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The Institute for Functional Medicine Announces AIC 2020

Advancements in Clinical Research and Innovative Practices in Functional Medicine

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Visionary Tracy Gaudet, MD, Explains Whole Health Care Within the VA

“Whole Health is an approach to health care that both empowers and equips patients to really take charge of their health and well-being. For what purpose? [For patients] to live their life to the fullest. What does that look like? The person is at the center—their mission, their aspiration, their purpose—is at the very center of this model… It addresses areas of self-care together with clinical care.” – Tracy Gaudet, MD

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My Path to Functional Medicine: Elizabeth Boham, MD

In an IFM video, Elizabeth Boham, MD, talks about how she combined an undergraduate degree in nutritional chemistry with a degree in family medicine and Functional Medicine certification so that she could help patients navigate chronic disease. Dr. Boham is also a registered dietitian.

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Creating a New, Healthier Normal With Vincent Pedre, MD, IFMCP, and Robert Rountree, MD

In this podcast, Vincent Pedre, MD, IFMCP, an expert on gastrointestinal function, shares his perspective on how a Functional Medicine approach has improved outcomes for his patients. Interviewer Robert Rountree, MD, also a gut specialist, helps to frame how and when a Functional Medicine approach can complement other forms of care.

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Clinical Spotlight: David Brady, ND, & Group Practice Settings

This IFM “Clinical Spotlight” showcases David Brady, ND, who describes what it’s like to practice Functional Medicine in a group clinical practice. “I think, in the IFM paradigm, it’s essential to get to know that patient; to connect with them and to really get a detailed history on where it all started,” says Dr. Brady. “So I will learn the antecedents and triggers, and all parts of their chronic disease process.”

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IFM Governing Board of Directors Continues Planned Leadership Transitions

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) today announced that Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND has been elected Chairman of its governing Board of Directors. Pizzorno’s two-year term will begin January 10, 2020, as current Chairwoman Laurie Hofmann completes her Board service. Current Vice-Chair Juliet Rogers will also transition from the governing Board after serving as a Director since 2013.

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Balancing Act: Managing the Demands of a Business & Patient Care

The practice of medicine is both an art and a science, a calling and a trade, a path and a plan. As such, medical professionals may not have the luxury of concentrating solely on healing the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—but must create a balance between patient care and the demands of running a business. This can challenge even the most business-savvy clinician. Learn how Monique Class, APRN, learned to improve her business acumen while caring for patients.

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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery are improved when supported by proper nutrition. However, clinicians are rarely offered even basic nutritional training in medical and osteopathic school, a study of incoming pediatric residency interns showed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many patients do not have optimal nutrition, and at the same time, we are experiencing record levels of chronic disease.

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Lifestyle Interventions for Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, is now considered a major health hazard and has even been called a “global pandemic.” Researchers suggest that an increase in high-calorie, low-fiber fast food, more sedentary lifestyles, and a decrease in physical activity contribute to the rising incidence of metabolic syndrome.

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Team-Based Care & Functional Medicine: Improving Patients’ Lives

“Health coaching is helping clinicians and physicians to transform their practice to use more of a coaching approach. It helps doctors to become more proficient and eloquent in empowering the patient,” says IFM educator Kristi Hughes, ND, who uses a health coach as part of her Functional Medicine practice in Minnesota. Watch an IFM video describing how Dr. Hughes integrated health coaches into her practice.

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Women's Health: Supporting Ovary Function and Longevity

IFM staff member Kalea Wattles, ND, shares how empowering it can be for patients to understand how they can improve ovarian function. True preventative medicine starts with education at an early age. Listen to the full video here.

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Sleep Assessment in Primary Care

Americans are not getting enough sleep. Kristi Hughes, ND, describes how fatigue and lack of sleep can affect daily life.

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