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.

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New Diagnostic Test Suggests Chronic Lyme Disease Associated with Altered Gut Microbiome

Over 800,000 Americans suffer from chronic Lyme disease and experience associated symptoms such as malaise, neurological disorders, cardiac complications, and arthritis. Lyme disease is often treated with antibiotics, however 10-20% of Lyme patients develop posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). A study published in the American Society for Microbiology proposes a new way to diagnose PTLDS via gut…

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Dr. Mark Pimentel Presents New Perspectives on SIBO and IBS

Dr. Mark Pimentel. We all know him as the clinician/scientist who understands the varied pathogenic underpinnings of IBS/SIBO/IMO. In my recent conversation with him, we cover the definition of terms, causes, when to use a stool test. We discuss the Pimentel low fermentation diet, intervention (including botanicals), and diagnosing hydrogen sulfide (a test is coming soon, but wasn’t available at time of recording). Probiotics: any utility? Elemental diet, and so much more. Grateful to have Dr. Pimentel on the podcast, and know you will benefit from this insightful convo. Thanks for listening, please leave a review if you can! ~DrKF

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Respiratory Health and the Microbiome: The Gut-Lung Axis

Respiratory conditions, both chronic and acute, are some of the most common issues seen in clinical practice. In 2016, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) alone accounted for around 3 million deaths, and was the third leading cause of death worldwide. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases globally affecting nearly eight percent of people (over 24 million) in the US alone. Childhood onset of asthma can impair airway development, and persist into adulthood. Adult asthma may accelerate the decline of pulmonary function, and increase susceptibility to infection

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FDA Acknowledges Risk of Mercury-Containing Dental Amalgams for Certain Groups of Individuals

The FDA has updated their recommendations regarding potential risks associated with mercury-containing dental amalgams in high risk individuals. It is unusual for regulatory bodies to acknowledge variable levels of vulnerability in our population. The high-risk groups the FDA recommends avoiding dental amalgams include: Pregnant women and their developing fetuses; Women who are planning to become pregnant; Nursing…

Lancet Revises Editorial Policy Following Scandal Over Hydroxychloroquine Study

Three months ago, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published, and then later retracted, a study on the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. The retraction was prompted by questions that were subsequently raised about the integrity of the data used for analysis from a database called Surgisphere, especially when it turned out that none of…

Natural Interventions to Lower Furin Levels As a Factor in SARS CoV-2 or Role of Furin Proteases in COVID 19 & Therapeutic Interventions

Elevated furin levels are not only associated with Covid-19 but also linked to comorbidities including diabetes, obesity, and hypertension – perhaps one reason why these comorbidities are linked with worse COVID-19 outcomes. In this peer-reviewed publication, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald discusses the role of furin proteases in Covid-19 and how dietary, lifestyle, natural and pharmaceutical interventions aimed…

Increased Coffee Intake Linked to Survival in Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Coffee may benefit those with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer. A study of over 1100 patients published in JAMA Oncology found significant associations for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee with decreased cancer progression and increased survival. Researchers found that participants who drank two to three cups of coffee per day had a 18 percent reduced risk of…

Inflammatory Diet and High BMI Increase Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

We know that an anti-inflammatory diet is linked to improvements in a variety of symptoms and conditions. A new prospective cohort study of nearly 5,000 individuals, over 1200 of whom developed knee osteoarthritis (OA) during the study period, offers excellent data on the impact of this dietary pattern in knee osteoarthritis (OA). Using the data they…

Boost your Vitamin D Levels to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

Vitamin D is a superstar nutrient for supporting the immune system and reducing the risk of a cold, flu and acute respiratory tract infection. Researchers are now linking low vitamin D status (less than 20 ng/mL or 18 pg/mL, respectively) to an increased risk of COVID-19 in a study published this week. Vitamin D levels were tested in nearly 500 patients…