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AAFP: Functional Medicine lacks supporting evidence; includes “harmful” and “dangerous” treatments – Science-Based Medicine

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In 2014, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) placed a moratorium on continuing medical education (CME) credit for all programs related to Functional Medicine (FM) through 2018. The AAFP determined that a lack of accompanying evidence existed to support the practice of Functional Medicine . . . [and the AAFP] identified some treatments as harmful and dangerous. The AAFP will review its decision in February of 2018. To assist in the review, the AAFP issued a call to collect peer-reviewed, evidence-based literature that supports claims for the efficacy of Functional Medicine practices and therapeutic modalities. An online survey was […]

I’m a functional medicine doctor, and this is the most common mistake with intermittent fasting

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With well-intentioned resolutions at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, chances are you’ve got at least one friend who says she’s going to start the new year with intermittent fasting. Or maybe it’s you who wants to try IF, having read about intermittent fasting for weight loss or getting a better sleep at night. The eating plan—which calls for eating only during certain time periods—always seems to be part of the wellness conversation, but it’s making headlines yet again this week due to a just-released study published in the offering new intel on the best way to go about […]

Gum Disease Treatment: Functional Medicine Associates

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The mouth is home to the second most diverse microbial community in the body, harbouring over 700 species of bacteria that colonise the hard surfaces of teeth. As individuals we each harbour, on average, about 100-200 of these individual species of bacteria. Recent technological advances have meant that we have a much better understanding of this ‘oral microbiome’ and the role it plays in health and disease and we now know that it contributes not only to oral health but to general well-being. After all, your mouth is the gateway to your gastro-intestinal tract and the rest of your body. […]

Why Functional Medicine?

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Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. […]

A Functional Medicine Doctor’s Clean Beauty Routine

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Through my own health journey, I came to an important conclusion: beauty is an inside job. When my health was at its worst, I had acne, rashes, bloating, weight gain, and inflammation. The glow was gone. Getting my health back was a long process that involved healing my gut with dietary changes, sleep, exercise, stress management, supplements, medications and focused elimination of environmental toxins. I truly believe that any beauty routine starts with good nutrition and lifestyle practices, and addressing underlying health issues. When I got my health back, I got my glow back. And in doing so, I revamped […]

Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders | Overland Park Holistic and Functional Medicine | Kansas City | Focus Integrative Healthcare

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Thyroid function is quickly becoming an often-discussed topic both in health and wellness circles and among the general population. It seems as though more and more people are experiencing thyroid dysfunction of some sort. Whereas in the past this was not the case, most people probably know someone who has struggled or is struggling with hypothyroidism; hyperthyroidism; autoimmune thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease; or what has come to be known as sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Needless to say, thyroid function is definitely something that needs to be discussed. What Exactly Does the Thyroid Gland Do Anyway? The thyroid […]

Local naturopath receives Functional Medicine certificate

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Claudia Wenning has been living and working in Willits for more than 30 years. She first studied traditional Naturopathy in her home country of Germany and then earned a comparable degree in the United States after she realized this was her new home. She holds numerous certifications in different aspects of natural healing such as nutritional consulting, acupressure, herbalism, applied kinesiology and massage, and even earned a degree in psychotherapy in Germany. This year she completed a one-year course and received a certification as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. “In the last decade more and more proponents came up […]

How technology, genomics, biometrics, support integrative and functional medicine

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Health is personal, said Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS, president of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, at the 2019 Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York City. “Lasting health comes from the interaction of our genes with our lifestyle and environment,” said Bland. “Personalizing this connection is the future.” The digital revolution is changing the way we live. We’re becoming wired as a global community, said Bland. Healthcare has evolved from what experts call “imprecision medicine,” where conditions are treated with generalized pharmaceuticals and patient protocols. Today, practitioners are starting to understand that care must be tailored to the individual, […]

Americans are not living longer, healthier lives. Can functional medicine change that?

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Despite incredible advances in modern medicine including research breakthroughs and life-saving medications and devices, Americans are not actually living longer, healthier lives. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy has actually been falling over recent years. In fact, this is the first time since the 1918 flu pandemic that Americans have experienced a loss in years of life. Experts say that this decrease cannot be attributed to one single problem, but numerous factors including increased rates of suicide and the opioid epidemic. If you have a common health concern like high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, mental illness, […]

6 best anti-inflammatory foods a functional medicine MD loves | Well+Good

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Right now, everyone’s food shopping habits have been thrown for a loop. Spending Saturdays at the farmers’ market is definitely out of the question and it can be hard to find your tried-and-true favorite healthy foods at the grocery store. But as it turns out, there are some amazing healthy all-stars hiding in your pantry you may be overlooking. Recently, functional medicine doctor and author Mark Hyman, MD, shared on Instagram his picks for the best anti-inflammatory foods that he always has on-hand. Of the wide range of foods he’s been schooled on over the years, his favorite anti-inflammatory foods […]