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Building ATP Levels for Patients With Heart Failure

The heart’s ability to store energy is limited. A continuous process to fuel the mitochondria by stimulating ATP production is a focus of new heart failure treatment strategies.

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The Connection Between POPs and Metabolic Syndrome

What could be causing the global rise in metabolic syndrome and diabetes? One line of research points to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). How can clinicians manage exposures to these ubiquitous chemicals?

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Good Sleep Hygiene May Help Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Public health concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in local communities is causing anxiety on a global scale. It may even be affecting your sleep at night. Sleep is your body’s first line of defense against infectious disease. You can support your sleep and your health just by making positive changes in your daily routine.

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Clinician Spotlight: Elizabeth Board, MD, on Chronic Pain Management

Elizabeth Board, MD, explains her approach to chronic pain management and using lifestyle interventions to reduce the need for opiates.

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Health Coaching as a Strategy to Enhance Your Practice

One strategy to improve the patient-provider relationship is by utilizing health coaching. The role of health coaches is to listen to and guide patients through a change process. Coaches set expectations, provide feedback, and help clients identify challenges along the way.

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Top 6 Strategies for Managing Stress Around Infectious Disease

Staying informed about the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that you can take to protect your health and the health of your loved ones is critical. However, spending too much time researching coronavirus can negatively impact your sense of wellbeing and compromise your physical health. Reducing stress can improve your overall health, especially during these uncertain times.

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Micronutrient Malnutrition: Not Limited to Developing Nations

Micronutrient malnutrition is not limited to developing nations; several nutrient shortfalls are common within the United States. Habitual low-nutrient-density diets can result in micronutrient deficiencies that may lead to detrimental effects on health and to chronic diseases.

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American Nutrition Association: The Science and Practice of Personalized Nutrition

Committed to scientific integrity, the American Nutrition Association shares nutrition information with the public and healthcare professionals without bias in an effort to move nutrition to the core of the healthcare system.

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What Do Cortisol Curves Tell Us About Health?

As incidence of intense stress in America has remained high, so too has the prevalence of many chronic illnesses. Understanding the factors that affect cortisol secretion can inform appropriate treatment interventions for stress-related disorders. In both healthy and clinical populations, a flattened cortisol curve has been robustly associated with a shorter lifespan and negative health indicators.

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Controlling Pain in Autoimmune Patients

Reducing side effects from pain medications in autoimmune patients may be possible by supporting gut health. Helen Messier, MD, shares ways to support gut and immune health while also addressing pain related to autoimmunity.

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The Role of Empathy and Storytelling in Functional Medicine

What makes the FM Timeline different than other tools is that it has the effect of giving the patient insight into previous life events and validates for them that their story has been heard. Both of these elements help to motivate the patient to make lifestyle modifications and engage more fully in the treatment plan.

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The Pediatric Intestinal Microbiome: A Conversation With Liz Mumper, MD, FAAP

In this podcast, Dan Lukaczer, ND, interviews Liz Mumper, MD. Dr. Mumper shares her clinical insights on the pediatric intestinal microbiome and conditions associated with gut dysbiosis.

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