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Host: Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP Guest: Deborah Maragopoulos, MN, FNP "The hypothalamus is like the CEO of your entire body. Everything else are workers." – Deborah Maragopoulos, MN, FNP In this edifying discussion, Deborah Maragopoulos, FNP and Deanna Minich, PhD explore the neuro-immune-endocrine system and how the hypothalamus, specifically, is at the core of many patients’ chronic health issues, from mood and metabolic disorders to insomnia and autoimmunity. Over 30+ years of working in healthcare, Deborah explains that her…

Host: Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP Guest: Deborah Maragopoulos, MN, FNP "The hypothalamus is like the CEO of your entire body. Everything else are workers." – Deborah Maragopoulos, MN, FNP In this edifying…

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by Sara Gottfried, MD and Kirti Salunkhe, MD Introduction Anxiety is on the rise, and it occurs more commonly in women compared with men. Identifying anxiety in patients, performing root cause analysis, and collaborating on natural solutions beyond a pill-for-every-ill requires clinicians to practice both the art and science of medicine. Fortunately, the biological underpinnings of anxiety involving the gene/environment interface, along with a growing evidence base of natural remedies, provide a strong foundation for us to help our patients.…

by Sara Gottfried, MD and Kirti Salunkhe, MD Introduction Anxiety is on the rise, and it occurs more commonly in women compared with men. Identifying anxiety in patients, performing root cause analysis, and…

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In this Grand Rounds presentation, Niccolò Terrando, PhD shares scientific research on the role of specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) in perioperative neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Terrando uses a preclinical mouse model to study postoperative neuroinflammation and elucidate the impact of SPMs in neuroglia activity and modulating memory. Perioperative neurocognitive disorders (PND) encompass complications like postoperative delirium and longer-lasting postoperative cognitive dysfunction, which often negatively impact recovery in older adults. These complications can lead to significant, long-term morbidity for the patient and…

In this Grand Rounds presentation, Niccolò Terrando, PhD shares scientific research on the role of specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) in perioperative neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Terrando uses a preclinical mouse model to study postoperative…

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

by Sara Gottfried, MD and Bronwyn Storoschuk, ND From the President of Metagenics Institute, Sara Gottfried, MD: As a gynecologist board certified in the biological issues women face over their lifetime, I’ve thought a lot about what women are up against when it comes to work and life—often there’s tension between the competing priorities of family, raising children, being a partner or spouse, supporting aging parents, making money, and, last on the list, finding time for self-care. It’s no wonder that…

by Sara Gottfried, MD and Bronwyn Storoschuk, ND From the President of Metagenics Institute, Sara Gottfried, MD: As a gynecologist board certified in the biological issues women face over their lifetime, I’ve thought a…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND Understanding Lyme disease What do The Platters and Lyme disease have in common? Both, although for totally different reasons, are associated with “The Great Pretender.” The Platters landed their “Great Pretender” connection through the 1955 recording of the song by the same name, which would go on to reach the #1 position on the R&B and pop charts just a year later.1 Lyme disease, on the other hand, is unfortunately connected to the term “The Great Pretender”…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Understanding Lyme disease What do The Platters and Lyme disease have in common? Both, although for totally different reasons, are associated with “The Great Pretender.” The Platters landed their “Great…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders across the globe according to the World Health Organization (WHO); both conditions can range from mild to severe and may endure for months to years. Depression affects approximately 300 million people worldwide, or ~ 4.4% of the entire world’s population, and is a major contributor to suicide.1 Anxiety is nearly as prevalent, estimated to affect over 260 million people (3.6% of the global population).1…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders across the globe according to the World Health Organization (WHO); both conditions can range from mild to…

Most of us don't really listen to our bodies. We exist solely from our heads and ignore the rest, but this way of living is not healthy in the long term. Women's health used to focus on what makes our bodies unique, but we are only now discovering what makes our brains fundamentally different from men's brains. Women’s brains and bodies experience imbalance, weight gain, stress, exhaustion, forgetfulness, addiction, depression, and anxiety in unique and extraordinary ways. What works for…

Most of us don't really listen to our bodies. We exist solely from our heads and ignore the rest, but this way of living is not healthy in the long term. Women's health…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND Migraines are a painful, oftentimes debilitating condition experienced by over 20% of women and 10% of men throughout their lifetime; according to the World Health Organization’s 2012 Global Burden of Disease figures, migraines ranked in the top 40 conditions causing worldwide disability.1 Causes of migraines vary. Some have genetic etiology, while other people are triggered by known external or internal causes. But for some migraine sufferers, the origin is a mystery, making the ailment even more…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Migraines are a painful, oftentimes debilitating condition experienced by over 20% of women and 10% of men throughout their lifetime; according to the World Health Organization’s 2012 Global Burden…

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by Bianca Garilli, ND The demarcations of a woman’s physiological stages of life are often delineated by the various, unique phases and cycles associated with fertility, reproduction, and the hormones at work behind the scenes. These stages include:1 Signaling of possible fertility at menarche Rhythm of monthly menstrual cycles controlled by the peaks and valleys of estrogen and progesterone Miraculous growth of new life during pregnancy Production of irreplicable nutrition for baby via breastmilk Rebalancing dance of hormones during postpartum…

by Bianca Garilli, ND The demarcations of a woman’s physiological stages of life are often delineated by the various, unique phases and cycles associated with fertility, reproduction, and the hormones at work behind…

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

by Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN Once upon a time, I had a thyroid. Three years ago, to be exact. I had to undergo an emergent total thyroidectomy as a result of a severe, complicated case of Graves’ disease, further exacerbated around the time of diagnosis by another debilitating autoimmune condition, chronic urticaria. My family history for autoimmune thyroid dysfunction was significant, but looking back, I believe that my autoimmune disease trajectory may have been malleable. To what extent, I…

by Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN Once upon a time, I had a thyroid. Three years ago, to be exact. I had to undergo an emergent total thyroidectomy as a result of a…

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