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Nathan Price, PhD, on Predictive Biomarkers and Biological Aging

What is the difference between chronological age and biological age? Can blood predict microbiome diversity? Learn how metabolites can predict microbiome diversity—and how polygenic scores can be used to estimate the success rate of different lifestyle interventions—in an IFM interview.

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Intestinal Permeability and Inflammatory Triggers

Intestinal dysbiosis and permeability play a role in many chronic conditions, often manifesting far from the intestines. Optimal GI health is important for robust immunity, and improved mucosal integrity and microbiome support can resolve many symptoms that may not initially seem GI-related.

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Gut Health and the Immune Response

Supporting a healthy gut microbiome is essential for efficient immune system function. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic for prevention and immune response to infections, as well as for recovery from illness. Learn more from expert researchers and speakers at IFM’s 2020 AIC.

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Managing SIBO Through Dietary Interventions

Dr. Fitzgerald shares how augmenting SIBO treatment with nutrition therapies helps patients in her clinic.

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Understanding the Mind-Body Connection Can Help GI Patients

Given the strong mind-body/brain-gut connection, it is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, distant systemic complaints can result, even in the absence of overt GI symptoms. Integrative approaches may be helpful for reducing symptoms and reestablishing a healthy gut and a healthy mind.

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The Gut-Brain Axis & Systems Biology

The gut-brain axis is the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain, which occurs through multiple pathways that include hormonal, neural, and immune mediators. Interestingly, the signals along this axis can originate in the gut, the brain, or both, with the objective of maintaining normal gut function and appropriate behavior. 

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The 5R Framework for Gut Health

This video introduction to the 5R framework for treating digestive disorders is presented by Vincent Pedre, MD.

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Cardiac Health & the Mouth

Oral exams can reveal signs and symptoms of more than 90% of systemic diseases. Yet even though this simple procedure is a rich source of information about overall health, it is underutilized in the primary care community. What do Functional Medicine practitioners look for within the oral cavity to assess patient health?

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Immunology and the Microbiome

The intricate relationship of the human microbiome to health and wellness continues to drive new therapeutic options. Research is making inroads for treating a host of autoimmune conditions.

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The Role of the Microbiome in Immune-Related Diseases

How does the microbiome interact with the immune system, and how do these interactions help determine a state of health or disease in the body? In this article, Kara Fitzgerald, ND, and Romilly Hodges, CNS, discuss how cross-talk between the microbiome and cells in the intestinal mucosal immune system is important for immune system maturation and modulation across all developmental stages.

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Treating SIBO and Its Comorbidities

Nutrition interventions that reduce the fermentation of carbohydrates in the gut can help restore a healthy balance among gut bacteria. Of the many choices for treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which food plans work best for restoring balance in the gut microbiome?

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The Gut-Brain Connection in IBS

In a disorder such as IBS, the gut-brain connection has a powerful impact. By evaluating lifestyle and medical factors, a treatment plan that deals with each area of patient life makes symptoms more manageable.

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