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Factors Predisposing Women to Fibroids

Inflammation is correlated with uterine fibroid development. Estimates are that at least 23% of women of reproductive age are exposed to three or more toxicants above the level of known safety.

The heavy bleeding associated with fibroids can cause anemia, fatigue, and pain, while sufferers report difficulty with diagnosis and concerns about available treatment options.

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Clinical Spotlight: Swathi Rao, PA-C, & Teaching Kitchens

Studies suggest that many patients do not have optimal nutrition, are experiencing record levels of chronic disease, and are most likely being treated with pharmaceuticals despite the availability of other, less invasive but highly effective options. One such option is to incorporate teaching kitchens into the patient educational experience, like Swathi Rao, PA-C, has done in her family practice.

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Stress & the Social Determinants of Health

Gallup’s most recent poll found that lower-income Americans tended to report more stress. While some stress is normal, chronic stress is connected to a range of conditions, including mental health issues, cognitive changes, and chronic disease. This makes widespread stress a public health issue that affects underserved populations disproportionately.

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Making Connections: Chronic Stress, Pain, & Addiction

What is the role of stress in increasing the risk of chronic pain and maladaptive behaviors such as addiction? How can primary care clinicians help patients manage present-day anxiety and unravel the stressful patterns of childhood? Functional Medicine teaches clinicians how to help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms through lifestyle modifications like exercise, meditation, an anti-inflammatory diet, and more. This therapeutic relationship has the potential to change the trajectory of pain and addiction in a patient’s life.

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Cutting-Edge Pain Treatment at the Veterans Administration

In this free Grand Rounds presentation recorded at Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Henri Roca, MD, elaborates upon the group visit framework used at the Veterans Administration for chronic pain.

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A Menu of Strategies for Chronic Pain Treatment in Primary Care

Patients have long sought non-pharmacologic approaches for pain, and they can be highly effective. Yet up to 40% of chronic pain patients report that they are not equal partners in making decisions about their care. Heather Tick, MD, shares her successful approaches for partnering with chronic pain patients on therapeutic lifestyle change.
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Primary Care and Treatment of Pain and Addiction

How many patients can you think of that do not suffer from poorly managed stress, chronic pain, or addiction issues? The vast majority of patients struggle with one or more of these three common conditions, which research demonstrates are often connected. The physiological underpinnings of stress, pain, and addiction often overlap, offering new avenues for therapies that provide improved outcomes.

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Addiction Treatment, Personal to Professional: Stephen Loyd, MD

Stephen Loyd, MD, shares his personal and professional journey with addiction and how it informed his approach to long-term, successful addiction treatment. Integrated approaches to addiction treatment may accelerate beneficial changes in the brain by supporting multiple healthy pathways.

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Chronic Pain & the Brain With Dr. Dave Hagedorn

Over the last 10 years, advances in human neuroimaging have begun to identify the elements of the brain involved in the chronification of pain. Based on brain imaging studies, there is accruing evidence that chronic pain results from alterations in neural networks. Dave Hagedorn, PhD, BCN, a leader in the field of non-invasive brain stimulation research, talks about chronic pain in an IFM interview.

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Dr. Dave Hagedorn on Chronic Pain in the Military Population

The incidence of chronic pain in America is rising. Military and veteran populations have unique characteristics as well as comorbid conditions like post-concussive syndrome and behavioral health disorders that complicate the treatment of pain. In an audio interview with Dr. Dave Hagedorn, learn how to interpret and treat chronic pain syndromes in this vulnerable population.

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Paul Thomas, MD, on Addiction & Stress in Young Adults

In an interview with IFM Director of Medical Education Dan Lukaczer, ND, Dr. Paul Thomas talks about his personal struggles with addiction, the medical-assisted therapies like buprenorphine he offers in his clinic, and the intrinsic link between stress and addiction.

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The "Biopsychosocial Slot Machine" of Addiction

Stephen Loyd’s personal journey with opioid addiction informs his work with substance abuse patients. Listen to a sneak preview of his lecture at this year’s Annual International Conference.

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