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The Gut-Brain Axis & Systems Biology

The gut-brain axis is the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain, which occurs through multiple pathways that include hormonal, neural, and immune mediators. Interestingly, the signals along this axis can originate in the gut, the brain, or both, with the objective of maintaining normal gut function and appropriate behavior. 

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Health Coaching Helps Patients Help Themselves

Health coaches are rapidly becoming an integral part of the health landscape and have been shown to be a valuable part of a collaborative care team, doing the hands-on work of guiding patients through the sometimes difficult journey of sustainable behavior change. How does a clinician go about getting a health coach, and how can having a trained health coach help your practice?

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The 5R Framework for Gut Health

This video introduction to the 5R framework for treating digestive disorders is presented by Vincent Pedre, MD.

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Treating the Many Sources of Chronic Pain

Many factors affect the experience of chronic pain. Henri Roca, MD, describes how he helps patients unravel and begin to reverse pain experiences. 

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Histamine-Related Reactions

Histamine reactions can manifest as many different symptoms. Dr. Board describes her experience treating patients with histamine reactions.
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Identifying Root Cause for Better Treatment Outcome

How does a clinician unravel the complexities of a disease to uncover the underlying cause? In the following video, Erminia Guarneri, MD, FACC, explains her approach, and how she explains that approach to patients.

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The Importance of Clinician Self-Care

While large patient volumes and some home life factors may be outside of one’s control, diet, exercise, sleep, and/or lifestyle are malleable. In other words, the things clinicians are frequently telling patients to change, the fundamental components of Functional Medicine, are also key components of clinician self-care. In the following video, Tricia O’Brien, MD, talks about her approach to patient and clinician self-care.

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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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Food and Nutrition Resources: IFM's Food Plans

IFM’s food plans are resources for improving nutrition to support patients with a range of chronic conditions. In the video included here, Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC, describes how the food plans were designed to streamline the patient encounter as well as improve outcomes.

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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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