Integrative Health Must Lead on COVID and Immune Resiliency

HHS head, Alex Azar, had it right in suggesting to CNN’s Jake Tapper that the disproportionate amount of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the U.S. are largely attributable to the declining health and susceptibility of many Americans. Azar’s words: “Unfortunately, the American population is a very diverse… a population withRead …

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Lifestyle Medicine and its Indisputable Foundation of Health and Access

Lifestyle Medicine

I’ve been professionally engaged with the integrative health and medicine field for the better part of a decade and, as a 28-year cancer ‘thriver’ of a so-called incurable malignancy, I’ve watched this movement up close and personal half my life. Through FON, I’ve consulted hundreds of clinics, businesses, and organizations;Read …

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Seven Chronic Website Conditions Hurting Your Integrative Practice: Addressing the Root Causes

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Today, over 85 percent of patients search online before booking a doctor’s appointment. If your website isn’t fully optimized to drive patient volume, you are losing business. Do you have an established practice with lots of word-of-mouth physician and patient referrals? It’s a certainty these referred prospects will look atRead …

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9 Ways to Earn Your Patient’s Lifetime Value

lifetime value

I retract a previous post: building a subscriber list isn’t the foremost marketing tactic for growing an integrative medicine practice or brand. Unequivocally, that distinction belongs to securing customer loyalty, in turn, driving patient lifetime value. According to Wikipedia, customer lifetime value—what we’ll refer to as patient lifetime value (PLV)—predictsRead …

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[Case Study] Negotiating Your Career in Integrative Health and Medicine

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Managing a busy consultancy, I work on wide-ranging projects with a diverse collection of medical providers, administrators and small business owners. I always find working with mid-career physicians seeking to reposition their professional futures an especially rewarding assignment. Typically well-trained and board certified, these integrative, functional and lifestyle medicine practitioners possessRead …

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Patients Are Consumers: Ignoring that Fact is Futile

patients are consumers

In a recent Medscape editorial, noted bioethicist Art Caplan, PhD remarked on a published commentary by Hastings scholars in Health Affairs titled ‘Patient-Centered Care, Yes; Patients As Consumers, No’. Medscape followed up on the assertions in the published commentary by polling its physician and nurse readers for feedback—results strongly evidencedRead …

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No Magic Formula to Grow Your Integrative Health Practice: Start Here Instead

Grow Your Integrative Health Practice

Whether your business is a medical practice, a supplement company, pharmacy, technology platform, nonprofit organization, or provider of other goods or services, one thing holds true: there is no single, magic bullet formula to grow your integrative health practice or functional medicine enterprise. Word-of-mouth referrals and the activation of fanaticalRead …

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Guide to Integrative Healthcare Credentials and Certifications

integrative healthcare credentials and certifications

It’s a veritable alphabet soup of acronyms and opportunities when it comes to the scores of continuing education and accreditations available for current and aspiring integrative health providers. A difficult decision-making process made even more challenging to pull together so many options. To address this void, the folks at IntegrativeRead …

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