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Food and Toxins: Safe Grilling and Frying Methods

The way a food is prepared can have a lasting impact on the body. Are your patients using meat cooking methods that produce toxins like HCAs, PAHs, and PFOAs?
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Food and Nutrition Resources: IFM's Food Plans

IFM’s food plans are resources for improving nutrition to support patients with a range of chronic conditions. In the video included here, Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, describes how the food plans were designed to streamline the patient encounter as well as improve outcomes.

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One Clinician's Approach to Asthma

In Functional Medicine, the concept of antecedents, triggers, and mediators underpins the treatment approach. For patients with asthma, Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, shares how understanding the triggers can lead to enormous improvements in health.

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Strategies for Brain Health in Midlife

The connection between brain health and nutrition has been making headlines over the last several years, supported by growing evidence of the correlation between what you eat and cognition. Implementing early interventions focused on modifiable risk factors like nutrition for cognitive decline at midlife is a strategy used by Functional Medicine practitioners, and one that is backed by research.

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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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Decreasing Migraine Frequency With Nutrition

Migraine frequency greatly changes quality of life. There are several nutritional factors that can help migraine sufferers in your clinical practice.

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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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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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