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by Lewis Chang, PhD Low levels of vitamin D in the blood (25-hydroxyvitamin D) are associated with higher risks of acute upper and lower respiratory tract infections such as flu, according to a systematic review based on 39 human epidemiological studies.1 During late winter and early spring, solar radiation is weak and the vitamin D synthesis via our skin is at its lowest. As a result, our serum vitamin D levels are much lower compared to during summer.2 It is…

by Lewis Chang, PhD Low levels of vitamin D in the blood (25-hydroxyvitamin D) are associated with higher risks of acute upper and lower respiratory tract infections such as flu, according to a…

Blogs, Foundational, Functional Medicine

by Michael Stanclift, ND Even before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a pandemic, we were having a tough season for respiratory illnesses. For example, in January both of my children developed severe respiratory infections requiring hospitalization. They weren’t diagnosed with COVID-19, but instead were sick from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The resources for their treatment are the same as for the current COVID-19 pandemic. As we were transferring my son to the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU), a nurse…

by Michael Stanclift, ND Even before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a pandemic, we were having a tough season for respiratory illnesses. For example, in January both of my children developed severe…

Blogs, Foundational, Functional Medicine

by Melissa Blake, ND A happy immune system is an important component of wellness. In light of the recent flu outbreak associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the task associated with supporting immune health has become increasingly significant. Avoiding illness is not always possible, but there are several steps healthcare providers can help patients put in place to support immune health and reduce the risk of getting sick, as well as minimize duration and complications if they do. Please keep in…

by Melissa Blake, ND A happy immune system is an important component of wellness. In light of the recent flu outbreak associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the task associated with supporting immune health…

Blogs, Cardiometabolic, Functional Medicine

by Mark Houston, MD and Sara Gottfried, MD Abstract. Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is not a single disease. It encompasses three different pathophysiological processes that involve the heart or the blood vessels. When considering whether omega-3 fatty acids have any benefit for our cardiovascular system, there is an enormous amount of misinformation in the news and reputable medical journals. Several articles state that omega-3 fatty acids have no role in cardiovascular disease, but…

by Mark Houston, MD and Sara Gottfried, MD Abstract. Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is not a single disease. It encompasses three different pathophysiological processes that involve…

Studies show that 50-70% of men have their first heart attack before they have any chest pain.  There are two issues with the traditional treatment of LDL cholesterol. First, many people experience adverse effects with statin therapy, requiring alternative approaches via diet and supplements to get their LDL cholesterol levels under control. The second issue is LDL cholesterol evaluation. We need to be looking at LDL particle number and size as well as whether or not it’s been modified. LDL…

Studies show that 50-70% of men have their first heart attack before they have any chest pain.  There are two issues with the traditional treatment of LDL cholesterol. First, many people experience adverse…

Cognitive, Functional Medicine, Pulse Patrol

Host: Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP Guest: Ann Shippy, MD Cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be everywhere these days, but how much of the available information is based on research, and how much is just hype? In this discussion, Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP queries her guest, Ann Shippy, MD, about the legality surrounding CBD, about the questions every patient or practitioner should ask of the product manufacturer, and about the benefits of CBD for a variety of conditions. Dr. Shippy…

Host: Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP Guest: Ann Shippy, MD Cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be everywhere these days, but how much of the available information is based on research, and how much is just…

Blogs, Digestive, Functional Medicine

by Molly Knudsen, MS, RDN and Noelle Patno, PhD It’s no secret that digestive conditions, especially chronic conditions, are commonplace. The most recent data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 60 to 70 million people in the United States are affected by some type of digestive disease.1 However, that data is from 2009, and likely, the overall burden of digestive disease is much higher today. The financial burden of gastrointestinal diseases is also substantial. Health care expenditure…

by Molly Knudsen, MS, RDN and Noelle Patno, PhD It’s no secret that digestive conditions, especially chronic conditions, are commonplace. The most recent data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that…

Cardiometabolic, Functional Medicine, MAPS, Video

Mark Houston, MD, MS, FAHA, FASH, DABC; Internist & Cardiovascular Specialist; Director, Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology HDL cholesterol plays vital roles in lipid biology and coronary heart disease pathophysiology. The main function of HDL is to scavenge for and carry LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, for redistribution, metabolism, and excretion. A high HDL measurement was previously thought to represent high reverse cholesterol transport, conferring heart-protective benefits for patients. But newer research indicates a…

Mark Houston, MD, MS, FAHA, FASH, DABC; Internist & Cardiovascular Specialist; Director, Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology HDL cholesterol plays vital roles in lipid biology and coronary heart disease pathophysiology. The main function…

Cardiometabolic, Functional Medicine, Video

Understand components and mechanisms of HDL particles, reverse cholesterol transport,  and how to treat dysfunctional HDL.  

Understand components and mechanisms of HDL particles, reverse cholesterol transport,  and how to treat dysfunctional HDL.  

After 20 years of medical practice Kristi Hughes, ND shares that metabolic detoxification is the area she is the most committed to and challenged by. Dr. Hughes’ patient population shows considerable range and complexity in their health conditions, so detoxification cannot be a one-size-fits-all treatment modality. In this talk Dr. Hughes walks you through her decision-making process for metabolic detoxification, helping you determine which patients are the best candidates for a detox program and how detoxification can improve the health…

After 20 years of medical practice Kristi Hughes, ND shares that metabolic detoxification is the area she is the most committed to and challenged by. Dr. Hughes’ patient population shows considerable range and…

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