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Health, Nutrition, & the Role of the Microbiome

Studies suggest that gut microbiota alterations related to unhealthy lifestyle and inadequate nutrition may contribute to the pathogenesis of a broad spectrum of diseases such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Long-term dietary interventions may help.

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The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Primer on SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Includes a deep dive into the biology of SARS-CoV-2 testing and serves as a resource for important testing related information.

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Chronic Stress and Hormone Disruption

Chronic stress alters hormone production, transport, and processing. Understanding the steroidogenic pathways offers potential interventions.

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ReNew Food Plan Stabilizes Blood Sugar, Insulin

IFM’s ReNew food plan is more than just an elimination diet; it’s a total nutritional reset designed to support the body’s natural detoxification processes. Based on nutrient-dense whole foods, this plan improves immune function by guiding patients away from processed foods and sugar.

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COVID-19: Helping Functional Medicine Practices Achieve Their Duty to Serve

Presents a menu of the most essential tools to maintaining or reinvigorating your Functional Medicine practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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7 Reasons to Experience AFMCP

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) Online integrates the latest medical research with a model of care that accounts for each patient’s individual history, genetic makeup, and lifestyle factors. After taking this course, clinicians will be able to design effective, personalized treatments for every patient and improve outcomes for those with chronic disease. IFM provides the top seven reasons why you should attend this premier foundational course in Functional Medicine.

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The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Lifestyle Practices for Strengthening Host Defense

Outlines research on how modifiable lifestyle factors can help prevent infection and reduce the effect of infection if and when it may occur.

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Building ATP Levels for Patients With Heart Failure

The heart’s ability to store energy is limited. A continuous process to fuel the mitochondria by stimulating ATP production is a focus of new heart failure treatment strategies.

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The Connection Between POPs and Metabolic Syndrome

What could be causing the global rise in metabolic syndrome and diabetes? One line of research points to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). How can clinicians manage exposures to these ubiquitous chemicals?

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Good Sleep Hygiene May Help Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Public health concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in local communities is causing anxiety on a global scale. It may even be affecting your sleep at night. Sleep is your body’s first line of defense against infectious disease. You can support your sleep and your health just by making positive changes in your daily routine.

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Clinician Spotlight: Elizabeth Board, MD, on Chronic Pain Management

Elizabeth Board, MD, explains her approach to chronic pain management and using lifestyle interventions to reduce the need for opiates.

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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.

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