Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine and is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. With the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Fitzgerald is actively engaged in clinical research on the DNA methylome using a diet and lifestyle intervention developed in her practice. The first publication
from the study focuses on reversal of biological aging and was published 04-12-2021 in the journal Aging. She has published a consumer book titled Younger You
as well as a companion cookbook, Better Broths and Healing Tonics
and has an application-based Younger You Program
, based on the study.
Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and lectures globally on functional medicine. She runs a Functional Nutrition Residency program, and maintains a podcast series, New Frontiers in Functional Medicine and an active blog on her website, www.drkarafitzgerald.com
. Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
The importance of oral health as required for systemic health is well-accepted in the functional world. However, with up to 77% of American adults over 30 years of age suffering from periodontitis, there is an urgent need to actively address oral health as a routine part of clinical practice.
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
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.
A handful of peptides have been used in medicine for decades: First and most famously, insulin was made available in the 1920’s. Other well-known peptides include oxytocin, ACTH and vasopressin. Today, there are actually more than 150 peptides available or in development. The latest are creating a palpable stir; and many are pretty-readily available to…
Take a second and think about this: what clinical presentation would prompt you to prescribe cognitive behavioral coaching, breathwork or meditation? Did GERD make your list? Along with gentle, but powerful botanicals and nutraceuticals (IT’s Motility Agitator, DGL Chewables, Heartburn Advantage), these are cornerstone interventions for GERD in the practice of Victoria Albina, NP, MPH.
A good curry is such a great comfort food…but it can also be medicine for your immune system.
Remember the first time you heard about FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplantation) and maybe it sounded promising yet kinda viscerally challenging? It’s come a long way from humble beginnings and has since covered a lot of health territory (and FMT preparations are increasingly standardized, with some pretty cool research happening well beyond the limited C diff application.).
Allergic Sensitization Can Occur Through The Skin
Mom’s Fluoride Exposure Associates with Lower IQ in Kids
Vitamin K From Foods Improves Warfarin Effectiveness
Osteocalcin as a Mediator of the Stress Response
Wait, non-alcoholic fatty liver due to… (gut bug) alcohol!?
Soot Particles Travel from Lungs to Other Organs, Including the Placenta
Some of the most extraordinary work happening in medicine right now comes from the GrowBaby team of Leslie Stone, MD and her daughter, Emily Rydbom, CNS. In their mostly Medicaid model, they’ve adopted a systems approach to pregnancy, and thereby doing so, have remarkably improved outcomes. Their rates of autism, eczema, ADHD, premature labor, gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension fall well, well below national averages.
Are you thinking about age management with your patients these days? I am. And I’m thinking about it regarding myself, quite frankly. To that end, I just had a tour-de-force conversation with clinician researcher Joe Raffaele, MD. Can we halt, or even reverse, the biological aging process? There are an extraordinary number of variables to consider here, but the take-home appears to be YES.