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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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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery improve 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. Read More
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Alzheimer’s Risks, Inflammation, and Lifestyle Interventions

In this interview, IFM educator Kristi Hughes, ND, speaks with board-certified neurologist and New York Times bestselling author David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, about effective methods for preventing and treating cognitive decline. Read More
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Low-Level Toxin Exposure Adds Up

Exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides is inevitable and constant. Low-level exposures to multiple toxins can result in synergistic, cumulative effects on human health. Read More
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Toolkit Highlight: Testing for Low Stomach Acidity

The IFM Toolkit is a highly valued resource containing nearly 400 items, including questionnaires, intake forms, lifestyle recommendations, and food plans to assist practitioners and patients in meeting their health goals. While the IFM Toolkit is largely a reference for clinicians to use as patient education, it also has many practitioner-specific resources. Explore this month’s Toolkit Highlight
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Help for Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Certain chronic diseases are known to co-occur, often because of shared underlying risk factors like inflammation. Traditionally, researchers have focused on a single disease or disease pairs, but recent research suggests that departing from this reductionist approach toward a more integrative assessment of multimorbidities can be beneficial. Read More
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Why You Should Take the “My Practice Plan” Course

Every single MD I have worked with, every chiropractor, NP, Lac, and DO, has come to the same conclusion: developing practice management skills to increase profitability and income also results in freeing up the time needed for basic self-care, which we expect all our patients to do, which we write on prescription pads, but which we (too) often don’t do ourselves. Read More