The Science of Reversing Alzheimer’s

"Betty" was 65 years old when she was diagnosed with progressive memory loss. Two years later, her condition had progressed to the point of unemployment, she wasn’t eligible for long term care insurance, and was told by her family physician that there wasn't anything to do to stop the deterioration of her mind. Her mother […]... Read More

Evidence based medicine in functional medicine

First Do No Harm We rely on evidence-based-medicine (EBM) to determine "safe" and "effective" treatments for our patients.  This is ideal for: Pharmaceutical drugs that are potent and carry many side effects/risks  Herbal medicines and supplements that are utilized in high doses or continuous dosing Physical medical interventions, such as IV treatments and surgeries. Basically, […]... Read More

Teaching vs Treating

When we go to the health care clinic, we expect to leave with a cause of our illness (aka diagnosis) and a treatment to feel better.  But there should be one more thing you get from your doctor - education. In functional medicine, the focus is on teaching patients how to obtain/maintain optimal health (versus […]... Read More

Proving Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is rooted in evidence-based scientific research (aka "proof"), which helps those of us who have chosen this path back up our choices for labs and treatments. For any practitioner who has attended an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) course, you know how overwhelming it can be with all the studies that are reviewed […]... Read More
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Insulin Resistance: The Facts

In our medical education, we learn about insulin resistance, and what parameters "define" insulin resistance syndrome (aka metabolic syndrome).   But how do we measure it and identify it?   Let's start with a basic biochemistry reminder.  Insulin is an anabolic hormone made by the beta cells of the pancreas.  It's purpose is to help […]... Read More
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Difference between functional medicine and mainstream medicine

I'm often asked the difference between functional and mainstream/conventional medicine.  I can repeat the typical definition of functional medicine (find the root cause, systems-based, etc), but I don't think this really gets the point across.  Instead, I like to look at it from 3 different perspectives or mindsets. These are generalized, maybe stereotypical, but I […]... Read More

Cutting Out the Fear Factor

Too often I see a lot of functional medicine practitioners providing well-intentioned information (e.g. on social media site, summits, etc), but this information often induces fear in the audience.  Fear is commonly used to motivate action, but more often than not it can paralyze people, or lead people down a path of extreme diets, victim […]... Read More

The Art of Functional Medicine: 5 Things To Avoid as a Functional Medicine Provider

Functional medicine involves elements of mainstream "conventional" medicine, but particular elements need to be avoided as a practitioner transitions into functional medicine.  Here are 5 things to avoid as a treating functional medicine provider: Treat the PATIENT, not the LABS.  This is emphasized repeatedly in conventional training as well, but unfortunately the constrictions of conventional […]... Read More

Change Your Breakfast

One Step to Improved Health: Change Your Breakfast There is so much information today, which is both a blessing and a source of frustration.  When searching for answers to change our symptoms, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a supplement, a particular food, an exercise move....and more.  It's overwhelming!   […]... Read More