Tools, Training & Community for Functional Health Professionals

working with a health coach
October 5, 2018

How Working with a Health Coach Can Help You Fight Chronic Disease

Change is hard. Find out how working with a health coach can help make changing your diet, exercise, and lifestyle easier.

nutrient density
September 27, 2018

What Is Nutrient Density and Why Is It Important?

You’ve probably heard the term “nutrient density,” but do you know what it means? I’ll explain the concept of nutrient density and you can use it to choose the right foods for your nutrient needs.

June 27, 2018

How Hyperglycemia Drives Gut Barrier Dysfunction and Dysbiosis

Obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome have long been associated with gut barrier dysfunction and an altered gut microbiota composition. Now, a new study suggests that hyperglycemia itself might be to blame. Read on to learn what the researchers found and what implications this has for restoring gut health.

June 20, 2018

Iron-Deficiency Anemia Is Rarely Tested for in IBD but Should Be

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) predisposes patients to developing anemia, a condition that negatively affects quality of life. Unfortunately, doctors do not always test for anemia, and when they do, both the screening and treatment are often incomplete. Read on to learn about the causes of anemia in IBD patients, strategies for managing iron-deficiency anemia, and what Functional Medicine has to offer for IBD patients.

June 14, 2018

What Really Causes Oxidative Damage?

Oxidative damage is a crucial factor in the development of chronic diseases. To prevent and reverse chronic disease in our patients, we must address the underlying causes of oxidative damage. Read on to learn what causes oxidative damage and how dietary and lifestyle interventions can inhibit the progression of this harmful physiological process.

June 7, 2018

Nutritional Support for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are truly heartbreaking for patients and their families. Drug trials target amyloid-beta plaques in a bottom-level approach that has yet to be successful. In contrast, Functional Medicine offers a top-level approach that addresses the many underlying causes of dementia. Read on to learn about the lesser-known causes of Alzheimer’s disease, what nutrients support brain function, and what a Functional Medicine approach to dementia looks like.

May 24, 2018

How Stress Contributes to SIBO

Despite following aggressive antimicrobial treatment protocols and making dietary changes, many patients experience ongoing problems with SIBO. In fact, two-thirds of SIBO cases are chronic or relapsing in nature. (1) A growing body of research suggests that stress, trauma, and nervous system deregulation may be to blame for recalcitrant SIBO. Read on to learn about how stress contributes to SIBO and why managing stress is essential for restoring gut health over the long term.

May 16, 2018

How to Treat Hypertension without Prescription Drugs

Two-thirds of Americans have either prehypertension or hypertension, both of which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of the death in the United States. However, prescription drugs may not be necessary to treat high blood pressure. Read on to learn what dietary changes, lifestyle strategies, and supplements can help lower blood pressure naturally.

May 9, 2018

Five Thyroid Patterns That Won’t Show Up on Standard Lab Tests

In medicine, accurate diagnosis is essential for selecting the most effective course of treatment for a patient. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is commonplace in the management of hypothyroidism. Countless patients with hypothyroid symptoms are dismissed because their lab values don’t fit within the narrow diagnostic criteria established by standard thyroid panels; others are given prescriptions for thyroid hormone replacement, a blanket approach that fails to address the underlying causes of hypothyroidism. Many of these patients suffer from patterns of thyroid dysfunction that don’t show up on standard lab tests and that are unfamiliar to conventional doctors. Read on to learn about the five patterns of thyroid dysfunction that are missed by standard lab tests and how you can successfully correct these patterns and restore thyroid health in your patients.

May 2, 2018

The Fundamental Problem with Most Nutrition Research

Nutrition research relies heavily on diet recall and food diaries. But how accurately do people report what they eat? Read on to learn about the flaws of diet reporting, the implications for interpreting nutrition research, and the future of the field.