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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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Toxic Exposures: The Cumulative Effect

Toxicity is one of the evolving topics explored at IFM’s 2020 AIC. Toxic exposures and cumulative toxic burden are already vital considerations during clinical assessments for the treatment of chronic diseases and for strengthening resilience and overall wellness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with toxicity takes on increased importance.

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Fasting and Chronic Illness

In addition to potentially assisting with chronic illness, appropriate fasting may help to build healthy resilience. Fasting has the potential to reduce some of the risk factors like obesity and metabolic syndrome1 that have been deemed risk factors for worsened outcomes from COVID-19.2

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Low-Level Lead Exposure & Implications for Human Health

A recent study suggests that the regular consumption of beverages in glazed, ceramic cups increases the chances of lead-related health risks. What steps can clinicians take to recognize toxicity in their patients?

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GERD: Weighing Benefits and Risks of Treatment Options

Taking an over-the-counter acid blocker for occasional heartburn symptoms may not be a big issue, but in practice, many patients with chronic reflux are prescribed acid blockers indefinitely. Research suggests that this long-term approach may have significant drawbacks.

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The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Additional Research on Nutraceuticals and Botanicals

Updates to the list of nutraceutical and botanical agents that may be considered as complementary treatments against COVID-19, including beta glucans, mushrooms, Chinese skullcap, and licorice.

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Underlying Conditions of Sleep Disruption in the Age of COVID-19

As a multifactorial condition with many potential antecedents, triggers, and mediators, nocturia presents a challenge for personalized treatment. Men’s health expert Geo Espinosa, ND, shares his thoughts and considerations on diagnosing and treating nocturia.

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Detoxification: Supporting Liver Function With Nutrition

Food and nutrients that support liver biotransformation may help alleviate toxic burden, allowing the body to operate more efficiently and improve resilience.

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Nutrition and Mental Health

While a balanced diet may help bolster mental wellness for management of daily life stresses, dietary patterns and overall diet quality may impact the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.

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Terry Wahls, MD, on New Research Into Diet and Lifestyle Treatments for Autoimmunity and Beyond

IFM recently interviewed Dr. Wahls about the latest research coming out of her lab and the new additions to the latest version of her book.

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Fasting Flexibility: An Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

Jason Fung, MD, has authored several books on fasting and its impact on health. In this interview with IFM, Dr. Fung shares his knowledge and clinical insights on the challenges, benefits, and misconceptions regarding intermittent and long-term fasting.

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Clinician Spotlight: Cynthia Worden, DO, on the Advantages of Telemedicine

Telemedicine allows patients to receive care from home, which, in the context of social distancing, helps decrease the spread of disease. One clinician, Cynthia Worden, DO, discusses her experience using telemedicine in her practice.

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