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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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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
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New Tools for Reversing Chronic Disease

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from chronic diseases. The current medical model is ill suited to prevent the massive clinical, operational, and financial stressors this places upon providers. 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.

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Microbiome Health and Cardiometabolic Conditions

The health of the microbiome affects the entire body. For cardiometabolic patients, new evidence reinforces the importance of supporting gut health and monitoring the microbiome.

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What Does It Take to Build a Successful Practice?

Dan Kalish, practice implementation educator, explains why Functional Medicine clinicians who attend to the patient, the practice, and themselves as a practitioner (the "three Ps") are the most successful. READ MORE
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Movement, Exercise, and Long-Term Health

Current evidence suggests we need an update on exercise prescriptions for CVD reduction or prevention. Learn techniques to effectively motivate patients to view exercise as a comprehensive systems biology benefit, and not just a means for weight loss.

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Tips for Online Learning Success

Did you know that when compared to face-to-face learners, online learners often perform better? How do you attain that success? Read More
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Rise of Autoimmune Disease Linked to Intestinal Permeability

Functional Medicine recognizes the triad of genetics, environmental triggers, and intestinal permeability as being at the forefront of autoimmune disease research, and in many ways, the Functional Medicine model is specifically designed to address these factors.

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