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Dr. Kara Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix (now Genova) Clinical Laboratory under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgerald is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine, and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She regularly lectures internationally for several organizations and is in private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

  • Doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon
  • Post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix
  • Residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center
  • Lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine
  • Contributing author for IFM’s Textbook of Functional Medicine
  • Contributing author for Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine
  • Contributing author for Oxford University Press Integrative Gastroenterology, 2nd edition
  • Author of Fitzgerald KN, Hodges R. (2016). Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. (n.p).
  • Co-researcher, in collaboration with the Helfgott Institute at NUNM, Methylation Diet & Lifestyle Study
  • Faculty member at Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)
  • Approved supervisor for Certified Nutrition Specialist candidates seeking experience hours
Dr. Kara Fitzgerald on Instagram

Butternut squash is high in fiber, nutrients and antioxidants like beta-carotene (aka pro-vitamin A). Did you know that 1 cup of diced butternut squash has more potassium than a banana and provides 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C?
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Lentils are tasty, versatile, and cost-effective. They are high in dietary fiber, potassium, prebiotic carbohydrates and beneficial phytonutrients that help to maintain health. Consuming the delicious, nutrient-dense foods in this recipe may lower cholesterol levels, improve immune function, help maintain a healthy weight, and regulate blood glucose levels.
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It is so easy to make and satisfies even the pickiest eaters… promise! If you need to dash, put the ingredients [hold the lemon and additional seasonings] into a slow cooker, and allow to simmer at a low setting until you are ready to resume chef status. Perfect for a nutritious, hearty meal, scrumptious leftovers, and it’s DrKF approved!
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/spiced-butternut-squash-and-red-lentil-soup
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𝐃𝐫. 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐏𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐈𝐁𝐎 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐁𝐒.⁣⁣
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Functional GI conditions like IBS and SIBO are increasingly common in the United States and across the world. Dr. Mark Pimentel is the world leader in developing both testing and treatment options for SIBO and IBS.⁣⁣
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In this episode of New Frontiers, he talks with Dr. Fitzgerald about the latest developments in testing and treating IBS, SIBO, and other functional GI conditions⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to listen now.⁣⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/01/dr-mark-pimentel-presents-new-perspectives-on-sibo-and-ibs/
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I am loving the crisp air of fall. It just feels so fresh and gentle after the pounding heat we’ve had this summer. And with it comes the desire for more warm drinks, like chai and chamomile as well as just a little something to have ‘on the side.’ Hmmmmm…⁣⁣
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My son found a packet of fig rolls in the store which reminded me of this forgotten treat. I love the sweet roundness of figs, especially rolled in pastry, and he inspired us to think of an alternative, healthier way to make and enjoy them. Making things at home opens up so many more possibilities for avoiding harmful ingredients and using abundant healthy ingredients. The hazelnuts, for example, which are rich in nutrients including minerals, good fatty acids and antioxidants, and have a number of really excellent benefits, including improving age-related memory loss. Who doesn’t want that?!⁣⁣
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These were peacefully simple and just perfect with a warming cuppa. Hope you enjoy them too. -- @romillyhodges⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to get the recipe now.⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/hazelnut-fig-rolls/
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What research has shown is that in addition to reducing snoring, jaw and facial pain, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can reduce Obstructive Sleep Apnea by up to 50% in adults and 62% in children.⁣⁣
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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is the neuromuscular and functional reeducation, strengthening, and toning of the muscles of the mouth, throat, and face.⁣⁣
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Most people in our modern society have some form of Orofacial Myofunctional Dysfunction which can start as early as infancy or develop later in life.⁣⁣
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Where does Orofacial Myofunctional dysfunction come from? Click LINK IN BIO to find out now.⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/08/obstructive-sleep-apnea-using-orofacial-myofunctional-therapy-as-a-part-of-a-fxmed-approach-to-treatment/
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Diet has a direct effect on immune system function, and can directly affect levels of inflammation and histamine in our body.⁣⁣
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Oftentimes, allergic responses are exacerbated when the body is overloaded with triggers, and diet is an obvious place to start decreasing that burden. Not only that, our diet offers incredible opportunity to drive anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine activity in our body. ⁣⁣
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Here’s what you can do:⁣⁣
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✨ Eat a ‘clean’ diet as much as possible.⁣⁣
✨ Avoid trigger foods.⁣⁣
✨ Support a healthy intestinal barrier. ⁣⁣
✨ Base your diet on anti-inflammatory foods.⁣⁣
✨ Target specific anti-histamine foods.⁣⁣
✨ Get yourself properly hydrated.⁣⁣
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If you suffer from fall allergies, click LINK IN BIO now.⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2015/05/07/6-tips-for-naturally-dealing-with-seasonal-allergies/
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Receptor activator of nuclear factor-kB ligand (RANKL) is a key mediator of osteoclast differentiation, promoting the activation and survival of bone-resorbing cells, including through de-methylation activity. Some osteoporosis treatments, such as Denosumab, are designed to bind and inhibit RANKL. RANKL is opposed by osteoprotegerin (OPG), an active decoy receptor for RANKL which blocks RANKL from stimulating osteoclast formation and activation.⁣

Increased DNA methylation in the RANKL TATA box transcriptional start site is associated with epigenetic silencing of RANKL. Supporting DNA methylation capability may therefore also help to regulate RANKL expression and favorably modulate bone remodeling.⁣

Epigenetic Balance Requires Methylation Adaptogens!⁣

Click LINK IN BIO to download our FREE guide now⁣

http://ow.ly/u2jY30c8u5i
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Thank you, Dr. Montrose! We so appreciate the overview on OMT for sleep apnea. As a kid, me and my siblings went through OMT just before getting our braces. I honestly can’t recall any benefit (other than the soda (!) we received during therapy for evaluating our swallow position – a big deal in our household). As an adult however, I occasionally experience apnea and am happy to revisit OMT as my solution! ~DrKF⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to read 'Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Using Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy as a Part of a FxMed Approach to Treatment' by Dr. Jeremy Montrose @thegelbcenter⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/08/obstructive-sleep-apnea-using-orofacial-myofunctional-therapy-as-a-part-of-a-fxmed-approach-to-treatment/
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October’s Teach-in is now available! We couldn’t be more excited to have Dr. Sara Gottfried join us to discuss The Female Brain.⁣⁣
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@saragottfriedmd shared with us her personal journey of anxiety and healing and what brought her to study the female brain and the gut-brain axis. ⁣⁣
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She went on to discuss the evolution of classical endocrinology to intracrinology and the importance of hormones, especially estrogen, insulin and cortisol, for female brain health.⁣⁣
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You’ll learn more about the link between cerebral glucose hypometabolism, estrogen levels & cognitive decline during the peri & post-menopausal period as well as the importance of early intervention – much earlier than you may think.⁣⁣
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You won’t want to miss this session! Click LINK IN BIO to sign up now.⁣⁣
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https://www.drkfeducation.com/register-free/
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When is bread not actually bread? When it’s Subway bread, according to a ruling by the Irish Court. The case in question was brought by Bookfinders Ltd, Subway’s Irish Franchise, who sought to make their sandwiches tax exempt under Ireland’s Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 that allows such exemptions for staple foods.⁣

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The court declined, saying Subway bread could not be defined as a staple food due to its high sugar content. Rather it falls into the category of ‘discretionary indulgence.’⁣

One six-inch sub roll contains 5g of sugar, or 10% of the weight of the flour included in the dough. The cutoff for sugar is set at 2% of the weight of the flour in Ireland in order to qualify for the definition of bread as a staple food.⁣

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Unhealthy adaptations of traditional staple foods are common in the fast-food industry and we are encouraged that a line can be drawn (even if it is for financial rather than health reasons). If you’re looking for an alternative nutrient-dense, high fiber, gluten-free and vegan bread recipe, check out one of our favorites.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO for more information.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/06/subway-bread-cannot-be-defined-as-bread-irish-court-rules/
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All you need to know to prepare for and heal from #surgery, created by our own Dr. Stacey Cantor-Adkins, Stamford trained anesthesiologist and #fxmed doc.
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Click LINK IN BIO to download the FREE guide now.
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https://www.drkfeducation.com/blogs-surgical-support-protocol/

#surgeryrecovery #surgerysupport #functionalmedicine
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This elegant Sesame-Ginger Carrots dish makes an excellent side to any meat or fish and is a striking dish for entertaining. It works well hot, or at room temperature.⁣⁣
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The tahini (sesame) dressing is just so more-ish and perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the carrots, which are high in pro-vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids.⁣⁣
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I also sneak some turmeric in there for extra goodness!⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to get the recipe now.⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/recipe/sesame-ginger-carrots/
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Functional GI conditions like IBS and SIBO are increasingly common in the United States and across the world.⁣⁣
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Mark Pimentel, MD is the world leader in developing both testing and treatment options for SIBO and IBS. ⁣⁣
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In this episode of New Frontiers, he talks with Dr. Fitzgerald about the latest developments in testing and treating IBS, SIBO, and other functional GI conditions.⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO to listen now.⁣⁣⁣
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/01/dr-mark-pimentel-presents-new-perspectives-on-sibo-and-ibs/
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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 microbe testing.⁣

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Researchers compared fecal samples from 87 patients with PTLDS, each of whom received antibiotics at the time of their initial Lyme disease diagnosis, with 169 fecal samples from healthy donors and 123 fecal samples from intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Results showed an increase of Blautia species over 10% in PTLDS patients compared to 1.34% and 0.07% in healthy and ICU controls, respectively. Increased Blautia has been linked to other diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. In addition, an increase of Enterobacteriaceae over 10% was found in one-fifth of PTLDS patients, compared to 1.14% in the healthy cohort. Enterobacteriaceae can contribute to inflammation and is associated with inflammatory bowel diseases, metabolic disorders (type 2 diabetes), and immune diseases. PTLDS patients also showed a 15% decrease in Bacteroides compared to 23% in the healthy control. Bacteroides play an important role in producing short-chain fatty acids, which contribute to the maintenance of intestinal barrier integrity. A decrease in Bacteroides has been linked to depression and other symptoms of PTLDS.⁣

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The authors suggest these findings may lead to a new diagnostic tool for PTLDS as well as lead to new treatments to rebalance the gut microbiota, including fecal microbiome transplants. For Function Medicine practitioners, addressing the gut microbiome is de rigeur.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO for more information.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/06/new-diagnostic-test-suggests-chronic-lyme-disease-associated-with-altered-gut-microbiome/
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Is there a dark side to a gluten-free diet (GFD)? With nearly one-third of Americans having tried a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet in recent years, there is more and more research on both the positive and negative effects of going gluten-free. My friend and colleague, Dr. Tom O’Bryan, recently published an article summarizing this “dark side” of a GFD, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicity, morbidity, mortality, and mental health problems.⁣
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Gluten-free products and menus, for instance, are often calorie rich and nutrient poor, significantly lower in protein, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, folate, and sodium, with suggestive trends toward lower calcium and higher fat. In addition, removing wheat or gluten-containing foods from the diet can contribute to a shift in the intestinal microbiome diversity, leading to a decrease bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, an increase in Enterobacteriaceae and a decrease in short chain fatty acids, all leading to a pro-inflammatory gastrointestinal environment. This ongoing intestinal inflammation is of particular concern in celiac disease (CD) patients, with research showing that after implementation a GFD, the relative risk for mortality in the first year post-CD diagnosis was almost double that of total villous atrophy CD.⁣
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The authors write, “The necessity of comprehensive education for transitioning the patient to a healthy GFD, free from an emphasis on GF commercial foods high in calories and low in nutrients, cannot be overemphasized.“ In summary, if you’re already on a GFD or considering one, focus on eating nutrient-rich minimally processed foods – or as the authors suggest, adapt the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, and supports a healthy microbiome.⁣

Click LINK IN BIO for more information.⁣

https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2020/10/06/poorly-implemented-gluten-free-diets-are-potentially-harmful/
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PLMI happening now. Listening to Dr Todd Lapine. TypeO fares better in COVID. Watching with my new blue block lenses. ❤️ @integrativevision #bluetechlenses THANKS Dr Neda. In fact, Dr Neda will join us for a Clinic lmmersion teach in on eye health. Stay tuned for that — ...

There are many wonderful products on the market that can help you stop hormone-disrupting plastic chemicals from leaching into your lunches.
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Do you have a go to favorite product for lunch? Share in the comments.
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Click LINK IN BIO for our top six lunch tips followed by links to some nutritionist approved lunchbox items.
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https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2019/10/04/back-at-school-our-teams-top-tips-to-revitalize-your-lunch-box/
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We know there isn’t a one size fits all approach for health or weight loss. In fact, that is the essence of Functional Medicine. ⁣⁣
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But we do have science that supports how some key nutrients and features can support a healthy gut microbiome. ⁣⁣
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I’m sharing a weight loss resource built on cutting edge gut science.⁣⁣
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A real game changer for weight management and more importantly, how we think about weight management. ⁣⁣
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By mimicking the effects of a diversified plant-based diet, the MetabolicBiome™ Plus Program supports a patient’s optimal weight using a two-pronged approach:⁣⁣
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1️⃣ Optimize gut microbiota through polyphenolic stimulation⁣⁣
2️⃣ Support healthy blood sugars through macronutrient balance and key nutrients⁣⁣
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KEY FEATURES:⁣⁣
🔹20 grams of protein⁣⁣
🔹9 grams of healthy fats⁣⁣
🔹9 grams of fiber⁣⁣
🔹Great-tasting flavors⁣⁣
🔹Mixes easily with water or beverage of your choice⁣⁣
🔹Sweetened with monk fruit⁣⁣
🔹Always Gluten Free⁣⁣
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The powerful combination of protein, healthy fats, micronutrients, fiber and polyphenol-rich fruit and vegetable extracts provides optimal nutrition for a healthy weight management program.⁣⁣
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THREE PROTEIN CHOICES⁣⁣
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🔹Organic Pea⁣⁣
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Click LINK IN BIO for more information // sponsored by @BioticsResearch⁣⁣
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https://info.bioticsresearch.com/metabolicbiomeplus
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