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Genome-Wide Changes May Result From Excessive Stress

Over the past decade, studies have shown that chronic stress can induce genome-wide epigenetic changes and affect the distribution of molecules in the brain. What’s more, maternal genetic changes that result from high cortisol exposure may even be passed down to future generations.

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Pioneers in Telemedicine: Susie Larson, MD

One-third of respondents in an NIH-funded survey said they preferred the telehealth experience to an in-office doctor visit, and other data suggests that 60% of millennials support the use of telehealth to replace in-office visits. Have you considered using telemedicine? Read more about the benefits telemedicine could bring to your Functional Medicine practice.

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Decreasing Migraine Frequency With Nutrition

Migraine frequency greatly changes quality of life. There are several nutritional factors that can help migraine sufferers in your clinical practice.

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Defying All Odds: Documentary on Terry Wahls, MD

“And what a story it is: plagued by an incurable disease, this incredible woman, herself a medical doctor, found a way to effectively treat her illness and recover from a disease no one thought one could recover from.” – Caroleen Moise, producer/director of Defying All Odds, a documentary about Dr. Terry Wahls’ journey with multiple sclerosis.

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Immunology and the Microbiome

The intricate relationship of the human microbiome to health and wellness continues to drive new therapeutic options. Research is making inroads for treating a host of autoimmune conditions.

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Fight Inflammation and Stabilize Mast Cells Naturally

“We can’t view the different diseases as separate conditions anymore. Nearly all degenerative diseases have the same underlying biochemical etiology. And that’s one of a pro-inflammatory state. That pro-inflammatory state is more often than not induced by a pro-inflammatory diet. So inflammation is really the final common pathway in all of these different diseases … And the base [treatment] for all of these diseases should be one of an anti-inflammatory supporting diet.” – IFM educator Helen Messier

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When to Suspect Metabolic Syndrome

Approximately 20% of normal-weight individuals have metabolic disturbances, as well as an accompanying three-fold increase in mortality. What antecedents can help you detect metabolic syndrome?

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“The Challenges of Evidence-Based Medicine” with John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc

The 2018 free Grand Rounds video series, presented by IFM in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, now includes a lecture by John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc, and a Q&A with Mark Hyman, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and IFM board president of clinical affairs.

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The Role of the Microbiome in Immune-Related Diseases

How does the microbiome interact with the immune system, and how do these interactions help determine a state of health or disease in the body? In this article, Kara Fitzgerald, ND, and Romilly Hodges, CNS, discuss how cross-talk between the microbiome and cells in the intestinal mucosal immune system is important for immune system maturation and modulation across all developmental stages.

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Clinician Interview: Working With Chronic Pain Patients

Chronic pain has been increasingly recognized as a biopsychosocial condition, and many clinicians believe that comprehensive interdisciplinary management is preferred over medication only. Functional Medicine clinician Dr. Henri Roca discusses his approach to chronic pain in a powerful IFM interview.

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Exercise Prescriptions for Cardiometabolic Health

Current health policy guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week coupled with reduced daily sedentary behavior by interrupting prolonged sitting with bouts of light activity every 30 minutes to promote health and quality of life. How can clinicians help patients modify sedentary behaviors—many of which are involuntary—and incorporate physical activity into their daily lives?

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Rates of Celiac Disease Continue to Rise Worldwide

In addition to rising diagnoses, the prevalence of undiagnosed celiac disease seems to have increased dramatically in the US in the last 50 years. In an IFM interview, renowned celiac researcher Alessio Fasano, MD, speaks with Patrick Hanaway, MD, on how research has impacted the estimated prevalence rates of celiac disease in the US.

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