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.

New Study Published 10-21-15: Antibiotics Are Making Kids Fatter

A study just published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that kids who take antibiotics regularly (about 7 courses through childhood) gained significant weight, and do it faster than those who’ve never taking antibiotics. The study also demonstrated that this effect lasts long into adulthood. “Not only did antibiotics contribute to weight gain at…

Potential Mechanisms for Cancer Resistance in Elephants and Comparative Cellular Response to DNA Damage in Humans

Elephants: about a 4% incidence of cancer despite way more body mass and comparable life span to humans. Why?According to this just published JAMA study, elephants have 20 copies of tumor suppressor gene P53. In comparison, humans have just 2, and have cancer rates of about 11-25%. Arguably , humans are exposed to more carcinogenic…

The Wonderment of Our Essential Minerals

When Dr. Richard Lord and our team were authoring the textbook Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine (LEIFM) in 2008, a major focus of mine was on the Elements Chapter. As I drilled down into the literature around minerals, I became enamored with each of them and their unique roles. Since I’ve been blogging,…