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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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Lifestyle Interventions for Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, is now considered a major health hazard and has even been called a “global pandemic.” Researchers suggest that an increase in high-calorie, low-fiber fast food, more sedentary lifestyles, and a decrease in physical activity contribute to the rising incidence of metabolic syndrome.

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Team-Based Care & Functional Medicine: Improving Patients’ Lives

“Health coaching is helping clinicians and physicians to transform their practice to use more of a coaching approach. It helps doctors to become more proficient and eloquent in empowering the patient,” says IFM educator Kristi Hughes, ND, who uses a health coach as part of her Functional Medicine practice in Minnesota. Watch an IFM video describing how Dr. Hughes integrated health coaches into her practice.

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Sleep Assessment in Primary Care

Americans are not getting enough sleep. Kristi Hughes, ND, describes how fatigue and lack of sleep can affect daily life.

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Social Support, Stress, and Cardiac Health

Everyday stress affects cardiovascular function. Robert Luby, MD, discusses the vascular endothelium and the stress response.

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New Publication Associates Functional Medicine with Improved Quality of Life

In a first-of-its-kind publication, researchers from Cleveland Clinic report that Functional Medicine care is associated with improved health-related quality of life.

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Understanding the Psychoemotional Roots of Immune Disease

For centuries, people have contemplated the connection between the mind and body; the interplay is deep-rooted and complex, calling into question whether different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. What stress-reducing interventions may positively affect the immune system and potentially prevent immune imbalance?

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Video: My Approach to Fibroids

Joel Evans, MD, shares the lifestyle interventions he finds most successful for treating women with fibroids.

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Sleep Dysfunction & the Importance of Relaxation

Sleep can be an emotional topic for many patients. Balancing a life full of work and family dynamics with healthy eating, exercise, and self-care is challenging enough for many, without the added effort of good sleep hygiene. As a Functional Medicine clinician, how do you talk to your patients about sleep and give them tools to improve this important lifestyle factor?

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Empathy and Mindfulness Research With David Rakel, MD

Researcher and clinician David Rakel, MD, shares his perspective on the power of empathy in the doctor-patient relationship.

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Improve Health and Longevity for Your Patients

Recent research suggests that patients are living fewer healthy years. Given the efficacy of lifestyle change to prevent and reverse many health conditions, clinicians trained in sustainable behavior change are already in high demand.

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Using Health Coaches in a Clinical Setting

We all know how time consuming it can be to establish and follow through on a plan to eliminate bad habits and engage in better nutrition and exercise—let alone manage condition-specific symptoms. Patients require education, encouragement, and accountability in order to stay well. That’s where health coaching comes in.

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