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.
A lot of scientific discoveries are borne out of serendipitous moments where a brilliant idea and unmet need collide. Such is the case with one of my all-time favorite “work horse” botanical combination products, Biocidin. Listen to Dr. Rachel Fresco, founder and president of Bio-Botanical Research, talk about the story of Biocidin, the decades of interesting and on-going in-vivo and in-vitro research, and the loads of clinical reports demonstrating efficacy. Also hear about Bio-Botanical’s suite of other no less creative products, including Oliverex, Proflora4R and GI Detox.
Some years back, the Blue Zones book caught my eye. Since I’m interested in optimum health, who better to learn the tricks of long life than from the people who live the longest on earth?
We’ve discussed briefly, the power of polyphenols and their superpowers in improving athletic performance, among many of their many touted benefits. Scientists and docs have noticed people with polyphenol-rich diets generally had better health. Studies have found polyphenols to be good at fighting diseases, and in particular, degenerative diseases.
Risk for Having a Second Autoimmune Condition Increases with Age of Onset
Acrylamide in Foods and Cigarettes
Increased Risk for Atopy in Infants Given Antibiotics or Acid-Suppressants
An Easy Way to Meet Early-Allergen Introduction Guidelines for Infants
Dementia Prevention Must Include Physical Exercise
2018 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 – Useful Despite Controversy
Paradoxical Effects of Rhodiola Dosing
Beyond Organic? Introducing Regenerative Organic
Surprising Potential Benefits of Rifaximin for the Gut Microbiome
Hot Tub Therapy for Weight Loss, Insulin Sensitivity and Reduced Inflammation
Beets are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, protein, folate, and manganese. They may help lower blood pressure, fight cancer, and support detoxification.
When patients present with complex symptoms and hard-to-identify hormone imbalances, comprehensive testing can be crucial to making a proper diagnosis and building an effective treatment plan. In this podcast, Dr. Fitzgerald talks with the medical director of Precision Analytical, Dr. Carrie Jones, about new additions to DUTCH testing, including cortisol awakening response testing and six new organic acid tests.
Join me for an interesting, clinician-friendly conversation on the gut/thyroid axis with Dr. Mike Ruscio. Dr. Ruscio challenges both conventional understanding (where the gut/thyroid relationship isn’t recognized outside the research setting) and in the functional medicine world, where he argues we are often over-treating and over-testing thyroid function.
Top tip for methylation support: research shows that shiitake mushrooms may prevent hyperhomocysteinemia (elevated homocysteine)!
Gluten Free Diets Get a Bad Rap Again
Yoga as Beneficial as Low FODMAPs for IBS
Folic Acid in Utero and Increased Food Allergy Risk
The Genetics of Perception Diversity
The Connection Between Lone Star Tick Bites and Mysterious Meat Allergy
Acne Linked with Dairy Intake – A Reminder
More Isn’t Always Better – Treating Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Elderly May Increase Mortality
Caution Over Newly-Approved BRCA Testing Through 23andme
In this podcast, Chris Kresser talks with Dr. Fitzgerald about being one of the first holistic practitioners to establish a solid online presence; why blogging and writing about functional, ancestral, and integrative approaches to health matter today more than ever