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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
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The Gut-Brain Connection in IBS

In a disorder such as IBS, the gut-brain connection has a powerful impact. By evaluating lifestyle and medical factors, a treatment plan that deals with each area of patient life makes symptoms more manageable.

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What Can Clinicians Expect to Change After Attending AFMCP?

Robert Rountree, MD, describes his perspective on the top takeaways for clinicians who attend Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). Read More
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Assessing the Cortisol Curve

Research indicates that a flattened cortisol curve statistically predicted poor survival time in patients with metastatic breast cancer and correlated with mortality from all causes, including cardiovascular deaths.

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Expand Your Toolkit for Cognitive Decline

As cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s continue to increase, clinicians who can appropriately recommend and personalize interventions are in high demand. IFM’s Advanced Clinical Training, Reversing Cognitive Decline, equips you with the tools and framework to effectively assess, stratify, and treat these patients. Read More
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A Systems-Biology Approach to Reversing Cognitive Decline

In Reversing Cognitive Decline, you will learn a systems-biology approach to assess patients for the six known subtypes of Alzheimer's disease and differentiate them from mild cognitive impairment. What do we know about an environmental form of Alzheimer's with treatable causes? Read More