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How Dr. Kristine Burke Transitioned Into a Membership Model with the Kalish Institute’s Help

Dr. Kristine Burke shifted from a practice model based on health insurance to a membership model. This type of practice offers an alternative for clinicians wanting to spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients.

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Video: The Role of Mitochondria in MS-Related Fatigue

Over 80% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) report fatigue, and most prescription medications have been reported to have low efficacy in changing that number.

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Video: Patient-Focused Encounter Framework

The GOTOIT framework, one of the core tools in Functional Medicine, is designed to center the patient during every encounter and to provide a structure for long-term follow up. This tool and how to use it are covered in IFM’s foundational course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP).

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Video: Tom Sult, MD, on Chronic Stress

Tom Sult, MD, IFMCP, shares how helping patients with stress management can alter brain and body.

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Video: Sinusitis and the Immune System

The CDC estimates that 12.5% of American adults have chronic sinusitis, based on the 2017 National Health Survey data.2 For acute sinusitis, antibiotics are a frontline treatment, while for chronic sinusitis, further interventions are often recommended, including surgery. Tom Sult, MD, IFMCP, shares his approach to chronic sinusitis and how Functional Medicine may help improve outcomes.

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Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed

Video Podcast on Integrated Pain Management at Walter Reed with Dan Lukaczer and Mylène Tran Huhn, a pain treatment specialist.

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Improve Patient Compliance & Outcomes With Health Coaching

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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Improve Health and Longevity for Your Patients

Recent research suggests that patients are living fewer healthy years. Given the efficacy of lifestyle change to prevent and reverse many health conditions, clinicians trained in sustainable behavior change are already in high demand.

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Using Health Coaches in a Clinical Setting

We all know how time consuming it can be to establish and follow through on a plan to eliminate bad habits and engage in better nutrition and exercise—let alone manage condition-specific symptoms. Patients require education, encouragement, and accountability in order to stay well. That’s where health coaching comes in.

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Understanding the Mind-Body Connection Can Help GI Patients

Given the strong mind-body/brain-gut connection, it is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, distant systemic complaints can result, even in the absence of overt GI symptoms. Integrative approaches may be helpful for reducing symptoms and reestablishing a healthy gut and a healthy mind.

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Low-Level Lead Exposure & Implications for Human Health

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes?

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Dr. Pedre on Food Journaling

The role of nutrition in supporting health is undisputed. Vincent Pedre, MD, on an IFM Toolkit item to understand patients’ nutrition patterns.

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