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Treating Inflammation: Connecting Immune and Gut Function

Immunoreactivity in the gut can be challenging to diagnose and treat. IFMCP Michelle Leary-Chang, ND, shares her approach and advanced lab testing.

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When to Suspect Metabolic Syndrome

Approximately 20% of normal-weight individuals have metabolic disturbances, as well as an accompanying three-fold increase in mortality. What antecedents can help you detect metabolic syndrome?

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“The Challenges of Evidence-Based Medicine” with John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc

The 2018 free Grand Rounds video series, presented by IFM in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, now includes a lecture by John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc, and a Q&A with Mark Hyman, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and IFM board president of clinical affairs.

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The Role of the Microbiome in Immune-Related Diseases

How does the microbiome interact with the immune system, and how do these interactions help determine a state of health or disease in the body? In this article, Kara Fitzgerald, ND, and Romilly Hodges, CNS, discuss how cross-talk between the microbiome and cells in the intestinal mucosal immune system is important for immune system maturation and modulation across all developmental stages.

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Clinician Interview: Working With Chronic Pain Patients

Chronic pain has been increasingly recognized as a biopsychosocial condition, and many clinicians believe that comprehensive interdisciplinary management is preferred over medication only. Functional Medicine clinician Dr. Henri Roca discusses his approach to chronic pain in a powerful IFM interview.

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Exercise Prescriptions for Cardiometabolic Health

Current health policy guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week coupled with reduced daily sedentary behavior by interrupting prolonged sitting with bouts of light activity every 30 minutes to promote health and quality of life. How can clinicians help patients modify sedentary behaviors—many of which are involuntary—and incorporate physical activity into their daily lives?

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Rates of Celiac Disease Continue to Rise Worldwide

How Celiac Research Changed Estimated Prevalence Rates with Alessio Fasano, MDOver the last few decades, rates of celiac disease have grown where it is now considered a major public health problem worldwide. What are the autoimmune triggers and how can Functional Medicine affect epidemic? READ MORE
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Eating for Cardiac Health

Create sustainable lifestyle change for your patients at risk of or diagnosed with cardiometabolic conditions with effective patient education tools. READ MORE
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Improve Immune Function With Diet & Lifestyle Changes

Top 4 Supplements for Immune Support with Robert Roundtree, MDExercise and other lifestyle interventions have strong effects on the innate immune system. Which immunomodulating lifestyle interventions are backed by research? READ MORE
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Lifestyle Interventions to Modify Cardiovascular Disease Risk

For adults with cardiometabolic syndrome or other heart-related risk factors, what modifiable lifestyle factors can improve biological markers, increase health-related quality of life, and decrease overall cardiometabolic risk?

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The Effects of Meditation on Inflammation

Over the past two decades, mind-body interventions like meditation have been gaining empirical support for their ability to lessen perceived stress, alleviate depression, reduce loneliness, and even downregulate central inflammatory pathways. In a 2016 randomized controlled trial, researchers found, for the first time, that mindfulness training impacts measurable brain circuits and downregulates inflammatory markers.

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What Your Patients’ Nails Reveal About Their Nutrition

Physical examination of the nails offers clinicians rapid insights into patient history and pathology, and can help focus diagnostic considerations without the use of extensive tests. Most nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, and systemic diseases will show signs on the nails before they show up in any other clinical or laboratory findings.

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