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Managing SIBO Through Dietary Interventions

Dr. Fitzgerald shares how augmenting SIBO treatment with nutrition therapies helps patients in her clinic.

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Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed

Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed with Dan Lukaczer and Mylène Tran Huhn, a pain treatment specialist.

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Improve Patient Compliance & Outcomes With Health Coaching

One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way.

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Improve Health and Longevity for Your Patients

Recent research suggests that patients are living fewer healthy years. Given the efficacy of lifestyle change to prevent and reverse many health conditions, clinicians trained in sustainable behavior change are already in high demand.

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Using Health Coaches in a Clinical Setting

We all know how time consuming it can be to establish and follow through on a plan to eliminate bad habits and engage in better nutrition and exercise—let alone manage condition-specific symptoms. Patients require education, encouragement, and accountability in order to stay well. That’s where health coaching comes in.

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Understanding the Mind-Body Connection Can Help GI Patients

Given the strong mind-body/brain-gut connection, it is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, distant systemic complaints can result, even in the absence of overt GI symptoms. Integrative approaches may be helpful for reducing symptoms and reestablishing a healthy gut and a healthy mind.

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Low-Level Lead Exposure & Implications for Human Health

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes?

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The Promise of PROMIS: Practitioners Help Build the Functional Medicine Evidence Base

“Unlike conventional RCTs that require limitations of clinical care, practice-based research networks featuring patient-reported outcomes (PROs) can blend seamlessly into clinical practice. LivingMatrix is setting the stage for a practice-based research network with the potential to produce outcomes data that will provide rigorous evidence of the effectiveness of the Functional Medicine model.” – Chris D’Adamo, PhD, Director of Research, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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How to Utilize Health Coaches in a Functional Medicine Practice

In an IFM video, Connie Arispe, MD, talks about her experience using a health coach in her Functional Medicine practice. This team-based approach helps patients focus on improving physiological, behavioral, psychological, and social outcomes.

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Dr. Pedre on Food Journaling

The role of nutrition in supporting health is undisputed. Vincent Pedre, MD, on an IFM Toolkit item to understand patients’ nutrition patterns.

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Video: Atherosclerosis with Elizabeth Boham, MD

In many countries, mortality due to atherosclerosis has been decreasing over the decades.1 Yet atherosclerosis still correlates with very high health risks, including ischemic stroke, and modifiable lifestyle factors play a huge role.2-3 In the video below, Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, IFMCP, describes her first steps in working with patients to decrease their cardiometabolic health risks when atherosclerosis is present. 

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Dr. Saxena on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

Assessing cardiometabolic risks has evolved over time. Simultaneously, primary care is still the proposed central hub for evaluating cardiometabolic risks and intervening.1-3 In the video below, Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP, an IFM educator, explains the shift in her thinking for addressing cardiometabolic risk in her patients since medical school.

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