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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
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Lifestyle Interventions That Help Treat Metabolic Syndrome

Dietary interventions have been shown to be effective in helping to prevent or control metabolic syndrome. What other lifestyle modifications might help patients who struggle with this increasingly common condition?

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Improve Your Success Rate in Treating IBS

“There need to be studies done to help people get their lives back. You should be able to go out and have lunch with family and friends instead of worrying when this will hit you because there is no ‘if,’ it’s ‘when,’” said a patient from the 2016 Canadian Gastrointestinal Society Survey. What can Functional Medicine practitioners do to improve the quality of life and clinical outcomes for patients with IBS?

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Why Stress Matters for Hormone Concerns

Patients with sleep and weight issues who report high stress are suffering from hormone dysregulation. Ordering the right tests can inform stress treatment.

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Lifestyle Alternatives to Antidepressants

When several different prescriptions for depression fail or the patient does not adhere to the prescribed treatment, the clinical encounter can seem as hopeless as the patient feels. Depression is a multi-factorial condition with a large number of potential antecedents and triggers. How can you get to the root cause for an individual patient? What are some alternatives to antidepressant medications?

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Treatment Options for CFS

For patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), recently renamed systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID), a promising new treatment supporting mitochondrial function could spell progress.

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Menarche, Menopause, and Ubiquitous Plastics

Most people have a persistent, detectable amount of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in their blood most of the time. Several of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be linked to changes in women’s health, including both earlier menarche and earlier menopause. What do you need to know about endocrine-disrupting chemicals and interventions?

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A White House Physician’s Journey Into Functional Medicine

LeadHealth Medical Director Robert G. Darling, MD, shares his Functional Medicine journey. Read More
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Solutions to Address Compliance Issues

The more doctors face increasing administrative demands, the more the onus is placed on patients to self-manage the sometimes intensive treatments needed to address chronic diseases. It should not be too surprising then that patient compliance for such interventions is pretty low.

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Talking To Patients About Toxins

What simple interventions work to encourage biotransformation and reduce the side effects of chronic toxin exposure? Why is cysteine so important for detoxification? IFM Director of Medical Education Dan Lukaczer, ND, interviews Joseph Pizzorno, ND, on the health effects of long-term toxin exposure and what clinicians can do to help patients with toxin-related illnesses. Read More