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Gut Health and the Immune Response

Supporting a healthy gut microbiome is essential for efficient immune system function. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic for prevention and immune response to infections, as well as for recovery from illness. Learn more from expert researchers and speakers at IFM’s 2020 AIC.

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Healthy Food Preparation: Reducing Toxicant Exposure

In the modern world, chemicals are all around us—in the air we breathe, the food we consume, and the items we use for everyday life—but armed with knowledge, people can make choices that limit their exposure. Understanding potential toxicants in the kitchen and taking practical steps to improve biotransformation are essential elements of an integrative approach to your patients’ health and well-being.

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Food Crops: Nutrient Fluctuations and Malnutrition

Several micronutrient shortfalls are already noted within the US population. A potential decline in the nutrient density of some US food crops is important to consider for addressing micronutrient malnutrition, preventing chronic diseases, and promoting optimal health.

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Building Healthy Adults

The pediatric immune system has an innate ability to respond and adapt to novel pathogens,1 and this infection/recovery cycle sets the stage for immune resilience later in life. Early intervention leads to better outcomes for both physical and emotional well-being for children and the adults they will become.

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COVID-19, Clinical Practice, and the New Normal

Join a panel of expert clinicians, including Georgia Tetlow, MD, Mylène Huynh, MD, and Patrick Hanaway, MD, as they share personal experiences from the front lines of the pandemic. This exclusive AIC discussion will also present a framework for advancing clinical care in a post-COVID world, with key insights for mitigating disease progression and supporting long-term immune health.

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Toxic Exposures: The Cumulative Effect

Toxicity is one of the evolving topics explored at IFM’s 2020 AIC. Toxic exposures and cumulative toxic burden are already vital considerations during clinical assessments for the treatment of chronic diseases and for strengthening resilience and overall wellness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with toxicity takes on increased importance.

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Fasting and Chronic Illness

In addition to potentially assisting with chronic illness, appropriate fasting may help to build healthy resilience. Fasting has the potential to reduce some of the risk factors like obesity and metabolic syndrome1 that have been deemed risk factors for worsened outcomes from COVID-19.2

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Low-Level Lead Exposure & Implications for Human Health

A recent study suggests that the regular consumption of beverages in glazed, ceramic cups increases the chances of lead-related health risks. What steps can clinicians take to recognize toxicity in their patients?

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GERD: Weighing Benefits and Risks of Treatment Options

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.

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The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Additional Research on Nutraceuticals and Botanicals

Updates to the list of nutraceutical and botanical agents that may be considered as complementary treatments against COVID-19, including beta glucans, mushrooms, Chinese skullcap, and licorice.

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Our World With COVID-19: A Perspective from IFM CEO, Amy R. Mack

In this message from Amy Mack, CEO of IFM, she discusses the long-term impact of COVID-19, as well as the work IFM is doing to support practitioners working with patients.

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Underlying Conditions of Sleep Disruption in the Age of COVID-19

As a multifactorial condition with many potential antecedents, triggers, and mediators, nocturia presents a challenge for personalized treatment. Men’s health expert Geo Espinosa, ND, shares his thoughts and considerations on diagnosing and treating nocturia.

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