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COVID-19: Inflammation & the Role of the Inflammasome

Presenter: Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP; Physician, Clinic Director; Faculty Member, Institute for Functional Medicine

Event Details

Date: April 9, 2020 Start Time: 11:00 AM PT End Time: 11:45 AM PT

Webinar Summary


Dr. Fitzgerald, a naturopathic doctor, clinician, and researcher, provides an overview of the mechanisms behind the COVID-19 infection. She discusses data surrounding bioactives such as quercetin, omega-3 fatty acids, specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs), and palmitoylethanolamide (PEA). She also highlights certain botanicals, including boswellia and curcumin, as potential considerations, particularly in patients with underlying inflammatory immune conditions, such as allergies or asthma.

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Presenter Bio


Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited postdoctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicineand is a contributing author toLaboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicineand the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’sTextbook for Functional Medicine. Most recently, with Romilly Hodges, she coauthored the eBookMethylation Diet and Lifestyle. Dr. Fitzgerald has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectures globally on Functional Medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald is an IFM faculty member and an IFM Certified Practitioner. She is also a clinician researcher for The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery. Dr. Fitzgerald runs a Clinical Development Program for professionals and maintains an active blog and podcast series on her website, Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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