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Some Key Legal Issues Before Starting a Functional Medicine Practice

In this case study, Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, shares the legal advice he gave to a real client seeking to open a Functional Medicine practice. Read More
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Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolomics, and Early Interventions

Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death that we are currently unable to prevent or cure. Metabolic disturbances can serve as clues of impending Alzheimer’s, and future research holds great potential for early treatment.

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Exclusive Q&A with Dr. Joel Evans on His Experience With Functional Medicine

Q&A with Dr. Joel Evans about his path to practicing Functional Medicine and about the dedicated, whole-person care he provides to his patients.

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Clinical Quiz: Weight Gain, Insomnia, and Fatigue

A 42-year-old patient presents with weight gain, insomnia, and fatigue. You inquire about any recent changes in her life or health. She has recently undergone a contentious and acrimonious divorce. Which mechanism is most likely to be causing her symptoms? Take Quiz
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Wading in the Legal Waters: Why Functional Medicine Clinicians Need Legal Risk Management Help

In this first article of what will become a regular series, Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, explains why Functional Medicine practitioners need legal assistance to navigate the dizzying crosscurrents of medicine. Read More
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Innovations in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Functional Medicine offers an alternative to symptom suppression—by addressing the underlying mechanisms that cause autoimmunity, we can prevent, and in some cases reverse, autoimmune diseases. Read More
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Medical Butlership and the Evolution of Direct Primary Care

Contrary to popular belief, concierge doctors generally don’t dramatically increase their income when they convert their practices. The real compensation for the great majority of these well-intended doctors is the renewed joy of engaging in meaningful relationships with a smaller group of patients. Read More
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Exploring Membership Models: Now Is the Time to Reinvent Your Practice

The idea of private-pay medicine is well established and familiar in most communities as thousands of doctors around the country now contract directly with their patients. Read More
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Research Continues to Link Genes to Autoimmune Disease

Despite some commonalities, the genetic heritability of autoimmune diseases is exceedingly variable, ranging from very high in Crohn's disease and ankylosing spondylitis to almost negligible in systemic sclerosis. One estimate is that less than 15% of genes related to autoimmune risk have been identified. Read More
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How Do You Avoid Burnout?

Practice implementation expert Dan Kalish explains how Functional Medicine clinicians, no matter which stage of practice they are in, can avoid common pitfalls and succeed for the long term. Read More
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What Triggers an Asthma Attack?

The prevalence of asthma is increasing in many countries, especially among children. Interestingly, the incidence of childhood asthma varies between countries, with typically higher prevalence in “Westernized” nations.

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The Hygiene Hypothesis & Helminth Treatments With Parasitic Worms

Humans evolved with many parasites. At high doses, hookworm infection causes gastrointestinal symptoms and anemia, but in small doses, hookworms modulate the immune response, increasing immune tolerance. Read More