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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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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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Lifestyle Alternatives to Antidepressants

When several different prescriptions for depression fail or the patient does not adhere to the prescribed treatment, the clinical encounter can seem as hopeless as the patient feels. Depression is a multi-factorial condition with a large number of potential antecedents and triggers. How can you get to the root cause for an individual patient? What are some alternatives to antidepressant medications?

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