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

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Research and News July 2017

Omega-3 fatty acids and Alzheimer’s prevention
The role of gut permeability in the onset of autoimmune disease
Love keep us healthier
Leaky teeth? Root canal endotoxins, mental health and quality of life
Parkinson’s Disease can start in the gut
When a gluten-free diet isn’t enough for Celiac Disease
Phthalates in your mac and cheese
Odd effects of Faecal Transplants
Got Interstitial Cystitis? Treat the Gut.
Titanium dioxide in food exacerbates IBD
Binge drinking thins your brain
Social connection—more important than exercise?
Call for the EPA to evaluate low dose effects of endocrine disruptors

Super-Hydrating Electrolyte Formula

Super-Hydrating Electrolyte Formula

This is our favorite electrolyte recipe, adapted from the World Health Organization. You can also supplement with a few drops of liquid trace minerals and a smidge of fruit juice – a bit of glucose may aid electrolyte absorption. Hydration is especially important if you’re losing a lot of water, for instance in hot weather,…

Episode 27: Using DUTCH hormone Test with Dr. Carrie Jones

Episode 27: Using DUTCH hormone Test with Dr. Carrie Jones

Dr. Carrie Jones and I went to medical school (National College of Natural Medicine) together. She was a brilliant, awesome friend then, and still is. What a privilege it’s been to watch her grow into the expert she is today. As you’ll see in her bio, Dr. Jones has been focused on women’s health and hormones her entire career which has spanned academia, clinical practice and now as the chief medical officer at Precision Diagnostics, home of the DUTCH dried urine hormone panel.

Farmer’s Market Soup

Farmer’s Market Soup

We love adding seasonal, local ingredients to our recipes. Their freshness and nutrient quality is superior, and their carbon footprint much smaller. As we roll into summer, Farmer’s Markets have once again opened their stalls in our communities with bountiful local options, often organic or grass fed. This tasty recipe, making good use of summer’s…

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Research and News June 2017

Rosacea—a sign that shouldn’t be ignored
Is there lead and mercury in your fidget spinner?
Lead exposure and autism risk during critical periods of development
Is it OK for our children to be overweight? Latest research shows not
How tea talks to your genes
Delayed infant food introduction can increase risk of allergies
Simply bad advice from the American Heart Association!
Eating fried potatoes twice a week more than doubles risk of death
Western diet increases risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Our “6R” Program: Six Steps to Save Your Health Through Your Gut

Our “6R” Gut Program: Six Steps to Save Your Health Through Your Gut

Have you tried everything to heal your gut? Or, are you just getting by with a chronic condition like an autoimmune disorder, eczema, or arthritis? Maybe you’ve “gone Paleo,” made buckets of bone broth, said “sayonara” to sugar and gluten, and made friends with sauerkraut. You might have a stockpile (or cabinet!) of digestive enzymes, vitamins, herbs and probiotics… Yet, you are not much better off.

Episode 26: Practical Application: Using An Elemental Diet in Clinical Practice with Dr. Corey Schuler

Episode 26: Practical Application: Using An Elemental Diet in Clinical Practice with Dr. Corey Schuler

I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Corey Shuler on all things Elemental Diet this month! Dr. Schuler has been using Integrative Therapeutics Physicians’ Elemental Diet (ED) in clinical practice as well as researching and training clinicians on application. He’s the director of clinical affairs for Integrative Therapeutics. Corey is very well-versed on the science behind the ED.