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by Sara Gottfried, MD and Lewis Chang, PhD Recently, media headlines have claimed that aspirin has no benefit for older adults. What’s the truth? Should we, as one major news website suggests, toss our aspirin? Aspirin is derived from the bark of several species of willow trees. It has been used for centuries for pain and inflammation. As a low-dose therapy, aspirin has been prescribed to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke based on the results of…

by Sara Gottfried, MD and Lewis Chang, PhD Recently, media headlines have claimed that aspirin has no benefit for older adults. What’s the truth? Should we, as one major news website suggests, toss…

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

by Noelle Patno, PhD Research has demonstrated that probiotics not only help with gastrointestinal (GI) health but they also support immune health. Specifically, meta-analyses have shown that probiotics help reduce the incidence and duration of colds (AKA acute upper respiratory tract infections [URTI]).1-2 The length of the cold may be reduced by almost a day, resulting in less absenteeism from work, school, or day care.3 This can be significant considering that adults experience ~2-4 URTI episodes per year, with an estimated…

by Noelle Patno, PhD Research has demonstrated that probiotics not only help with gastrointestinal (GI) health but they also support immune health. Specifically, meta-analyses have shown that probiotics help reduce the incidence and duration…

Articles, Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Naturopathic, Nutritionists, Obesity

by Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN Color your plate, so the slogan goes. A recent study took this advice literally, incorporating pictures of fruits and vegetables (F&V) into school lunch plates with the goal of improving F&V consumption in preschoolers.1 F&Vs are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense (macro-, micro-, and phytonutrients) food group, but the US is getting a “failing grade” when it comes to F&V intake because typical Western diets are lacking in plant-based nutrition. Health behaviors, including dietary consumption patterns,…

by Ashley Jordan Ferira, PhD, RDN Color your plate, so the slogan goes. A recent study took this advice literally, incorporating pictures of fruits and vegetables (F&V) into school lunch plates with the…

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

by Melissa Blake, BSc, ND By 2020, more than 20% of the US population will be 65 and over.1 Healthy aging is and will continue to be an important focus in many Functional Medicine offices. Sarcopenia, the gradual loss of muscle mass that occurs in healthy adults as they age, begins after the age of 30 and accelerates after 60. The difference between the muscle mass of a 20-year-old vs. an 80-year-old is about 30%.2 Loss of muscle contributes to…

by Melissa Blake, BSc, ND By 2020, more than 20% of the US population will be 65 and over.1 Healthy aging is and will continue to be an important focus in many Functional…

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

by Bianca Garilli, ND It’s a well-known fact that cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and many others, should be a major cornerstone of any healthy, nutrient-dense diet. Not as well known, however, is that the bioavailability of some of the most desired nutritional bioactives from the Brassica vegetables, including isothiocyanates (e.g. sulforaphane), will vary depending on numerous factors. These factors can be broken down into plant-intrinsic and plant-extrinsic components. Plant-Intrinsic Factors Mainly found in cruciferous vegetables, glucosinolates (GL)…

by Bianca Garilli, ND It’s a well-known fact that cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and many others, should be a major cornerstone of any healthy, nutrient-dense diet. Not as well known,…

Articles, Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Naturopathic, Nutritionists, Obesity

by Bianca Garilli, ND Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disorder in Western industrialized countries, can be categorized into two major groups – non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), which is not associated with significant inflammation, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is associated with hepatic inflammation.1 Both of these conditions involve hepatic steatosis. The US prevalence of NAFLD is 10-46%.1,2 Worldwide, the prevalence is estimated to be between 6-35%, with some researchers noting up to 50% incidence in the…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disorder in Western industrialized countries, can be categorized into two major groups – non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), which is not…

Cardiometabolic, Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Musculoskeletal, Naturopathic, Nutritionists, Podcasts

In this podcast Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Susan Blum, MD, MPH discuss the underlying pathology and management approaches for arthritis. Thanks to Dr. Susan Blum, Functional Medicine has even more to offer for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). She shares new insights about RA’s underlying causes, details that are often missed in treatment plans, and gives practical tips for mining data from stool tests, utilizing functional blood markers, and combining herbs and probiotics to mitigate processes that…

In this podcast Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Susan Blum, MD, MPH discuss the underlying pathology and management approaches for arthritis. Thanks to Dr. Susan Blum, Functional Medicine has even more to offer for…

Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Nutritionists, Obesity, Podcasts

Estrogen dominance, proper estrogen levels and how estrogen is used in the body are the main topics discussed in this podcast featuring Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Sara Gottfried, MD. Together they review the importance of detoxification for proper estrogen metabolism and management as well as the importance of listening to your body for signals that may indicate the need for select lifestyle modifications. Topics also include resetting your hormones in order to facilitate weight management, when to start incorporating functional…

Estrogen dominance, proper estrogen levels and how estrogen is used in the body are the main topics discussed in this podcast featuring Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Sara Gottfried, MD. Together they review the…

Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Nutritionists, Podcasts

In this podcast Drs. Jeff Bland and Kara Fitzgerald discuss the origins of Functional Medicine, how it has evolved over the years, and how technology has advanced the way data is collected, influencing the lives of many clinicians today, on a global scale. This remarkable conversation takes us on a journey through Functional Medicine yesterday, today and tomorrow. Listen to the podcast below   Posted with permissions. Originally posted February 2016 on the New Frontiers in Functional Medicine Podcast Series you can…

In this podcast Drs. Jeff Bland and Kara Fitzgerald discuss the origins of Functional Medicine, how it has evolved over the years, and how technology has advanced the way data is collected, influencing…

Bariatric, Blogs, Cardiometabolic, Cognitive, Foundational, Functional Medicine, Integrative, Nutritionists, Obesity

by Bianca Garilli, ND Obesity, a preventable condition, has tripled worldwide since 1975, with 340 million children and adolescents between 5-19 years of age with overweight or obesity in 2016 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).1 In children and adolescents, BMI-for-age growth charts are used to determine weight status; >85th and <95th percentile is considered overweight, while ≥95th percentile is obese.2 In the US, overweight and obesity disproportionally affect children of low-income households, whereas the risk of overweight and…

by Bianca Garilli, ND Obesity, a preventable condition, has tripled worldwide since 1975, with 340 million children and adolescents between 5-19 years of age with overweight or obesity in 2016 according to the…

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