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.

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?

Clinician Position for SHC

Research and News October 2019

SLIT may be as effective as OIT for peanut desensitization
3D printers harm indoor air quality
Mushrooms offer protection against prostate cancer
Cuddling Changes DNA Expression Via Epigenetic Methylation
Garlic compounds counteract TMAO from meat consumption
Infant Rice Foods and Fruit Juice Are Problematic Sources of Toxic Metals
The First-Ever Study of its Kind Proves Functional Medicine Works

Episode 72: Behind the Scenes with Dr. Sara Gottfried and the Brain Body Connection

Episode 72: Nocturnal Hypoglycemia & Continuous Glucose Monitoring: the amazing Dr. Sara Gottfried & advanced metabolic monitoring

By far, my most wide-ranging conversation to date with my friend and colleague Dr. Sara Gottfried as we dive into her experience using a continuous glucose monitor and addressing fairly severe nocturnal hypoglycemia, to addictions and genetics, taming the dopamine-deprived COMTer, and lots of women’s health. Sara is an open book in such a lovely, inspiring way. How would a concussion lead to brain-body? (ok, there’s an obvious connection in that title, haha) but get all of the backgrounds in our convo.