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Improve Patient Compliance With IFM's Timeline Tool

One of the perks of attending Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) is a free, all-access pass to IFM’s Toolkit for 45 days. Here are the uses and benefits of one of these toolkit items: the Functional Medicine Timeline.

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Fasano’s Triad and the Trajectory of Autoimmunity

Over the past 20 years, increasing evidence supports Alessio Fasano’s theory that a single protein is critical for triggering autoimmune disorders.

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Non-Celiac Immune Responses to Gluten

What are the mechanisms behind non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Research continues to highlight the role of gut permeability and its connection to autoimmunity.

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When Drugs Aren’t An Option: NAFLD

The rise in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is particularly disturbing because it increases the risks of many other conditions. Since there is no drug therapy for NAFLD, patients need lifestyle interventions that work.

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Nutrition, Social-Emotional Issues, and Children

In many children, behavioral and social-emotional issues may be related to food and/or reduced by appropriate nutritional interventions.

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Running a Practice, 3 Common Fears, and You

Dan Kalish, founder of the Kalish Institute, has taught practice implementation techniques to 1,000 practitioners worldwide. Here he debunks three fears all clinicians experience in their practices.

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Functional Medicine Approaches to Ragweed Allergy

Mites are a known nuisance to animals, but clinicians can provide valuable immune education to patients by explaining their role in allergic rhinitis and immune response.

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The Increased Challenges of Patients With Multiple Diagnoses

Research suggests that the number of patients with more than one chronic condition is rising, and you likely see these patients frequently. Given that treating multiple chronic conditions may require a different approach than treating each individual condition, you may need new tools to help you treat patients with comorbidities more effectively.

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Autoimmunity Experts at the 2018 AIC

Predictive antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing allows early intervention to prevent or slow autoimmune diseases in many patients. The 2018 Annual International Conference explores the latest research and interventions for autoimmunity. Read More
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A Proactive Approach to Pediatric Atopy, Rhinitis, and Asthma

Atopy in children can cause a succession of chronic diseases, many of which can extend into adulthood. Addressing the underlying causes leads to more effective treatment plans.

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For Patients, Knowing Disease Risk Is Not Enough

In 2016, researchers asked the question: “Does communicating to smokers that they have an increased genetic risk of developing lung cancer motivate smoking cessation, or does telling middle aged people that they have an increased genetic risk of developing diabetes motivate increased physical activity to reduce this risk?” The answers, found in a large meta-analysis, may come as a surprise.

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Children, Antibiotics, and Long-Term Health

Antibiotics are still readily prescribed for pediatric care in western countries. What are the longer-term effects for children?

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