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How to Utilize Health Coaches in a Functional Medicine Practice

In an IFM video, Connie Arispe, MD, talks about her experience using a health coach in her Functional Medicine practice. This team-based approach helps patients focus on improving physiological, behavioral, psychological, and social outcomes.

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Clinician Voices: Get Your Passion for Medicine Back While Protecting Yourself from Burnout

Many clinicians find that a Functional Medicine approach shifts their intellectual and emotional relationship with medicine. In this video, David Blyweiss, MD, shares why he thinks that is so.

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Health Coaching Helps Patients Help Themselves

Health coaches are rapidly becoming an integral part of the health landscape and have been shown to be a valuable part of a collaborative care team, doing the hands-on work of guiding patients through the sometimes difficult journey of sustainable behavior change. How does a clinician go about getting a health coach, and how can having a trained health coach help your practice?

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Sociogenomics: How the Social Environment Affects Genetic Transcription

In the following video, IFM educator Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, describes the research around social isolation, mortality, and health. As an emerging field, social genomics has enormous implications for lifestyle prescriptions and preventative medicine.

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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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