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.

Diet is a Significant Underlying Driver of Acne

A new study of 24,452 participants published in JAMA Dermatology confirms what we see in clinic – that diet makes a huge difference in acne. In particular, foods that are high in a combination of fat and sugar, sugary drinks, and dairy products are associated with adult acne. Our success in treating acne comes from the review of all potential drivers of immune reactivity and inflammation that can be unique to each individual.

New Preprint Article – DrKF’s Latest Analysis on Furin’s Connection to SARS Cov-2 and Treatment Implications Now Available on SSRN

My research and analysis on the important connections between furin and SARS CoV-2 has been accepted as a preprint article on SSRN. Thank you, David Riley, for making that happen! Abstract: Furin is a protease that is ubiquitous in the mammalian metabolism. One of the innovations that make SARS-CoV-2 more infectious than its ancestor viruses…

The Furin-COVID-19 Connection Continues but Key Aspects are Missing From the Discussion

More validation is emerging for the furin protease (“furin”) hypothesis I posited in this blog: The Furin Protease Connection: From SARS CoV-2 and Anthrax, to Diabetes and Hypertension and that is now available as a pre-print publication here. Considering furin protease inhibitors Scientists are validating furin inhibition as a possible pathway to addressing COVID. And in this Medical News Today…

Blood Pressure Medications Don’t Increase Risk for Severe COVID-According to New Wuhan Data Analysis

Potential good news for those with high blood pressure… taking antihypertensive medication, including ACE-inhibitors and ARBs, does not seem to increase the risk of more severe COVID-19 infection. This is based on a collective meta-analysis of group data from Wuhan, China reported in the European Heart Journal. This had previously been a potential concern since…

Scientific Papers Retracted from One of the World’s Most Prestigious Journals

Last week, the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, retracted two COVID-19-related papers. One of those papers had reported on negative effects of hydroxycloroquine as a potential treatment option, leading to much controversy over the use of the drug. The reason for the retraction? Surgisphere Corporation, the company providing the underlying database of information that was…

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FDA Food Labeling Regulations are Relaxed During COVID

Food label regulations have been temporarily loosened by the FDA in response to supply disruptions reported by the food industry. What does this mean for consumers? Importantly, consumers should know that food manufacturers are allowed to make formulation changes, including omissions or substitutions, of ‘minor’ ingredients without making note of those changes on the label.…

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Having Two ApoE4 Gene Alleles Appears to Double the Risk for Severe COVID-19

ApoE4 is known for increasing the risk for dementia. New analysis of UK data suggests that it may also increase the risk for more severe outcomes from COVID-19 – double that of those with the ApoE3 gene variants. This finding held true independently of pre-existing dementia, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. More research is…

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Episode 84: Sponsored | Dr. Victoria Albina shares clinical use of CBD for anxiety and stress in patients

New Frontiers in Functional Medicine® Podcast Sponsors Dr. Kara Fitzgerald is eternally grateful to our sponsors who, by blogging, podcasting and advertising with us, enable me and my team to devote energy and time to writing and publication. Episode 84: Sponsored | Dr. Victoria Albina shares how clinicians use CBD for anxiety and stress in…

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Episode 85: Essential Cardiovascular Risk Laboratory Analysis with Dr. Thomas Dayspring

New Frontiers in Functional Medicine® Podcast Sponsors Dr. Kara Fitzgerald is eternally grateful to our sponsors who, by blogging, podcasting and advertising with us, enable me and my team to devote energy and time to writing and publication. Biotics Research Corporation utilizes “The Best of Science and Nature” to create superior nutritional supplements, available exclusively…