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Functional Medicine News & Emerging Research

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The Importance of Digestion in Chronic Disease

Physiology of Digestion Kara Parker MDClose to 100 million Americans suffer from some form of digestive problem. How can practitioners incorporate new research on barrier integrity, digestion, absorption, gut flora, and nutritional insufficiencies in the diagnosis and management of patients with digestive dysfunction and chronic diseases? Read More
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A Path to Achieving Financial Freedom

Path Achieving Financial Freedom Dan Kalish, DC“I’ve worked with several financial planning firms in the last two decades, and a solid financial planner can help you develop a detailed plan. I’ll review the basics so you can see what areas you may need to focus on.” – Dan Kalish, My Practice Plan Read More
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New Research in the Field of Neurogastroenterology

In 2017, for the first time in humans, UCLA researchers established an association between gut microbiota and brain regions involved in processing sensory information. The study showed that differences in gut microbial composition correlate with regional brain volumes in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and shed light on the connections between childhood trauma, brain development, and gut microbiome composition. Read More
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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.

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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