Our Sponsors’ Medical Experts Provide Valuable Educational Resources

Our Educational Page features continuing educational opportunities for professionals in functional medicine. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a clinician new to functional medicine, industry experts can play an important role in furthering our education. The industry sponsors featured on this page are companies that have been carefully vetted for quality. As always, reach out to us with any questions or listings you would like to see here.

Low FODMAPs & IBS

“Low-FODMAP is not a new treatment, but we are now convinced that it really works.”—Shanti Eswaran, MD

If the quotation above is any indication, mainstream medicine is catching on to what nutritionists and functional medicine practitioners have known for quite a while now: elimination diets sometimes hold the key to helping people with otherwise “intractable” conditions. Read more here.

Low-Carb Diets & GERD – Counterintuitive or Cutting Edge?

If television commercials for prescription and over-the-counter antacids are any indication, acid reflux has reached epidemic proportions.

Stomach acid has launched an all-out attack on people’s digestion and quality of life, inching its way up into the esophagus and causing the pain and irritation most people know simply as “heartburn.” For those who suffer from acid reflux, finding a natural remedy would be most welcome. Read more here.

Webinar: Implementing the GI-MAP in Clinical Practice

Learn how to assess overall gastrointestinal health by comprehensive molecular evaluation of the GI microbiome, gut inflammation, mucosal immunity, and digestive function. Diagnostic Solutions Lab offers the first FDA approved platform for the comprehensive evaluation of GI pathogens using molecular/PCR-based techniques. In addition to the assessment of bacteria, protozoal, and viral pathogens, the lab also employs this technology to assess opportunistic and beneficial organisms. This is the true diagnostic solution for evaluating gut health.

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Diagnostics Solutions Laboratory

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Access white papers and videos by Dr. Jack Maggiore on Celiac and Gluten related disorders. Also available through this link is a webinar, “Leveraging New Technologies in Gluten Related Disorders: Benefits Before and After Diagnosis” presented by Dr. Daniel Leffler, Director of Research at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Compounded Bioidentical Hormones

Compounded bioidentical hormone therapy has significantly improved the lives of many people who suffer from symptoms related to a hormone imbalance. Download this guide to explore bioidentical hormones therapies, landmark studies involving hormones therapies, and the benefits of compounding.

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Women’s International Pharmacy

Testosterone: It’s Not Just For Men Anymore!

Testosterone is vital for both men and women. Download this guide to understand the various functions of testosterone in women including sexual, cardiovascular, bone density and muscle tone. Further, explore natural vs. unnatural testosterone, symptoms and causes of testosterone deficiency in women, and options for testosterone replacement therapy.

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Women’s International Pharmacy

A Quick-Start Guide to the Ketogenic Diet

It seems like we’re always on our way to a destination. Whether it’s a physical journey, such as traveling out of town, or a mental one, like getting ready for a job interview, we must prepare for the journey in order to get there. Entering a state of ketosis is no different. Strategic planning is important.

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Metagenics Institute

Elemental Diet: Clinical Applications and Protocols

Download this guide which provides a comprehensive look at the use of elemental diets. This resource reviews the clinical applications of an elemental diet, specifically for the dietary management of patients with moderate to severe GI dysfunction, including SIBO and Crohn’s disease.

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Science Review: Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators

Recent discoveries have identifed a class of lipid mediators, identifed
in circulation and tissues throughout the body, known as specialized
pro-resolving mediators, which function as ”resolution agonists” and
actively coordinate the resolution of infammation.

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Metagenics Institute

Detecting Pathogens, Parasites, and Viruses through multiplex PCR testing

View a video of the technology behind multiplex PCR testing. Download a resource guide “Understanding GI Symptoms and Pathogens: A Detailed Guide.”

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Shedding light on the GI microbiome

Download a presentation by Dr. David Quig, “Updates in Comprehensive Stool Analysis: Detoxification, Inflammation, Microbial Identification, and Gluten.” Access a white paper and view a video on Calprotectin.

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A New DNA Oxidative Stress Test Gives an Even More Complete Picture

8-Hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), has been added to the world leader in comprehensive hormone testing, the DUTCH Complete™ hormone panel. Healthcare providers and hormone testers will have an expanded picture of their overall health and hormones from one simple dried urine test. The 8-OHdG is a marker for DNA damage in the body. Along with chronic stress, degenerative diseases and cancer can greatly affect your hormones such as estrogen and cortisol. This new marker gives you even greater insight at a cellular level! As the disease state worsens, the 8-OHdG level goes up. Thankfully, there are proactive — and likely preventative — things you can do to improve the healing process while checking your progress along the way.

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Dutch Test by Precision Analytical

Which Hormone Test Should You Use When Monitoring BHRT?

Explore the pros and cons of serum, saliva, 24-hr urine and DUTCH (dried urine) testing with and without BHRT through this interactive online experience with connected videos tutorials on each of the different testing methods and the specific types of hormone replacement therapy. Find out what the strengths and weaknesses of each test type are, and which of the tests have the most effective BHRT monitoring abilities.

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Dutch Test by Precision Analytical

The Potential Benefits of “4-Spot Urine Testing” For HPA Axis Assessment

The health of the entire hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is critically important for maintaining proper health primarily because of cortisol’s role in the body. Cortisol is known as a glucocorticosteroid because of its effects on blood sugar regulation (gluco), it is made in the cortex of the adrenal glands (cortico) and of course, its action as a potent steroid hormone with effects that are far reaching systemically.

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Dutch Test by Precision Analytical

Using the Dutch test for Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal atrophy is one of the top complaints among menopausal women and women experiencing estrogen deprivation therapy post breast cancer. Symptoms commonly include: dryness, general pain, pain with intercourse, vaginal burning, and discharge. This condition is often paired with results that show lower estrogen and/or testosterone levels. DHEA and DHEA-metabolite levels may be within range and depend a lot on adrenal health, stress and inflammation.

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Dutch Test by Precision Analytical

The GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™)

In the last few decades, DNA analysis has transformed the field of microbiology. The Human Microbiome Project and research around the globe have characterized the GI microbiome. More than ever before, we are keenly aware of the health benefits and disease risks brought about by the microorganisms that inhabit the GI tract. Culture techniques, previously the standard, leave up to 50% of bacterial species virtually invisible!

The GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) was designed to assess a patient’s microbiome from a single stool sample, with particular attention to microbes that cause disease or that disrupt normal microbial balance and contribute to perturbations in the GI flora and contribute to illness.

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Diagnostics Solutions Laboratory