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An Ulcerative Colitis Case

After suffering from ulcerative colitis for several years, a patient arrived at the clinic of Robert Rountree, MD. Dr. Rountree practices Functional Medicine, and his approach yielded good results with this patient – watch the video to learn more.

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Framework for Treating GI Issues

As an educator at IFM’s GI Advanced Practice Module (APM), Tom Sult, MD, is an expert in treating simple and complex gastrointestinal problems. In this video, he explains the DIGIN framework, a cornerstone of GI treatment.

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A Systems Biology Approach, Physician Burnout, and Functional Medicine

IFM Executive Director of Medical Education Robert Luby, MD, describes how a Functional Medicine approach can help to shift a clinician’s approach and reduce burnout.

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Sociogenomics: How the Social Environment Affects Genetic Transcription

In the following video, IFM educator Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, describes the research around social isolation, mortality, and health. As an emerging field, social genomics has enormous implications for lifestyle prescriptions and preventative medicine.

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Benefits of Fasting Insulin Testing at Two-Hour Intervals With Kristi Hughes, ND

In this video, Kristi Hughes, ND, describes the benefits of fasting insulin testing at two-hour intervals.

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Mouth Physical Exam & Cardiac Health

Oral exams can reveal signs and symptoms of more than 90% of systemic diseases. However, in spite of these associations, some researchers feel there is a lack of awareness in the healthcare community on their possible importance. What do Functional Medicine practitioners look for within the oral cavity to assess overall health?

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Nocturia: More Than Just a Nuisance

Sleep disruption has many negative health effects, and frequent nighttime urination (nocturia) that interrupts sleep is common, under-recognized, and benefits from personalized treatment. Nocturia is prevalent and worrisome, and treatment can greatly improve health-related quality of life. Yet 66% of sufferers polled had not talked to a doctor about their symptoms.

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Ketogenic Diet in Neurodegenerative Diseases

The “state of ketosis,” achieved by adhering to a ketogenic diet, has been shown to exert a protective action against neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and more. In AD and PD, single human studies have shown a reduction of disease symptoms in participants following a ketogenic diet.

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Factors Predisposing Women to Fibroids

Inflammation is correlated with uterine fibroid development. Estimates are that at least 23% of women of reproductive age are exposed to three or more toxicants above the level of known safety.

The heavy bleeding associated with fibroids can cause anemia, fatigue, and pain, while sufferers report difficulty with diagnosis and concerns about available treatment options.

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6 Technology Tips for Practice Success

Priya Kamani, MD, is not only a clinician but also a technology entrepreneur. It has become her mission to support Functional Medicine clinicians through a software she has developed called LivingMatrix. LivingMatrix automates many stages of data collection and analysis while providing a tool for communicating clinical needs to patients, connecting patients to educational materials, and tracking outcomes in a Functional Medicine framework.

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Clinical Spotlight: Swathi Rao, PA-C, & Teaching Kitchens

Studies suggest that many patients do not have optimal nutrition, are experiencing record levels of chronic disease, and are most likely being treated with pharmaceuticals despite the availability of other, less invasive but highly effective options. One such option is to incorporate teaching kitchens into the patient educational experience, like Swathi Rao, PA-C, has done in her family practice.

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Stress & the Social Determinants of Health

Gallup’s most recent poll found that lower-income Americans tended to report more stress. While some stress is normal, chronic stress is connected to a range of conditions, including mental health issues, cognitive changes, and chronic disease. This makes widespread stress a public health issue that affects underserved populations disproportionately.

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