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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery are improved when supported by proper nutrition. However, clinicians are rarely offered even basic nutritional training in medical and osteopathic school, a study of incoming pediatric residency interns showed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many patients do not have optimal nutrition, and at the same time, we are experiencing record levels of chronic disease.

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See How IFM’s Food Plans Improve Patient Outcomes

IFM’s therapeutic food plans may be personalized by nutrition professionals to best suit each of their clients’ therapeutic needs and restore health. Read more to learn the why and how.

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Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition

In partnership with the American Nutrition Association, IFM is offering a new online learning course called Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition.

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Underlying Conditions of Sleep Disruption in the Age of COVID-19

As a multifactorial condition with many potential antecedents, triggers, and mediators, nocturia presents a challenge for personalized treatment. Men’s health expert Geo Espinosa, ND, shares his thoughts and considerations on diagnosing and treating nocturia.

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Sleep Deprivation: A Deeper Dive Into Clinical Screenings, Mitochondrial Impact, and Therapeutic Interventions

Sleep deprivation may affect the body at a cellular level. Understanding a patient’s sleep quality is an important part of clinical screening to help limit the maladaptive mitochondrial changes that occur during states of stress.

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Chronic Stress and Hormone Disruption

Chronic stress alters hormone production, transport, and processing. Understanding the steroidogenic pathways offers potential interventions.

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Good Sleep Hygiene May Help Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Public health concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in local communities is causing anxiety on a global scale. It may even be affecting your sleep at night. Sleep is your body’s first line of defense against infectious disease. You can support your sleep and your health just by making positive changes in your daily routine.

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Health Coaching as a Strategy to Enhance Your Practice

One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way.

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Fasting and Mitochondrial Health

Fasting has been used in therapeutic, cultural, and religious traditions for thousands of years. Studies suggest that some fasting benefits may be linked to optimizing mitochondrial function, leading to improved energy production and overall health.

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How Healing Works, and What It Means for Health Care, with Wayne Jonas, MD

In the latest Ground Rounds lecture, Wayne Jonas, MD, executive director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, discusses the determinants of patient healing within the context of today’s healthcare system. He explores a patient’s journey to wellness through an integrative healthcare approach.

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Functional Medicine and the Importance of Team-Based Care

While it’s fairly common knowledge that a major aspect of good health is diet, how can clinicians help their patients embrace dietary changes and maintain them for the long-term? Many Functional Medicine clinicians are transitioning to team-based care with the integration of health coaches to help patients with sustainable lifestyle change.

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Reduce Fatigue by Addressing Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Treating fatigue may mean supporting the underlying energetic needs of cells. Symptoms may be manageable through lifestyle interventions, allowing patients to learn strategies that improve their quality of life.

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