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CME Training That Lets You Learn by Doing

At AFMCP, educators use case-based learning as the central presentation method for clinical material. By working with real patient information, clinicians can hone their diagnostic skills and learn from peers. The cases frame Functional Medicine in the context of patient care so clinicians can immediately apply the tools they learned when they return to their offices.

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Recipes from Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole

Curious about ketogenic eating but turned off by all of the meat and dairy? Functional Medicine clinician Dr. Will Cole delivers a plant-based program that provides all of the health benefits of keto diets while welcoming vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians to the table. Sample some of the 75 recipes plus meal plans, expert tips, and more. READ MORE
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Dr. Will Cole’s New Book, Ketotarian, Combines Ketogenic Eating With a Plant-Based Diet

Will Cole, DC, a certified Functional Medicine practitioner, has penned a new book titled Ketotarian, which offers a twist on the popular keto diet: one that combines the fat-burning power of ketogenic eating with the benefits of a plant-based diet. READ MORE
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Exposure to Pesticides: Human Health Effects

Spraying Pesticide in a CropPesticides have been associated with short- and long-term effects on human health, including elevated cancer risks and disruption of the body’s reproductive, immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. READ MORE
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Health Effects of Herbicides & Insecticides

Lettuce Plant Herbacide InsecticideEpidemiologic and case-controlled studies have linked organophosphate use to lung cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s leukemia, and even an elevated risk of breast cancer in female spouses of pesticide applicators. How can we help patients manage the health risks of exposure to these ubiquitous substances? READ MORE
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Understanding & Diagnosing Functional Dyspepsia

Understanding and Diagnosing Functional DyspepsiaBecause dyspepsia can manifest in a multitude of symptoms, clinicians are encouraged to look for red flags that are clinical indicators of a possible serious underlying condition. Yet on diagnostic work-up, only 20 to 30% of patients with dyspepsia are found to have frank diseases that account for their symptoms. READ MORE
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The Science of Meditation

For thousands of years, cultures have recommended mindful practice as a way to cultivate well-being, and over the last several years, incredible scientific advances have been made to confirm its benefits. While scientific understanding of meditation is still in its infancy, research suggests that mindfulness practice is a powerful modulator of structural and functional brain plasticity. READ MORE
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Health Coaching as a Strategy to Enhance Your Practice

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. Read More
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What Does the Skin Say About Overall Health?

Within the last several years, there has been an increase of new data regarding the pathophysiology of skin diseases. Clinicians have begun to examine the sophisticated interplay between the skin, the immune system, and the environment; nutrition as early as the prenatal period can affect the priming of other immune cells. READ MORE
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Intestinal Permeability & Associated Diseases

Red Flags Intestinal Permeability Robert Sheeler MDDietary changes, chronic alcohol consumption, stress, the use of antibiotics, and other environmental factors, as well as genetic factors, can lead to alterations in the gut microbiota, which in turn may induce intestinal inflammation and increase intestinal permeability. As clinicians, how can we help patients with dysbiotic microbiota? READ MORE
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How Stress Changes Gut Function

What dietary and lifestyle interventions can help to diminish the effects of stress within the body and affect gastrointestinal function? New evidence suggests that both prebiotic diets and exercise interventions are most effective if given early in life when the gut and brain are more plastic. READ MORE
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Stress, Bile Acids, and IBS Symptoms

Bile absorption difficulties are common in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, as are anxiety and depression. When and how should treatment address these concerns? READ MORE