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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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How I Practice Functional Medicine with Yousef Elyaman, MD

“I see patients with insurance and try to use their insurance as much as possible, but I also don’t want to keep patients from getting the help they need…. In numerous cases, the solution to a health problem cannot, and will not, be found at the bottom of a prescription bottle.” –Yousef Elyaman, MD. Watch his full video.

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Genome-Wide Changes May Result From Excessive Stress

Over the past decade, studies have shown that chronic stress can induce genome-wide epigenetic changes and affect the distribution of molecules in the brain. What’s more, maternal genetic changes that result from high cortisol exposure may even be passed down to future generations.

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Non-Drug Therapies for Migraine Patients

Migraine and tension-type headaches are the most prevalent headache disorders, and migraine, specifically, is associated with other physical and psychiatric comorbidities like anxiety and depression. Yet despite these associations, some prevention strategies are underutilized in clinical practice.

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Improve Immune Function With Diet & Lifestyle Changes

Top 4 Supplements for Immune Support with Robert Roundtree, MDExercise and other lifestyle interventions have strong effects on the innate immune system. Which immunomodulating lifestyle interventions are backed by research? READ MORE
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The Effects of Meditation on Inflammation

Over the past two decades, mind-body interventions like meditation have been gaining empirical support for their ability to lessen perceived stress, alleviate depression, reduce loneliness, and even downregulate central inflammatory pathways. In a 2016 randomized controlled trial, researchers found, for the first time, that mindfulness training impacts measurable brain circuits and downregulates inflammatory markers.

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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)

New Online Dates Announced!

The premier course in Functional Medicine, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), provides practitioners with Functional Medicine training—and IFM has now made it available both in-person and online.

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The Science of Meditation

For thousands of years, cultures have recommended mindful practice as a way to cultivate well-being, and over the last several years, incredible scientific advances have been made to confirm its benefits. While scientific understanding of meditation is still in its infancy, research suggests that mindfulness practice is a powerful modulator of structural and functional brain plasticity. READ MORE
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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. Read More