KARA FITZGERALD, ND completed a post-doctorate in nutritional biochemistry/laboratory science with Richard Lord, Ph.D. Author: Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, contributing author: Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine; IFM’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. She lectures globally on functional medicine; is on faculty at IFM and practices in Connecticut.

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The American Epidemic of Micronutrient-Related Malnutrition

Research indicates that Americans are significantly deficient in many critical nutrients due to the Standard American Diet (SAD). The SAD diet is high in processed foods and empty calories, leading to a decline in essential nutrients. The lack of nutrient balance in our diets turns on our hunger hormones as a survival mechanism, forcing us to keep eating in an attempt to get more vitamins and minerals into our bodies. When we overeat empty calories, we become overfed and undernourished, leading to micronutrient-related malnutrition.

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The Role of Phytochemicals in Chronic Disease Prevention with Dr. Jed Fahey

Although lifespans are getting longer, most Americans spend the last 16 years of their lives managing multiple illnesses with various drugs. With most of our faculties compromised in those final years, quality of life is significantly reduced, and life is not as enjoyable as it could be. So is there anything we can do to expand our healthspan, not just our lifespan? My guest in this podcast, Dr. Jed Fahey, joins me to discuss the underappreciated, healthspan-promoting power of phytochemicals.

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Using Metabolomic Analysis For Clinical Insight

So many of us in functional medicine use urine organic acids as an assessment tool, yet we rarely pause to think how they are so intricately connected with the wider world of applied metabolomics. And we should because research shows that a broader view of metabolomics (i.e. not just your standard organic acid markers) results in a six-fold higher diagnosis rate compared to traditional assessment methods. Impressive, isn’t it? I’m thrilled to be joined by my dear friend and metabolomics expert Dr. Betsy Redmond in today’s podcast.

Vegan Zucchini Crumble

This perhaps surprising dessert will please picky eaters and skeptical spouses alike!  Our team testers gave it multiple thumbs up. Zucchini is a strange choice for dessert at first glance but when you really drill down it’s got a lot to offer! This dessert is also vegan, gluten-free, and compatible with an elimination diet. At…

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Harnessing the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis to Improve the Stress Response

New understandings of the intricate connections between gut and brain are revolutionizing medicine’s approach to mood, brain function and digestion, giving our “gut-wrenching experiences” or our “gut-feelings” a lot more meaning than they already have. The emerging evidence in this area is providing new tools to influence both gut and brain health.

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What does “Evidence-based” look like in Functional Lab Testing?

As the name suggests, New Frontiers is about staying ahead of the curve in functional medicine, continually asking critical questions, and being open to self-critique. This couldn’t be more true than when it comes to advanced functional testing. Today I’m pleased to talk with a familiar face and renowned hormone testing expert, my friend Mark Newman. Mark created the DUTCH test based on his decade-long experience in novel test development, and joins New Frontiers to talk about all things hormones: from cortisol & thyroid health to estrogen, progesterone and androgens, the importance of analytical and clinical validation of tests, and his upcoming research on various hormone replacement therapy methods.

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Exploring Longevity Medicine and Epigenetic Aging with Dr. Lucia Aronica

What can queen bees teach us about epigenetics? And what do polyphenols, stress, and sunlight have in common? Hint: it has to do with longevity science. To mark our exciting paper on the Potential Reversal of Epigenetic Age Using a Diet and Lifestyle Intervention we are hosting a series of podcasts focused on the science of epigenetics and longevity, and kick things off with talented researcher and Stanford lecturer, Dr. Lucia Aronica. Dr. Aronica is a passionate advocate of lifestyle medicine and is currently leading the epigenetic analysis for the largest randomized clinical trial in the field of personalized nutrition on low carb vs. low fat diets.

Grain-Free Blondies

By Nutrition Resident Megan Piffner (@MeganPfiffnerNutrition) Chickpeas for dessert?! There is nothing better than having a treat that also gives you fiber, protein and micronutrients. Chickpeas are rich in potassium. They also have iron, B6, magnesium, and calcium. ½ a cup of chickpeas gives you 19.5 grams of protein, 60.5 grams of healthy carbs and…

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The Top Seven Benefits of Turmeric and Two Major Problems

Most people don’t realize that inflammation is at the root of nearly every chronic disease, and the symptoms that go along with them. Things like joint and muscle pain, brain fog, fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, and more are all rooted in inflammation. And while we do have medicine like NSAIDs to reduce inflammation, these come with side effects. Which is why natural solutions like turmeric are invaluable.