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Why Functional Medicine Is More Important Than Ever

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Chronic health conditions affect about 50% of all American adults. To find out if you are one of them take this quiz. It’s important to find out because chronic disease is on the rise throughout the world. In fact, it’s our nation’s leading cause of death and disability.  Many people with chronic disease are on the autoimmune spectrum. This spectrum stretches from the low end with symptoms like acne or constipation, to the middle with inflammatory conditions, fatigue, or joint pain, to the far end with full-blown autoimmune conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.  Sadly, our current healthcare system […]

The Cleveland Clinic publishes a study claiming to show benefits from functional medicine. It doesn’t.

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Here at Science-Based Medicine, we have been writing about the “integrative medicine” specialty known as “functional medicine” for nearly 12 years. The reason is that so-called “functional medicine” is a form of pseudomedicine that dresses itself up as scientific but at its core is deeply unscientific. Basically, its practitioners don the mantle of “science” by ordering reams of diagnostic tests that are not science-based and whose interpretation is not at all clear, all in order to “treat the cause” of disease. True, functional medicine does also include some very banal, science-based advice (weight loss, healthy diets, exercise, sufficient sleep, and […]

A functional medicine doctor’s favorite snacks for all-day energy

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It makes me feel a little better knowing the dreaded afternoon slump affects everyone. Even functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, MD, whose new book arrives next week, needs a few mid-day snacks for energy at work. On Wednesday, Dr. Hyman hosted an Ask Me Anything with Well+Good’s private Facebook group Cook With Us. Several members wanted to know what his go-to snacks were—especially when he needed an energy boost. Dr. Hyman was quick with his hit list of healthy snacks, and I have to say, they sound pretty darn good. “Snacks are important. I always keep snacks on me to […]

End-to-End Functional Medicine Training Unlike Anything Else

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What are the best practices for onboarding new patients and doing thorough Functional Medicine intakes? How do I set up operations, billing, and procedures to keep my practice lean and profitable? Over 50 Patient Handouts With the option to easily add your branding/logo Guide patients step by step through the big changes you’re asking them to make. Boost compliance and get better outcomes, happier, healthier patients, and glowing testimonials. With energized word-of-mouth and referrals, you’ll have a more stable flow of new patients and revenue. Our online system will allow you to instantly customize any patient handout with your own […]

A Functional Medicine Doctor on Why You Don’t Want Lyme Disease During a Pandemic

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Justin Bieber—who revealed in his 2020 docuseries that he has been seeing neuropsychiatrist and brain imaging specialist Dr. Daniel Amen for years—and his wife Hailey Baldwin put themselves into self-quarantine in their home in Canada. That may have been a smart move for the superstar, who also recently announced that he’s been diagnosed with Lyme disease. “Having Lyme disease may increase vulnerability to the coronavirus and could raise the risk of serious consequences if you’re infected with COVID-19,” says Mark Filidei, D.O., the director of integrative and functional medicine at Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, […]

A Functional Medicine Case Study of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

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The term “Thyroiditis” refers to “inflammation of the thyroid gland”. There are many possible causes of thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies directed against the thyroid gland lead to chronic inflammation. It is not known why some people make antibodies, although this condition tends to run in families. Over time, however, this results in impaired ability of the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones, leading to gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto’s thyroiditis […]

How Functional Medicine Came to the Military

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Master Sergeant Geoff Dardia has a no-legs plan. He’s served as a U.S. Army Green Beret since 2004. If he loses his legs to an explosion or gunfire, he’s prepared to build his own “robot legs” so he can stay on active duty. This is something he learned from his Special Operations colleague Chuck, who served for 10 years on a leg he designed himself. Because of the deep trust Dardia shares with his fellow soldiers, he says he sleeps better on deployment — even when that means lying under a truck, in the field, protected only by his mates […]

A New Way To Consider Immunity, From A Functional Medicine Expert

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Talking about immunity in the thick of a pandemic is no easy feat. Our minds are preoccupied by pathogens and infectious disease, the scourge of COVID-19 still playing itself out on our screens. Many individuals are focused on ways to support the immune system. People are eager for vaccines and drugs and quick cures. Inside all of this searching, there’s precious little time or energy available to think about what it just might take to improve immunity at a global level going forward—but that’s what I’m here to discuss. There will be a world after COVID-19, and I’d like us […]

Functional Medicine and Diabetes: How to Treat the Root Cause | Chris Kresser

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Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic both in the United States and around the world. Nearly 10 percent of American adults have type 2 diabetes, and 25 percent have prediabetes; these numbers are only continuing to rise, with a shocking one-third of U.S. adults projected to have diabetes by 2050. (1, 2, 3) While type 2 diabetes was once considered a “disease of affluence,” its numbers are exploding in middle- and low-income countries, mainly due to the global spread of the nutrient-poor Western diet. (4) Type 2 diabetes is also no longer limited to middle-aged and older adults; children […]

Denver’s Diet Doctor Introduces our new Functional Medicine Program – Jeffry Gerber, MD – Denver’s Diet Doctor

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We are happy to introduce our in-office functional medicine program to better serve those seeking optimal wellness! At the heart of functional medicine we dig for the root cause of your health issues, rather than simply This content was originally published here.