I am so grateful for the participation of the panel in the roundtable discussion on Bridging the Gaps in Functional Medicine, COVID-19 & Racial Disparities.
Even now, we continue to witness a rise in COVID-19 cases. In particular, we are looking at a pandemic within a pandemic: Comorbidities including diabetes, hypertension and obesity are associated with much worse COVID outcome. Furthermore, in the US, black people are far more likely to suffer with these comorbidities and thus COVID mortality rates are higher with people of color.
Functional Medicine is well positioned to address the pandemic of chronic disease. However, how can we work together to improve access to FxMed to build the bridge for racial equity?
In this roundtable discussion, I am joined by Dr. Alauna, Dr. Safiya McCarter, Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Dr Patrick Hanaway and Brent Eck where we address these all-important themes.
This is our longest Clinic Immersion sponsored webinar to date. The conversation was so engaging we continued the discussion for over 2 hours!
If you missed it or couldn’t catch the whole event, it’s not too late to watch (or re-watch) the webinar. The full recording is available for a limited time on demand.
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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