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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. READ MORE
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Recipes from Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole

Curious about ketogenic eating but turned off by all of the meat and dairy? Functional Medicine clinician Dr. Will Cole delivers a plant-based program that provides all of the health benefits of keto diets while welcoming vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians to the table. Sample some of the 75 recipes plus meal plans, expert tips, and more. READ MORE
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Dr. Will Cole’s New Book, Ketotarian, Combines Ketogenic Eating With a Plant-Based Diet

Will Cole, DC, a certified Functional Medicine practitioner, has penned a new book titled Ketotarian, which offers a twist on the popular keto diet: one that combines the fat-burning power of ketogenic eating with the benefits of a plant-based diet. READ MORE
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Understanding Lead Toxicity

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes? READ MORE
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What Is the IFM Toolkit?

How does a traditional medical practitioner transition into Functional Medicine? What resources are available to help them along this path? This is where the IFM Toolkit comes in. All practitioners who complete IFM’s premier course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), either online or in-person, have access to the IFM Toolkit, which contains hundreds of easy-to-use resources for new and seasoned practitioners alike. READ MORE
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Nutrition and Exercise Improve Well-Being & Metabolism

Most clinicians recognize that lifestyle change is difficult for patients. Recent research is helping them understand what patients really need in order to make sustainable and effective changes in their diet and activity level. Read More
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The Power of Functional Nutrition

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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Intro to Functional Medicine Course Shows What FM Can Do

As an IFM-trained clinician, you are aware that most chronic diseases are linked to modifiable risk factors including poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and stress. Yet despite the effectiveness of a multifactorial approach that addresses these factors, many clinicians are not equipped to utilize such methods. IFM encourages Functional Medicine practitioners to direct their colleagues who may not be aware of Functional Medicine to our newly redesigned, free introductory course, “Introduction to Functional Medicine.” Read More
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Optimizing Thyroid Function

When patients present with fatigue, mood disorders, weight gain, and/or sensitivity to cold, a range of clinical issues could be present. One consideration: subclinical thyroid dysfunction. Read More
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Nutrition: A Key Modulator of Cognitive Health

What specific nutrients and vitamins support cognitive health and reduce neurodegeneration? For patients with a family history or increased genetic risk for neurodegenerative disease, answers to this question are crucial. Read More
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When Standardized Diets Don’t Work for Your Patient

Studies question the role of glycemic index and standardized dietary plans for a wide range of patients. What do you need to know to personalize dietary recommendations for your patients? Read More