Functional Medicine

The Future of Healthcare

Functional medicine is a new model of medicine that is neither “conventional” nor “alternative.” It is a combination of the best elements of both, and it represents the future of medicine. Functional medicine is:

  • Investigative. It addresses symptoms by focusing on the underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results.
  • Holistic. Envisions the body as an interconnected whole that is in dynamic relationship to its environment and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.
  • Patient-centered. It treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs.

Complete Functional Medicine Model

Kresser Institute’s one-year training program is based not just on medical theory, but on a complete functional medicine approach to care from the moment the patient walks through your door through the completion of treatment. You can learn more and experience some of our training by signing up for our free 10-part “IN PRACTICE” Practitioner Success Series.

Functional Medicine Articles

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RHR: Methylation: Are We Supplementing Too Much?—with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

on May 3, 2017 by Chris Kresser 1 comment

Methylation has been a popular topic in the alternative health world for quite some time. The ease of access to genetic testing and the ability to look at things like the MTHFR gene have led many people to be concerned about their methylation status, or their body’s ability to detoxify. However—as with many things in functional medicine—genes don’t tell the full story. Today I talk with methylation expert Dr. Kara Fitzgerald about the impact of diet and lifestyle on methylation and why supplementation can sometimes be harmful.

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Nutrients for Lowering Blood Pressure

on April 19, 2017 by Chris Kresser 16 comments

Seventy-five million American adults, almost one in three, have high blood pressure. Another one in three have prehypertension. (1) The majority of hypertensive patients are treated with blood pressure-lowering medications, but is a prescription the best course of action? Read on to discover which nutrients, as part of a healthy Paleo diet, can help lower blood pressure naturally and what options are available for patients who don’t respond well.

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The “Eyes” Have It, Too! A Closer Look at the Ocular Microbiome

on April 12, 2017 by Chris Kresser 8 comments

While the ocular surface was late to the microbiome table, a growing body of evidence suggests that it should not be overlooked. Read on to learn how these microbes are measured, their role in ophthalmic disease, and how contact lenses may alter their microenvironment.

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Should You Prescribe Antibiotics for Ear Infections?

on January 4, 2017 by Chris Kresser 6 comments

Ear infections are common in young children and infants. Seeing a miserable child with an anxious parent makes us want to DO something to help—such as prescribing antibiotics. But is that the best course of action? Read on to find out why antibiotics shouldn’t be used for the majority of ear infections, and what to do instead.

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RHR: Chronic Fatigue—Treating the Cause Not the Symptoms

on November 16, 2016 by Chris Kresser 0 comments

Symptoms are important because they can give us clues to what the underlying mechanisms might be that are contributing to a health problem. However, if you focus on the underlying mechanisms and causes, the symptoms tend to resolve on their own. When treating a nonspecific symptom like fatigue, you have to investigate all seven of the primary mechanisms that lead to disease.

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Treat and Prevent UTIs Without Drugs

on September 22, 2016 by Chris Kresser 5 comments

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are infections anywhere along the urinary tract including the bladder and kidneys, are the second most common type of infection in the United States. These infections can be caused by poor hygiene, impaired immune function, the overuse of antibiotics, the use of spermicides, and sexual intercourse. The most common cause, accounting for about 90 percent of all cases, is the transfer of E. coli bacteria from the intestinal tract to the urinary tract.

Your Gut Microbes and Your Thyroid: What’s the Connection?

on August 9, 2016 by Chris Kresser 0 comments

While there are many factors that influence thyroid function, recent research suggests that gut health may be a key player. The trillions of microbes that reside in the gut have a profound influence on the production of hormones in the body—including thyroid hormones. Read on to learn how healing the gut can improve thyroid function.

The Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors

on August 2, 2016 by Chris Kresser 0 comments

Proton pump inhibitors rank among the top 10 prescribed classes of drugs and are commonly used to treat acid reflux, indigestion, and peptic ulcers. Although generally assumed to be safe, recent studies have shown that they have numerous side effects, from an altered gut environment and impaired nutrient absorption to an increased risk for cardiovascular events, kidney disease, and dementia.  

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