Interesting article in the NY Times about the Nobel Prize going to Dr. Tu Youyou, the woman who "discovered" that Artemisinin, an active ingredient from the plant Artemisia annua was effective against malaria. Turns out she leaned heavily on the ancient Chinese medicine concepts and texts in her work on the extraction process, but the Nobel committee specifically said it was not honoring Chinese medicine, but the scientific procedure she used. Chinese medicine is a remarkably sophisticated system, with millennia of experience behind it, yet it does not fit into the Western scientific method. Our Western research structure, crowed by the double-blind placebo controlled cross-over trial, while amazing and useful, is unable to capture the complexity of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, or really- as far as I know- any traditional medicine. I hold out hope that Systems Biology (https://sysbio.med.harvard.edu/) is better positioned to unpack complexity for us to beginto understand these systems in all of their elegance and power.
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Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory 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 Medicine and is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. With the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Fitzgerald is actively engaged in clinical research on the DNA methylome using a diet and lifestyle intervention developed in her practice. The first publication from the study focuses on reversal of biological aging and was published 04-12-2021 in the journal Aging. She has published a consumer book titled Younger You as well as a companion cookbook, Better Broths and Healing Tonics and has an application-based Younger You Program, based on the study.
Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and lectures globally on functional medicine. She runs a Functional Nutrition Residency program, and maintains a podcast series, New Frontiers in Functional Medicine and an active blog on her website, www.drkarafitzgerald.com. Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
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