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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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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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