep deprivation.

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Older Men and Testosterone Therapy

Although rapid growth in prescriptions has slowed, many men visit the doctor specifically for a testosterone prescription. What is known about the risks?

Suboptimal testosterone levels are often amenable to lifestyle interventions. Check out a free toolkit item with one potential intervention.

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Nocturia: More Than Just a Nuisance

Sleep disruption has many negative health effects, and frequent nighttime urination (nocturia) that interrupts sleep is common, under-recognized, and benefits from personalized treatment. Nocturia is prevalent and worrisome, and treatment can greatly improve health-related quality of life. Yet 66% of sufferers polled had not talked to a doctor about their symptoms.

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Ketogenic Diet in Neurodegenerative Diseases

The “state of ketosis,” achieved by adhering to a ketogenic diet, has been shown to exert a protective action against neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and more. In AD and PD, single human studies have shown a reduction of disease symptoms in participants following a ketogenic diet.

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Factors Predisposing Women to Fibroids

Inflammation is correlated with uterine fibroid development. Estimates are that at least 23% of women of reproductive age are exposed to three or more toxicants above the level of known safety.

The heavy bleeding associated with fibroids can cause anemia, fatigue, and pain, while sufferers report difficulty with diagnosis and concerns about available treatment options.

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Clinical Spotlight: Swathi Rao, PA-C, & Teaching Kitchens

Studies suggest that many patients do not have optimal nutrition, are experiencing record levels of chronic disease, and are most likely being treated with pharmaceuticals despite the availability of other, less invasive but highly effective options. One such option is to incorporate teaching kitchens into the patient educational experience, like Swathi Rao, PA-C, has done in her family practice.

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Stress & the Social Determinants of Health

Gallup’s most recent poll found that lower-income Americans tended to report more stress. While some stress is normal, chronic stress is connected to a range of conditions, including mental health issues, cognitive changes, and chronic disease. This makes widespread stress a public health issue that affects underserved populations disproportionately.

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Making Connections: Chronic Stress, Pain, & Addiction

What is the role of stress in increasing the risk of chronic pain and maladaptive behaviors such as addiction? How can primary care clinicians help patients manage present-day anxiety and unravel the stressful patterns of childhood? Functional Medicine teaches clinicians how to help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms through lifestyle modifications like exercise, meditation, an anti-inflammatory diet, and more. This therapeutic relationship has the potential to change the trajectory of pain and addiction in a patient’s life.

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Primary Care and Treatment of Pain and Addiction

How many patients can you think of that do not suffer from poorly managed stress, chronic pain, or addiction issues? The vast majority of patients struggle with one or more of these three common conditions, which research demonstrates are often connected. The physiological underpinnings of stress, pain, and addiction often overlap, offering new avenues for therapies that provide improved outcomes.

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The "Biopsychosocial Slot Machine" of Addiction

Stephen Loyd’s personal journey with opioid 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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