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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

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 more complicated HDL picture—where five different HDL forms and unique functionalities are at play. In this MAPS…

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…

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…

Blogs, Digestive, Foundational, Nutritionists

by Melissa Blake, ND and Noelle Patno, PhD Introduction The human microbiome and its impact on health has become a hot topic and potent interest for clinicians and researchers alike. The interest should not come as a surprise, as research and clinical evidence have repeatedly demonstrated the significance of a healthy microbiome. Disruptions, specifically in the gut microbiome, have been linked to a plethora of diseases and conditions ranging from obesity to cognitive decline.1 The microbiome plays an essential role…

by Melissa Blake, ND and Noelle Patno, PhD Introduction The human microbiome and its impact on health has become a hot topic and potent interest for clinicians and researchers alike. The interest should…

Cardiometabolic, Nutritionists, Pulse Patrol

Host: Deanna Minich, PhD Guest: Ali Miller, RD "One person’s superfood can be another’s kryptonite.” – Ali Miller, RD In this discussion, Ali Miller, RD, and Deanna Minich, PhD explore all things food and mood. Their conversations provides an overview of the gut-brain axis and the role that the gut and microbiome play in mood. Ali opens the discussion by describing her personal experience with anxiety. Her unexplained symptoms helped her realize the impact stress could have on the HPA-axis, and…

Host: Deanna Minich, PhD Guest: Ali Miller, RD "One person’s superfood can be another’s kryptonite.” – Ali Miller, RD In this discussion, Ali Miller, RD, and Deanna Minich, PhD explore all things food and…

Blogs, Cardiometabolic, Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Naturopathic, Nutritionists

by Mark Houston, MD and Sara Gottfried, MD The top five cardiovascular risk factors are hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, obesity and smoking. Numerous clinical trials suggest that we have reached  a limit in our ability to lower the incidence of coronary heart disease with conventional diagnostic evaluation, prevention and treatment strategies for these risk factors. About 80% of heart disease (heart attacks, angina, coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure) can be prevented by optimal nutrition, optimal exercise, optimal weight…

by Mark Houston, MD and Sara Gottfried, MD The top five cardiovascular risk factors are hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, obesity and smoking. Numerous clinical trials suggest that we have reached  a limit in…

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