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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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One Clinician’s Take on Factors That Contribute to Depression Symptoms

Helping patients with depression can help with many other aspects of health. In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, IFMCP, shares the initial questions she asks, as well as her frontline intervention: nutrition.

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Adjunct Therapies for Depression: More Treatment Options

When several different prescriptions for depression fail or the patient does not adhere to the prescribed treatment, the clinical encounter can seem as hopeless as the patient feels. Depression is a multi-factorial condition with a large number of potential antecedents and triggers. How can clinicians get to the root cause for an individual patient? What complementary therapies might enhance the patient’s standard of care?

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Testosterone Treatments: Beyond Replacement

Testosterone supplementation is commonly used to treat testosterone deficiency. Exploring and addressing underlying causes and lifestyle interventions may also lead to desired results without the potential pitfalls.

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Visionary Tracy Gaudet, MD, Explains Whole Health Care Within the VA

“Whole Health is an approach to health care that both empowers and equips patients to really take charge of their health and well-being. For what purpose? [For patients] to live their life to the fullest. What does that look like? The person is at the center—their mission, their aspiration, their purpose—is at the very center of this model… It addresses areas of self-care together with clinical care.” – Tracy Gaudet, MD

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My Path to Functional Medicine: Elizabeth Boham, MD

In an IFM video, Elizabeth Boham, MD, talks about how she combined an undergraduate degree in nutritional chemistry with a degree in family medicine and Functional Medicine certification so that she could help patients navigate chronic disease. Dr. Boham is also a registered dietitian.

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Introducing Autoimmunity: A Functional Medicine Guide

Produced by IFM in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, a first-of-its-kind eBook details a comprehensive Functional Medicine approach to evaluating and treating patients with autoimmune conditions. Autoimmunity: A Functional Medicine Guide is available now for only $95, with access to the content provided immediately.

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