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Sleep Deprivation & Mitochondrial Impacts

Over the past 10 years, researchers have begun to examine what happens at a cellular level when the body is deprived of sleep. Some studies suggest a connection between limited sleep and oxidative stress, pointing to mitochondria as a possible target of the physiological effects of sleep deprivation.

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Linus Pauling Award Winner Interview: Drs. Bland and Wahls

For 2018 Linus Pauling Award Winner Terry Wahls, MD, reversing the loss of function from multiple sclerosis is personal. Dr. Wahls pioneered a food and lifestyle intervention that is proving enormously beneficial to many multiple sclerosis patients, including restoring her own physical and mental function.

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IFM Governing Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

The Institute for Functional Medicine has named two new members to its governing board of directors. During what has been a period of rapid growth and burgeoning interest in Functional Medicine, IFM continues to respond to these growing needs by engaging wider areas of expertise and spheres of influence to support the organization at every level.

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Strategies for Brain Health in Midlife

The connection between brain health and nutrition has been making headlines over the last several years, supported by growing evidence of the correlation between what you eat and cognition. Implementing early interventions focused on modifiable risk factors like nutrition for cognitive decline at midlife is a strategy used by Functional Medicine practitioners, and one that is backed by research.

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Older Men and Testosterone Therapy

Although rapid growth in prescriptions has slowed, many men visit the doctor specifically for a testosterone prescription. What is known about the risks?

Suboptimal testosterone levels are often amenable to lifestyle interventions. Check out a free toolkit item with one potential intervention.

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P. Michael Stone, MD, MS, Receives the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is proud to announce P. Michael Stone, MD, MS, as the 2019 recipient of the Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine.

Michael embodies in heart and intellect what a functionally trained physician should aspire to be and is an inspiration to the Functional Medicine movement and community as a whole.

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The Institute for Functional Medicine Surpasses 1,000 IFM Certified Practitioners in Functional Medicine Globally

IFM certified practitioners get to the heart of what IFM is all about—to stem the tide of chronic disease and change the trajectory of health care across all communities.

“Certifying practitioners is one important step on the path to the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine,” said IFM CEO Amy Mack.

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IFM Call for Posters: Chronic Pain, Stress, & Addiction

IFM is calling for digital poster submissions on the topics of chronic pain, stress, and addiction that focus on research and innovation, as well as techniques and tips for treating these patients in a Functional Medicine framework. What are your experiences with pain, stress, and addiction in the patient population? Have you compiled research in these areas or incorporated innovative treatments in your practice? How have you used the tenets of Functional Medicine to bring your patients back to a place of homeostasis?

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Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)

New Online Dates Announced!

The premier course in Functional Medicine, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), provides practitioners with Functional Medicine training—and IFM has now made it available both in-person and online.

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Practice Implementation Resources

Woman practitioner attending IFM conferenceIn addition to the practice implementation resources contained in IFM’s member toolkit and those presented at AFMCP and the 6 APMs, IFM recommends two programs that we feel help practitioners at different points in the process of developing and running their Functional Medicine business: "My Practice Plan" by the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine and the "Practice Accelerator" by Evolution of Medicine. READ MORE
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Expanded Certification Program Provides More Opportunity for Medical Professionals to Practice Functional Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) today announced an expansion to its certification program; allowing a broader range of medical professionals to have the opportunity to integrate Functional Medicine into their practice. READ MORE
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A Focus on Strategic Partnerships Ushers in Exciting Leadership Changes for IFM

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) announced the appointment of Andie Crosby as director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovations and the promotion of Katy Scheck to director of the Partner Experience and Engagement Team (PEET). In their new roles, Crosby and Scheck will spearhead initiatives designed to continue the organization’s overall mission—the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine. READ MORE