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Micronutrient Malnutrition: Not Limited to Developing Nations

Micronutrient malnutrition is not limited to developing nations; several nutrient shortfalls are common within the United States. Habitual low-nutrient-density diets can result in micronutrient deficiencies that may lead to detrimental effects on health and to chronic diseases.

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American Nutrition Association: The Science and Practice of Personalized Nutrition

Committed to scientific integrity, the American Nutrition Association shares nutrition information with the public and healthcare professionals without bias in an effort to move nutrition to the core of the healthcare system.

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Fasting and Mitochondrial Health

Fasting has been used in therapeutic, cultural, and religious traditions for thousands of years. Studies suggest that some fasting benefits may be linked to optimizing mitochondrial function, leading to improved energy production and overall health.

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Nutrition and Impacts on Hormone Signaling

Understanding potential nutrition-hormone relationships, including hormone signaling sensitivity, is a key part of the Functional Medicine approach to hormonal dysfunction. Are tissues and cells more resistant or more sensitive to hormones based on specific nutrients, dietary patterns, or overall nutrition?

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Considerations for Neuropathic Pain

In this video, Lisa Portera-Perry, DC, IFMCP, shares important mediators to consider for patients with neuropathic pain. Factors like blood sugar can make a difference in the ongoing experience and progression of nerve-related pain.

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One Clinician’s Take on Factors That Contribute to Depression Symptoms

Helping patients with depression can help with many other aspects of health. In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, IFMCP, shares the initial questions she asks, as well as her frontline intervention: nutrition.

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Reducing Chronic Disease Risk at Menopause Using Nutrition

The hormone fluctuations of perimenopause and menopause come with increased health risks for many patients. What is the role of nutrition in health promotion for these patients?

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Adjunct Therapies for Depression: More Treatment Options

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 clinicians get to the root cause for an individual patient? What complementary therapies might enhance the patient’s standard of care?

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Decreasing Migraine Frequency With Nutrition

Migraine and tension-type headaches are the most prevalent headache disorders, and migraine, specifically, is associated with other physical and psychiatric comorbidities like anxiety and depression. There are several nutritional factors that can help migraine sufferers in your clinical practice.

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Testosterone Treatments: Beyond Replacement

Testosterone supplementation is commonly used to treat testosterone deficiency. Exploring and addressing underlying causes and lifestyle interventions may also lead to desired results without the potential pitfalls.

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Toxins and Toxicants as Drivers of Disease

In this audio recording, Dan Lukaczer, ND, IFMCP, interviews Joseph Pizzorno, ND, on toxins and how passive exposure to toxins and toxicants affects many chronic diseases.

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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery are improved 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.

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