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. Additional publications

Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: As Close to a Panpharmacon as We Can Get?

Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: As Close to a Panpharmacon as We Can Get?

When it comes to foundational supplements, fish oils have stood the test of time as an important source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that have been lost in modern diets. But there is so much more to these remarkable lipids, which is why we are so excited to speak with Dr. Charles Serhan and Dr. Megan Sulciner, world-leading scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) on specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) in health and disease. Join us as we delve into Dr. Serhan’s surprising discovery that paved the way for an award-winning career researching how bioactive lipids control the resolution of inflammation. And what better way to get a glimpse into the latest advances in SPMs in the clinic than by speaking with Dr. Sulciner, a clinician-scientist and medical resident in the Serhan Lab, whose ongoing research aims to improve postoperative outcomes for patients through immunonutrition. I’m sure you will love this insightful conversation! ~DrKF

Mark Newman: Maximizing Hormone Health With The DUTCH Test

Mark Newman: Maximizing Hormone Health With The DUTCH Test

In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Mark Newman, the president and founder of Precision Analytical, the company behind the revolutionary DUTCH test. Mark is a true pioneer in the field of hormone testing, and in our conversation, we delved into the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field. We discussed how the DUTCH test has expanded to include additional markers, providing even more comprehensive insights into hormone health. During our conversation, we also addressed the controversy surrounding saliva testing for hormone analysis. Mark shed light on the limitations of this method and why the DUTCH test offers a more accurate and reliable alternative. I’m sure you’ll find this interview as fascinating as I did, and it will be super helpful for identifying the best forms of hormone testing for your patients. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this enlightening conversation with Mark Newman. ~DrKF

Dr. Kara Fitzgerald receives the Rosalind Franklin Society Special Award in Science

Last month, I was awarded the Rosalind Franklin Society Special Award in Science for my research on using a diet and lifestyle program to favorably change DNA methylation and reverse biological aging. I’m humbled and honored to receive this award, which is given to the top papers of the year written by women or underrepresented…

Mastering Cardiovascular Longevity: Glycocalyx & Biohacking for Optimal Heart Health

Mastering Cardiovascular Longevity: Glycocalyx & Biohacking for Optimal Heart Health

Vascular health is fundamentally essential to longevity and health span, and that’s why I’m thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Michael Twyman to New Frontiers. Trained as an invasive cardiologist, Dr. Twyman has made the shift to a more preventative approach, moving beyond traditional cath lab results to focus on the health of the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that carry vital blood, oxygen and nutrients to every organ in the body, with hopes of reaching patients before they reach the end stages of disease.

Evidence-Based Dietary Approach to Improve Health and Stress Resiliency Through the Microbiome

Evidence-Based Dietary Approach to Improve Health and Stress Resiliency Through the Microbiome

I’m so happy to be here with Dr. Vincent Pedre to dig into emerging science on the microbiome because as Dr. Pedre preaches: it all starts with the gut. On today’s podcast, Dr. Pedre shares extensive clinical pearls from his vast experience in functional gut health in an approachable and fun way as he drills down on possible causes of the challenging gut epidemic we clinicians see in the increasing numbers of IBS patients walking through our doors.

Measuring Metabolites of Dysbiosis and Gut Function to Create Targeted Interventions

Measuring Metabolites of Dysbiosis and Gut Function to Create Targeted Interventions

As we gain insight into microbiome impact on our health, we need accurate tests that tell us not only what and how much is there, but also which metabolites, or post-biotics created that can have downstream effects. So today I’m thrilled to welcome the brilliant Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle from Ixcela Labs to discuss their metabolomic testing that can do just that. We’ll discuss the 11 key markers, the value of a blood sample over urine, and the impact of endurance sports and chronic stress on health markers as revealed by the test. And we also chat about my own results, how impressed I was by the insight provided – and how they clearly identified changes I could make to improve my markers. Listen and take notes — I know I did! ~DrKF

Sergey Young’s Technological Innovations for Longevity and Biological Age Reversal

Sergey Young’s Technological Innovations for Longevity and Biological Age Reversal

Buckle up everybody, because this conversation is a big tour de force of where we are headed in regards to longevity and innovative technology within healthcare. I am joined by my friend, longevity investor and visionary, Sergey Young, to discuss his incredibly important mission of extending healthy lifespans of at least one billion people using technological breakthroughs AND by making longevity affordable and accessible. Sergey is a top 100 longevity leader and one of the co-creators of AGE REVERSAL XPRIZE, a global competition designed to cure aging. Today’s conversation looks at the fundamental issue of healthcare inequality, the democratization of access to healthcare, and dives into the current paradigm shift of using technology for disease prevention and reversal of biological aging. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did, and be wowed by the work of Sergey Young. ~DrKF

Disrupting Anti-Aging Skincare by Targeting Senescent Cells

Disrupting Anti-Aging Skincare by Targeting Senescent Cells

Imagine accurately determining the status of your skin’s age to tell whether it is younger or older than your chronological age, and then use this technology to determine whether expensive anti-aging serums and creams are effective, or actually causing more harm than good. Amazing, right? This is precisely the technology today’s guest, Dr. Carolina Reis and her fellow stem cell biologists at OneSkin created. I think you will find this interview fascinating on so many levels – I know I sure did! After creating their skin clock, the OneSkin team discovered peptide OS1, which targets senescent cells, one of the root mechanisms of aging, and is being shown in current studies to have a positive effect on hydration, firmness, elasticity, and the skin barrier. Listen as Dr. Reis explains the science and ongoing studies exploring the possible benefits of OS1 for the skin microbiome, hair loss, inflammation, and overall health. ~DrKF

Eggs: Should we eat them, and why is advice still polarized?

Eggs are one of those controversial foods that we were warned against for almost half a century. However, recent years have seen both the American Heart Association and Dietary Guidelines for Americans reverse their restrictions on eggs and dietary cholesterol intake. Rightly so – the evidence didn’t support them, and their redirected emphasis on dietary…