Interview with Sara Gottfried, MD

In this interview with Dick Benson, editor of Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal, he speaks with Sara Gottfried, best selling author and board-certified gynecologist who specializes in helping women with natural hormone balance. The following is an excerpt of the interview, followed by the full–text interview. “Our current healthcare systemRead …

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Jeffrey Bland, PhD: What is Evidence-Based Functional Medicine in the 21st Century?

As part of Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal 100th-issue anniversary, Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., reviews the current status of evidence-based functional medicine. In the abstract he writes: “The 21st century has already demonstrated itself to be an era of change for medicine and science. There is a new openness—to ideas,Read …

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Charting the Course to Success in the Era of Personalized Nutrition, by Tom Blue

The personalized nutrition industry is quickly gaining scale, momentum, and consumer visibility, writes Tom Blue,  a veteran and pioneer in the field direct primary care (DPC) and concierge medicine. In this commentary from Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, he says that health care practitioners must ready themselves to evaluate and

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David Haase, MD: Navigating the Intersections of Stress, Pain, and Addiction – Seeing Hope through the Functional Medicine Lens

David Haase on Stress, Pain, and Addiction
In this interview by Craig Gustafson, he talks with David Haase, MD, the keynote speaker at the Institute for Functional Medicine Annual International Conference, 2019. Originally published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Dr. Haase discusses the issue of  stress, pain, and addiction. The following is an excerpt followed by

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Parallel Correlations of Chinese Medicine Diagnostics With Functional Blood Chemistry Analyses: Seven Patterns Compared

This study, by Paula Kristian, DAOM and published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, demonstrates correlations between the diagnostics of Chinese medicine (CM) and evaluations of blood chemistry from a functional allopathic approach. From a conventional allopathic medicine perspective, blood chemistry analyses evaluate numbers that reflect a patient’s current pathology.

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Lyn Patrick ND: The Burden of Organophosphates and Glyphosate

In recent weeks, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller) has been in the news, including a jury ruling that Monsanto’s weedkiller was a substantial contributing factor in causing a groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Johnson’s cancer. This was followed by a timely report by the Environmental Working Group on glyphosates residues inRead …

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Joe Pizzorno ND and Deepak Chopra MD recognized at Integrative Healthcare Symposium

Joe Pizzorno ND and Deepak Chopra MD

Today’s Practitioner congratulates Joe Pizzorno ND and Deepak Chopra MD, who will be recognized at  the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (Feb. 22-24) for the 2018 Leadership and Visionary awards. Pizzorno will be given the Leadership Award, which  recognizes a pioneer whose contributions have shaped integrative healthcare and paved the way forRead …

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Practice Model: Nutritional Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis

rheumatoid arthritis
This archived case study by Dan Lukaczer, ND is a useful model for practitioners seeking to develop a nutritional approach to treating arthritic symptoms. As Lukaczer points out in this case study, the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis [or any form of arthritis] and the myriad potential environmental triggers is beyond

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Mercury in Fish Negatively Outweighs Positive Impact of Omega-3s

Little agreement exists as to whether low-level mercury (Hg) exposure causes damage to the central nervous system in adults. Although eating fish is associated with intake of methylmercury, researchers in this field have generally thought that the beneficial effects of a diet rich in long-chain, n-3 fatty acids (N3FA) can outweigh the cognitive neurotoxicity of mercury. This study clarifies the impact of Hg and intake of seafood on cognition. By Steven C. Masley, MD, FAAFP, CNS, FACN; Lucas V. Masley; C. Thomas Gualtieri, MD, published in Integrative Medicine a Clinicians Journal

Insight-motivated Learning: Improve Adherence for Treating Chronic Health Conditions

Why do patients resist prescriptive actions? Clearly their reasons are complex, reflecting intentional as well as nonintentional factors. Behavioral research suggests that people fail to follow prescriptive actions when they do not understand potential benefits, when they do not believe they can change, or when they lack an effective plan and reliable social support. Patients may feel uncomfortable about clinicians’ recommendations because they
do not feel understood or they feel they do not have the time or energy to make the necessary lifestyle changes due to recurrent work-family daily pressures. This report addresses a novel means to improve patient compliance, called Insight-Motivated Learning.