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Factors Predisposing Women to Fibroids

Inflammation is correlated with uterine fibroid development. Estimates are that at least 23% of women of reproductive age are exposed to three or more toxicants above the level of known safety.

The heavy bleeding associated with fibroids can cause anemia, fatigue, and pain, while sufferers report difficulty with diagnosis and concerns about available treatment options.

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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)

New Online Dates Announced!

The premier course in Functional Medicine, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), provides practitioners with Functional Medicine training—and IFM has now made it available both in-person and online.

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Chronic Illnesses, Menopause, and the Role of 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? Read More
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Underdiagnosed, Common Women's Hormonal Imbalance

Where would you start if Joelle, a 25-year-old female, came to you reporting years of hirsutism, acanthosis nigricans, cystic acne, and irregular and painful periods? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may affect up to a fifth of women, yet it often goes untreated. This common condition also has comorbidities that up other health risks.

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A Functional Medicine Approach to PMS

“What we want to do from a functional standpoint is address the actual underlying hormonal imbalances and triggers. Is it high stress hormones? That’s one of the number one contributors to PMS, and it is lack of things like sleep, lack of adequate nutrients like B vitamins and magnesium, which are critically important in hormonal balancing pathways.” - Margaret Christensen, MD Read More
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Exclusive Q&A with Dr. Joel Evans on His Experience With Functional Medicine

We recently had a chance to talk with longtime Functional Medicine educator Joel Evans, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN and international lecturer who will be presenting an introduction to hormones at this year’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). In this Q&A with Dr. Evans, we talk about his path to practicing Functional Medicine and about the dedicated, whole-person care he provides to his patients. Read More