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A Menu of Strategies for Chronic Pain Treatment in Primary Care

Patients have long sought non-pharmacologic approaches for pain, and they can be highly effective. Yet up to 40% of chronic pain patients report that they are not equal partners in making decisions about their care. Heather Tick, MD, shares her successful approaches for partnering with chronic pain patients on therapeutic lifestyle change.
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“The Challenges of Evidence-Based Medicine” with John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc

The 2018 free Grand Rounds video series, presented by IFM in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, now includes a lecture by John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc, and a Q&A with Mark Hyman, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and IFM board president of clinical affairs.

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Eating for Cardiac Health

Create sustainable lifestyle change for your patients at risk of or diagnosed with cardiometabolic conditions with effective patient education tools. READ MORE
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What Your Patients’ Nails Reveal About Their Nutrition

Physical examination of the nails offers clinicians rapid insights into patient history and pathology, and can help focus diagnostic considerations without the use of extensive tests. Most nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, and systemic diseases will show signs on the nails before they show up in any other clinical or laboratory findings.

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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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What Does the Skin Say About Overall Health?

Within the last several years, there has been an increase of new data regarding the pathophysiology of skin diseases. Clinicians have begun to examine the sophisticated interplay between the skin, the immune system, and the environment; nutrition as early as the prenatal period can affect the priming of other immune cells. READ MORE
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The Power of Nutrition at Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery improve 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. Read More
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Migraines and Fatty Acids in the Diet

Migraines are an often unrelenting condition for patients. Nutritional interventions can offer hope. Research is accruing around interventions with fatty acids and macronutrients.

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The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health

Chronic conditions, including mental illness, are on the rise, but new tools and strategies exist to help patients with these issues adopt new dietary habits and improve their outcomes.

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Explore Functional Medicine Tools for Cardiometabolic Patients

Despite the efficacy of lifestyle interventions, only 1.5% of US adults follow what the American Heart Association considers a healthy diet pattern. How can primary care providers bridge this gap?

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