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Landmark Survey Explores Paradigm Shift In Healthcare Landscape

Adoption of Functional Medicine Approach Addressing the Root Causes of Disease


InstituteFunctionalMedThe Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) today released the findings of a landmark survey representing the most comprehensive evaluation of the practice strategies and clinical applications of Functional Medicine ever conducted. The study, “Functional Medicine Practices: Opportunities, Challenges, and Emerging Trends,” funded by¬†Pure Encapsulations, collected more than 1,000 responses and revealed valuable insights into the advances Functional Medicine is bringing to patient care, and will help to educate healthcare providers desiring to implement Functional Medicine in their practices. This survey represents an important step

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Dr. Jeffrey Bland: Epigenetics – Redefining the Gene/Environment Connection

In this final installment of the series from the Institute for Functional Medicine and Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Dr. Bland discusses current research into how life events shape genetic expression and the progression of disease. When should you consider epigenetic events vs cellular reactions or other considerations? How can you counsel patients on the effects of their lifestyle choices on their health, their genetic expression, and their disease trajectory?

Read the article for an in-depth discussion and to access additional resources, including three free audio interviews with scientific luminaries regarding their research into this field.


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21st CENTURY MEDICINE: A New Model for Medical Education and Practice

David S. Jones, MD
Laurie Hofmann, MPH
Sheila Quinn

In early 2009, an extraordinary degree of public attention was focused on healthcare reform. In Washington, DC, two hearings were held before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences hosted a Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. In New York City, a major conference on Integrative Health Care was held. The January/February 2009 issue of Health Affairs was devoted entirely to The Crisis in Chronic Disease. Why?

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Working Up the Toxic Patient: Practical Intervention and Treatment Strategies

Peter Bennett, ND, RAc, DHANP

Some problems in clinical healthcare are straightforward. The patient might present with low back pain, having perhaps strained the quadratus lumborum muscle. The patient history matches the physical exam findings and a treatment program is recommended with fairly predictable outcome.

The problems with toxic patients are more complex: they will seldom present with a history of toxic exposure; their symptoms are multisystem and multifactorial; and the findings of the physical exam may provide little confirmation of the intake. Proceeding to lab evaluation can be difficult because few of the indicators at intake provide a read more…

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Detoxification Basics

Elizabeth H. Jeffery, PhD

Almost 50 years ago R.T. Williams first classified detoxification enzymes into phase I (degradative) and phase II (additional) enzymatic reactions. At that time, few of the details we know today were available and very few enzymes were identified. The classification was based on the finding that many xenobiotics, upon entering the liver, are first oxidized (phase I reaction), and then a bulky endogenous compound is added at the site of the oxidation (phase II reaction) before the metabolite is effluxed from the liver into the bile. Remarkably, this classification is still useful, with few exceptions. read more…

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