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.

Flaxseed Hair Gel

DIY Flaxseed Hair Gel

We are exposed to toxins every day – through our air, our water, our personal care and household products and much more. The good news is, there is a lot we can do to limit our exposure. As a functional nutritionist I believe choosing non-toxic, clean products is just as important as clean eating. That…

The Business of Functional Medicine: Secrets for Success for your own FxMed Practice

Episode 76: Sponsored | The Business of Functional Medicine: Secrets for Success for your own FxMed Practice

Dr. Jeff Gladd is a brilliant Fx/integrative physician who is PASSIONATE about all things Fx business. Learn about FS’s integrated EMR, our Clinic Immersion and Fx Residency programs, with top tips for building your brand. And so much more. Check out the show notes for loads of links, references, downloads and more, and be sure to leave a review wherever you listen to New Frontiers! As always, thank you for listening! ~DrKF

Plasmalogen Deficiency, Dementia, and Death with Dr. Dayan Goodenowe

Plasmalogen Deficiency, Dementia, and Death with Dr. Dayan Goodenowe

Dr. Goodenowe invented a technology platform in 1999 that has been used to analyze thousands of human samples from around the world. Through collaborations with international researchers and doctors, Dr. Goodenowe has become an expert on the biochemical basis of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Prodrome Sciences uses Dr. Goodenowe’s technology and discoveries to develop blood tests and dietary supplements for the early detection and prevention of disease.

Episode 75: Aging as an Evolutionary Program with Dr. Josh Mitteldorf

Episode 75: Aging as an Evolutionary Program with Dr. Josh Mitteldorf

As FxMed docs, we’re committed to working with the body’s own capacity for health. Dr. Josh Mitteldorf offers a contrarian strategy, one which he says is grounded in a new breed of evolutionary medicine. He tells us that diseases of old age are qualitatively different from the diseases we get when we’re younger, different because in old age, our bodies are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Aging, says Josh, is the body deliberately destroying itself (for the sake of the population), via inflammation and apoptosis and autoimmune diseases. In this interview, Josh and I find common ground talking about hormesis. In Josh’s theory, the fact that the body lives longer when stressed (e.g. caloric restriction) is proof that the body isn’t trying its hardest to stay young when it’s not stressed.

Pathogenic Mechanisms of Lp(a)

The Lp(a) Conundrum

Lp(a): What do with DO with it? It’s an unequivocal CV risk marker, and its pathogenic mechanisms are multiple and far-reaching. Yet it’s notoriously refractory to treatment – pharma and FxMed. Get the low-down in this month’s blog: The Lp(a) Conundrum. As you will read in the blog opener, figuring out this conundrum is near and dear to my heart. Shout out to Ann Sims, RD, LD, CDE, CLS for support writing and providing references. Ann also suggested I podcast on NFFM with lipidologist Dr. Thomas Dayspring- we’re coordinating that as I type, so stay tuned. I’d love to hear from you on this one: how are you approaching Lp(a) in practice? Thank you! ~DrKF

Clinician Position for SHC

Research and News November 2019

Acetaminophen Once Again Tied to Autism and ADHD
Human Milk Oligosaccharides Improve IBS Symptoms
Oral Bacteria Implicated in a Wide Range of Noncommunicable Diseases
Brain Wave Patterns Predict Tau and Amyloid-b Accumulation
New Desensitization Technology May Help Celiac and other Immune-Related Disorders
Glucose Feeds Bacterial Infections – Tips to Avoid Getting Sick
Getting Specific About How Medications May Alter the Gut Microbiome
BPA Replacements Likely Still Problematic – Tied to Boys’ IQ

Innovations in Clinical Laboratory Testing with Dr. Michael Chapman

Episode 74: Sponsored | Innovations in Clinical Laboratory Testing with Dr. Michael Chapman

A work horse laboratory in any functional medicine practice is stool testing. But really gleaning the best insight into our patient’s clinical picture can be tough. What do all of these commensal organisms really suggest? How do they correlate with the inflammatory findings? Of the bell weather bugs (like akkermansia) how can we increase levels? Is there ANY place for microscopy (O&P) and culture in today’s high throughput Omics world?