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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Research and News September 2018

Glutamine for IBS-D and Preventing Chronic Effects of Acute Gastroenteritis
Long-Term Air Pollution Exposure Associates With Increased Rates of Cognitive Decline
Ketogenic Diet May be Useful for Melanoma
Exercise is Essential to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Lost
The Role of Microbes in Skin Barrier Integrity
Evidence for Food Sensitivities in Autoimmunity
Supplement Quality – Attention is ALWAYS Needed
Not in our Breast Interests – Silicon Implants Associated With Adverse Health Outcomes

Designs For Health

Increasing Evidence for Potential of Ketogenic Diets for Alzheimer’s Disease

Few illnesses are as frightening and feared as Alzheimer’s disease. It seems to strike indiscriminately, and the best conventional medicine has to offer are medications that are ineffective at slowing or stopping disease progression. Fortunately, a large body of research suggests we know more about this seemingly mysterious condition than we might think.

Endotoxemia The Underlying Reason Most of Your Patients Need Immunoglobulins with Dr. Jill Carnahan

Episode 46: Endotoxemia: The Underlying Reason Most of Your Patients Need Immunoglobulins with Dr. Jill Carnahan

In my podcast with Dr. Jill Carnahan this month, she unleashes a torrent of compelling science and clinical savvy on all things endotoxemia. From heart disease and diabetes to autoimmunity (genetic or acquired) and mast cell activation, Dr. Carnahan is clear that pathological intestinal permeability (she discusses testing, but at this point in her career believes most everyone who sees her with chronic disease has IP) drives inflammation by allowing excess microbial endotoxins- primarily as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) – to enter circulation.


How to Reduce the Risk of Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses and Still Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Our Clinical Development Program for Functional Medicine Practitioners recently enjoyed the benefit of two excellent guest lecturers on the topic of tick-borne diseases – Dr. Tom Sult and Mary-Beth Charno APRN-C. Their expert knowledge inspired our nutrition resident, Dorie Passen, to write this important article on how to prevent these illnesses that we so often see as ongoing drivers of chronic symptoms in our patients. Given the meteoric rise in tick-borne illnesses over the last decade-plus, we hope you this information is helpful to you in enjoying a safe and happy outdoors this season (and many more)!

The New Nutrigenomics – Embracing Complexity, Moving Upstream

[embed_popupally_pro popup_id=”18″] Nutrigenomics has been one of the biggest trends in Nutrition and Functional Medicine in the last decade. Here are what I consider the most compelling reasons why: The understanding that nutritional factors influence gene transcription and expression The background work of Bruce Ames, and myriad papers since, showing that high dose cofactor nutrient…