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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
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Alternatives to PPIs and H2 Blockers

Taking an over-the-counter acid blocker for occasional heartburn symptoms may not be a big issue, but in practice, many patients with chronic reflux are prescribed acid blockers indefinitely. Research suggests that this long-term approach may have significant drawbacks. Read More
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Clinician Burnout & Ways to Care For “Self”

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. Indeed, one of the core lessons in the practice of Functional Medicine is caring for the “self” while also caring for patients. Read More
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Functional Medicine Matrix: Organizing Clinical Imbalances

Functional Medicine recognizes that illness does not occur in isolation, and the IFM Matrix helps clinicians to examine the body systems, symptoms, and risk factors associated with a specific condition. Read More
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Nutrition and Exercise Improve Well-Being & Metabolism

Most clinicians recognize that lifestyle change is difficult for patients. Recent research is helping them understand what patients really need in order to make sustainable and effective changes in their diet and activity level. Read More
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Nutrition for Improved Liver Function | The Detox Food Plan

Food can support health or be harmful. In particular, many foods can upregulate the body’s natural processes of eliminating chemicals, toxins, and drugs. In the modern world, everyone is exposed to a mixture of chemical compounds daily. How can IFM’s Detox Food Plan benefit patients? Read More
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10 Things People Love About AFMCP

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), integrates the latest medical research with a model of care that accounts for each patient’s individual history, genetic makeup, and lifestyle factors. As a result of participating in this course, clinicians will be able to design effective, personalized treatments for every patient. IFM provides the top 10 reasons why you should attend this premier foundational course in Functional Medicine. Read More
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Learn How to Reverse Cognitive Decline and Help "Giving Voice"

IFM is pleased to announce the launch of a campaign to support Giving Voice, a nonprofit organization that inspires and equips organizations to help people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners live better lives through signing together. Read More