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Health Equity Focus with Arti Chandra, MD, MPH

We welcome Arti Chandra, MD, MPH, who will be discussing the issue of food security and access to healthy foods through community-based programs.

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Genetic Predisposition and Autoimmune Disease

Despite some commonalities, the genetic heritability of autoimmune diseases is exceedingly variable, ranging from very high in Crohn’s disease and ankylosing spondylitis to almost negligible in systemic sclerosis. One estimate is that less than 15% of genes related to autoimmune risk have been identified.

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Supporting Health in Underserved Populations

In the United States, economic, social, and cultural barriers impede access to optimal healthcare services for many patients. As a Functional Medicine practitioner, what tools and practical steps within your daily practice can help support the health journey of patients in vulnerable and underserved communities?

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Exposure to Pesticides, Herbicides, & Insecticides: Human Health Effects

Pesticides and a wide variety of other chemicals persist in the environment and make their way into our everyday lives. While the concept that toxicants accumulate in the body and are the cause of various health problems has long been a fundamental tenet of traditional healthcare systems around the world, researchers have learned a great deal in recent years about how toxicants affect the human population, where they originate, and how to improve our ability to detoxify in a toxic world. How can we help patients manage the health risks of exposure to these ubiquitous substances?

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Farmers Markets: Helping to Address the Growing Problem of Food Insecurity

Accessibility to nutritious, affordable, high quality food has long been a challenge in low income and rural areas across the US. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these challenges may be magnified. Everything from demand for staple goods to supply chain challenges and widespread furloughs have hit many communities, but low income families, the elderly, and children are especially vulnerable to what has become an increasingly pervasive state of food insecurity. Find out what one Functional Medicine clinician is doing to help.

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Food Insecurity and Chronic Disease

Nutrition interventions are essential strategies for combatting many chronic diseases, yet food insecurity and limited access to affordable, nutritious foods may impede such efforts. A robust patient-practitioner relationship is not only important to empower the patient in their health journey, but also to meet the patient where they are in order to develop the most effective treatment plan.

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SIBO: Comorbidities, SIFO, and Diagnosis

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that presents a range of detrimental GI and non-GI symptoms and is associated with diverse comorbid conditions. Restoring balance to gut flora through individualized interventions and tailored treatments that address lifestyle factors and nutritional needs may dramatically improve health.

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Engaging Patients in Nutritional Therapy

Nutrition-based treatments are fundamental components of many therapeutic strategies used to combat chronic illness and restore optimal health. Patient participation and empowerment are important components of personalized treatment strategies for sustainable engagement and successful interventions.

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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery are improved 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.

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Autoimmune Disease: Treatments and Outcomes

Medications manage autoimmune diseases by attempting to control disease flares, limit inflammatory damage, and extend periods of remission; however, consistent results may not be seen in each patient, and there may be potentially serious side effects. What other treatment options are available for patients living with autoimmune disease that may improve their quality of life?

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COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19: Functional Medicine resources

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Nathan Price, PhD, on Predictive Biomarkers and Biological Aging

What is the difference between chronological age and biological age? Can blood predict microbiome diversity? Learn how metabolites can predict microbiome diversity—and how polygenic scores can be used to estimate the success rate of different lifestyle interventions—in an IFM interview.

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