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Balancing Act: Managing the Demands of a Business & Patient Care

The practice of medicine is both an art and a science, a calling and a trade, a path and a plan. As such, medical professionals may not have the luxury of concentrating solely on healing the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—but must create a balance between patient care and the demands of running a business. This can challenge even the most business-savvy clinician. Learn how Monique Class, APRN, learned to improve her business acumen while caring for patients.

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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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Lifestyle Interventions for Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, is now considered a major health hazard and has even been called a “global pandemic.” Researchers suggest that an increase in high-calorie, low-fiber fast food, more sedentary lifestyles, and a decrease in physical activity contribute to the rising incidence of metabolic syndrome.

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Team-Based Care & Functional Medicine: Improving Patients’ Lives

“Health coaching is helping clinicians and physicians to transform their practice to use more of a coaching approach. It helps doctors to become more proficient and eloquent in empowering the patient,” says IFM educator Kristi Hughes, ND, who uses a health coach as part of her Functional Medicine practice in Minnesota. Watch an IFM video describing how Dr. Hughes integrated health coaches into her practice.

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Women's Health: Supporting Ovary Function and Longevity

IFM staff member Kalea Wattles, ND, shares how empowering it can be for patients to understand how they can improve ovarian function. True preventative medicine starts with education at an early age. Listen to the full video here.

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Sleep Assessment in Primary Care

Americans are not getting enough sleep. Kristi Hughes, ND, describes how fatigue and lack of sleep can affect daily life.

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Social Support, Stress, and Cardiac Health

Everyday stress affects cardiovascular function. Robert Luby, MD, discusses the vascular endothelium and the stress response.

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Nutritional Controversies in Heart Disease: A Functional Medicine Cardiologist’s Perspective

Nutrition research and guidelines continue to be contradictory; Dr. Regina Druz, a functional cardiologist, shares her perspective.

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Understanding the Psychoemotional Roots of Immune Disease

For centuries, people have contemplated the connection between the mind and body; the interplay is deep-rooted and complex, calling into question whether different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. What stress-reducing interventions may positively affect the immune system and potentially prevent immune imbalance?

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Food Reactions, Eczema, and Migraines

Mucosal integrity and microbiome support can resolve symptoms that may not initially seem GI-related.

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Video: My Approach to Fibroids

Joel Evans, MD, shares the lifestyle interventions he finds most successful for treating women with fibroids.

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Wisdom on Working With the Underserved

Patients from underserved populations comprise a large proportion of healthcare visits. In this podcast, Sharad Kohli, MD, shares tips and techniques for helping this population

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