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Intestinal Permeability & Associated Diseases

Red Flags Intestinal Permeability Robert Sheeler MDDietary changes, chronic alcohol consumption, stress, the use of antibiotics, and other environmental factors, as well as genetic factors, can lead to alterations in the gut microbiota, which in turn may induce intestinal inflammation and increase intestinal permeability. As clinicians, how can we help patients with dysbiotic microbiota? READ MORE
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How Stress Changes Gut Function

What dietary and lifestyle interventions can help to diminish the effects of stress within the body and affect gastrointestinal function? New evidence suggests that both prebiotic diets and exercise interventions are most effective if given early in life when the gut and brain are more plastic. READ MORE
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Stress, Bile Acids, and IBS Symptoms

Bile absorption difficulties are common in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, as are anxiety and depression. When and how should treatment address these concerns? READ MORE
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Understanding Lead Toxicity

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes? READ MORE
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Gut Dysbiosis and Stress

Once thought to be extraneous to the body, stress is now seen as another symptom of dysbiosis. Learn cost-effective strategies for resolving stress and gut-based diseases. READ MORE
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What Is the IFM Toolkit?

How does a traditional medical practitioner transition into Functional Medicine? What resources are available to help them along this path? This is where the IFM Toolkit comes in. All practitioners who complete IFM’s premier course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), either online or in-person, have access to the IFM Toolkit, which contains hundreds of easy-to-use resources for new and seasoned practitioners alike. READ MORE
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Is AFMCP Online Right for Me? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) Online provides the same education and learning objectives as AFMCP in person. Each individual, however, will gravitate toward certain learning environments. Take this quiz to find out if AFMCP Online is right for you. Take Quiz
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Free Download: Functional Medicine Timeline, a History-Taking Tool

Every practitioner takes a patient history, but did you know that it is one of the most critical opportunities to improve patient engagement and compliance? Using the Functional Medicine Timeline as a basis, IFM teaches you skills and strategies to maximize patient engagement and improve outcomes.

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Toxin Exposures at Home

Toxin Exposures at Home Robert Roundtree, MDScientists have only just begun to understand the complex nature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and the EPA has regulated only a few despite their associated health effects, which may include headache, damage to the liver, kidneys, and nervous system, visual disorders, memory impairment, and cancer. Read More
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Functional Medicine Tools Improve Patient Compliance

If you are frequently frustrated by patients who don't stick with prescribed treatments, you’re not alone. Two important strategies for managing chronic disease are adherence to treatment and sustained, health-related lifestyle changes; however, research suggests that approximately 50% of patients with chronic conditions do not adhere to treatment. Read More
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Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain and Diet with Bette Bischoff, MD, RD“For millions of people across the globe, excruciating pain is an inescapable reality of life,” writes Allyn L. Taylor, in an article published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Does it have to be this way? Read More
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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