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Free Download: Functional Medicine Timeline, a History-Taking Tool

Every practitioner takes a patient history, but did you know that it is one of the most critical opportunities to improve patient engagement and compliance? Using the Functional Medicine Timeline as a basis, IFM teaches you skills and strategies to maximize patient engagement and improve outcomes.

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Toxin Exposures at Home

Toxin Exposures at Home Robert Roundtree, MDScientists have only just begun to understand the complex nature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and the EPA has regulated only a few despite their associated health effects, which may include headache, damage to the liver, kidneys, and nervous system, visual disorders, memory impairment, and cancer. Read More
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Functional Medicine Tools Improve Patient Compliance

If you are frequently frustrated by patients who don't stick with prescribed treatments, you’re not alone. Two important strategies for managing chronic disease are adherence to treatment and sustained, health-related lifestyle changes; however, research suggests that approximately 50% of patients with chronic conditions do not adhere to treatment. Read More
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Alternatives to Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and Diet with Bette Bischoff, MD, RD“For millions of people across the globe, excruciating pain is an inescapable reality of life,” writes Allyn L. Taylor, in an article published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Does it have to be this way? Read More
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The Importance of Digestion in Chronic Disease

Physiology of Digestion Kara Parker MDClose to 100 million Americans suffer from some form of digestive problem. How can practitioners incorporate new research on barrier integrity, digestion, absorption, gut flora, and nutritional insufficiencies in the diagnosis and management of patients with digestive dysfunction and chronic diseases? Read More
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A Path to Achieving Financial Freedom

Path Achieving Financial Freedom Dan Kalish, DC“I’ve worked with several financial planning firms in the last two decades, and a solid financial planner can help you develop a detailed plan. I’ll review the basics so you can see what areas you may need to focus on.” – Dan Kalish, My Practice Plan Read More
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New Research in the Field of Neurogastroenterology

In 2017, for the first time in humans, UCLA researchers established an association between gut microbiota and brain regions involved in processing sensory information. The study showed that differences in gut microbial composition correlate with regional brain volumes in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and shed light on the connections between childhood trauma, brain development, and gut microbiome composition. Read More
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Heal the Microbiome With the IFM Elimination Diet

Emerging research continues to show that symptoms and conditions that have failed to respond to conventional medical therapy may resolve when a patient follows an elimination diet. Read More
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AFMCP by the Numbers

Ever wondered what it is really like to attend Functional Medicine’s premier, case-based course, Applying Functional Medicine in Practice (AFMCP)? Here is a look into AFMCP by the numbers. Read More
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Nutrients That Aid Detoxification May Improve Overall Health

Removal of toxins from the body has long been an integral part of Ayurvedic, yogic, and naturopathic medicine. In Functional Medicine, practitioners utilize the phytonutrient-dense Detox Food Plan, following an Elimination Diet, to support intestinal and liver function during the metabolic detoxification process. Read More
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The Connection Between POPs and Metabolic Syndrome

What could be causing the global rise in metabolic syndrome and diabetes? How can clinicians work with patients with metabolic syndrome effectively? One line of research points to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Read More
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How to Make a Career in Functional Medicine Work for You

"The saddest thing to me is when I see a practitioner, year after year and seminar after seminar, who wants to practice Functional Medicine and has that passion for the work but doesn’t take that first step toward making the career move a reality. IFM’s purpose is to help move you forward." —Dan Kalish, DC Read More