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The Microbiome, Stress Hormones, & Gut Function

Research has revealed that stress and anxiety do not only impact the brain. In many cases, the microbiome plays a role in the body’s response to stress. Learn cost-effective strategies for dealing with stress and optimizing gut health and function.

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Gut Health and the Immune Response

Supporting a healthy gut microbiome is essential for efficient immune system function. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic for prevention and immune response to infections, as well as for recovery from illness. Learn more from expert researchers and speakers at IFM’s 2020 AIC.

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GERD: Weighing Benefits and Risks of Treatment Options

Taking an over-the-counter acid blocker for occasional heartburn symptoms may not be a big issue, but in practice, many patients with chronic reflux are prescribed acid blockers indefinitely. Research suggests that this long-term approach may have significant drawbacks.

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The Pediatric Intestinal Microbiome: A Conversation With Liz Mumper, MD, FAAP

In this podcast, Dan Lukaczer, ND, interviews Liz Mumper, MD. Dr. Mumper shares her clinical insights on the pediatric intestinal microbiome and conditions associated with gut dysbiosis.

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Creating a New, Healthier Normal With Vincent Pedre, MD, IFMCP, and Robert Rountree, MD

In this podcast, Vincent Pedre, MD, IFMCP, an expert on gastrointestinal function, shares his perspective on how a Functional Medicine approach has improved outcomes for his patients. Interviewer Robert Rountree, MD, also a gut specialist, helps to frame how and when a Functional Medicine approach can complement other forms of care.

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Supporting the Gut: A Rheumatoid Arthritis Case

Inflammation in the joints may be triggered by a variety of factors, including gut dysbiosis. In this case presentation, Rajka Galbraith, MD, uses dietary interventions to support microbiome health in a patient with RA to decrease inflammatory burden and improve quality of life

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Understanding the Mind-Body Connection Can Help GI Patients

Given the strong mind-body/brain-gut connection, it is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, distant systemic complaints can result, even in the absence of overt GI symptoms. Integrative approaches may be helpful for reducing symptoms and reestablishing a healthy gut and a healthy mind.

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The Gut-Brain Axis & Systems Biology

The gut-brain axis is the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain, which occurs through multiple pathways that include hormonal, neural, and immune mediators. Interestingly, the signals along this axis can originate in the gut, the brain, or both, with the objective of maintaining normal gut function and appropriate behavior. 

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The 5R Framework for Gut Health

This video introduction to the 5R framework for treating digestive disorders is presented by Vincent Pedre, MD.

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Histamine-Related Reactions

Histamine reactions can manifest as many different symptoms. Dr. Board describes her experience treating patients with histamine reactions.
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An Ulcerative Colitis Case

After suffering from ulcerative colitis for several years, a patient arrived at the clinic of Robert Rountree, MD. Dr. Rountree practices Functional Medicine, and his approach yielded good results with this patient – watch the video to learn more.

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Framework for Treating GI Issues

As an educator at IFM’s GI Advanced Practice Module (APM), Tom Sult, MD, is an expert in treating simple and complex gastrointestinal problems. In this video, he explains the DIGIN framework, a cornerstone of GI treatment.

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