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Functional Medicine News & Emerging Research

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New Offering: Pediatrics Advanced Clinical Training

IFM’s newest offering focuses on treating the pediatric population, in which chronic conditions continue to increase. Read More
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Hot Flashes and Other Common, Hard-to-Treat Conditions

In primary care, there are certain common conditions that we see all the time that don't tend to have easy solutions. Fatigue. Gastrointestinal distress. Insomnia. Prescriptions may help with symptoms but rarely address the root cause. Functional Medicine can expand your diagnostic and treatment toolkit and provide a roadmap for resolving the underlying factors causing these symptoms. Click for a video on the Functional Medicine approach to one such condition: hot flashes. Read More
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Explore Functional Medicine Tools for Cardiometabolic Patients

Despite the efficacy of lifestyle interventions, only 1.5% of US adults follow what the American Heart Association considers a healthy diet pattern. How can primary care providers bridge this gap?

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Predicting Disease Trajectories With Big Data

Nathan Price, PhD, is at the forefront of wellness research. With a longitudinal analysis of big data on healthy individuals, his research team is connecting disease prediction to disease prevention. Read More
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Protecting the Brain With Exercise

Exercise changes the brain’s physical structure and chemical signaling. Research indicates that different types of exercise produce specific physical effects. For instance, which increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor more: bicycling or exergaming?

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Beyond Infection: Risk Factors for IBS

What are the key genetic factors that predispose someone to develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Genetic analyses may also help to target nutrition interventions, for instance for patients with impaired enzyme activity for sucrase-isomaltase.

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Intestinal Permeability and Inflammation

Understanding how to improve mucosal integrity, decrease intestinal permeability, and support the microbiome may make a huge difference for your patients with chronic illness. Read More
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Strategies to Assess and Subtype Cognitive Decline Patients

Research has demonstrated that there are different subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). For example, Type 3 AD correlates to toxic exposure. Each subtype requires a different intervention for successful treatment.

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Physician Burnout Increasing

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders. The current medical model is ill-suited to prevent the massive clinical, operational, and financial stressors this places upon providers. Building upon our current knowledge, Functional Medicine offers practical implementation of evidence-based therapies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent chronic disease and help ease the strain on both patient and provider. Read More
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A Functional Medicine Approach to Allergies

Seasonal allergies are all too common in doctor’s offices. In fact, allergies and other atopic diseases are the leading reason for clinic visits as well as for emergency room and hospital visits, and are the most common childhood chronic condition. Read More
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Functional Medicine Rapidly Improves Patient Outcomes

Nervous about taking the plunge into Functional Medicine? Wondering if Functional Medicine training is a worthy investment? FM Facilitator Arti Chandra, MD, explains why IFM's foundational Functional Medicine training rapidly enhances one's practice and outcomes. Read More
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Exploring Functional Medicine Through the Lens of a Patient Case

For cardiometabolic conditions, lifestyle interventions are a mainstay for prevention and management. With half of all US adults suffering from at least one chronic condition, clinicians need tools that work for long-term, sustainable lifestyle change. Read More